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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Final-day Bluebirds battle

Fight for survival goes down to the wire in Wales

4 May 2018

All you need to know as the Royals take on one final challenge in the Championship on Sunday lunchtime.

Interviews

Clement: “We don’t want to rely on anyone else!”

3 May 2018

Cardiff City vs Reading
Sunday 6th May, 12.30pm
Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City Stadium

Reading go into Sunday's match in Wales knowing that victory would secure survival in the Championship, while possibly scuppering automatic promotion ambitions for opponents, Cardiff City.

Neil Warnock's side know that a win will earn a return to the top flight, with the Sky Sports cameras in town to watch the action unfold live.

Paul Clement has had his selection options bolstered with the return of captain, Paul McShane, fellow centre-back Tommy Elphick and winger Callum Harriott ahead of the game on Sunday.

With plenty at stake for both teams on Sunday lunchtime, it's sure to be an intense battle at the Cardiff City Stadium.

 

Get to the ground early!

Please can we urge our travelling supporters to arrive in good time on Sunday to avoid the possibility of delays ahead of a fixture which is expected to be very well attended.

Kick-off at the Cardiff City Stadium is at 12.30pm and all games on the final weekend of the season will kick off simultaneously. 

To take a look at Cardiff's away fans' guide ahead of the game, click here.

Tickets

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313.

We have an extended allocation of 2,106 tickets for this fixture, which went on sale on a Ticketing Points priority system.

Tickets for this match are now off sale, with tickets not available at Cardiff City Stadium on the day. We strongly advise supporters to not travel to the stadium without a match ticket.

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

For a more detailed map of parking around Cardiff City Stadium, click here.

Pre-Match Chat

Officials

Experienced Premier League official Robert Madley will be in charge of proceedings at Cardiff City Stadium, with Neil Warnock's side on the brink of promotion.

Harry Lennard and Marc Perry will be assisting Madley from the touchlines, while Oliver Langford will be between the benches as fourth official.

Odds

According to EFL title sponsors Sky Bet, promotion chasers Cardiff are overwhelming favourites at 1/3, while victory for the Royals is available at 13/2, with the draw priced at 7/2.

Follow it Live!

If you’re based in the UK or Ireland and can’t make it to the match, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on iFollow for as little as £4.49 per month. Not only that, but our online subscription also allows you access to extended match highlights and exclusive interviews which you won’t see anywhere else.

However, with the match being live on Sky Sports this weekend in England, video coverage will not be available but the audio 

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.  And head to Snapchat and find 'officialrfc' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!

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

Safe! Reading dig in to earn point needed

Gutsy goalless draw earns Paul Clement's men the point they required to secure Championship status

6 May 2018

A battling performance from Paul Clement's men was enough to secure a draw at promotion-winning Cardiff City and the point they needed to ensure they would be playing Championship football again in 2018

  • Elphick's headed block from Ralls the best opening of a goalless first half
  • Moore and Gunter blocks deny City the win they needed in gutsy draw
  • Results elsewhere mean Cardiff go up and Reading are safe

The Royals did well to calm a raucous atmosphere from an expectant home crowd and carved out the first half chance. A dinked ball over the top was brought down by Bodvarsson who stabbed the ball across the box but it was hacked clear before Edwards could get a toe to it.

City were looking to go aerial into the box at every opportunity and from a headed clearance from a corner, Joe Ralls hooked a volley at goal which was blocked by the head of Tommy Elphick as it fizzed towards goal.

Cardiff came within a whisketr of breaking the deadlock when Paterson missed his kick on the edge of the area and it rolled to Hoillet whose arcing effort sailed just wide of the right post after 20 minutes.



It took a timely sliding tackle from Ilori to prevent Hoilett from running onto a flick on into the Reading area. And appeals for a penalty were rightly waves away by referee Robert Madley.

But Neil Warnock's men were getting closer - a Joe Bennett overlap down the left saw him cut the ball back for Zohore whose stabbed effort from 12 yards out was blocked by Dave Edwards in a crowded Royals box.

Reading's rearguard action wasn't aided by an injury to Ilori who was replaced with Liam Kelly with ten minutes of the first half remaining. Leandro Bacuna slotted in an right-back as a result.

