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Ahead of the game | Rovers return to Championship with bright start

All you need to know as Reading travel to Blackburn in midweek

21 August 2018

Reading get straight back to action on Wednesday night, this time with a long trip to Ewood Park...

Club News

Josh Sims arrives on season-long loan

20 August 2018

Blackburn Rovers vs Reading
Wednesday 22nd August
7.45pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship
Ewood Park

Reading will be hoping to earn their first points of the Championship season away at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night, but they face a tough task - with Tony Mowbray's side having turned their home into a fortress over the past year.

Mowbray's men haven't lost a league match at Ewood Park since last September, a run of 21 matches of league action. 

This remarkable home form was the cornerstone of Rovers' promotion back to the second tier at the first attempt, as the former Premier League champions bounced back by finishing as runners-up to Wigan Athletic last term.

Rovers have begun their return to the Championship solidly, going unbeaten in their first three matches and putting five points on the board. They started with draws against Ipswich and Millwall, before dispatching Carlisle United in the Carabao Cup - following that up with their first league win of the season against Hull City at the weekend.

The Royals, meanwhile, welcomed young winger Josh Sims to the club on Monday - arriving on a season-long loan from Southampton.

He will go straight into training with his new team-mates, and will be eligible for selection to possibly make his Royals debut at Ewood Park.

Adrian Popa also came off the bench at the weekend for the Royals, having recovered from an injury, and he will be pushing for a starting place at Blackburn.

 

Tickets

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For full pricing information and seating arrangements for this fixture, click the button below.

Travel

STAR Travel offer official supporters coach travel to every Reading away game.

Tickets for STAR coaches for the trip to Ewood Park are sold out, but tickets are still available for Saturday's match at Aston Villa.

All details of away travel via Supporters' Trust At Reading can be found here.

Odds

Championship title sponsors, Sky Bet, make the hosts odds-on favourites at 3/4 for victory at Ewood Park, while the Royals are priced at 4/1 for the win. You can get odds of 5/2 on the points being shared on Wednesday night.

After joining on loan on Monday, Josh Sims is available at 20/1 to open the scoring up in Lancashire on Wednesday night, also priced at 7/1 to score any time in the 90 minutes, should he make his Royals debut in Blackburn.

Follow it Live!

If you can't make it to Blackburn on Wednesday, we've got you covered!

  • Keep up with the action through our live Match Centre, available on the club website prior to kick-off.
  • We'll have you covered on our Reading FC social media channels - on TwitterFacebook and Instagram
  • iFollow will, for the very first time, be available to stream live in the UK and Ireland! For a one-off Match Pass of £10, you will be able to watch the action live as it unfolds at Ewood Park through the iFollow service.
  • Multi-angle cameras, live commentary and match graphics are all included in the iFollow Match Pass package, click below and buy yours now!

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

Match report | Böðvarsson brace earns Royals away point

Reading pegged back in the second half but get off the mark at Ewood Park

22 August 2018

The Royals earned an away point at Ewood Park this evening to get off the mark in the Championship, courtesy of a Jon Dadi Bodvarsson first half brace.

  • Fierce Rothwell effort denied by the stanchion after five first half minutes
  • Brilliant dinked finish from Böðvarsson hands the visitors the lead 
  • Böðvarsson makes it 2-0 with a follow-up from Méïte's excellent downward header
  • Two fouls awarded inside the box to allow Mulgrew a brace from the spot. 2-2 it ends.

Paul Clement made three changes to the side that lost to Bolton at the weekend, bringing in Jón Daði Böðvarsson, Sone Aluko and Leandro Bacuna for the Ewood Park clash.

First up, Paul McShane needed to produce a good header under pressure to clear a good cross from Elliott Bennett, but it was soon he woodwork which came to the Royals' rescue five minutes in - Joe Rothwell smashed a right-footed effort against the stanchion before skying the follow-up high over the crossbar.

Liam Kelly provided a teasing inswinging set piece at the other end but it drifted behind for a goal kick and it was the hosts who had begun the brighter - Vito Mannone at fyull stretch to push an arcing shot from Adam Armstrong wide.

Club News

Gallery | Point apiece against Rovers

22 August 2018

However, the Royals took the lead after twelve minutes with a fine finish from Jón Daði Böðvarsson. Leandro Bacuna played an early ball over the top and the covering defender could only glance it on into his penalty area. Böðvarsson won the race to the bouncing ball and cannily angled a first time dink over the onrushing David Raya and into the back of the Blackburn net from a tight angle.

The Icelander was winning a free kick next and Aluko's outswinger was met by the head of Méïte who couldn't keep his effort down.

