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Stevenage vs Reading
Saturday 6th January 2018
Emirates FA Cup, Third Round
The Lamex Stadium
3pm kick-off

For the third time in seven years, Stevenage are our opponents in the Emirates FA Cup. This time around, we travel back to the Lamex Stadium against the League Two side.

In our previous Cup encounters, it's honours even as both sides have taken one win apiece to date.

Our last visit to the Lamex yielded a late 2-1 victory in a dogged Cup tie back in 2011. Mikele Leigertwood gave the Royals an early lead before the Boro struck back with Darius Charles 20 minutes from time.


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Shane Long sent the Royals through on the day with his 87th minute winner, and the current batch of Reading players will be hoping to put themselves in the pot for Round Four once morewith victory on Saturday.

Jaap Stam and his side will be aiming for a strong Cup run this time around, following a Third Round defeat at Manchester United last season.

There will be almost 1,400 travelling Royals backing the boys at the Lamex on Saturday, as we get our FA Cup campaign underway for the season.


Tickets for this match have been declared a sell-out in the Reading end.

However, our Ticket Office is contactable on 0118 968 1313 for all ticketing enquiries. 

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EFL title sponsors Sky Bet have the Royals as even-money favourites for a safe passage to the next round of the Cup, with hosts Stevenage at 12/5. You can find odds of 5/2 for the match to be taken to a replay.

You can get odds of 7/4 for the Royals to earn a clean sheet against the Boro, with the Royals also priced at 9/2 to outscore Stevenage in both halves.


Ben Toner will be overseeing proceedings at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Having primarily officiated in Leagues One and Two this season, this will also be his second FA Cup match of the campaign so far.

Mr Toner's assistants on the day will be Nigel Lugg and Mark Griffiths, with Alan Dale on hand as fourth official.


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

Royals remain in the hat after goalless Third Round battle

Stevenage secure a replay at Madejski Stadium with goalless draw

6 January 2018

Reading and Stevenage battled out a goalless affair at the Lamex Stadium this afternoon to take this Third Round tie to a replay in RG

  • Jaakkola saves from Kennedy with his legs while Edwards is denied by a reaction save from King in a goalless first half.
  • Kelly and Barrow come close in the second half, as Reading dominated but failed to create clear cut chances.
  • Jaakkola makes flying save to deny Steveange a spectacular volleyed winner.
  • Royals remain in the hat for the Fourth Round as a replay is needed at Madejski Stadium.

Jaap Stam made seven changes to the starting eleven for the Emirates FA Cup clash at Stevenage, startring with Omar Richards, Tiago Ilori, Garath McCleary, George Evans, Liam Kelly, Dave Edwards and Anssi Jaakkola.

It became apparent in the first five minutes that passing the ball on a pitch that was cutting up was going to be difficult and Reading's first half opening came from a long ball from the back from McShane that Mo Barrow failed to bring into his stride and take into the Stevenage box.

At the other end, Ben Kennedy glanced a near post header goalwards but off the contesting head of Ilori and over the crossbar. The resultant corner from the left was also won by a home head and directed just over.

Kelly and Bacuna twice looked like they might open the Stevenage defence up down the right, then Barrow was flagged offside as he looked to race in behind the back line after ten minutes.

It took Anssi Jaakkola to come off his line to collect a dinked ball over the top that Danny Newton was looking to scurry onto. And the Finnish keeper had to be sure a looping header didn't drop under his crossbar on the half hour mark, tipping it behind for another corner.

At the other end Barrow got an opportunity to show his pace when he won the ball back in midfield and darted down the right. But a foul on a backtracking defender off the ball halted the winger in his tracks.

But the home side were up for the battle and Kennedy beat Ilori down the left to force a save from the feet of Jaakkola with eight minutes of the first half remaining.

A couple of bursts of pace from Richards set Reading back on the front foot and, winning a corner, Kelly's inswinger was headed goalwards by Edwards - but somehow Tom King saved from point blank range.

Barrow got away down the right moments later, but his centre was too heavy for McCleary who recycled it back to Evans who tested the keeper's handling with a shot cross that King calmly dealt with. 

McCleary beat his man but arrowed over from range as the first half drew nearer to its goalless conclusion.

Half time | Stevenage 0-0 Reading

Newton arrowed the first shot at goal in the second half wide of the left upright from distance after Van den Berg's pass forward from the back had been charged down.

But at the other end, Barrow scampered inside from the right to angle a reverse pass into the run of Kelly, but a covering Stevenage defender came across to slide in and intercept before Kelly could pull the trigger.

Jaakkola came across to comfortably push an arcing set piece around his left post. And he was forced into more urgent action to fly high to his left to save a wonderful Jack King volley that looked like it was destined for the top right corner on the hour mark.

With a quarter of an hour remaining, Richards raced down the left and provided an early cross into the near post where Kermorgant connected but flicked it high over the crossbar from a difficult angle.

And as the final ten minutes approached, Bacuna's dinked ball over the top almost allowed Barrow a shot on goal, bringing the ball down with his chest but crowded out of a clean shot by a last ditch Stevenage tackle.

Five minutes left to play and a low Barrow cross from the right was only half cleared, but Kelly had to snatch at his shot and could only slice a bouncing ball over the bar.

Barrow and Kelly combined well once more down the right, but Kelly arrowed his right-footed shot wide of the target in the last minute of the ninety at the Lamex Stadium.

McShane's head blocked an injury time Tom Pett strike from 22 yards out and Bacuna slid in to concede a corner and clear the danger of a low cross from the right that was fizzed into the six yard box. And Barrow connected with a ball into the box late on but couldn't direct it towards goal.

And a scrappty tie ended goalless in Stevenage, forcing a replay at Madejski Stadium.

Full time | Stevenage 0-0 Reading

Stevenage: T King, Smith, Martin, J King, Kennedy (Samuel 73), Pett, Newton, Godden, Henry (c), McKee, Wilmot (Franks 88).
Subs: Fryer, Franks, Wilkinson, Whelpdale, Gorman, Gray.
Yellow: Newton, Pett

Reading: Jaakkola, Bacuna (Gunter 90), McShane (c), Ilori, Richards, Van den Berg, Edwards (Swift 80), Kelly, Evans, McCleary (Kermorgant 65), Barrow.
Subs: Mannone, Gunter, Aluko, Clement, Blackett.
Yellow: Richards, Bacuna

Referee: Mr B Toner
Att: 3,877 (1,393 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets for FA Cup Stevenage trip now sold out!

Plenty of travelling Royals for Third Round tie!

27 December 2017

We're pleased to announce that the full travelling allocation for our Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie at Stevenage has now sold out!


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After selling our full and final allocation of 1,390, there will be plenty of travelling support at the Lamex Stadium next weekend!

As this was a final allocation, no additional seats will be released to Reading fans on the day so we strongly advise that Royals supporters do not travel to Stevenage without a ticket.

This will be the third time the clubs have met in this competition, and both sides have won one match apiece having met in consecutive seasons in 2011 and 2012.

We would like to thank the supporters who will be making the trip, with plenty of people there to back the boys next weekend!

There are still tickets available for our other upcoming away matches, starting this weekend at Barnsley, before we make the trip to Hull City in mid-January. Details and buying information for these matches are available by clicking the buttons below.

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