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Ahead of the game | Stern Sunderland test awaits

'Massive' Black Cats clash on Saturday in RG2

13 April 2018

It has been billed as the biggest game of our season, and we'd love to see you in RG2 on Saturday afternoon...

Interviews

Clement feels Royals’ support ‘absolutely vital’ against Black Cats

12 April 2018

Reading vs Sunderland
Saturday 14th April, 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium

Paul Clement says Saturday's game against Sunderland will be the 'biggest of the season' at Madejski Stadium, and it's not difficult to understand why.

For the Royals, three points could be a big step towards safety in the Championship, while Sunderland are in desperate need of points to try and force their way out of the bottom three in their final four matches.

A replication of December's 3-1 victory over the Black Cats would be welcomed among the RG2 faithful, a brace from Mo Barrow supplemented with a calm finish from Dave Edwards as the Royals brought all three points back from Wearside on the day.

With two victories in as many home matches in charge for Clement, he is well aware of the task at hand as he prepares to face a team that demolished promotion-chasing Derby County 4-1 recently.

It's sure to be another tight affair at Madejski Stadium, and we'd love to see as many of you there as possible to back the boys!

 

Tickets

Tickets are on sale now and will be available to purchase on the day of the game for all home supporters. For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313.

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Travel

There have been important changes in car parking and bus travel for the upcoming season, with parking at Madejski Stadium now having to be pre-booked online, as well as a continuation of our bus subsidies with Reading Buses. There are more places to park than ever before, though, so click here and find out what the best option is for you!

Pre-match chat

If you've missed any of our pre-match build-up, take a look below and see all of our stories surrounding this weekend's game!

Odds 

EFL title sponsors Sky Bet have Reading as 13/10 favourites to take victory on Saturday afternoon, while Sunderland are available at 2/1 for the three points - the draw is priced at 12/5.

After his goal at home last weekend, Mo Barrow is available at 5/1 to open the scoring on Saturday afternoon, while Liam Kelly is available at 12/1 to score the game's first goal.

Officials

Stephen Martin will be in control of proceedings on Saturday afternoon, officiating his fourth Reading game of the season. He has also overseen our win at St. Andrew's back in August, as well as draws against Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest. 

Interviews

Swift: "We need fans as 12th man"

12 April 2018

He has brandished the yellow card 85 times this season, averaging around 2.3 per match, having also sent off two players so far this campaign.

Ian Cooper and Andrew Fox will be Mr Martin's assistants on the day, with Lee Collins as fourth official. 

Also on...

In the Fan Zone, outside Gate 7 at Madejski Stadium, there will be an incredible rally car there for fans to see and have a picture with! Not only that, you could win the chance to ride along in an impressive piece of motorsport machinery... Click here for further details.

Please note, the players and staff will be arriving at Madejski Stadium much earlier than usual in a change to their pre-match meal and meeting routine. Therefore supporters should be aware that there will be less opportunity ahead of the game to obtain pre-match autographs before this match.

Follow it Live!

If you’re based in the UK or Ireland and can’t make it to the match, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on iFollow for as little as £4.49 per month. Not only that, but our online subscription also allows you access to extended match highlights and exclusive interviews which you won’t see anywhere else.

And supporters based overseas will be able to watch live video of a majority of our games – including this one – by using iFollow.  Match passes are just £5 (prices equated to your local currency).

As ever, we’ll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and look out for our behind-the-scenes story and match photos on Instagram.  And head to Snapchat and find 'officialrfc' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!

Reminder

We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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Kermorgant header rescues Reading point

Incredible match at Madejski Stadium ends level

14 April 2018

An enthralling encounter between Sunderland and Reading ended 2-2 at Madejski Stadium, with Yann Kermorgant's late header equalising for the Royals.

  • Liam Kelly scores first half penalty for the Royals
  • McNair scores screamer to equalise in the second half
  • Cattermole heads Sunderland in front mid-way through second period
  • Yann Kermorgant comes off the bench to equalise

The Royals started with just one change from the midweek clash against Fulham, with John Swift replacing the suspended Leandro Bacuna.

Sunderland, in desperate need of points, started on the front foot in RG2 - controlling possession early on and trying to limit the space the Royals had available to them.

It was a cagey affair to start with, perhaps predictably given the magnitude of the game, but the visitors had the first chance after the ball was sprayed long to Ashley Fletcher on the right, he cut back for Callum McManaman to strike, but it trickled wide of Vito Mannone's goal.

Fletcher then beat the offside trap to chase a long ball, with Mannone scampering off his line to clear outside his area.

However, the Royals were awarded a penalty after Sone Aluko drew a save from Lee Camp, which Jón Daði Böðvarsson followed up and was brought down by the goalkeeper, with referee Stephen Martin pointing to the spot.

Chants of 'He's one of our own' rang around Madejski Stadium as Liam Kelly stepped up to take the penalty. Camp went the right way, but Kelly buried the spot kick to put the Royals ahead.

