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Ahead of the game | Royals hope to cut down Tricky Trees

Straight back to action for the Royals

31 October 2017

All you need to know ahead of another Tuesday night under the lights at Madejski Stadium...

Reading vs Nottingham Forest
Tuesday 31st October 2017
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
8pm kick-off

Following defeat on Saturday against Middlesbrough, the Royals have an immediate chance to bounce back as Nottingham Forest are the visitors to Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.


Jaap: "Everybody wants to put Saturday right"

30 October 2017

Manager Jaap Stam said that "everybody wants to put Saturday right" ahead of this midweek match, against a Forest side that come into the game off the back of an impressive 3-2 win away at Hull City at the weekend.

The Royals will be without centre-back Tiago Ilori for the foreseeable future, having been stretchered off in Saturday's match after a nasty clash of heads with team-mate Liam Moore.

Young striker Sam Smith will be hoping to keep his place in the side, after making his first league start against Middlesbrough, and Yann Kermorgant also made a return to the bench after a long-term injury.

Following a stutter after a strong start to the season, Forest look to be creeping back up the table with two solid victories in consecutive matches, with the Royals hoping for three vital points themselves.


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Championship sponsors Sky Bet make the Royals 6/5 favourites to win on Tuesday night, with visitors Nottingham Forest out at 9/4 for the victory, with the draw priced at 12/5.

Former Forest man Chris Gunter was on the scoresheet when the sides met at Madejski Stadium last season, and he is priced at 14/1 to repeat the feat this time around.

Sam Smith made his first league start as a Royal last time out, and should he feature on Tuesday night, he is priced at 9/4 to score his first Championship goal.


Paul Tierney will be in charge of proceedings as the Royals take on Forest on Tuesday night. The Lancashire official has shown an average of 3.5 cautions per match so far this season, and has not brandished the red card as yet this term.

Tierney will be assisted on the night by Harry Lennard and Matthew Wilkes, with Stephen Martin set to act as fourth official for the match. 


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!


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 sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to

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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).

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Match Reports

Swift brace earns excellent Royals 3-1 win

Winning ways return in front of home support at the Madejski

31 October 2017

Apologies, this video is unvailable.

A John Swift double helped a dominant Royals outfit earn a fully deserved victory over Mark Warburton's Nottingham Forest this evening, with Sone Aluko forcing a third in a 3-1 home win.

  • John Swift hands Royals first half lead with sweeping left-footed finish
  • Brilliant counter attack started and finished by Swift to make it 2-0
  • Aluko forces home a third with a near post drive that Jordan Smith parries into his net
  • Osborn pulls one back for Forest late on with low skidding shot

Leandro Bacuna and Dave Edwards returned to the starting line-up while Sam Smithy retained his place in attack - Liam Kelly missed out through injury however and Tiago Ilori was also absent after his horrible clash of heads at the weekend.

It took two minutes for the home side to register the first shot, Swift linking up sublimely with Van den Berg and ghosting through the Forest midfield to pull the trigger, but his shot was charged down and Smith offside as he tried to recycle it.

Moments later, Gunter took aim. At left-back, he scuttled inside and drove a sweetly struck right-footed effort at goal, but Jordan Smith was down well to save low to his left.

Reading were pressing their opponents high and passing the ball well and it soon paid off with the opening goal of the game. Breaking from our own half, Barrow held the ball up and released Bacuna into space down the left flank. He fizzed a low cross into the feet of Swift who swept a first time left-footed shot past Jordan Smith to hand the Royals a deserved lead.

David Vaughan looked to respond immediately with a speculative drive from 25 yards that sailed harmlessly over Vito Mannone's crossbar. But the home side were back on the attack when Swift found Gunter in space. He cut inside again and drilled low at goal, a deflection took the sting off the effort and Smith gathered it into his body with relative ease.

With 18 minutes gone, Aluko swung in a free kick that Sam Smith was able to glance on towards goal. The ball looked to be dropping wide but the Forest keeper made sure and conceded the corner.

And Reading had the ball in the back of the net moments later, only for an offside flag to rule it out. Swift found Barrow in space on the left and he crossed it low into the six yard box early. A desperate Forest leg stretched out and put it into his own net, but the offside flag had gone up against Barrow in the build up. A marginal decision.

