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Ahead of the game | Villans in the night at Madejski Stadium

Royals prepare for Villa visit on Tuesday...

14 August 2017

The final instalment of the Royals' three consecutive home matches to start the Madejski campaign will see Aston Villa descend on RG2 on Tuesday night.

Reading vs Aston Villa
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday 15th August, 8pm kick-off

Ticket News

Be here for Villa’s visit under the floodlights!

13 August 2017

Villa have gone into the season as many people's favourites for promotion, with big-name signings and a proven manager in Steve Bruce at the helm.

Bruce has an enviable Championship management record, winning promotion to the Premier League with his teams four times in the past.

The arrivals of former Chelsea and England captain John Terry as well as Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan in the summer have shown Villa's statement of intent in the transfer market, in a bid for a return to the top tier at the second time of asking.

Bruce's side have had an identical start to the Royals, though, taking one point from their first two games. Both teams will be seeing Tuesday night's game between two Championship heavyweights as a chance to get the season kick-started under the floodlights at Madejski Stadium.

Around the ground

A live DJ will be providing the soundtrack in the build-up to Saturday's match in our Royals Fan Zone, and our Fun Zone will be up and running for this match!

All of our usual exciting pre-match activities will be available for families to get involved with in the lead up to the game, so come down early and soak up the atmosphere!

Odds

Championship sponsors Sky Bet make the visitors 6/4 to take all three points from Madejski Stadium, with Royals priced at 19/10 to earn a first Championship victory of the season. The draw is 11/5.

Liam Kelly has now scored three goals in his last two matches, and he is 4/1 to extend that scoring run by netting any time. Meanwhile, after an energetic performance on Saturday, Mo Barrow is 13/2 to be the first man on the scoresheet on Tuesday night. 

Officials

Leicestershire official Kevin Friend will be the man in charge of proceedings at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night. He officiated Sheffield United's entertaining 3-2 victory over League One side Walsall last Tuesday, in his first match of the season.

He will be assisted by Simon Bennett and Matthew Wilkes, with Gavin Ward between the benches as fourth official.

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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. Click here for further information. 

Club News

Pre-book parking online for home games | Bus subsidies continue for 2017/18

7 August 2017

How to buy tickets

Season Tickets are still available to buy here for the new season, with details of how to buy match tickets listed below:

Online: visit www.readingfcdirect.co.uk
By phone: ring our Ticket Office on 0118 968 1313 
In person: visit the Ticket Office at Madejski Stadium during our opening hours

Follow it live!

If you cannot make it to Madejski Stadium on the night, international supporters can watch the whole game live with a Match Pass on iFollow, costing the equivalent of just £5 per match! Alternatively, you can access the majority of our matches this season with an annual subscription for £110.

For UK and Ireland-based fans, you can access full live audio commentary as well as exclusive video content for £4.49 per month, or £45 for an annual subscription to iFollow.

You can also follow every kick on our official Twitter account, FacebookInstagram and you can follow us on Snapchat at 'OfficialRFC'. 

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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Match Reports

Royals hold on for first victory of Championship season

Reading survive late scare to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Madejski Stadium

15 August 2017

Reading claimed a much-deserved three points for the first time in the new Championship campaign, as Aston Villa were defeated 2-1 at Madejski Stadium.

  • Goal-line tech confirms Popa's deflected cross is over the line
  • Barrow adds his first in Reading colours soon after
  • Hourihane strikes late but it counts for little for Villa

Adrian Popa's deflected cross looped off the leg of Glenn Whelan, and despite desperate attempts by goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, the ball crossed the line early in the second half.

Mo Barrow smashed in from close range for his first in Reading colours to double the lead... but there were nervy moments in the final throes after Conor Hourihane slammed in.  It gave late hope to the remaining travelling fans, which never came to fruition.

The Royals squad included Garath McCleary and Roy Beerens for the first time of the season, who would later be introduced from the bench.  Leandro Bacuna too was included, having joined from the Villans two days prior.

And although Reading controlled the ball for the entirety of the game's start as they probed for a way through the defence, it was Villa who burst through with the first chance of the game with Scott Hogan on the break.  His attempted pass ricocheted off a chasing Liam Kelly into the path of Andre Green, but Vito Mannone narrowed the angle well and saved low to his left.

Royals soon settled into their rhythm again, dominating possession and forcing an opening with a ball into John Swift on the edge of the box, curling an effort half a yard wide of the post.

The hosts looked the more likely to score as the half progressed, Kelly’s corner finding Paul McShane 12 yards out, but he had more space than he perhaps thought and could not direct his header on target.

More pressure from the Royals resulted in two golden chances in the space of a minute for Popa. First with a good advantage played by the referee seeing Popa played in 18 yards out by Gunter, with his first-time effort acrobatically saved by Sam Johnstone to his right.