Mendez-Laing's cross from the right thankfully ricocheted kindly for Mannone to gather on his goalline. But the Royals battled their way to the break with the game goalless.

Half time | Cardiff City 0-0 Reading

The first chance of the second period fell Reading's way. Kelly threaded a lovely pass into the path of Bacuna who had burst into the City box down the right. But Bamba did enough to put the Reading right-back off as he tried to get a cross into the waiting Bodvarsson.

Zohore at the other end skied an effort high over Vito Mannone's crossbar to the Royals' relief.

Mendez-Laing kept a loose ball in play on the right side and he weaved his way into the box and dragged an effort at goal, but it didn't have enough on it to trouble Mannone who was down low to his left to save comfortably.



A dangerous set piece of our own saw Kelly deliver a testing inswinging corner that Bamba somehow headed behind at the near post before a cluster of bodies bore down on it.

At the other end, with an hour played, Bryson squirmed free inside the Reading penalty area, but his low drive was calmly saved by Mannone low to his right this time.

Gunter did well to block a Mendez-Laing cross from the right and the resultant corner skidded off the turf past Hoilett and away from danger.

And Moore kept pace with Mendez-Laing who broke down the right to take the sting out of a cross-shot and allow Mannone to gather the ball into his body once more.

The best chance of the game came with seven minutes left - Bennett skipped past an Elphick challenge and fizzed a low cross across the six yard box. It fell to the feet fo Zohore, but his low drive was blocked on the line by three Reading bodies.

Mendez-Laing drove a deflected effort wide with time ticking away - but a draw was going to be enough to ensure Reading's safety and, as other scores filtered in, Cardiff's promotion.

Five minutes of injury time was signalled and celebrations began around the Cardiff City Stadium upon hearing news of a third goal for Birmingham at home to top two-chasing Fulham.

With Derby 4-1 up at home to the Tykes and Burton losing at ten-man Preston, the Royals fans were celebrating survival too. 

A pitch invasion and a flare halted the game for a good period of time. And as both teams saw out injury time to seal a point that they both needed, the referee blew his whistle on the 2017-18 Championship season. 

Reading will be playing second tier football once more next season. Thank you for all your support through what has been a difficult campaign. Here's to a new challenge in 2018-19!

Full time | Cardiff City 0-0 Reading

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Bamba, Morrison (c), Bryson, Ralls, Hoilett (Ward 78), Paterson, Mendez-Laing, Zohore (Madine 86). 
Subs: Murphy, Ecuele Manga, Richards, Pilkington, Grujic.
Yellow: Hoilett

Reading: 
Mannone, Gunter (c), Moore, Elphick, Ilori (Kelly 33), Bacuna, Van den Berg, Edwards, Aluko (McShane 83), Barrow, Böðvarsson (Kermorgant 70).
Subs: Jaakkola, Evans, Swift, Martin.
Yellow: Elphick, Kermorgant

Att: 32,478
 

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Ticket News

Extra allocation for final day drama!

Royals sell out initial allocation and order final allocation for travelling supporters

2 May 2018

It's a trip down the M4 for an all-important clash with Neil Warnock's promotion-chasing Cardiff City on Sunday and, having sold out our initial allocation of 1,605 tickets, we now have another 501 tickets to sell.

We have now received that additional allocation for the final away fixture of the season, taking our full allocation to 2,106.

However, these tickets are only on sale to Season Ticket Holders and existing members with a purchase history at Reading Football Club.

Each qualifying supporter can purchase up to four tickets online in their own name. Supporters wishing to purchase more than four tickets, are asked to phone the Ticket Office on 0118 968 1313, where we will be more than happy to assist.

Club News

Royals to feature live in season finale

30 April 2018

The last post date for these tickets is Thursday 3rd May, 3pm. And all tickets will go off sale at midday on Friday 4th May!

So this is your last chance this season to back the boys and make some noise!

For the second season running, Cardiff have agreed to reciprocate our 'Twenty's Plenty' offer to away supporters, so Reading supporters will not pay more than £20 for their advance match ticket.

How to Buy

Online: visit www.readingfcdirect.co.uk
By phone: ring our Ticket Office on 0118 968 1313 
In person: visit the Ticket Office at Madejski Stadium during our opening hours

 

 

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