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Ahead of the game | Heading into Wolves’ lair

Our preview of the weekend meeting

2 March 2018

At any level, challenges don’t come much bigger than a visit to the league leaders – that’s the task our boys are faced with this weekend at Wolverhampton.

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Reading
Saturday 3rd March 2018, 5.30pm
Sky Bet Championship
Molineux

The Midlands side have made a habit of winning this season – even when we matched them at Madejski Stadium, they still had that little bit of cutting edge which resulted in a 2-0 win.

But they are fallible – in relative terms they’re having a wobble, with two draws and a defeat in their last three games.

And we’ve just as much to play for – so three points would be a welcome boost for the Royals!

Tickets

As of midday on Friday, tickets are no longer available for away supporters to buy and there are no on-the-day sales at Molineux whatsoever for visiting fans.

For information, press the button below.

Travel

We have compiled travel information and useful links for this fixture, with snow and adverse weather conditions likely to affect all fans on the road to Wolverhampton.

Click here for full information.

As always, we advise supporters to take the greatest of care and allow extra time to ensure a safe journey.

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Odds

EFL title sponsors Sky Bet have league leaders Wolves as the firm favourites, with odds of 2/5 for a home win.  The Royals are 8/1 for victory and the draw is 18/5.

Sky Bet are also running boosts for this televised game.  Modou Barrow to score first and either Reading to win 1-0 or draw 1-1 is available at 50/1, and Jón Daði Böðvarsson is 9/2 to net any time against his old side.

Officials

The man in the middle is Andrew Madley – he has overseen three away games for us already this season, although they haven’t been too fruitful… defeats at Preston and Millwall, and a draw in Bolton.

Robert Merchant and James Wilson are on the flanks as assistant referees, while Robert Jones acts as fourth official for this one.

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And supporters based overseas will be able to watch live video of a majority of our games 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 behind-the-scenes story and match photos on Instagram.

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

Table toppers too good at Molineux

Wolves break down resilient Royals and earn deserved win

13 March 2018

League leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers demonstrated why they top the table with a comfortable victory over Reading who put in an industrious display which wasn't good enough to halt their hosts at Molineux.

  • Wolves unlock Reading defence at end of first half with Matt Doherty header
  • Afobe turns home a second before the hour, latching onto Costa's low cross and applying the finish
  • Doherty makes it 3-0 with a bottom corner finish as league leader press home dominance.

Royals boss Jaap Stam made two changes to the team that drew at home against Leeds United - bringing in former Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards and Tyler Blackett for Liam Kelly and John Swift who missed out on the trip to Molineux. Yann Kermorgant and Andy Rinomhota returned to the squad, while Chris Martin remained absent through illness.

With the game just three minutes old, Mo Barrow was tripped by Willy Boly on the edge of the box and Sone Aluko's set piece deflected up off a Wolves head and over the crossbar for a corner which Wolves saw clear.

The home side began to build some pressure though, keeping the ball well and winning a succession of corners on both right and left. And a Barry Douglas free kick was too deep for everyone, sailing behind for a goal kick a quarter of an hour in.

Anssi Jaakkola was called into action, diving to his left to parry a shot from Helder Costa moments later, the rebound ricocheting off an offside Wolves body in the box.



The hosts had to replace Diogo Jota with Ivan Cavaleiro following a clash with Pelle Clement midway through the half, but Jaakkola was called upon once more as a header back across the Royals box was glanced goalwards by Afobe only for the Finn to arch his back and claw it away off his goalline.

Ryan Bennett took aim from 25 yards out but his effort sailed harmlessly over. However, the league leaders did take the lead before half-time. A cross from the right was nodded back from the far post by Cavaleiro and Matt Doherty directed a second header into the Royals net for 1-0.

Reading's disciplined first half display had been undone by that header and after five minutes of injury time, the Royals went into the dressing room a goal down.

Half time | Wolves 1-0 Reading

The first chance of the second period fell to the feet of Afobe, Doherty running onto a one-two to earn space down the right to cross and pick out Afobe in the middle. He snatched at the shot though and scuffed his strike wide of the left upright.

And Wolves came close to a second soon after when Gunter clattered into Afobe on the edge of the box to concede a free kick which Douglas arced inches wide of the woodwork via a deflection off a Reading head in the wall.

But the home side were enjoying the vast majority of the ball and they did double their advantage when a long ball down the right saw Costa beat Jaakkola to the ball, scurry along the byline and cut the ball back for Afobe, who drilled an effort past the Finn from the edge of the six yard box.



A well-drilled Wanderers side with a wealth of talent to draw upon were comfortable in their lead and while Reading continued to work exceptionally hard, there didn't seem any way back into a game the league leaders were bossing.

And it was 3-0 when a sublime passing move was teed up by Cavaleiro and drilled low into the bottom left corner by Doherty from the edge of the Royals' box.

Moore did well to hack clear a low skidding Cavaleiro cross with 13 minutes remaining, while at the other end Sam Smith replaced Bodvarsson for the final stages.

The referee intercepted a Reading free kick that was being worked across the edge of the Wolves box but the visitors got back in numbers to halt a counter attack handed to them.

A perfect crossfield pass found Douglas on the left whose first touch took him past the backtracking Aluko and into the box. Jaakkola was alive to it though and he leapt full stretch at the Wolves man's feet to snuff out the chance.

Jaakkola produced a double save to deny Costa a fourth in injury time, but the three points were to stay at Molineux and Wolves deservedly stay top of the table. 

Full time | Wolves 3-0 Reading

Wolves: Ruddy, Boly, Coady (c), Bennett, Douglas, Doherty, Neves, Saiss (N'Diaye 78), Costa, Jota (Cavaleiro 26), Afobe (Bonatini 72).
Subs: Norris, Batth, Cavaleiro, Gibbs-White, Miranda.
Goals: Doherty 41, 73, Afobe 59
Yellow: Bennett

Reading: Jaakkola, Blackett, Gunter, Moore, Ilori, Evans (Bacuna 63), Edwards, Clement, Aluko, Barrow, Bodvarsson (Smith 83).
Subs: Mannone, Rinomhota, Holmes, Loader, Kermorgant.
Yellow: Gunter, Evans

Referee: Mr R Jones

Attendance: 27,341

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Ticket News

No on-the-day sales available at Molineux

Ticket arrangements for trip to Wolves

28 February 2018

Royals supporters heading to Molineux this weekend to get behind the team are reminded that there are no on-the-day sales available, and all ticket sales must be arranged by midday on Friday 2nd March.

It's a late kick-off in the Midlands - the game begins at 5.30pm at Molineux, as we look to get a positive result against the Championship pace-setters.

Tickets can be bought online until 3pm on Thursday 1st March, which is also the deadline for the last postal deliveries of tickets - after this time, tickets will only be available to buy in person at the Ticket Office at Madejski Stadium or by ringing 0118 968 1313 during our normal opening hours until 12pm on Friday.

Ticket collections will be available during our normal weekday opening hours from Madejski Stadium, as well as between 9am and 12pm on matchday, ahead of the 5.30pm kick-off at Molineux.

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