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Team news, ref watch, ticket news and the opposition view..

19 January 2018

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Jaap lauds Bodvarsson impact in cup triumph

18 January 2018

Reading vs Brentford
Saturday 20th January 2018
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
3pm kick-off

Madejski Stadium plays host to near neighbours Brentford this weekend as Dean Smith's Bees travel down the M4 for a Championship meeting in RG2.

Brentford are in fine form, having lost just once in their last six league outings - and that defeat came at Molineux against runaway league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

And the Bees are expected to bring a vocal away following to the Madejski as they sit just three points outside the top six and have one eye set on challenging for a play-off place.

The Royals however are now unbeaten in three and have lost just once in their last five games themselves and while Brentford bowed out of the Emirates FA Cup to League Two opposition at home to Notts County a fortnigtht ago, Reading put three past Stevenage in a replay to earn a boost in confidence ahead of this weekend's encounter.

Paul McShane and John Swift are expected to miss the match with hamstring injuries picked up at the KCOM Stadium last weekend, while Liam Moore also turned his ankle in Hull so is a doubt.

Match Reports

Bodvarsson hat-trick sinks Stevenage

16 January 2018

However Jon Dadi Böðvarsson bagged a hat-trick in midweek while a much-changed back four kept a clean sheet against Stevenage on Tuesday night - so there is plenty of competition for places in Jaap Stam's starting eleven.

It ended 1-1 when the two teams met in the reverse fixture at Griffin Park back in mid-September; Josh Clarke put the home side in front but Liam Kelly levelled from the penalty spot in the second half to earn a share of the spoils.



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Pre-match chat

"The run that we have been on is starting to capture the imagination of a lot of supporters," said Bees boss Dean Smith this week. "They are willing to get behind us. That is something that is gratefully received by the players and it is great to have that many fans behind us.

“It was difficult for Reading because they missed out on promotion on penalties and so their season was extended longer than everybody else,” explained Smith.

"They had a shorter pre-season and there was also the disappointment that could carry over. They have got good players. I am surprised with where they are this season but a couple of wins and they could be mid-table.”


Odds

EFL title sponsors Sky Bet have made the Royals 9/4 for victory on Saturday afternoon, with the hosts priced as 23/20 favourites. The draw is available at 5/2.

Having bagged a hat-trick on Tuesday night, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is perhaps worth a punt for first goalscorer, priced at 6/1 this weekend.

Or maybe you can see Liam Kelly repeating his spotkick finish at Griffin Park and bagging again for the Royals against Brentford on Saturday - our Academy graduate is a 12/1 shot to score the last goal this weekend. 

Officials

For the second time this season, Darren Bond will be the man in the middle at Madejski Stadium when the Royals take on Brentford this weekend.



He took charge of our 3-0 home win over Barnsley at the end of November, seeing Dave Edwards, Joey van den Berg and substitute Jon Dadi Bodvarsson score in a league win against the Tykes.

He last oversaw a Brentford game at the tail end of last season, officiating in a 1-1 draw between the Bees and Fulham at Craven Cottage last April - Nico Yennaris cancelling out Tom Cairney's opener.

He has averaged just over three cards per match this season, and has brandished the red card three time - sending off Barnsley's Joe Williams at Millwall in his last game.

Bond will be assisted by Mr Andrew Fox and Mr Robert Hyde as his assistant referees and the fourth official is Mr Simon Hooper.

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!

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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).

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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

Vibe strike gives Bees narrow victory

An in form Brentford side edged to a 1-0 win thanks to a second half finish from Lasse Vibe

20 January 2018

Dean Smith's Brentford earned three points through one second half finish from Lasse Vibe in a close contest that saw both teams squander chances in front of goal

  • Mannone saves from Vibe and Watkins in an early chance for the Bees
  • Substitute Blackett clears a Jozefzoon strike off his goalline
  • Kelly strikes the woodwork with a sweetly struck second half set piece
  • Vibe breaks the deadlock after counter attack from a good Royals chance
  • Bentley saves brilliantly from Barrow before Barbet heads off his goalline

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was rewarded for a hat-trick in midweek with a start against Brentford, while Liam Moore returned from a knock to start at the back.

The visitors nearly scored with six minutes played when a cross from the right found its way to Lasse Vibe just outside the six yard box - he chested it down but a flailing arm from Mannone was enough to deny hima shot at goal from close range. The ball fell loose for Ollie Watkins whose shot was charged down by a combination of Mannone and Ilori at the near post.

With a quarter of an hour played, Barrow battled well to win the ball back and he fed a through ball into the feet of Bodvarsson. Taking it to the byline, the Icelander's low cut back had to be pushed to safety by Daniel Bentley.

