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Ahead of the game | High-flying Bluebirds await in Monday Madejski match

Cardiff City are the visitors to Berkshire...

11 December 2017

Find out all you need to know ahead of the Bluebirds' visit on Monday, including a book signing in our Megastore before the game...

Reading vs Cardiff City
Monday 11th December 2017
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
8pm kick-off

Interviews

Andy's aim to 'kick on' after signing new Royals deal

10 December 2017

Neil Warnock's Cardiff City are the latest visitors to Madejski Stadium when the sides face each other on Monday night.

The Royals go into the match off the back of two consecutive Championship victories, and 14 points from the last 21 available, and have climbed back towards the mix in the league.

Cardiff, meanwhile, have been pushing towards the automatic promotion places in the Championship, following an outstanding first half of the season under Warnock.

Reading have been settled in their squad set-up in recent matches, though, with the same 11 taking to the field from the start in their previous three matches, with seven points as a result. 

There are plenty of options waiting in the wings for an opportunity, though, with several first team players keeping match fit by taking part in the Under-23s' match against Bayern Munich on Friday night.

It's sure to be another tight contest under the lights at Madejski Stadium, so back the boys against the Bluebirds as we go for another good result and performance!

 

Pre-match chat

Book signing

Roger Titford will be signing copies of his new book ‘The Legend of Robin Friday’ at the Megastore, from 6.30pm on Monday 11th December, the evening of the match.

The book takes a cool, hard look at how the legend of this 1970s cult figure, for both Reading and Cardiff, emerged long after his death in 1990. There are plenty of great images of the man in action.

The book costs £10 and is available from the Megastore, STAR Base and Waterstones Reading branch.

Odds

Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, have made the Royals 19/10 for victory on Monday night, with Cardiff available at 6/4 for three points. The draw is priced at 23/10.

Sone Aluko is available at the boosted odds of 9/1 to score first at Madejski Stadium, up from 6/1 previously.

Yann Kermorgant also has had his odds boosted, and he is available at 7/1 to score a header during the game.

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

Golden Gamble

Please note that you can only buy Golden Gamble tickets from certain areas of Madejski Stadium on Monday night. 

Our sellers will be posted in the following places:
- Outside Main Reception
- Hospitality
- East Stand
- Stadium Approach

Please note that our Golden Gamble sellers are still accepting old £1 coins for payment.

Officials

Stephen Martin will be taking charge of his third Reading match of the season when he arrives at Madejski Stadium on Monday night. He was the official when the Royals beat Birmingham City back in August, and when Jaap Stam's side drew 1-1 against Hull City in September.

He will be assisted on the night by Andrew Fox and Ian Cooper, with Andy Woolmer on hand as fourth official.

Travel

Club News

Madejski matchday parking options broader than ever before!

23 October 2017

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!

Tickets

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.

Click the button below for full selling information for this game.

Follow it live!

The best way to follow the game live is at Madejski Stadium in person, by getting behind the team!

But 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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Late Cardiff leveller denies Royals win

Entertaining affair ends all square despite Reading taking a two-goal lead

11 December 2017

An injury time equaliser denied Reading victory at home to high-flying Cardiff City this evening as Lee Tomlin was awarded a goal via goalline technology at the very end of a topsy-turvy but entertaining affair.

  • Callum Paterson glances a header into his own net to hand Reading the lead
  • Barrow drills home a second via a deflection off Joe Bennett inside a crowded box
  • Neil Warnock is sent to the stands in the second half
  • A Joe Bennett thunderbolt pulls one back for the visitors with eight minutes remaining.
  • Lee Tomlin hammers home an injury time equaliser which is awarded by goalline technology
  • Paul McShane heads against the woodwork with the last touch of the match.

Royals boss Jaap Stam named the same eleven for the fourth game in a row and the teamsheet was unchanged for the third successive fixture as the substitutes bench remained the same. Sean Morrison captained Cardiff back at the stadium where he plied his trade, while former Royals Matthew Connolly and Greg Halford were named on the Bluebirds' bench.

Five minutes gone and Barrow earned the space down the left to cross low into the middle, but before it could reach Edwards in the box it was hacked out to Gunter. He resupplied a cross, but it deflected off a City head to loop kindly into the arms of Neil Etheridge.

A lovely piece of skill from Barrow saw him beat Ecuele Manga tight on the left touchline and race forwards. He looked to pull the ball back to Kermorgant on the edge of the box, but City read it and cleared before it could reach the Frenchman's feet.

At the other end though, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing forced the first save. He broke at pace down the left and drilled a shot at the near post where it cannoned into Mannone's chest and flew to safety.

Barrow and Gunter combined down the left soon after and the latter's low cross was passed behind by a cautious Morrison. And then with a quarter of an hour played, the Royals took the lead - through an own goal from Callum Paterson. Liam Kelly delivered a vicious inswinging corner and Paterson glanced the ball past a helpless Etheridge for 1-0.

Six minutes later and a good opportunity to make it 2-0. Aluko took on two and earned a yard to cross brilliantly towards the edge of the six yard box. Kermorgant rose highest and won his header cleanly, but could only direct it back across the face of goal and wide.



The direct route almost worked next for the dominant Royals, Mannone passing it out to Bacuna who swept an early ball forward for Barrow. He had the beating of Ecuele Manga but the right-back did enough to put the pacy Barrow off his stride and allow Etheridge race to the edge of his area to collect.

Junior Hoilett connected with a diving header to arrow an effort towards Mannone's goal on the half hour, but under pressure from McShane he skied his effort over the crossbar.

