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26 January 2018 Venue Hillsborough Attendance

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Ahead of the game | Hillsborough on a Friday night, again!

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Sheffield Wednesday vs Reading
Friday 26th January 2018
Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round
Hillsborough
7.45pm kick-off

We all know what happened the last time the Royals made the trip to Hillsborough on a Friday night back in March last year... and when we go to the Steel City this time around, the prize is a place in the FA Cup Fifth Round!

In terms of league standings, just three points and one place separate Sheffield Wednesday and the Royals in the English footballing pyramid, but the FA Cup always has a different feel to proceedings!

Jaap Stam and his side will also be hoping to go one better than the goalless draw the sides played out at Madejski Stadium back in November, with a place in the last 16 of England's oldest cup competition awaiting the winners of the tie.

With a new management team in place at Hillsborough in the shape of Dutch manager, Jos Luhukay and assistant Remy Reynierse, they will be sure to provide a different kind of challenge than the one posed in RG2 earlier in the season, and it sets up an intriguing cup tie on Friday night.

Tickets

Advacne tickets for this fixture will remain on sale until midday on Friday 26th January 2018. 

Travelling supporters will also be able to buy on the day at cash turnstiles from 6.30pm - please note the £1 for Under-11s is not available on the turnstiles so must be purchased in advance.  

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Odds

EFL title sponsors Sky Bet have made the Royals 12/5 for victory at Hillsborough on Friday night, and the hosts are the short-priced 6/5 favourites, with odds of 11/5 on the tie being taken to a replay.

After his hat-trick in the last round, Jón Daði Böðvarsson is priced at 13/2 to open the scoring at Hillsborough.

He seems to have settled back into the squad after a lengthy injury, and George Evans is available at 13/2 to score any time on Friday night.

Officials

John Brooks will be taking charge of proceedings at Hillsborough on Friday night, having already been the official as the Royals took on Burton Albion back in December.

Brooks has averaged around three cautions per match this season, having also brandished the red card four times this term.

He will be assisted on the night by Akil Howson and Craig Taylor, with Ross Joyce on the sidelines as fourth official.

Travel

Interviews

Opportunity for cup run exciting for Ulderink

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

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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

Owls end our FA Cup campaign at Hillsborough

Royals left to rue missed chances and individual errors at the back in Fourth Round defeat.

26 January 2018

The Royals were punished for missed opportunities in front of goal and individual errors at the back as Sheffield Wednesday earned a place in the Fifth Round with a 3-1 scoreline.

  • Dawson saves in early one on one with Dave Edwards
  • Nuhiu breaks the deadlock against the run of play with low drive under Jaakkola
  • Dawson makes superb save from Bodvarsson before Nuhiu taps home a low cross for 2-0
  • Bacuna is denied by the woodwork before Boyd capitalises on a miscommunication at the back to score a third
  • Substitute Sam Smith scores a consolation as he slides onto a ball on the goalline.

Royals boss Jaap Stam started Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Yann Kermorgant together for the first time, while also drafting in Anssi Jaakkola, Leandro Bacuna, Garath McCleary, Roy Beerens, Pelle Clement and Dave Edwards into his starting line-up. Sam Smith was fit enough to take a place on the substitutes bench.

The first chance of the game was a very good one. Bacuna delayed a pass from midfield to wait and find the run of Dave Edwards in behind the Owls' back line. He was in on goal and only had Cameron Dawson to beat, and the midfielder took a touch towards goal and took aim only for Dawson to save with his body.



Moments later a loose pass from the hosts landed kindly at the feet of Clement and edging towards the penalty box he was cynically dragged back by Pelupessy who was shown only a yellow card for the foul. Kermorgant's set piece struck an encroaching Wednesday wall and the home side survived.

Reading were in command, comfortable on the ball at the back and making incisive runs in the final third, while Wednesday couldn't get a foothold. Bodvarsson got some space to cross from the right with 20 minutes gone and his delivery was met by a scuffed volley from Kermorgant who couldn't force a save from Dawson in what was a very difficult chance.

