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Ahead of the game | Canaries up next at Carrow Road

Norwich are the hosts this weekend

16 March 2018

All you need to know as the Royals head to East Anglia this weekend...

Norwich City vs Reading
Saturday 17th March 2018
Sky Bet Championship
Carrow Road
3pm kick-off

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‘We need a result; it’s as simple as that’ – Jaap

16 March 2018

The Royals head to mid-table Norwich at the weekend, hoping for three points to boost the points tally heading into the upcoming international break.

Daniel Farke's side no longer appear to be troubling the top six, sitting 12 points off the top six but also well clear of danger of relegation.

Reading sit six points above the bottom three as it stands, with a victory at Carrow Road on the players' minds as they aim to get further clear of the teams behind them in the Championship table.

The Royals will be hoping for better fortunes after the Canaries won the reverse fixture at Madejski Stadium earlier in the season, courtesy of a fine free-kick from danger-man James Maddison - with Cameron Jerome inflicting defeat on the Royals after Liam Moore had levelled the scoring.  

 

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Travel

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

Please note that snow is expected across the country over the weekend, please be sure to check your travel arrangements and allow plenty of time to travel if you are heading to Norwich this weekend.

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Odds

According to EFL title sponsors Sky Bet, you can get odds of 18/5 on a Reading win on Saturday afternoon, with hosts Norwich odds-on favourites at 4/5, with odds of 12/5 on the spoils to be shared.

Mo Barrow is available at 10/3 to score any time and notch his 10th goal of the season, while Leandro Bacuna is priced at 7/1 to score against the Canaries on Saturday.

Officials

Oliver Langford will be overseeing proceedings at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon, and has averaged around three yellow cards per match this season - having also taken the Royals in our Boxing Day clash at Bristol City earlier this season.

He will be assisted on the day by Lee Venamore and Steven Meredith, with Nigel Lugg between the benches as fourth official.  

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Canaries resist Royals comeback at Carrow Road

Reading defeated in Norfolk

17 March 2018

An enthralling game at Carrow Road yielded nothing for Reading, who were defeated 3-2 at the hands of Norwich City.

  • Vrancic and Hanley convert corners to open two-goal lead for hosts
  • Kelly hits one back with instinctive finish
  • Maddison wins penalty and slots in before half-time
  • Smith's first league goal gives Reading hope after the break

Mario Vrancic, Grant Hanley and a James Maddison penalty in the first half was enough for the Canaries; ex-Academy pair Liam Kelly and Sam Smith netted either side of the break in reply for Reading.

Royals boss Jaap Stam made two changes to his starting XI, as a pair of Academy graduates were drafted in.

Liam Kelly, fit again, was named in midfield and striker Sam Smith began up front in place of the injured Jón Daði Böðvarsson.  A shame to miss the Icelander, as the game kicked off in conditions befitting of his homeland – sub-zero temperatures and snow lashing down.

With just seconds on the clock, the two teams had an extended break as Smith’s late challenge on Timm Klose – unpunished by the referee – left the Canaries defender on the deck clutching his ankle.  He was eventually deemed fit to continue.

Onel Hernandez was first to provide a real threat, but Chris Gunter deflected his cross into the side netting.  And at the other end, Sone Aluko picked off a pass and curled a cross into the box… on the stretch, Grant Hanley diverted the ball towards his own goal but goalie Angus Gunn adjusted to save.

But 14 minutes into the game, the deadlock had been broken – a setback for Reading.  Successive corners came in from the right; the first dealt with well enough, but James Maddison’s second was flicked on by Hanley, allowing Vrancic to steal in at the far post and head into the unguarded part of the goal.

Norwich were close to doubling their advantage, with Vrancic’s work in his own half creating the opportunity.  After shaking off the attention of three blue and white hooped shirts, he found Josh Murphy in the left channel, whose subsequent low cross was squandered high over the bar by Hernandez as he rushed into the area.

Mo Barrow, who had switched out to the right flank, cut inside and delivered a cross which had the Canaries defence backtracking and Gunn in two minds.  Smith peeled off to the back post but couldn’t generate the power or direction with his header to level things up.

Instead, the second goal of the game went Norwich’s way, again from a set-piece.  Maddison’s corner, from the other side this time, was met by Hanley’s towering header to widen the margin.

Shortly after the half-hour mark, Reading had the pendulum swinging back in their direction.  Trickery on the left byline resulted in a free-kick for the Royals – Kelly drilled towards goal, Gunn saved initially and kept out Aluko’s follow-up, but Kelly was able to sweep in to get Reading back within one.

Norwich didn’t take long to re-establish their two-goal margin.  Murphy sent in another delivery from the left which Anssi Jaakkola came to take, but he fouled Maddison in the process of winning the ball and the referee had little hesitation in awarding a spot-kick.  Maddison dusted himself down and sent Jaakkola the wrong way from 12 yards.

Half-time: Norwich City 3-1 Reading

The Royals weren't going to go down without a fight - and seven minutes after the restart, they were back within a goal.  Kelly, picking up wide on the left, sent in an inswinging delivery which cut out the defence, allowing Smith to poke a volley past Gunn for his first Championship goal.

The Canaries continued to pose attacking threats as Hernandez darted in off the right; Liam Moore, trying to block the effort, ended up deflecting the effort against his own post with Jaakkola stranded.

Sub John Swift began to pull the strings in midfield; a quick link-up with Pelle Clement allowed him to set captain Chris Gunter to the byline.  His low cross was met at the near post by Smith... just the wrong side of the post.

Norwich had a chance to kill the game off when Dennis Srbeny was clean through on goal; Reading were expecting a free-kick as Murphy kicked Liam Moore in the head with a high boot, but the ref allowed play to continue.  Mercifully, the German shanked his effort wide.

Into the final ten minutes, Yann Kermorgant was introduced... and almost levelled with his first touch.  Barrow sent in a low corner from the right which the Frenchman diverted towards goal, but Gunn adjusted quickly to palm clear off the line.

And, as the game ticked into five added minutes, some delightful link-up allowed Swift to square for Kermorgant – Gunn was grateful for a deflection which took it into his arms.  Moments later, Barrow's cross-cum-shot fizzed inches past the far post.  Fine margins.

A fighting effort from Reading but not enough to come away with any spoils to show for it.

Full-time: Norwich City 3-2 Reading

Norwich City: Gunn, Pinto (c), Reed, Vrancic, Murphy (Hoolahan 90), Klose, Maddison, Hernandez, Lewis, Hanley, Srbeny (Watkins 89).
Unused subs: McGovern, Husband, Zimmermann, Oliveira, Edwards.
Goals: Vrancic 14, Hanley 26, Maddison 37 pen.
Yellow: Hernandez, Hanley.

Reading: Jaakkola, Gunter (c), Blackett, Moore, Ilori, Edwards (Kermorgant 82), Clement, Kelly (Van den Berg 62), Aluko (Swift 53), Barrow, Smith.
Unused subs: Mannone, Evans, Bacuna, Holmes.
Goals: Kelly 32, Smith 52.
Yellow: Jaakkola, Clement, Barrow, Blackett, Kermorgant.

Referee: Oliver Langford

Attendance: 25,098

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