Popa was soon in again with Barrow on a quick break through the middle, sliding in for Popa who drove into the area, cutting inside and shooting but blocked with Johnstone’s foot and cleared. 

The onslaught kept going all the way to the break, Pelle Clement squaring for Barrow who had space and time to shoot, going left-footed from 25 yards but bouncing wide.

Popa was back in the thick of the action on the stroke of half-time, the ball being played along the line of Reading attackers before the winger could let fly, straight into Johnstone’s grasp to end a frustrating but dominant first period from the Royals.

Half-time: Reading 0-0 Aston Villa

Kelly, in search of number four for the season, was slipped in by Barrow within two minutes of the restart - from a narrow angle, he couldn't quite slip his shot inside the far post and it sailed harmlessly wide.

But a rambunctious start to the second half was eventually rewarded with the goal that it merited.  Popa drove into the box down the left and sent in a cross... Whelan's outstretched leg looped it up over Johnstone and against the far post, before the goalie clawed away... but the Hawk-Eye system quickly confirmed to referee Kevin Friend that the ball was a foot over the line.

And, soon after Kelly had forced another low stop from a narrow angle as he tried to catch out the 'keeper from a narrow angle, Villa stopper Johnstone did have to make a visit to his net as our Gambian attacker pounced for his first in blue and white hoops.

As the ball broke to Swift, he opted to cushion a pass back to defender Liam Moore in space on the left of the area... he shimmed into space with the kind of footwork rarely associated with a centre-half before squaring for Barrow to lash in from underneath the crossbar.

Popa went in search of an undisputed goal for himself and, scampering in down the left again, drilled into the side netting with little to aim at.  At the other end, a rare attack by Villa saw Green strike cleanly from the edge of the area, with Mannone fielding well in response.

Reading continued to create chance to extend the lead further - few better than a direct ball for sub McCleary, making his first appearance since the play-off final after undergoing an operation.  Onside, his touch was just a fraction heavy, allowing Johnstone to come out and get down to poke a fingertip at it.

The Royals could have been made to pay in the final few minutes as that advantage was halved through Hourihane.  The midfielder found space to get onto the end of a chested ball by Agbonlahor and lashed in.

Villa, rallying and trying to find a way back in, had a chance to steal a point in the third minute of added time... the wall did its job in keeping out Hourihane's free-kick from the edge of the D, before Green's follow-up deflected wide off a teammate.

Nervy moments at the end, but a well-merited win and another excellent Madejski Stadium result! 

Full-time: Reading 2-1 Aston Villa

Reading: Mannone, Gunter, McShane (c), Moore, Blackett, Van den Berg (Evans 70), Swift, Kelly, Barrow (Beerens 77), Popa (McCleary 70), Clement.
Unused subs: Jaakkola, Mendes, Bacuna, Ilori.
Goals: Whelan og 49, Barrow 55.
Yellow: Moore, McCleary.

Aston Villa: Johnstone, De Laet (Hutton 63), Terry (c), Chester, Taylor, Bjarnason, Hourihane, Whelan, Onomah (Adomah 77), Green, Hogan (Agbonlahor 29).
Unused subs: Samba, Lansbury, Steer, Bree.
Goal: Hourihane 87.
Yellow: Green, Hourihane.

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Ticket News

Be here for Villa’s visit under the floodlights!

3 more important points at stake

13 August 2017

After the Madejski Stadium floodlights were plugged in for the first time this season last Tuesday for our win over Gillingham, more midweek football follows when we host Aston Villa on Tuesday.

As usual, supporters of the Midlands club are travelling in their hordes to Madejski Stadium to try and get behind their team from the South Stand.  So we need the right kind of backing from the other three sides of the ground to give us the best chance of victory! 

Club News

Security is a team effort...

11 August 2017

Last season, in one of the best home campaigns we have enjoyed throughout our history, Villa were one of just two teams that came away from Madejski Stadium with all three points when Jordan Ayew netted a spot-kick in injury time. 

Now the opportunity is there to exact our revenge, and to kick-start our season!

Fulham denied us three points with a sucker-punch goal on Saturday – but the season could start in earnest with victory over Villa when they visit for the 8pm kick-off on Tuesday.

Steve Bruce’s expensively-assembled squad haven’t enjoyed the start to the season which they would have wanted; they were pegged back by Hull to settle for a draw on the opening day, and then lost 3-0 on their travels to Cardiff on Saturday.

Adult tickets begin at just £20 and supporters aged 18-24 can attend for as little as £10… make it a great night under the floodlights by digging in for the boys in blue and white!  Click the banner below for full ticket information, including prices and how to buy.

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