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Ahead of the game | Royals return to action after break

We're back on home turf against Bristol City this weekend

7 September 2017

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game, including betting odds, affordable travel information and pre-match entertainment.

Reading v Bristol City
Saturday 9th September
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
3pm kick-off

Interviews

Stam reflects on business in the window

6 September 2017

The Royals return to league action this weekend after the international break, by welcoming Bristol City to Madejski Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship.

Following an important 2-0 victory away at Birmingham City a fortnight ago, Jaap Stam and the Royals are hoping to continue that momentum against a Bristol City side who sit just one point behind going into Saturday's match.

With the Royals getting back to winning ways and sterling home form in 2017, Stam is under no illusions about the threat that Lee Johnson's side will pose at Madejski Stadium as they hope to continue this run.

This is our first match following the closure of the summer transfer window, with new signings Sone Aluko and Dave Edwards in contention to be in the squad to make their debuts in the blue and white hoops.

With the season starting to get into full swing, another three points on the board will do the Royals no harm in the push for a good opening to the season. 

 

Around the ground

Our Royals Fun Zone will be open before the match at Madejski Stadium, come down early and get the family involved in our pre-match activities!

We're delighted to be welcoming the Bulmershe Ensemble to our pre-match entertainment for the day's game. The local school choir appeared on BBC2's The Choir - Gareth's Best in Britain, and they will be performing outside the Megastore from 1.30pm.

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Club News

🚗🚌 Important travel information for Madejski matchdays

7 September 2017

Odds

We're sorry to announce that there are no longer any on-site betting facilities at Madejski Stadium outside of Hospitality, but Championship title sponsors Sky Bet are offering odds of 7/5 for the Royals to win all three points on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors are priced at 9/5 for the victory, with the draw available at 12/5.

George Evans has scored in each of the last two matches in league and cup, and he is 11/2 to score any time on Saturday.

Fresh from scoring his first Royals goal last time out at Birmingham City, striker Jón Daði Böðvarsson is 11/2 to open the scoring at Madejski Stadium. 

Officials

James Linington will be in charge of proceedings on Saturday, and the Newport-based referee has seemed to be in the centre of high-scoring matches all season long, with 32 goals in his seven matches so far.

His last match was in the international break in League Two, with both teams finishing with 10 men in Barnet's 4-1 win at Swindon Town last weekend.

He has given out an average of just under four yellow cards per match so far this season, and this will be his first visit to Madejski Stadium since our 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in September last year.

Linington will be assisted on the day by Lee Venamore and Michael George, with Craig Hicks in the dugout as fourth official.

Travel

Club News

August's Goal of the Month: Liam Kelly

6 September 2017

There are a number of cost effective and convenient ways to get to Reading FC matches. In addition to onsite and offsite car parking, there are multiple bus routes serving Madejski Stadium and some of these include fares subsidised by the club.

Parking at Madejski Stadium is limited and comes at a premium price. We encourage supporters to explore all travel options before deciding to park onsite. For full information about the options available, please click here.

Tickets

We would like to remind supporters that you have until Friday 8th September at 5pm to purchase your Season Ticket if you haven't done so already! Click here for more details of how to buy before the deadline.

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. 

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Match Reports

Flint snatches late Robins win

Long unbeaten home record ended by last gasp City strike

9 September 2017

Reading were left to rue missed chances as Aden Flint drove an 84th minute winner past Vito Mannone to settle matters at the Madejski, ending a long unbeaten home streak for Jaap Stam's Reading in the process.

  • Aluko and Edwards made Royals debuts, while Bodvarsson makes home bow
  • Baker shown just a yellow after cynically tripping Barrow at end of first half
  • Fielding saves well from Barrow and Kelly to deny dominant hosts
  • Bodvarsson skews wide from Aluko cut back late on
  • Flint wins it with late right-footed drive that Mannone can't keep out

Sone Aluko was handed his Royals debut, starting for Jaap Stam's side for the first time since signing for the Royals near the end of the transfer window. Fellow new arrival Dave Edwards was named on the bench.

The first shot at goal came from a curling set piece, won and taken by Famara Diedhiou but arced harmlessly over Vito Mannone's crossbar from 25 yards out. At the other end, Barrow whipped in a lovely cross from the left but Frank Fielding was out quickly to clasp it out of the air.

Bobby Reid came close to breaking the deadlock when he controlled a ball over the top with a cushioned first touch and then tried to loop the ball over Mannone with his second, but the ball landed on the roof of the Royals' net.

But Barrow caused more concern down the left soon after, only for his pull back to be intercepted and City to hack the ball clear. Aluko took aim for the first time as a Royal but rifled wide of the right post from distance.

But he made more of an impact with a quarter of an hour played when running at his marker he earns the space to cross from the right, and it foudn Barrow inside the box who didn't connect cleanly with a first time shot and had to watch the ball spin well wide without threatening Fielding in the Robins goal.

With 20 minutes of the half remaining, Gunter got a good block in to deflect a Joe Bryan shot away from danger. Then, at the other end Fielding was required to bring a fine low save to deny Liam Kelly's grass-cutter from 25 yards out.

