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Ahead of the game | Wolves wander to RG2 at the weekend

League high-flyers and large away following journey to Madejski Stadium

17 November 2017

All you need to know ahead of our Remembrance fixture this weekend...

Reading vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday 18th November 2017
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
3pm kick-off

Club News

We will remember them

16 November 2017

The Royals return to league action this weekend following the latest international break this season, with the Championship high-flyers the visitors to Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Wolves have had a flying start to the season. They sat two points clear at the top of the table before Sheffield United's victory on Friday night, they're the league's top scorers and they've lost just three of their 16 Championship matches thus far.

With a sell-out away following coming to RG2 this weekend, the Royals will need the support of the Madejski crowd as much as ever, as well as the players on the pitch needing to be alert to the threats of the table-toppers.

The Royals will hope to pick up where they left off before the international break, though, following impressive victories against Nottingham Forest and Derby County prior to the weekend off.

Summer signing Dave Edwards will be playing against his former team for the first time, having spent 10 years at Molineux. Striker Jón Daði Böðvarsson, however, hopes to be fit to face Saturday's visitors after a month-long injury absence.

Edwards skippered the Wolves side that took to the Madejski turf last season, with the Royals running out 2-1 winners back in March.

 

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Odds

Championship sponsors Sky Bet make the Royals 100/30 for victory at Madejski Stadium against Wolves, with the visitors priced at 17/20 to take the three points back to Molineux, with the draw available at 12/5.

John Swift is hoping to continue his return to scoring form this weekend, and he is priced at 4/1 to score on Saturday afternoon.

Sone Aluko has scored in consecutive matches, and he is 3/1 to add to that streak this weekend.

NB: Odds are subject to change, odds are correct at time of publication.

Officials

Roger East will be in charge of proceedings on Saturday afternoon at Madejski Stadium. He has averaged around four yellow cards per match this season, having also brandished his red card twice to date this term.

His last match officiating the Royals was back in January, with Jaap Stam's men turning round a two-goal deficit against Bristol City at Ashton Gate in an away day that will live long in the memory of Reading fans.

East will be assisted on the day by Dan Cook and Marc Perry, with Kevin Johnson in place as fourth official. 

 

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Club News

Madejski matchday parking options broader than ever before!

23 October 2017

There have been important changes in car parking and bus travel for the upcoming season, with parking at Madejski Stadium now having to be pre-booked online, as well as a continuation of our bus subsidies with Reading Buses. There are more places to park than ever before, though, so click here and find out what the best option is for you!

Tickets

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But 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 or £45 for a season pass. 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.

And supporters based overseas will be able to watch live video of a majority of our games – including this one – by using iFollow.  Match passes are just £5, or you can sign up for the season for £110 (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 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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League leaders leave with all three points

The post, a goalline clearance and some fine saves from an in-form John Ruddy help Wolves claim 2-0 victory

18 November 2017

Wolves returned to the top of the table but their goalkeeper was made to work very hard to earn the visitors three points at Madejski Stadium; John Ruddy, the post and a goalline clearance denied a Royals side who were unfortunate to leave the field without reward.

  • Ruddy pushes Swift's first minute strike against the woodwork
  • Ivan Cavaleiro beats the offside trap to scurry onto Jota's pass and slot home
  • Ruddy denies a deflected Barrow shot then brilliantly saves from both Barrow and Aluko, who also has one cleared off the line
  • Doherty turns his man and drills low under Mannone to make it 2-0 late on

Jaap Stam was able to name Yann Kermorgant as a starter for the first time this season, while Tiago Ilori and Joey van den Berg also returned to the starting line-up following their respective head injuries. Former Wolves striker joined ex-Wolf Dave Edwards on the bench.

Wolves were lucky not to fall behind twice in the opening ten mimutes. First, John Swift collected the ball from Van den Berg and unleasshed a swerving 25 yards effort that Ruddy couldn't hold onto - but the ball skidded off the keeper's gloves and struck the right post to Wanderers' relief.

Then Ruddy got away with a clearance which struck Mo Barrow but ricocheted agonisingly wide of the other upright and the game remained goalless.