Wednesday had their first shot at goal from 25 yards out, Pelupessy's speculative effort sailing harmlessly into the stand behind Anssi Jaakkola's goal.

And yet against the run of play entirely, Wednesday broke the deadlock. A Morgan Fox pass in behind the Royals' back line found Atdhe Nuhiu in space. Appeals for offside were dismissed and the towering striker drove low under the body of Jaakkola and into the back of the net for 1-0.

Jaakkola had to parry a Fox shot from a tight angle soon after as Wednesday looked to capitalise on their opener and look for a second. But at the other end Bodvarsson did well to turn and open up space for a shot, only to slip and slice his effort well wide of the left post.

Half time | Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Reading

Reading began the half very brightly and could have levelled within three minutes of the resumption. Bodvarsson and Kermorgant worked the ball out to McCleary who fizzed an early ball back into Kermorgant just inside the Wednesday box. He connected first time but his shot scuttled through to Dawson who could gather it into his body with relative ease.

Next, Bodvarsson intercepted a short ball back to the keeper from the head of Venancio but although he toed it over the onrishing keeper, a backtracking defende rwas able to head the ball to safety.

Another superb chance fell to the feet of Bodvarsson moments later when Bacuna's ball across the box fell for the unmarked Icelander. He only had Dawson to beat but his firmly struck shot was brilliantly saved by the Owls keeper.

And Reading would pay for those missed chances shortly after when McCleary was robbed of the ball by the corner flag and a low cross was sidefooted hom by Nuhiu from five yards out. 

Nothing was going Reading's way and that was demonstrated once more when McCleary teed up Bacuna for a shot and the midfielder arced it towards the bottom right corner, beating the keeper, only for it to clatter into the right post.



A total miscommunication at the back allowed the hosts a third on the hour. A ball forward seemed to be covered by two Reading defenders but neither came across to take command of clearing the ball and Boyd scurried in. Jaakkola had come wide of his goalmouth expecting a pass back and the Owls forward slotted home with ease.

Nuhiu half-volleyed a near post effort wide, before Kermorgant's acrobatic overhead hook bounced wide from substitute Mo Barrow's cross from the left.

Bodvarsson won a free kick 22 yards out which Bacuna curled around the wall but Dawson was across to save comfortably at his left upright. Then at the other end Jaakkola had to be alert to parry a Boyd shot wide.

A half cleared Hunt cross fell to Matias who dragged his shot just wide as the clock ticked down and the tie ebbed away from the visiting side.

Another good chance went begging with ten minutes remaining; Beerens' corner was flicked on well by Edwards and Moore rose above his man to power a downward header at goal but it was straight at Dawson.

But Jaakkola saved from Matias in a Wednesday break away with seven minutes of the tie remaining.

Reading did get a goal in the dying stages, a Barrow run down the right led to a cross that deflected off a Wednesday leg and beat Dawson to land on the goalline where Smith slid in to make sure it crossed the line. But it was to be a consolation for the away side.

In four minutes of injury time, Bodvarsson arrowed over and Smith won a header but was thwarted by an offisde flag. And the deficit was too great to overhaul.

Reading now must concentrate on league matters and that begins with a trip to Burton Albion on Tuesday night.

Full time | Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Reading

Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson, Hunt, Venancio, Loovens (c), Pudil (Palmer 63), Fox, Boyd, Pelupessy, Reach (Jones 71), Matias (Rhodes 89), Nuhiu.
Subs: Wildsmith, Butterfield, Joao, Wallace.
Goals: Nuhiu 29, 54, Boyd 61
Yellow: Pelupessy, Palmer

Reading: Jaakkola, Gunter (c), Bacuna (Evans 79), Moore, Ilori, Edwards, Clement, Beerens, McCleary (Barrow 65), Böðvarsson, Kermorgant (Smith 79).
Subs: Mannone, Aluko, Blackett, Kelly.
Yellow: Ilori
Goals: Smith 86

Referee: Mr J Brooks
Att: 14,848

 

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