Mannone was quick to leap on top of a tame Callum O'Dowda header next as both sides sought to break the deadlock at the Madejski. And Barrow's sheer pace threatened to do just that has he picked the ball up in midfield and drove into the City box only for his canny cut back to find a Bristol City man who cleared.

Kelly swept a corner to McShane who had peeled away from his marker, but the skipper's header sailed over the crossbar from a difficult position. Then Kelly himself chanced his arm by collecting a pass in behind from Bacuna but rifling into the side netting from a narrow angle.

Bodvarsson headed harmlessly over from a Blackett cross from deep, but a mix-up between Moore and Mannone almost resulted in the ball rolling into the hosts' net - thankfully it bobbled just wide from Moore's backpass and behind for a corner.

A delightful ball from Van den Berg set Barrow away once more as half-time approached, but Baker cynically tripped the Royals winger as he sped in behind towards goal. The defender received only a yellow despite protests from the East Stand and the set piece was flicked on by McShane but bundled behind for a corner.

Kelly was to have the last chance of the half, picking up the ball in midfield, driving forward and ignoring runs to his left and right to drill low at Fielding who was down well to smother it.

Half time | Reading 0-0 Bristol City

The Royals began the second half on the front foot, with Bodvarsson escaping down the right only for Fielding to cut out his low cross at the near post. Then Barrow burst into the box, using Blackett's burst forward as a decoy, and drilled a low cross-shot that City somehow cleared.

Seven minutes into the second half, Aluko toed the ball around Fielding but too wide to take a shot at the open goal. He calmly picked out Bodvarsson with a low pass to the edge of the six yard box, but the Icelander couldn't mark his first home appearance for the Royals with a finish, snatching at the chance and mis-kicking as he leant backwards.

City survived a barrage of attacks from the home side soon after, Kelly seeing a shot headed away from the edge of the six yard box, then Barrow forcing a fine save from Fielding - the City stopper sprawling full stretch to his left to tip the ball around his post. Bacuna was next to whistle a shot inches wide from the resultant short corner and as thunder rumbled above Madejski Stadium, the Royals were pressing hard for the lead.

But the Robins came within a whisker of getting the opening goal soon after. Reid scurried forward and threaded a pass into Paterson who arrowed a shot across his body wide of Mannone's dive but also wide of the bottom left corner to the Royals' relief.



Dave Edwards replaced Kelly who suffered a knock on the hour, and the midfielder's first touch saw him connect with an Aluko cross but fail to get the power to trouble Fielding who gathered it into his body.

Bodvarsson missed a golden opportunity to hand the hosts the advantage when Aluko made progress into the box, turned his man and passed the ball back to the Icelander on the edge of the six yard box - but his miscued his shot and it spiralled agonisingly wide of the right upright.

Roy Beerens and Garath McCleary were thrown on in an attempt to separate the sides in the final quarter of an hour. But it took a superb last ditch tackle from Moore to deny Reid a shot at goal as he raced onto a one-two with seemingly only Mannone to beat before Moore's outstretched leg stepped in.

And it was City who stole it with seven minutes remaining. A ball into the Reading box wasn't cleared and it popped out to Aden Flint who drilled first time past Mannone - who got a touch but not enough to keep it out.

Five minutes of injury time were signalled and McCleary won a free kick which was swung in by Aluko, headed clear by a Bristol defender and volleyed into Fielding's arms by Beerens from the edge of the box.

Full time | Reading 0-1 Bristol City

Reading: Mannone, Gunter, Blackett, McShane (c), Moore, Van den Berg, Kelly (Edwards 62), Bacuna, Barrow (McCleary 69), Aluko, Bodvarsson (Beerens 77).
Subs: Jaakkola, Ilori, Evans, Clement.
Yellow: Van den Berg

Bristol City: Fielding, Bryan, Flint, Baker, Smith (c), Brownhill, Diedhiou (Leko 70), ODowda, Reid, Paterson, Vyner.
Subs: Steele, Wright, Woodrow, Eliasson, Pack, Magnusson. 
Yellow: Baker
Goals: Flint (84)

Att: 18,650 (3,391 away)

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Ticket News

Back our lads when we get back to action on Saturday!

Tickets on sale for Bristol City meeting

4 September 2017

While all attention is on the international period and a host of important World Cup qualifiers at the moment, our next Madejski Stadium match will be here before you know it! Our upcoming game is this Saturday against Bristol City, kicking off at 3pm.

Our Royals abroad will return to Hogwood this week once they have completed their national-team duties – many of whom are aiming to earn a place in the World Cup in Russia.

And then the full focus switches to continuing in a winning vein against the Robins when we’re back on our own patch again.

We’ve earned three wins and a draw from our four fixtures to date at Madejski Stadium in 2017/18 – help us to restart our campaign with another win!

Bristol City have come away with nothing to show for their efforts on each of their last five visits to Berkshire… most recently, early goals by Garath McCleary and Roy Beerens ultimately secured the points – even in spite of Gary O’Neil’s late strike for the Robins.

As ever, tickets are available in advance and that’s the cheapest way to get them.  By booking before 5pm on matchday, you’ll get the best rates available – which begin at £20 Adults and with discounts available for concessions.

Need more information about how to buy or prices?  Just click the button below!

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