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Ahead of the game | Teessiders in town

'One Reading' to be celebrated at Madejski Stadium on Saturday

27 October 2017

We return to Madejski Stadium on Saturday for the first time this month...

Reading vs Middlesbrough
Saturday 28th October 2017
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
3pm kick-off

Reading FC Community Trust

Skipper shows support at our deaf team's training session!

26 October 2017

The Royals return to league action this weekend in the first of a double-header at Madejski Stadium, as Garry Monk's Middlesbrough are the visitors to RG2 on Saturday afternoon.

Boro rang the changes in midweek as they lost out to Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup, but they will be back to full strength for the weekend as they make the long trip to Berkshire to face the Royals.

Jaap Stam, meanwhile, confirmed that skipper Paul McShane and midfielder John Swift are fit and available to be selected from the start on Saturday, with both having come off the bench against Sheffield United last time out.

With Boro winless in the league for over a month and the Royals hoping to kick-start their home form this season, this match is set up to be a tough battle between two sides which are fighting hard for a good result.

 

One Reading

Saturday's match sees the delivery of our 'One Reading' message, in our belief that football is for everyone, 365 days a year! We'll be celebrating the work that is done year-round by all aspects of the club and Trust in the community. 'One Reading' is at the heart of everything we do as a club, to find out more about what it's all about, click here.

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Odds

Interviews

Gaffer gives fitness updates on McShane, Swift, Kermorgant and Böðvarsson

26 October 2017

Championship sponsors Sky Bet make the Royals 11/5 for victory at Madejski Stadium on Saturday, with Middlesbrough the 11/8 favourites for all three points, and the draw priced at 21/10.

Already with three assists to his name as a Royal, Sone Aluko can be found at 5/2 to open his goalscoring account in the blue and white hoops. Jaap Stam confirmed that John Swift is in contention to make a return to the starting line-up, and he is 7/2 to score any time on Saturday.

Officials

Oliver Langford will be the man in the middle at Madejski Stadium on Saturday, in his first visit to RG2 of the season. Langford has already been in charge of Boro this season, in their 1-1 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage last month.

While he has averaged around three yellow cards per match so far this season, his last game was a feisty affair between Bristol City and Leeds United that included two red cards and six cautions, as Leeds ran out 3-0 winners.

Langford will be assisted by Lee Venamore and Robert Merchant, with Nicolas Kinseley between the benches as fourth official. 

Travel

Club News

Madejski matchday parking options broader than ever before!

23 October 2017

Friday 27th through to Monday 30th October – There is now a full weekend closure of the link from the M4 eastbound carriageway around to the A329(M) Wokingham-bound carriageway (this was originally a planned weekend closure of the link from the M4 westbound carriageway around to the A329(M) Reading-bound carriageway).

All overnight closures are from 9pm to 6am; and weekend closures are from 9pm on the Friday evening through to 6am on the Monday morning.

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

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.

Click the button below for full selling information for this game.

Follow it live!

The best way to follow the game live is at Madejski Stadium in person, by getting behind the team!

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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Match Reports

Monk's Boro bag 2-0 victory at the Madejski

£15m striker Assombalonga wins penalty and heads home second for Teessiders

28 October 2017

A penalty kick and a close range header from £15m striker Britt Assombalonga handed visitors Middlesbrough a victory at Madejski Stadium this afternoon as the Royals toiled against Garry Monk's men.

  • Leadbitter puts Boro ahead from the spot after Van den Berg foul on Assombalonga
  • Nasty clash of heads sees Moore get stitches and Ilori replaced by Blackett after half an hour.
  • Smith and Aluko force good saves from Randolph with powerful drives
  • Assombalonga heads home visitors' second from close range
  • Kermorgant returns from injury layoff to make substitute appearance

Young striker Sam Smith was named in the starting eleven, handed his first league start in his fledgling career, while Yann Kermorgant bolstered the manager's options by returning from hip and groin surgery that had sidelined him all season so far.

And the home side settled the quicker with Aluko arcing a tasty cross into the middle by across the face of goal untouched, then Smith ran onto a ball over the top but the offside flag stopped him before he could get an early sighter at goal.

But against the run of play, Garry Monk's men were given a golden opportunity to open the scoring from the spot. A Christie cross into the middle was only headed down as far as Assombalonga who went to ground after feeling an arm from Joey van den Berg obstruct him. Grant Leadbitter stepped up and slammed high past Mannone to make it 1-0.

The Royals looked for an early response and a neat one-two between Swift and Aluko saw the latter take aim from 22 yards out but arrow just over the crossbar.



But the best laid plans were thrown further into disarray when Moore and Ilori clashed heads in clearing an aerial ball and both needed lengthy treatment after what looked like a nasty accident. Ilori was stretchered off to be replaced by Tyler Blackett, while Moore strode off to get stitches in the hope he could return.

In the meantime, the ten men of Reading nearly levelled - the ball was swept out wide to Gunter who took a great first touch to get in behind and deliver an early low cross. Smith raced towards the ball but Ayala did enough to deny him a stab at goal on the edge of the six yard box.

