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Ahead of the game | Royals set for first Madejski outing of the season

Gillingham are the visitors in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night

7 August 2017

Get the lowdown on everything you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's Carabao Cup fixture...

Reading vs Gillingham
Madejski Stadium
Carabao Cup, First Round
Tuesday 8th August, 8pm

Our first match at home this season will be under the lights at Madejski Stadium as we welcome Gillingham in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Our run to the last 16 of the competition last season was rewarded with an away trip to Arsenal, with the team aiming for another strong run in the Carabao Cup this time around.

The Gills come into Tuesday night's match with a hard-earned point in League One, drawing 0-0 against newly-promoted Doncaster Rovers away from home at the weekend in their season opener.

Royals will be walking on to the newly-laid Madejski pitch for the very first time on Tuesday night, as we go in search of the win that will take us through to the second round of the competition.

Take advantage of our low ticket prices for this match and show your support as we have our first Madejski match of the season!

Club News

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

7 August 2017

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. 

Please note that car parking at Cordwallis will not be available for this fixture.  However parking will be still be available at the Greyhound Stadium a short distance away for the reduced price of £7.

Odds

Sky Bet make Jaap Stam's Royals 4/9 favourites for Tuesday night's game against our opponents, with League One Gillingham 6/1 to take the victory at Madejski Stadium, with the draw after 90 minutes at 7/2.

With this Carabao Cup tie having to be decided on the night in RG2, the match is 13/2 to be decided in extra time, while the Royals are 11/8 to win the tie to nil.

Officials

Brett Huxtable will be the man in charge of proceedings at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night. He will be assisted by Kevin Morris and Andrew Aylott, with Michael Webb between the benches as fourth official on the night.

Tickets

Take advantage of our low prices for this Carabao Cup fixture, with an Adult ticket costing just £7 in advance or £10 on the day! Under-17s can get in for just £1 if tickets are bought in advance.

Full pricing details (Prices on matchday in brackets):

Adult: £7 (£10)
65 and over: £5 (£10)
18-24: £5 (£10)
17 and under: £1 (£5)

How to Buy

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

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

Kelly wonder strikes seal Second Round berth

Gillingham undone by youthful Royals outfit

8 August 2017

Two sizzling strikes from Liam Kelly settled this First Round Carabao Cup tie at Madejski Stadium - as the Royals knocked League One Gillingham out of the competition at the first hurdle with two second half goals.

  • Three debuts handed to Academy trio Rinomhota, Smith and Andresson. 
  • Kelly sweeps a superb first time right-footed effort flailing Holy for 1-0
  • Kelly adds a second with a sweetly struck thunderbolt late on. 
Jaap Stam made six changes to the eleven that started at QPR, handing debuts to Sam Smith and Andy Rinomhota as well as a full debut for Omar Richards. No fewer than 10 players on the teamsheet were products of our Category One Academy. The average age of the starting XI was 22 years, 10 months and 12 days.

 
A cautious start from both sides saw the Royals boss possession for the first ten minutes, without really threatening the Gillingham goalmouth. The League One side had the first shot at goal through Jake Hessenthaler, but he drove high over the crossbar from 25 yards out without troubling Anssi Jaakkola in the Reading goal.

Scott Wagstaff took a tumble inside the Royals box under pressure from Gunter as he scurried onto a threaded ball between defenders. But the referee rightly awarded nothing despite a half-hearted appeal for a penalty.

Midway through the half, Reading got a glimpse of goal and it almost broke the deadlock. Barrett received the ball in midfield and had the time and space to turn and feed Andy Rinomhota. The debutant drove forward and drilled low towards the bottom left corner, but just wide from distance.

Jaakkola calmly plucked a tame Tom Eaves header out of the night sky before Chris Gunter powered into a shooting position at the other end only to see his effort deflect wide for a corner.

With half an hour played, Kelly crossed from the right and Moore went down in the middle as the East Stand appealed for a penalty. Smith looped a header goalwards but it was too high to force Tomas Holy into a stop.

Darren Oldaker send a skidding 25 yards free kick harmlessly wide of the left upright. At the other end Smith produced a deft touch to control a fiercely delivered cross from Gunter, but he couldn't get the ball out from under his feet to get a shot in.



Eaves glanced a difficult headed chance wide, while a Liam Kelly counter attack was cynically ended with a foul from Darren Cundle who received the first booking of the cup tie.