But against the run of play, Wolves broke the deadlock. A threaded pass from Diogo Jota in behind the Royals' back line found Ivan Cavaleiro who had sprung the offside trap. Through one on one with Mannone he waited for the Italian to commit himself and cooly rounded the goalkeeper to pass home from six yards out.

Bacuna was booked for a frustrated kick of the ball after conceding a free kick, but Boly was not cautioned when cynically barging into Kermorgant who was bursting towards goal moments later. And Mannone needed to save from Cavaleiro at his near post after Jota had broken down the left into acres of space.



With half an hour played, Stam made an early change. Ilori was replaced by Dave Edwards. And with almost his first involvement in the game he won a corner. Beerens intercepted a loose pass and played in Edwards who was challenged just as he looked to pull the trigger.

Appeals for a penalty were dismissed despite Bennett bundling over Kermorgant as he looked to connect with a Bacuna cross into the penalty spot. And although the hosts showed plenty of endeavour in trying to get level, Nuno Espirito Santo's side led at the interval.

Half time | Reading 0-1 Wolves

The Royals began the second half on the front foot and shots from Moore and Edwards were charged down in quick succession before a cross was swung in from the right. Ruddy couldn't claim it cleanley but Barrow was unable to find a route to goal inside a crowded Wolves box.

A brilliant tackle from McShane stopped Jota in his tracsk as he scampered into the box along the byline and Reading repelled three corners in quick succession as Wolves looked for a second.

An hour on the clock and Swift won a free kick which Kermorgant stood over. The wall did its job and as it dropped for Swift, the midfielder attempted a speculative left-footed volley that sailed well high and wide of the target.

Barrow forced a cynical foul from Bennett who barged him over as he looked to break down the left at pace - and Bennett picked up a yellow. Soon after, Jaap Stam introduced Sone Aluko for the tiring Kermorgant.

Wolves were looking for a second to kill the game as spaces opened up, Jota flashing a low cross across the face of goal from the left before Bonatini dragged a right-footed effort just wide from the edge of the area.

But Reading came close to a leveller when Van den Berg won a free kick which Swift floated into the unmarked Moore at the back post. Moore aimed a header back across goal and Wolves bundled it behind for a corner as Barrow lurked.

Barrow took aim from 20 yards out next and Ruddy did just enough to save his deflected effort and prevent a corner, even though it looked like in trying to retrieve the loose ball he took it over his byline.

Ten minutes left on the clock and Ruddy produced a fabulous reaction save to deny Barrow. Beerens has raced onto a good pass down the left and squared the ball to Barrow in the middle, but he swept a first time left-footed shot at goal only to find Ruddy's outstretched right arm.

Aluko tried to convert the follow up and did well to take a touch and stab an effort towards the bottom right corner, but a toe on the line from a defender was enough to turn it around the post and behind for a corner.

Ruddy was equal to a strike from Bacuna with seven minutes left to play and time was running out for the Royals, who introduced Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in search of a deserved equaliser.

And they came so close again when Aluko rifled a low effort at goal only for Ruddy to save with his right leg this time. McShane won it back but Edwards and he both got in each other's way in trying to stab a follow-up effort at goal.

But the points were heading back to the Black Country and Wolves heading back to the top of the league when Doherty turned inside the box and drilled under Mannone to make it 2-0 in the final few minutes.

Full time | Reading 0-2 Wolves

Reading: Mannone, McShane (c), Gunter, Ilori (Edwards 30), Moore, Van den Berg, Bacuna, Swift, Barrow, Beerens (Bodvarsson 81), Kermorgant (Aluko 66).
Subs: Jaakkola, Blackett, Richards, Clement.
Yellow: Bacuna, Van den Berg
Goals: 

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Ruddy, Boly, Bennett, Coady, Doherty, Vinagre, Neves, Saiss, Cavaleiro (N'Diaye 79), Jota (Costa 85), Bonatini (Enobakhare 72).
Subs: Norris, Batth, Price, Miranda.
Yellow: Doherty, Bennett
Goals: Cavaleiro 16, Doherty 87

Referee : Mr R East
Att: 20,708 (3,872 away)

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