 

He almost doubled the advantage by forcing a flying save from Camp two minutes later, driving forward and shooting from distance in now-trademark style. Camp got a hand to it as he dived to his right, before the visitors broke up the other end.

Fletcher's shot from 15 yards was only stopped by the woodwork, and went into the path of Callum McManaman to strike, but Liam Moore was there on the line to head away - earning a standing ovation from the Eamonn Dolan Stand for that intervention.

Sunderland were pushing for a quick equaliser, getting a shot off again from Fletcher which was blocked by Ilori, which was returned into the area once more. The Royals couldn't clear their lines and McGeady struck sweetly - with Mannone getting down well to make a smart save.

Sunderland were appealing for a penalty of their own as McManaman went down in the area under the challenge of Edwards - nothing given by the referee.

A ball into the area from McGeady was brought down by McManaman soon after, he dropped a shoulder and let fly inside the area, with his effort clearing the bar and the Royals preserved their lead.

Half time | Reading 1-0 Sunderland

Barely 90 seconds into the second half, the visitors were level. Paddy McNair was in space 30 yards out for Sunderland, and rifled a strike into the corner of the net as Reading supporters were stunned into a brief silence. 

Sunderland were pressing to take the lead while the Royals were on the back foot, McGeady looped a ball in towards Lee Cattermole, who headed off balance and over the bar.

John Swift had the ball in the net for the Royals after tapping in a Mo Barrow square ball, but the flag was already up against the Gambian in the build-up.

Paul Clement's side broke forward again and Swift slid through Aluko at a tight angle, he lofted his effort over Camp but it nestled on the roof of the net.

Mid-way through the second half, Sunderland turned the game on its head. A free-kick from McGeady was guided into the area and Cattermole rose up to nod into the corner - despite Mannone getting a hand to it.

Yann Kermorgant was introduced for Kelly and the Royals threw men forward to salvage an equaliser after going behind.

The Frenchman made his impact known just eight minutes after coming on by getting the equaliser. Swift twisted and spread the ball out to Gunter on the right, who crossed for Kermorgant to jump and head into the bottom corner and square proceedings - setting up a grandstand finish in RG2.

Kermorgant fancied his chances at a carbon copy of his goal when Gunter teed up once more for the striker, but his header drifted wide of the target.

Kermorgant was in the thick of the action again heading into stoppage time, receiving a square ball from Blackett, firing left-footed and drawing a top-class save from Camp to keep it out.

The resulting corner was headed towards Barrow at the far post, but he couldn't get the vital touch to take it over the line.

It was an incredible match with gilt-edged chances at both ends, but it was all square at the end of the 90 minutes.

Full time | Reading 2-2 Sunderland

Reading: Mannone, Gunter (c), Richards (Blackett 65), Moore, Ilori, Edwards, Swift, Kelly (Kermorgant 71), Barrow, Aluko, Böðvarsson.
Subs: Jaakkola, Van den Berg, Clement, Martin, Rinomhota.
Goals: Kelly 20 (P), Kermorgant 79
Yellow: Swift

Sunderland: Camp, Oviedo (Clarke-Salter 46), Wilson, McNair, Kone, Love, Cattermole, McManaman (Asoro 75), McGeady, Honeyman (Maja 81), Fletcher.
Subs: Stryjek, LuaLua, Robson, Ejaria. 
Goals: McNair 47, Cattermole 66
Yellow: Love

Referee: Mr S Martin
Attendance: 17,348 (1,412 away)

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Ticket News

Gaffer calling on your support in ‘biggest game of our season’!

Help Clement and the boys to a win this weekend…

11 April 2018

“We’ve got some very important games coming up – and the game against Sunderland on Saturday is the biggest game of the season for this football club!”

That’s the way that our gaffer Paul Clement sees it… and that’s precisely the way we’ll be approaching it.

Two home matches have reaped two wins since our new manager took charge.  Tough challenges against QPR and Preston have been met with a gallant, never-say-die attitude.  Our boys have left nothing in the tank – they’ve given every ounce of energy to earn each of those victories.

The atmosphere has been fantastic.  That spine-tingling roar when the final whistle sounds, with three more points in the bag… we need that again on Saturday.  And for the whole of the 90 minutes, we once again need a packed stadium with the will to give full backing to the Royals.

If you haven’t been to those games, just ask someone who has.  Commitment, gutsiness, guile and quality… we’ve seen the full array from the boys in the blue and white hoops.

We want there to be a few hoarse voices at 5pm.  Whether we’re on the attack or trying to keep the Black Cats out, we’re counting on your backing.

Round up your friends and family members – play your part in an electric atmosphere and push us a step closer to a successful end to the campaign.

Adult tickets begin at £20, with 65 & Over from £13, 18-24 from £10 and 17 & Under from just £5.  Hit the banner below for full information!

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