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Ahead of the game | Royals hope for quick Cup response

Millwall are the visitors as the Royals aim for Carabao Cup third round...

21 August 2017

Everything you need to know ahead of our Carabao Cup tie against Millwall on Tuesday...

Reading v Millwall
Tuesday 22nd August
Carabao Cup, Second Round
Madejski Stadium
8pm kick-off

Newly-promoted Millwall are the opponents at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night, as the Royals aim to continue their run in this season's Carabao Cup.

Ticket News

Come to our cup clash for just £7 Adults in midweek!

20 August 2017

The Lions, playing under manager and Millwall all-time top scorer, Neil Harris, got all the way to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last season, taking three Premier League scalps along the way!

However, they were knocked out of this competition at this stage last season at home to Nottingham Forest, with Harris hoping for better this time around in the Carabao Cup.

The Royals, meanwhile, will be hoping for an immediate response to Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Preston North End.

Millwall are yet to register a win in the Championship as yet this season, but come into Tuesday's match off the back of a hard-earned point at Ashton Gate, in a goalless draw against Bristol City.

Around the ground

Our Royals Fun Zone will be open before the match at Madejski Stadium, come down early and get the family involved in our pre-match activities!

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Odds

Sky Bet make the Royals 6/5 favourites to win the tie in normal time, with Millwall out at 23/10. The match has to be decided on the night, and the tie is 23/10 to be a draw at 90 minutes.

The possibility of extra time and penalties is always possible in Cup football, with either team to win the match in extra time available at 11/2.

Royals are also priced at 11/10 to score two or more goals in Tuesday night's match.

Officials

Charles Breakspear is set to be the man in charge of proceedings at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night. He has averaged around four yellow cards per match so far in his matches this season, and was also the referee for QPR's 1-0 win over Northampton Town in the first round of the competition.

The Surrey-based official will be assisted by Robert Dabbs and Graham Kane, with Lee Swabey as fourth official.

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 parking for this fixture will cost £10 at Madejski Stadium and £7 at the Old Greyhound Stadium.

Ticket News

Hospitality available for Carabao Cup tie against Millwall!

14 August 2017

Tickets

Adults can buy tickets in advance of Tuesday's game for just £7, with children's prices from just £1!

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313. Our official online ticketing service www.readingfcdirect.co.uk sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to ticketing@readingfc.co.uk

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

Extra-time victory sends Royals through to round three

Superb strikes from Bacuna, Evans and Smith seal 3-1 cup win

22 August 2017

The Royals reached the Third Round of the Carabao Cup with an extra-time victory over fellow Championship side Millwall at Madejski Stadium. Leandro Bacuna's thunderous opener had been cancelled out by Shane Ferguson and in extra time it took an exquisite finish from George Evans to restore Reading's lead before Sam Smith capped the night off with his first goal in blue and white hoops.

  • Bacuna scores a screamer to open the scoring on his home debut
  • Ferguson levels three minutes later with a deflected effort
  • Reading make four substitutions for the first time ever in a competitive match
  • Evans restores Royals lead in extra-time with sublime top corner finish
  • Sam Smith scores his first Royals goal to secure victory with a late third.

Royals boss Jaap Stam made eight changes to his starting eleven, handing young Icelandic defender Axel Andresson his full professional debut and starting with Leandro Bacuna for the first time at Madejski Stadium. Stephen Quinn and Garath McCleary each made their first starts of the new campaign.

The tie began at a lively pace and Reading had total control. The first half chance came when Garath McCleary worked the space to cross with his left foot into the middle, where Bacuna swung a leg at the ball only for his volleyed effort to be thwarted by an intervening Millwall boot.

Byron Webster cynically pulled Popa back as the Romanian looked to scurry down the left side of Millwall's defence, but McCleary's drilled set piece was cleared by the right foot of Ryan Tunnicliffe inside the six yard box.

Some incisive passing between Evans, McCleary and Smith saw the former fire a snap shot high over the bar from the edge of the area as the hosts continued to press.

Midway through the half, Ilori played a nice throughball looking for Smith who had his ankles clipped by Cooper as he raced onto it, but no foul was given by referee Breakspear.



Quinn's corner soon after fell to Andresson beyond the far post who waited for the ball to drop before rifling a sweetly struck effort just over Tom King's crossbar.

And Reading's pressure finally paid off when Bacuna marked his first Madejski Stadium appearance with a stunning opener. He strode forward from midfield and unleashed an magnificent right-footed drive that whistled past the outstretched arms of King and inside the left upright from 25 yards out!

Millwall almost responded immediately with their first shot at goal; Butcher was played in and forced a good save from Anssi Jaakkola who was down well to his right.

But the Lions had their leveller moments later when Shane Ferguson collected a deep cross from the left and swept the ball into the back of the Royals net via a wicked deflection.

Popa won the ball in midfield and drilled goalwards to win a corner via a deflection, and McCleary's low cross was knocked behind for another Reading corner late in the first half. And Quinn's deep delivery was won by Andresson at the far post, but it was a Millwall leg that got to his downward header first to clear.