But Mannone was needed to make a save from a swerving powerfully hit effort from Ralls who was denied by the Italian who got down low to his left.

Morrison had to be withdrawn as Neil Warnock introduced Lee Peltier, but Kelly nearly unlocked the visitors' defence with a well-placed pass into the path of Aluko - but the forward on the stretch couldn't bring the fizzed ball under control in a good position. 

And with four minutes of the half remaining,. Reading doubled their lead. A Kelly corner was headed clear but Barrow followed it up with a hooked left-footed drive that whistled back into a crowded box. It took a vital deflection to bobble past a wrongfooted Etheridge for 2-0.

And moments after the restart, Barrow was able to stretch his legs and scamper in behind the City back line. Bamba came across to block his shot on the slide however. And after Mannone calmly caught a hooked overhead from Bamba in with the last kick of the half, the teams headed into the warmth of the dressing rooms with the hosts two goals to the good.

Half time | Reading 2-0 Cardiff City

In the opening minutes of the second half, Mannone was alert to speed off his line to dive at the feet of Ralls who had darted onto a clever reverse pass in behind the Reading defence. And the Bluebirds had begin the half brightly - Reading needed to scramble the ball away through Van den Berg soon after.

But Reading came close to a third twice - Aluko cannily dragged the ball back inside the box but arrowed a right-footed shot over the crossbar. And then Etheridge's hurried clearance from a back pass was brought down by Edwards and it fell to Kermorgant who placed a right-footed effort towards the bottom left corner, only for a recovering Etheridge to palm it away.

The second half was wide open and Hoilett squandered a golden opportunity to halve the deficit when he got on the end of a Mendez-Laing inswinging cross but nodded the ball into the ground and up and over the crossbar with Mannone stranded.

A lovely ball from Kelly found Bacuna powering into the box from the right side, but a slight arm on his shoulder from a City defender forced him to take the ball too close to the byline and he was unable to pull a cross back in the end.

A sublime move down the right this time saw Aluko release the overlapping Kelly and his low centre was toed behind by Peltier as Kermorgant looked to get the decisive touch.

Barrow stayed strong under pressure from Ecuele Manga to release Gunter down the left into the Cardiff box but his passed cut back couldn't find Edwards arriving and it was easily cleared.

City were certainly pressing for a goal which would get them right back into the encounter and Damour hacked the ball out of Mannone's gloves as the Royals stopper collected a long throw that had been catapulted into the Reading area.

A frustrated Neil Warnock had already been warned by referee Stephen Martin before he was sent to the stands for his conduct on the touchline. But still the game was not out of reach for City who were pushing for a goal only to see Mannone gobble up a low drive from substitute Lee Tomlin.

And the away side threw the result into doubt with a goal that had been coming - Joe Bennett volleying a quite superb left-footed effort past Mannone to make it 2-1 with seven minutes remaining.

Cardiff were looking strong in the final stages and Mannone gratefully jumped on a knock down from a dinked free kick from the left. But substitute Adrian Popa curled a cross towards the top right corner only for Etheridge to fingertip it over his bar at the other end.

But as five minutes of injury time wwere signalled, Cardiff stole an equaliser. Bamba directed a floated header against the crossbar and Tomlin pounced on the rebound, hammering home off the underside of the bar - and referee Martin had the signal from goalline technology that it had crossed the line.

Yet Reading nearly nicked the win with the final touch of the game. Edwards stood a cross up to the back post where McShane leapt to head against the woodwork. The game ended all square and Reading's unbeaten run had been extended to five. But City fans were delighted with a point.

Full time | Reading 2-2 Cardiff City

Reading: Mannone, Bacuna, Gunter, McShane (c), Moore, Van den Berg, Edwards, Kelly (Bodvarsson 87), Aluko (Popa 88), Barrow, Kermorgant.
Subs: Jaakkola, Blackett, Ilori, Clement, Beerens.
Yellow: Kelly
Goals: Paterson og 16, Barrow 42

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Ralls, Bennett, Bamba, Morrison (c) (Peltier 34), Ecuele Manga, Mendez-Laing, Damour, Hoilett, Paterson (Tomlin 79), Bogle (Feeney 81). 
Subs: Murphy, Connolly, Halford, Pilkington.
Yellow: Bogle
Goals: Bennett 82, Tomlin 90

Referee: Mr S Martin
Att: 11,307 (1,383 away)

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Ticket News

Time running out to take advantage of 'Season Ticket Monday' offer for Cardiff...

£10 Adults and £5 Concessions for friends of ST holders

6 December 2017

‘Season Ticket Tuesday’ has seen Reading presenting special ticket offers to our most loyal supporters for every midweek league game at the Madejski... but this time around for our Cardiff meeting, it's 'Season Ticket Monday'!

For this match against Cardiff, our Season Ticket holders will be able to purchase up to two tickets for their friends or their family at a discounted price of just £10 for Adults and £5 for Concessions!

The cut-off time to take advantage of this offer is 3pm on Friday 8th December 2017 - make sure you act quickly to avoid missing out on this terrific deal!

So far this season, we've twice run our 'Season Ticket Tuesday' offer for midweek games against Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest... and won both of those terrific bouts of football!

We're aiming to keep it up against the high-flying Bluebirds - it's a chance for Season Ticket holders to come along with other friends and family members for a terrific rate.

For full ticket information on this fixture against Cardiff City - including full prices and how to take advantage of this awesome offer - click the banner below.

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