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Ahead of the game | Hopes for a Royal response in Bristol

Ashton Gate awaits for Reading on Boxing Day

24 December 2017

All you need to know ahead of our Boxing Day clash at Ashton Gate...

Bristol City vs Reading
Tuesday 26th December 2017
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
3pm kick-off

Club News

Gallery | Reading vs Burton Albion Dec17

23 December 2017

Despite a disappointing defeat on Saturday, the Championship is no place to rest on your laurels as the Royals are back in action on Boxing Day against high-flying Bristol City.

Lee Johnson's side are in fine fettle, having overcome four Premier League sides in the Carabao Cup already this season, most recently a last-gasp win against Jose Mourinho's Manchester United last week.

They're also sitting pretty in the Championship table, being among the play-off places for the majority of the campaign to date.

Having also taken a 1-0 win at Madejski Stadium back in September, the home side are set to be favourites against a Royals side looking to find their form once again.

With a packed festive schedule ahead, Reading will be hoping for a repeat of last year's exploits at Ashton Gate, with all three points returning to Berkshire on the day.

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Odds

Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, have made the Royals 18/5 for victory at Ashton Gate, with the hosts odds-on favourites at 3/4, and the draw is priced at 13/5.

NB: Odds are subject to change, and are correct at time of publication.

Officials

Oliver Langford will be in charge of proceedings at Ashton Gate on Boxing Day, having averaged around three yellow cards in his matches to date.

He will be assisted by Andrew Fox and Mark Pottage, with Dean Whitestone as fourth official.

Travel

Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) offer travel to all away games, details of which can be found by following the link here.

Tickets

Tickets for this match are now OFF SALE and will not be sold on the day at Ashton Gate, so please do not travel to the ground without a ticket. The Royals' Ticket Office sold 1,111 tickets in the lead-up to the game.

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 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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Robins edge Boxing Day affair

Second half goals from substitutes Paterson and Kelly seal City the win

26 December 2017

Two second half strikes from high-flying Bristol City were enough to earn the Robins victory in a tight Boxing Day affair at Ashton Gate

  • A goalless first half is closely contested but neither keeper is really tested
  • Substitute Jamie Paterson breaks the deadlock with a stunning top corner finish
  • Barrow is twice denied by Frank Fielding as the Royals seek an equaliser.
  • An injury time second from Lloyd Kelly ends Royals hopes of a comeback

Jaap Stam made two changes to the side that lost at home to Burton before Christmas, handing George Evans a start - his first involvement in the squad since suffering an injury back in mid-September. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was also given a place in the elevent, replacing Yann Kermorgant up front.

The first action in front of goal saw Josh Brownhill rifle a good effort on target from the edge of a box, but the referee had already blown for a Royals free kick after a foul in the box following a long Magnusson throw into the Reading area.

At the other end, Bacuna came very close to supplying a perfect throughball for Barrow but it had just too much on it for the Royals winger to get a toe to it before the onrushing Frank Fielding could intercept it.

Bodvarsson won the ball in an advanced position with a quarter of an hour played, but as he turned and pulled the trigger from the edge of the box, a Bristol City body charged it down.

And Reading worked a great opportunity to shoot when Bacuna played the ball into Edwards in space, he laid it off to Bodvarsson who in turn played in Barrow in space down the left side of the City box. But Barrow dragged his effort across the face of goal and wide.



On the half hour mark, the hosts broke at pace from a cleared Leandro free kick but George Evans did well to keep pace with the counter attack and forced it wide, the low cross eventually being hacked clear from the edge of the six yard box.

And that allowed the home side to build up a head of steam, Liam Moore needing to clear the ball from inside the six yard box after a good knock down from a floated cross from left to right. Then Taylor headed a good chance harmlessly over the bar soon after.

With five minutes of the first half remaining, Bacuna delivered a deep set piece into Moore on the corner of the Bristol City box, and the centre-back brought it down well and hooked an ambitious effort towards goal but well wide.

Then another promising Reading move came through the middle as Aluko fed Bodvarsson who touched the ball into the overlapping run of Edwards - but he ran out of space to get a shot away and the ball ricocheted off him and behind for a goal kick.

Half time | Bristol City 0-0 Reading

Reading won an early corner and Aluko's inswinging delivery was cleared only as far as Moore 15 yards out. He tried to hook a right-footed effort at goal, but he scuffed his shot and the Robins were able to hoof it clear.

But it took an excellent piece of defending from Van den Berg to deny Bobby Reid a clear shot at goal after Bacuna's misplaced pass had allowed Lee Johnson's side to break the Royals' back line.

At the other end, Aluko cut inside from the right and scuttled along the edge of the Bristol City area but he arrowed just over with his left-footed effort.