Moore returned bandaged up to the home crowd's delight and restored to eleven, the Royals almost immediately worked an opportunity to score. A low ball through the Boro defence was only half cut out and Smith recycled it with a placed cross towards Beerens. But, in two minds, the Dutchman lofted a the ball into the arms of Randolph with a cross that turned into a tame attempt at goal.

Next, Gunter made more progress down the right, beating his man to float a cross into the near post where Smith attacked it, but his glancing header dropped wide of the left post to the home fans' dismay.

Seven minutes of injury time were signalled after such a long stoppage, but a Kelly-led break was cut out as his pass looking for Beerens was intercepted and the teams went in for a half-time debrief.

Half time | Reading 0-1 Middlesbrough

The first chance of the second half fell to Smith, who beat Ayala to scurry into the Boro box and, cutting onto his left boot, he took aim and forced a fine save from Randolph who did enough to parry the ball away to safety.

Gunter was cynically tripped by Fabio as he raced down the right and a free kick was delivered into a crowded Middlesbrough box - McShane went flying and appealed for a penalty after he felt he,'d been pushed, but nothing was given by referee Oliver Langford.

The battle between McShane and Assombalonga continued and the Irish defender did enough to force the Boro striker to shoot well wide as he counter attacked at pace but failed to test Mannone.

Swift and Kelly combined to feed the ball into the feet of Smith and he tried to get a yard to pull the trigger but took a tumble inside the box and the referee dismissed appeals for a spotkick.

Randolph had to be alert to dive low to his right to keep a scuffed Swift effort out as the hosts upped the tempo in search of an equaliser.

But Assombalonga headed home Howson's dinked cross to put the game to bet with 16 minutes remaining. The £15m striker had proved a handful all afternoon and he got in between Gunter and McShane to head high past Mannone from six yards out and make it 2-0.

Yann Kermorgant came off the bench for his first appearance of the season, but Downing took aim with a fiercely struck effort that deflected out for a corner. That corner was met by a thunderous header from Ayala which Gunter nodded clear. And it took a good Mannone block to thwart Johnson as the visitors looked to exploit the spaces left by a Reading side searching for a goal.

As full-time appraoched, Aluko volleyed a sweetly struck volley towards the bottom right corner, but Randolph was equal to it, tipping it around his post to concede a corner. And the ball dropped down to Kermorgant who could only arrow a very difficult hooked effort over the bar under pressure.

But there was no way back.

Full time | Reading 0-2 Middlesbrough 

Reading:
 Mannone, McShane (c), Gunter, Ilori (Blackett 28), Moore, Van den Berg (Barrow 68), Kelly (Kermorgant 77), Swift, Beerens, Aluko, Smith.
Subs: Jaakkola, Edwards, Clement, Popa.
Yellow: McShane

Middlesbrough:
Randolph, Leadbitter (Forshaw 75), Gibson, Christie, Braithwaite (Bamford 89), Ayala, Howson, Downing, Fabio, Tavernier (Johnson 62), Assombalonga. 
Subs: Konstantopoulos, Friend, Traore, Fry.
Yellow: Assombalonga
Goals: Leadbitter 14 pen, Assombalonga 74

Att: 17,928 (1,913 away)

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Ticket News

Boro and Forest tickets available now!

Two more home fixtures on sale

12 September 2017

At 9am on Monday morning, two more Madejski Stadium matches went on sale for the end of October!

First up will be Middlesbrough on Saturday 28th October – and the recently-relegated side have made a decent start to the new campaign.

Under the stewardship of Garry Monk, who arrived at the Riverside in the summer, Boro have win three and drawn one of their Championship matches so far and at time of writing they occupy 6th position in the early-season running.

Their visit to Madejski Stadium will be the first of two away trips within the space of four days, with a visit to Hull City – also relegated from the top tier in the summer – following on the Tuesday.

For us, on the other hand, that game against Boro is the first of a duo of home ties – the second comes against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday 31st October.

Forest have had a mixed bag of results in their first half-dozen outings – three wins and three defeats thus far places them 12th at present… but there’s plenty of time remaining for things to change this year!

Reading have won both of the last two home encounters against the East Midlands club – the most recent involved goals from a couple of former Forest players as Garath McCleary and Chris Gunter each found the net.

If you want to save money on match tickets, why not incorporate these two games into a 4-Match Ticket Bundle?  Now that Season Tickets are no longer on sale, it’s a cost-effective way to attend.  Adults can save as much as £6 per match by buying a Bundle, which allows fans to attend in flexible fashion for games that suit them!

And for our midweek meeting with Nottingham Forest, we will once again be running our Season Ticket Tuesdays offer – allowing our Season Ticket holders to purchase up to two tickets for their friends or their family at a discounted price of just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions!

Before those two games, we still have a Carabao Cup tie against Swansea City to look forward to, as well as home fixtures with Hull City and Norwich City.  For full information about all of our home games, click here.

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