It was all Reading. The Royals broke from a Forest free kick which Swift stole possession from, but his early cross looking for Smith was just too strong to find the young forward at the far post.

Barrow's sheer pace took him past two Forest men effortlessly before Worrall barged him over as he looked to get into the box. But no free kick was given to the home fans' amazement. Next it was Swift to gave a pop, but again a deflection made it easy for Smith to collect on his goalline.

Mark Warburton's side were not getting an inch to work with, although it took a superb sliding tackle from McShane to take a misplaced Aluko pass off the toes of Cummings on the edge of the Reading penalty area.

Kieran Dowell, who had scored a hat-trick at Hull in midweek, skipped between Barrow and Van den Berg to get into the box along the byline with ten minutes of the half remaining, but he was eventually stopped in his tracks as he looked to pull it back.

It could have been 2-0 shortly after. Swift won the ball back with a brilliant tackle and Aluko swept in a cross that beat everyone, but Smith stooped to try and direct a header on target from close range but couldn't angle it back towards goal.

And in injury time of the first half, Forest came close to levelling when an inswinging cross from the left dropped for Dowell at the back post, but the visiting forward cushioned a difficult chane wide of the left upright.

Half time | Reading 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Van den Berg made way for Pelle Clement at the break and the away side started the second half brightly, with Mannone racing off his line to parry an Osborn effort in the opening minutes - Dowell had passed him into the box but the Italian stopper stayed big to save well.

Mannone had to be alert to push away a fierce Bridcutt shot from range that whistled towards the bottom left corner as Mark Warburton's men looked for a leveller.

Sam Smith was replaced by Yann Kermorgant on the hour mark, but Forest brought on Mustapha Carayol as they continued to press for a goal which would throw the game wide open once more.

Reading nearly had a second on the break though. Clement burst forward and delayed his pass to the overlapping Bacuna until late. Too late, Bacuna had to cut back inside to find a yard to shoot and his effort was blocked behind for a corner.

With 71 minutes played, a second goal arrived for Reading to settle the nerves a little. And it came in scintillating fashion. Swift started a counter attack with a superb early ball with the outside of his boot finding Barrow. He darted forwards and supplied a composed scooped cross for Swift who had joined the attack, and the midfielder slid in to toe the ball under Smith's body and home from six yards out.

It took a great save from Mannone to deny Dowell a goal back - the forward raced onto a ball over the top and in behind the back line, but an outstretched right arm pushed the shot wide and behind for a corner. 

Mannone came to the rescue again from the corner, the ball dropped for Walker only six yards out but the big Italian throw a glove at his header to punch it off his line and away from danger.

And Reading had a third with 13 minutes of the match remaining. Clement fed Aluko, who twisted and turned his man before drilling left-footed at goal - and Smith couldn't keep it out at his near post.

Mannone saved again with his right palm as Walker directed a header towards goal and McShane's diving and thunderous block was enough to deny Eric Lichaj on the follow-up. However, Forest did pull one back with four minutes remaining - Osborn scuttling into the box and skidding a low effort in off the base of the left post for 3-1.

Four minutes of injury time were signalled by the fourth official, but Forest had no further response and the Royals saw the game out well, Andreas Bouchalakis hooking an injury time effort too high.

Full time | Reading 3-1 Nottingham Forest 

 Mannone, Bacune, Gunter, McShane (c), Moore, Van den Berg (Clement HT), Edwards, Swift, Barrow (Beerens 83), Aluko, Smith (Kermorgant 60).
Subs: Jaakkola, Richards, Blackett, Popa.
Goals: Swift 13, 71, Aluko 78

Nottingham Forest:
Smith, Lichaj, Mancienne (c), Bridcutt, McKay (Carayol 63), Osborn, Dowell, Vaughan (Bouchalakis 74), Darikwa, Cummings (Walker 68), Worrall.
Subs: Henderson, Mills, Clough, Brereton.
Yellow: Lichaj
Goals: Osborn 86

Att: 14,868 (1,282 away)

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