Five minutes later, Gunter collected a ball wide on the right and crossed into the box where Liam Kelly arrived onto it, but - looking to take a controlling touch - the ball skipped under his feet and the chance went.

Yann Barbet lined up a set piece in a dangerous position but Mannone was across well to help it over the crossbar. And Florian Jozefzoon took an age to line another free kick up after a foul from Joey van den Berg, only to direct it harmlessly wide of the left upright.



A nice exchange of passes down the left saw Aluko feed Kelly who flicked it into Barrow's path as he raced in on goal. But the offside flag was raised against Kelly in the build up as Barrow prepared to pull the trigger.

And the offside flag thwarted another promising Reading attack when Barrown and Aluko combined well in the middle of the pitch to set the latter away into the Brentford half - only for play to be pulled back for a free kick.

With five minutes of the first half remaining, Kelly found a yard to fire a cross into the Bees' box. It dropped behind Bodvarsson but he was able to control with his first touch and arrow a volley on the turn towards goal, which forced Bentley into a tidy save.

Moments later, Brentford came close to breaking the deadlock - Ollie Watkins worked an angle on the right side of the box and fizzed a low cross across the six yard box and just beyond the left upright. And it took a good piece of defending from Ilori to thwart a Brentford counter attack that saw Vibe cut back onto his right boot ready to shoot only to be muscled off the ball inside the Reading box.

Half time | Reading 0-0 Brentford

Reading started the second half well, but the first clear chance fell to the away side. And it was a glaring one. Neat work down the left saw Vibe cut a low cross into the box and it skipped past five or six onrushing bodies and to the feet of Jozefzoon. He sidefooted the ball the open net but Blackett got back well to somehow clear it off his line and around the right post for a corner.

Ten minutes into the second period and Sawyers arrowed a right-footed shot just wide of the bottom right corner. At the other end, Gunter bursts down the right and arrowed an early low cross into the box but Bentley was off his line to smother it before it could reach Liam Kelly in the middle.

And on the hour mark, the Royals nearly made it 1-0. Gunter did well to get to a ball down the right before it crossed the byline and he hooked it back to Bodvarsson who swept a first time effort at goal but inches wide of the left post.

And the woodwork came to Brentford's rescue next - Bodvarsson winning a free kick with a powerful run and Kelly arcing a superbly struck set piece over the wall, past the dive of Bentley and against the crossbar.



Vibe tried a couple of speculative efforts at the other end, dragging one wide of the goalmouth and hooking a first time strike harmlessly over from 25 yards out.

With 16 minutes of the match remaining, the game turned on a chance missed and a chance scored. Reading were given the ball back and Kelly fed Bodvarsson who in turn gave the ball to Barrow - who delayed too long to shoot and saw his effort blocked. 

And a moment later, Brentford broke at pace, Mokotjo initially denied by Moore and Mannone but Vibe lashing into the back of the Reading net with Mannone stranded.

Yann Kermorgant was thrown on in place of Van den Berg, but Mokotjo dinked a cross into the middle for Canos to half-volley high over the bar.

It was so nearly 1-1 soon after though - Beerens pulled the ball to the edge of the box for Kermorgant, whose deflected shot skidded towards the left side of the Brentford goal and Barrow connected on the slide but was denied by a good save from Bentley.

The resulting corner had to be headed over the crossbar by Barbet on the goalline as the Royals pressed for a leveller.

In injury time, a deep Blackett free kick was won by the head of Kermorgant but his knock down was gobbled up by Bentley before Bodvarsson or Moore get a toe to it.

And it Mannone had to pull of saves from Vibe and Mokotjo moments later to keep fading hopes of a point alive. And despite appeals for a handball inside the six yard box in the dying embers of the match, referee Darren Bond pointed for a goal kick after a scramble in front of the Bees six yard box.

Mannone came up for a corner at the very end but a bundle of bodies contested for the aerial ball and it sailed over the bar.

Full time | Reading 0-1 Brentford

Reading: Mannone, Gunter (c), Richards (Blackett HT), Ilori, Moore, Van den Berg (Kermorgant 77), Kelly, Evans, Aluko (Beerens 60), Barrow, Bodvarsson.
Subs: Jaakkola, Edwards, Clement, McCleary.
Yellow: Van den Berg, Gunter

Brentford: Bentley, Bjelland, Jozefzoon (McLeod 87), Yennaris (c), Watkins (Canos 65), Mokotjo, Sawyers, Vibe, Woods, Barbet, Mepham.
Subs: Daniels, Maupay, McEachran, Marcondes, Clarke.
Goals: Vibe 75
Yellow: Watkins, Woods, Bjelland, Canos.

Referee: Mr D Bond
Att: 17,893 (2,866 away)

 

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