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Ahead of the game | Blues in RG2 for first 2018 match

Birmingham in town following Leeds victory

1 January 2018

All you need to know as we kick off the new year at Madejski Stadium...

Reading vs Birmingham City
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
8pm kick-off

Club News

Gallery | Honours even at Oakwell

30 December 2017

Championship strugglers Birmingham City are the next visitors to Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening, with three valuable points up for grabs in our first match of 2018.

The Blues have seen goals at a premium for most of the season, with the lowest goals tally in the division to date this term. However, they come into the match following a strong victory against play-off chasing Leeds at the weekend.

The Royals, meanwhile, are hoping for a victory that would bring them closer to their rivals further up the table, having played out a festive period not earning as many points as the squad would have liked, with a 1-1 draw against Barnsley at the weekend taking them into this one.

With FA Cup action commanding the Royals' attention on Saturday, with a sell-out away following backing the boys at Stevenage, they will be hoping to make the trip to the Lamex bouncing off a victory against the Blues in midweek.

Odds

Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, have made the Royals 17/20 odds-on favourites for victory on Tuesday night, with the visitors, Birmingham City, out at 7/2 for the win. You can get odds of 12/5 for the spoils to be shared.

After netting his first of the season last time out, Yann Kermorgant is available at 6/4 to repeat the feat against the Blues.

Having already scored several goals in a Royals shirt, Dave Edwards is 3/1 to add to that tally when Birmingham visit on Tuesday night.

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

Officials

James Linington will be in charge of proceedings as the Royals take on Birmingham on Tuesday night. He will be assisted by Steven Meredith and Daniel Leach, with Oliver Langford between the benches as fourth official.

NB: Mr Leach replaces Michael George as assistant referee, and this change was made after our match programme went to print.

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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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Match Reports

City scrap out 2-0 win

City strike in either half to earn three points from Madejski Stadium battle

2 January 2018

Birmingham City heaped more frustration on an unfortunate Royals side by taking all three points from a blustery Madejski Stadium this evening.

  • Maghoma smashes home first half opener despite Reading's dominance
  • In-form Stockdale denies Barrow, Gunter, Kermorgant and Clement
  • Gallagher scores City's second on the counter attack to kill the game
  • Kermorgant heads off his own goalline and grazes the crossbar with a deflected volley at the other.

Jaap Stam made three changes to the side that drew at Oakwell in the last game of 2017, starting Pelle Clement, Sone Aluko and Leandro Bacuna against the Blues. Liam Kelly was fit enough to return to the bench too, while Dave Edwards missed out.

Reading began the game well, with Aluko beating his man down the right and fizzing in a low cross that skidded beyond the slide of Kermorgant and off the outstretcheed leg of Barrow at the back post to fly behind for a goal kick.

Five minutes gone and Swift played a lovely throughball for Barrow who, scurrying into the box downt he left side, drove low and hard towards the near post where David Stockdale had to save well with his legs. The resultant corner was delivered into the same post, but Kermorgant couldn't direct his glancing header on target.



John Swift did well to block a thunderous Craig Gardner effort from 22 yards out, but Reading were looking dangerous in the final third and a lovely crossfield ball from Bacuna picked out Chris Gunter who forced a fine one handed save from Stockdale when he rifled an effort towards the top right corner.

Stockdale was in the thick of it again soon after as he shovelled clear an Aluko effort and palmed it behind at the second attempt as Barrow looked to pounce on the loose ball.

But it was the Blues who broke the deadlock. A set piece was whipped in and the ball dropped loose inside the Reading box. Jacques Maghoma was first to react, smashing the ball high into the Reading net from 12 yards out.

Mannone had to make his first save of the night when Gallagher was played in behind the Reading back line, the Italian out quick to save at the forward's feet. At the other end Jonathan Grounds had to touch the ball behind for a corner after Barrow had worked the space to float a fine cross into the Birmingham box.

Clement then got in down the right, but his pull back was deflected clear of Aluko who was looking to connect first time with the low centre before he could pull the trigger.

And Stockdale saved again after Bacuna's sweeping cross was nodded back by Gunter for Aluko to twist onto a stab an effort goalwards. 

Reading were showing plenty of attacking urgency and somehow Marc Roberts turned the ball past his own keeper but also wide of his own post when under pressure from McShane inside the six yard box.

Barrow had a shot blocked at one end, then Boga saw his charged down at the other as two minutes of injury time elapsed and Steve Cotterill's side headed down the tunnel with a slender lead.

Half time | Reading 0-1 Birmingham City

The opening ten minutes of the second half saw both sides strive to score a key goal in the context of the game. Harlee Dean headed just wide of the top left corner for the visitors, while Barrow was set clear by Aluko moments later only for the offside flag to go up against the Royals' top scorer.

Kermorgant hooked an overhead effort inches wide on the hour after good work from Barrow had seen Gunter nod his cross down for the Reading striker to conjure an effort on goal. 

And yet City scored the second goal soon after. Breaking on the Royals, the ball was fed into the feet of Gallagher who had time and space to pick his spot, slotting past Mannone to make it 2-0 with 26 minutes remaining.

Every time Reading did find a route to goal, they also found Stockdale in fine form. He was down low to his right to save a Clement strike with one hand as the Royals looked for a lifeline.

Gallagher arrowed a speculative effort over and City were defending their lead well, with men behind the ball. Time was ticking away fast and it took a good block from Moore to deny Boga another counter attack effort on target.

Kermorgant had to head a follow-up header off his own goalline with ten minutes remaining, while Stockdale gathered an aerial ball under pressure from Barrow inside his six yard box.

McCleary stood a cross up for Kermorgant in the middle but Dean did enough to head the ball clear of danger. And Reading kept pressing for a goal to the death.

But it just would not go in - Kermorgant volleyed an effort at goal through a crowded box and it deflected off a body or two, over Stockdale and against the crossbar before skimming behind for a goal kick.

Full time | Reading 0-2 Birmingham City

Reading: Mannone, Gunter, Bacuna, McShane (c), Moore, Van den Berg (Blackett HT), Clement (Kelly 73), Swift , Aluko (McCleary 66), Barrow, Kermorgant.
Subs: Jaakkola, Ilori, Evans, Bodvarsson.
Yellow: Swift

Birmingham City: Stockdale, Grounds, Roberts, Colin, Kieftenbeld, Gardner (N'Doye 86), Dean (c), Gallagher (Adams 90), Maghoma (Nsue 72), Boga, Davis.
Subs: Jutkiewicz, Jota, Morrison, Trueman.
Goals: Maghoma 24, Gallagher 64

Referee: Mr S Hooper 
Att: 14,491 (1,135 away)

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