Then Barrow fizzed a fine low cross into the box from the left and Fielding had to palm it away from his six yard box, just out of the reach of the lurking Aluko.

With 25 minutes left, Barrow won a corner on the right which Aluko swept into the near post. Edwards stooped to loop a header goalwards but a City defender nodded it over the bar for another corner. 



Moments later, a lofted ball was flicked on by McShane, still in an advanced position, but Bodvarsson turned and shot in one motion only to fire it high over the crossbar.

And somewhat against the run of play, the Robins took the lead at the other end. A nice exchange of passes in the final third ended with the ball at the feet of substitute Jamie Paterson who picked out the top corner with a quite unstoppable effort.

Garath McCleary and Yann Kermorgant were brought onto the pitch and the two combined soon after being brought on, McCleary crossing for the Frenchman but Kermorgant muscled out at the back post as the travelling fans appealed for a penalty for holding on the striker.

Mannone gobbled up a downward header from Flint and was then illegally and cynically fouled by Woodrow as he looked to release the ball early for a counter attack.

Mannone had to make two saves in quick succession to deny the hosts a second, parrying Brownhill's drive at the near post and then down well to save from Reid. Then at the other end, substitute Roy Beerens' deflected strike looped over the City defence and Aluko was nearly able to stab it goalwards only for Flint to wrestle it back to Fielding.

And Reading had a great chance to level in the last minute of the ninety - Beerens' deflected cross was volleyed goalwards by McCleary and it dropped to Barrow six yards out with only Fielding to beat - but the City keeper scrambled across his goalline to shovel it around his post.

And in injury time, Fielding was down low to his left to denu Barrow again - a long ball forward from McShane flew over Flint and Kermorgant and into the feet of Barrow who turned into a shooting position but was foiled by the City stopper.

And any hope of a late equaliser was quashed when the home side scored a second - substitute Lloyd Kelly drilling home a left-footed effort that deflected past Mannone in the Reading goalmouth.

Full time | Bristol City 2-0 Reading

Bristol City: Fielding, Bryan, Flint, Wright (c), Baker (Paterson 49 (Kelly 90), Smith, Brownhill, Taylor (Woodrow 63), Reid, Pack, Magnusson.
Subs: Steele, Eliasson, Vyner, Leko.

Yellow: Baker, Pack, Woodrow
Goals: Paterson 68, Kelly 90

Reading: Mannone, Bacuna (McCleary 75), Gunter, McShane (c), Moore, Van den Berg, Evans (Beerens 84), Edwards, Aluko, Barrow, Bodvarsson (Kermorgant 75).
Subs: Jaakkola, Blackett, Ilori, Clement.
Yellow: Aluko, Bacuna

Referee: Mr O Langford
Att: 23,116 (1,115 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets for Boxing Day trip on sale now!

Festive football awaits at Bristol City

4 December 2017

Tickets for the Royals' trip to Bristol City on Boxing Day are on sale now!

Reading have happy memories of their last trip to Ashton Gate, coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 courtesy of a 90th minute winner from Yann Kermorgant back in January.

We have an initial ticket allocation of 1,504, and you have until December 22nd to secure your seat in Bristol on Boxing Day.

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

Ticket Prices 

Age Category Price
Adult £32
65 & Over £29
22 to 24 £29
19 to 21 £26
12 to 18 £15
11 & Under £10

Disabled Allocation

All disabled tickets are booked through Paul Collins – 0118 968 1017 / disability@readingfc.co.uk

  • Wheelchair Disabled x 10 – Tickets are charged at the above prices (helper free of charge)
  • Ambulant Disabled – Tickets are charged at the above prices (helper free of charge)

Bristol City also have a limited number of wheelchair car parking spaces onsite at the cost of £13. If you would like to book a space or have any other access requirements, please contact Gareth Torpy who is Bristol’s Disabled Liaison Officer on 0117 9630 670 or email Gareth.torpy@bristol-sport.co.uk  

Further Information:

  • This is an all ticket game, so all tickets need to be purchased in advance and there will be no pay on the day sales.
  • Tickets booked online or by phone up until 3pm on Wednesday 20th December 2017 will be posted.
  • Supporters booking online are asked to ensure that the age bands associated to each individual supporter are correct prior to processing your order. Checks of these will be made before the club sends you your tickets.
  • We have split the blocks in half to give supporters more of a choice when purchasing online or over the phone. Also, supporters who want to remain seated for the duration for the match, we advise them to choose the ‘lower rows’.
  • We advise that supporters using concession tickets carry photographic identification confirming their date of birth, in case a member of staff requests to see this on the matchday.
  • Reading Football Club reserves the right to advise the hosting club if any supporter is believed to be in the possession of a concession ticket to which they are not entitled, which may result in the ticket being blocked and entry denied.

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