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Ahead of the game | Elland Road awaits

Packed out Elland Road awaits Royals on Saturday...

13 October 2017

Find out all you need to know as the Royals get back to league action...

Leeds United vs Reading
Saturday 14th October 2017
Sky Bet Championship
Elland Road
3pm kick-off

The international break is now over, with the Royals setting their sights back on Sky Bet Championship action by travelling to Elland Road to face Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds had topped the table in the early stages of the season, but three losses in their last four have seen them drop to 5th in the table before the international break.

Thomas Christiansen's side will, like the Royals, be hoping to get back to league action with three points on Saturday, in front of a sold-out crowd at Elland Road.

Reading welcome back Chris Gunter, Dave Edwards, Leandro Bacuna, Anssi Jaakkola and Jón Daði Böðvarsson after they went and played for their countries, but all eyes are now firmly back on climbing the Championship table.

However, this will have to be done without left-back Jordan Obita, who has unfortunately been ruled out for the rest of the season following reconstructive surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament.

Travel

Club News

Be there at Bramall Lane... on us!

12 October 2017

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

IMPORTANT: Please note there is a complete emergency blockade at Reading Station from 02:00 hours on Saturday morning. This means there are no trains to or from Reading Station on Saturday, other than stopper trains to London Waterloo & Gatwick Airport. 

Mainline services to Paddington and Cross Country services to the North will be suspended and rail replacement buses will be in use. If you are planning to travel by rail to Leeds United, please allow plenty of time for your journey.

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Odds

Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, make Leeds 17/20 favourites for the victory on Saturday, with Reading out at 16/5 for the win, with the draw priced at 13/5.

Sone Aluko has got himself three assists in his last three appearances, but he is 11/4 to score his first goal for the club on Saturday.

Dave Edwards headed his first goal in the blue and white hoops against Millwall last month, and he is priced at 4/1 to add to his tally.

Ticket News

Twenty is still plenty

25 September 2017

Officials

Jeremy Simpson will be in charge of proceedings at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon. Simpson has averaged around four yellow cards per match so far this season, having also shown two red cards.

He has already refereed Leeds this season, in their 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest back in August. His last time in charge of the Royals was our 1-0 win away at Birmingham City, all the way back in January.

Simpson will be assisted by Nick Hopton and Adam Matthews, with Scott Duncan as fourth official on the day. 

Tickets

An Adult ticket for Saturday's match costs £39, and £26 for Concessions. There will NOT be any tickets available on the gate at Elland Road, with prior ticket sales at Madejski Stadium taking place until midday on Friday 13th October.

Royals were allocated just over 600 tickets for Saturday's match, with the home sections of the ground having sold out in advance of the game.

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313. Our official online ticketing service www.readingfcdirect.co.uk sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to ticketing@readingfc.co.uk

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.

iFollow

Unfortunately, the fixture will not be available for live stream for our overseas iFollow subscribers as this match has been selected as the game which will be featured on Channel Five and broadcast live to international right-holders. To find out more about iFollow - click here.

 

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Elland Road silenced by late Barrow strike

Substitute scores winner against his former club, but Mannone saves injury time spotkick to seal victory!

14 October 2017

Jaap Stam's Royals earned a valuable and fully deserved victory against Leeds United at Elland Road thanks to Mo Barrow's late strike and Vito Mannone's injury time penalty save!

  • Royals enjoy better of first half; Lonergan saves from Bodvarsson and Aluko
  • Brilliant Lonergan save denies substitute Barrow
  • Barrow slides the ball wide of Lonergan to hand Royals late lead
  • Mannone saves injury time penalty to deny Hernandez an equaliser

The Royals made three changes to the side that lost at home to Norwich before the international break, bringing in Tiago Ilori, Dave Edwards and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson to start in place of Tyler Blackett, Paul McShane and Liam Kelly. Academy graduate Sam Smith joined the substitutes' bench.

With less than two minutes played, Roy Beerens' pace nearly caught Pontus Jansson napping in possession but the Leeds defender offloaded the ball to his keeper in the nick of time.

Vito Mannone's first action was to pluck the ball comfortably out of the air after a flick on from Roofe dropped onto the head of Pierre-Michel Lasogga who aimed a harmless header goalwards which lacked the necessary power to trouble the Royals stopper.

A nice exchange down the left saw Gunter deliver a lovely first time cross with his left foot but although Edwards connected well with a header that skidded just wide of the right post, play was brought back for a tight offside decision against Gunter.