Barrett arrowed speculatively wide from long range and, as a goalless first half drew to a close, Moore burst out from the back and rifled a low right-footed shot towards goal that was blocked en route.

Half time: Reading 0-0 Gillingham
 
Mo Barrow was brought off the bench at the break, replacing Joseph Mendes up front and he rolled his man early in the second half before firing a shot over from the edge of the Gillingham box.

Josh Parker caused Pelle Clement some concern as he squirmed into the Reading area from the left and stabbed a low cross into the middle which Jaakkola did well to smother.

Jaakkola produced a superb reaction save to deny Eaves who powerfully struck an effort at goal from 15 yards out - the Finn flying to his left to push the ball wide.

Then Kelly responded with a surging run down the middle which ended in a shot from 20 yards out that sailed over the crossbar.

And just short of the hour mark, Moore should have made it 1-0. Kelly's floated corner was met by the centre-back's header in the middle - but the defender's effort was well saved by Holy.

Kelly so nearly threaded a ball through to Barrow, but a last gasp interception halted the pacy Gambian in his tracks.

And the breakthrough came with 20 minutes of the match remaining - courtesy of a stunning strike from Kelly. The ball was worked out to the right and then fed into the midfielder's feet on the edge of the box. Kelly took it first time and swept a superb right-footed effort past Holy and into the back of the Gills net.

Clement forced Holy into a smart save low to his left soon after as Reading looked to put the tie to bed.



Clement sought a second with an arcing effort that dropped just wide, but Kelly sealed the victory with his second of the game and another scorching hit. 

Barrow passed the ball into the diminutive midfielder's feet and he quickly teed the ball up for a shot just inside the area and thundered a sweetly struck effort inside the left post for 2-0.
 
Kelly was looking for a hat-trick but turned provider in injury time when his dinked cross fell loose to Quinn who, off balance, directed an effort just wide. But the tie was well won and Reading's name will be in Thursday night's draw for the Second Round.

Full time: Reading 2-0 Gillingham
 

Reading: Jaakkola, Gunter (c), Richards (Andresson 63), Moore, Evans, Kelly, Rinomhota, Barrett (Quinn 58), Clement, Smith, Mendes (Barrow HT).

 

Unused subs: Legg, East, Frost, Loader.

Goals: Kelly 71, 86

 

 

Gillingham: Holy, O'Neill (c), Ehmer, Wagstaff, Hessenthaler (Chapman 78), Ogilvie, Parker, Oldaker, Cundle (Wilkinson 69), Wright, Eaves (Nash 74).
Unused subs: List, O'Mara, Hadler, Byrne.
Yellow: Cundle

Att: 5,936 (450 away)

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Three games in eight days at Madejski Stadium this August!

Get yourselves along to our first flurry of home matches this season!

3 August 2017

Royals will start their Sky Bet Championship campaign at Loftus Road in just three days' time, and then we will welcome Jaap Stam and his side back to Madejski Stadium for three matches in eight days!

On Tuesday 8th August, we get our campaign in the Carabao Cup underway against League 1 outfit Gillingham in the first round, with kick-off at 8pm.

The Gills have pedigree in this competition from last season, impressively knocking out Premier League Watford in extra time in the second round following Bradley Dack's strike.

They will be hoping for a similar run in this campaign, with Jaap Stam's side out to stop them in our first action at Madejski Stadium this season. 

Then, on Saturday 12th August, last season's Championship Play-Off semi-final opponents Fulham return to RG2 to do battle in the first match of the new Championship campaign on our relaid pitch.

One of the hallmarks of Slaviša Jokanović and his side last season was their impressive form away from home, winning more matches on the road than they managed at Craven Cottage!

Your support could prove vital, then, in what will be a big test for Royals under the floodlights.

The final game of this run of home fixtures will be against Steve Bruce's well-fancied Aston Villa side on Tuesday 15th August, with a 8pm kick-off.

Following a surge in form in the second half of last season, Villa have made a number of marquee signings as they aim for their own promotion push this time around.

Former England and Chelsea captain John Terry and former Stoke City stalwart Glenn Whelan are among the names to join Villa Park this transfer window, with what is set to be a very competitive match in store at Madejski Stadium!

Tickets for all three fixtures are available now via our club website, so come out and support your team as we go for a good start to another successful season!

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