Half time | Reading 1-1 Millwall 

The first action of the second half saw Chris Gunter come close! A swift exchange between Popa and Quinn diwn the left side of the Millwall area saw the ball teed up for the skipper who passed a short just wide and into the side netting from 15 yards out.

Tom Elliott looped a header harmlessly wide at the other end, before Tunnicliffe arrowed a fine effort over the bar from the edge of the box as Millwall sought the lead for the first time in the tie.

And they nearly did when Webster connected with a set piece that was floated into the box from the left, but the midfielder directed his header over the bar from close range.

Quinn forced a save from King with a low left-footed grass-cutter, but Barrow replaced him with 20 minutes remaining as Jaap Stam looked for a breakthrough.

And a delightful one-two between Barrow and Clement almost provided that breakthrough, the substitute driving a shot at goal only for a Millwall defender to produce a telling block.

Torrential rain began to fall and the Royals almost carved out the winner soon after the downpour - Popa and Barrow combining down the right in a move which ended with Popa sweeping a first time effort inches over the bar.



Popa then tested King again when he was given the ball in space as part of a swift counter attack and his right-footed effort was palmed wide by the Millwall keeper.

Ilori hammered high over the bar as we entered the final ten minutes of the ninety. And a sweeping crossfield ball from Bacuna picked out Popa bursting in behind the Lions' line - but King came out to thwart the Romanian as he tried to toe it around the onrushing keeper.

With 20 seconds left, Reading broke through Evans. He found Smith in space down the left and the Academy graduate drilled just over the bar from just inside the box in what was to be the last chance of the 90 minutes. 

Full time | Reading 1-1 Millwall

Extra time began and Reading started on the frotn foot with Clement feeding Popa on the left and the winger skidding a low cross which was blocked behind for a corner.

The Royals utilised their fourth substitute of the evening (an extra one now being allowed in extra timeof cup competitions) as 16 year old Danny Loader entered the fray. But it was Evans who took aim but arrowed high over the bar from range.

Clement found Barrow who broke at pace, cut in onto his left foot but aimed a low shot wide of the left post. Rinomhota had a shot charged down and then Gunter took aim but skied a difficult effort.

Barrow thundered a well-struck effort into the body of the Millwall stopper and Reading were coming closer to scoring...and so it proved!

On the stroke of half-time in extra-time, Clement swept the ball wide to Popa who pulled the ball back into the feet of Evans. He took a touch to control it and nonchalantly picked his sport tot curl the ball into the top right corner for 2-1.

Millwall looked to recover once more but Jed Wallace's cross was glanced harmlessly wide with ten minutes remaining.

But the Royals were seeing the game out well, keeping possession to the sound of incessant 'We've got the ball' chanting from the East Stand.

And the tie was put to bed with a first goal for Sam Smith. Evans cleared the Royals lines with a direct ball from the edge of his own box and Smith ran powerfully onto it, beating the offside trap, taking a couple of touches to bring the ball into his stride, and then rifling home with a fine left-footed finish past King.

Extra time | Reading 3-1 Millwall

Reading: Jaakkola, Gunter (c), Ilori, Andresson (Blackett 90), Bacuna (Loader 95), Popa, Rinomhota, Quinn (Barrow 71), Evans, McCleary (Clement HT), Smith.
Subs: Legg, East, Barrett, Loader.
Goals: Bacuna 33, Evans 110, Smith 116

Millwall: King, Craig (c), Thompson, Cooper, Onyedinma, Ferguson (Wallace 96), Romeo, Butcher (O'Brien 85), Webster, Tunnicliffe (Williams 77), Elliott (Morison 66).
Subs: Archer, Meredith, Hutchinson.
Goals: Ferguson 36

Att: 7,148 (471 away)

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Ticket News

Come to our cup clash for just £7 Adults in midweek!

Get behind the team against Millwall on Tuesday

20 August 2017

Our Carabao Cup campaign rolled onto the second stage a fortnight ago with a win against Gillingham… and now we’re back at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night as we host Millwall.

And once again we’re offering great value for match tickets in advance – buy in advance and it’s just £7 Adults, £5 for ages 18-24 and 65 & Over, and just £1 for ages 17 & Under!

Tickets will be available to buy on arrival at Madejski Stadium, but by buying before 5pm on the afternoon of the game, you’ll save money compared to matchday prices.

Match Reports

Kelly wonder strikes seal Second Round berth

8 August 2017

In the last round, we proudly boasted 10 graduates from our Academy amongst our number. And it was one of them – Liam Kelly – who smashed in a cracking brace against the Gills to get our season started on home turf in a 2-0 victory.

Remarkably, it is only the second time in our history that we have been paired with Millwall in this competition – and it is set to be our 99th fixture against them since our entry into the Football League in 1920.

And if we want to go on the type of run that we went on last year, which eventually took us to Arsenal, then Neil Harris’s side will need seeing off first.

For full ticket information – including how to buy and a full table of prices – click the button below.

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