Another delivery from the left foot of Gunter was swept in superbly but Bodvarsson could only get a glancing head to the ball and McCleary was unable to recycle it from the right.

Reading were posing a threat, with an inswinging Beerens corner clawed away by Lonergan from underneath his crossbar. At the other end, Ilori's pace was enough to see him shoulder Lasogga off the ball as he looked to race onto a ball in behind the back line.

Lasogga curled a shot on the turn well wide of the right post on the half hour before Ayling skewed a speculative effort out for a throw in - but the hosts were actively trying to up the tempo in the final third.

It was Lonergan who needed to make a smart save soon after though as McCleary and Bodvarsson combined for the latter to turn his man brilliantly and wrestle his way in on goal. He stabbed a shot at the Leeds keeper who held onto it well on the edge of his six yard box.

It required more alert action from Lonergan to keep the Royals out moments later - McCleary magic opened up some space down the right and he picked out Bodvarsson in a central position who fed it on to Aluko. Aluko took aim with a left-footed effort that was bound for the bottom left corner until the keeper intervened with a fine save that saw the ball shovelled behind for a corner. 

A floated cross from the right then nearly picked out Lasogga at the back post but it drifted just too long for the Leeds forward to connect with.

Half time | Leeds United 0-0 Reading

The first chance of the second period fell to the hosts but O'Kane arced a right-footed effort wide of the top right corner. Moments later, the Royals carved out an opportunity too, Bodvarsson retrieving the ball from the right flank and driving into the box along the byline, cutting the ball back for Edwards who arrowed a first time shot over the bar from a difficult spot.



Some calm defending from Edwards and then a combination of Van den Berg and Ilori kept a tasty Leeds cross away from Mannone's goal as the hour mark approached.

Bodvarsson tried a deft flick into the run of Edwards but Janssen luckily kneed it behind for a corner which Aluko delivered onto the head of the Icelander - but under pressure in the air he couldn't direct it anywhere other than high over the bar.

Bacuna was teed up by Beerens but he arrowed too high to trouble Lonergan from 22 yards out. Then substitute Mo Barrow watched as he whistled a loeft-footed shot across the face of goal but agonisingly wide.

Leeds brought on Sacko who made an immediate impact by winning a corner which found Lasogga in the middle - his stooping header looped over the crossbar.

But Barrow came so close to scoring against his former side when he took the ball off the toes of Bodvarsson to stride into the box and rifle a shot that was acrobatically saved by Lonergan high to his right.

Leeds came very close to breaking the deadlock themselves when Sacko charged down a Gunter clearance and Saiz broke at pace. He squared the ball for substitute Grot but a quite brilliant sliding challenge from Bacuna was enough to see the ball behind for a corner. 

United took it quickly and a ball was cut back to Jansson who leant back and spooned his shot over from 12 yards out. And as the home crowd roared their team on, a Saiz header had to be snaffled up by Mannone low to his left.

And Reading found a goal that they deserved with six minutes remaining. Van den Berg strode onto a loose ball in midfield and powered forward, riding one tackle before threading a perfectly weighted throughball into the path of Barrow. The former Leeds man made no mistake, passing the ball wide of Lonergan and into the back of the net.

The home side looked for an instant response and a half-cleared free kick dropped to Kalvin Phillips who hooked an effort wide and high of the target to Reading's relief.

But in the first of five minutes of injury time, Leeds had a golden opportunity to level. Saiz scurried through the Royals defence and into the box and went to ground under pressure from Reading defenders. Referee Jeremy Simpson pointed to the spot to Reading's disbelief - but Mannone leapt low to his left to save Hernandez's spotkick!

A superb diving block from Gunter deflected a late shot from a Leeds boot over the bar and Reading survived a desperate late onslaught to take three points from Elland Road.

Full time | Leeds United 0-1 Reading

Leeds United: Lonergan, Ayling, Cooper (c), Jansson, Berardi (Dallas 88), O'Kane, Phillips, Roofe (Sacko 68), Hernandez, Saiz, Lasogga (Grot 77).
Subs: Wiedweld, Pennington, Klich, Cibicki.
Yellow: Saiz, O'Kane, Berardi, Hernandez, Ayling
Goals: 

Reading: Mannone, Bacuna, Gunter (c), Moore, Ilori, Van den Berg, Edwards, Aluko (Kelly 70), Beerens (Barrow 65), McCleary (Clement 90), Bodvarsson.
Subs: Jaakkola, Blackett, Popa, Smith.
Yellow: Van den Berg, Barrow
Goals: Barrow 84

Att: 33,900 (434 away)

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