Reading were now looking the stronger side and after a couple of tasty crosses from Yiadom on the right, the second goal arrived from a cross from the left. Blackett delivered a sumptuous ball and Méïte's downward header was clawed out superbly by Raya as it looked destined for the bottom right corner. Böðvarsson was in the right place at the right time though to slot home the rebound.



Just short of the half hour mark, a flowing move from the Royals almost resulted in a third - a fine sliding block from Evans denied Bacuna who volleyed goalwards from the edge of the area.

Rothwell nearly pulled one back for Tony Mowbray's men before half-time, he drove powerfully at goal but it deflected off one Reading body before Liam Moore's headed block diverted it behind for a corner.

And in three minutes of injury time a cleared corner was recycled to good effect and delivered into substitute Craig Conway. He had time to direct his header but he placed it straight at Mannone who gobbled the ball up gratefully.

Half-time: Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Reading

Former Royal Dominic Samuel was brought on at the break but it was Bennett who earned Rovers a chance to halve the deficit. His pace got him to the ball before McShane who's outstretched leg tripped the winger and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Charlie Mulgrew stepped up and slammed home to make it 1-2.

The game opened up and Rovers were looking dangerous, Graham getting in behind McShane but Conway was unable to tee up a shot or a telling pass from a good position on the left.

At the other end, Yiadom fizzed a powerful cross into the Blackburn box and Böðvarsson came so close to bundling it in at the back post. But Rovers hacked it clear.



Josh Sims was brought onto the field just after the hour to add some fresh legs to the Royals side but Samuel arrowed high and wide for the home side as Rovers sought an equaliser.

That was Samuel's last action of the game though as he hobbled off to be replaced by Joe Nuttall with 20 minutes of the match remaining. Blackburn were coming closer to a leveller and Andy Yiadom needed to chest a Bennett strike away from goal as the Rovers man looked to capitalise on a Mannone punch which fell his way.

And with a quarter of an hour remaining, Rovers were awarded another penalty as bodies tumbled inside the box and McShane was penalised once more. Mulgrew slotted this one inside the left upright to level the game.

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Substitute Mo Barrow broke at pace down the right but his pull back was just behind Baldock on the edge of the box as Reading looked for a way back into the game. Barrow was very nearly on the end of a Baldock cross from the byline moments later. At the other end though Nuttall nodded just over the crossbar.

Marc McNulty got a shooting opportunity with virtually his first touch, but he curled his effort wide of the right post from the edge of the box with six minutes left on the clock.

Six minutes of injury time were signalled and both teams looked for the winner. But an entertaining game ended all square and Reading had an away point to show for their efforts.

Full-time: Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Reading

Blackburn Rovers: Raya, Nyambe, Smallwood (Samuel HT (Nuttall 71)), Armstrong (Conway 44), Rothwell, Graham, Mulgrew (c), Bell, Lenihan, Evans, Bennett.
Unused subs: Leutwiler, Downing, Travis, Hart.
Goals: Mulgrew pen 52, pen 75
Yellow: Evans

Reading
: Mannone, Yiadom, Blackett, McShane (c), Moore, Bacuna, Kelly, Aluko (Sims 62), Méïte (Barrow 76), Baldock (McNulty 83), Böðvarsson.
Unused subs: Walker, O'Shea, Meyler, Swift.
Goals:  Böðvarsson 12, 25
Yellow: 

Attendance: 11,818 (247 away)

Referee: Mr O Langford

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Ticket News

Away tickets on sale for Blackburn and Villa

Follow the Royals on the road!

7 August 2018

Tickets are now available for travelling Royals supporters to see the team on the road later this month, as we make trips to Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa.

After our visit to Nottingham Forest this weekend, those trips to Ewood Park and Villa Park are our next two away destinations – a chance to cheer the team on to try and bring points back to RG2!

First up – a visit to Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday 22nd August (7.45pm kick-off).  It’ll be our first visit to Ewood Park since December 2016… on that day, Dominic Samuel was on the scoresheet for us, and now he’s on the teamsheet for the hosts!  It was a drama-filled fixture which was decided in the final throes by George Evans’ late winner.

Blackburn are back in the Championship after a season away; they were promoted from League One at first time of asking.  They came close to getting a win on their first game back at Ipswich, only for Tayo Edun to nab a last-minute equaliser for the Tractor Boys.

Adult tickets are priced £22 for the Ewood Park visit, with concessionary discounts available for fans aged 65 & Over, 18-21, 12-17 and Under-12.  Hit the banner below for full information.

And then, soon after, it’s a visit to Aston Villa on Saturday 25th August (3pm kick-off).  It was as recently as April when we were last at Villa Park, as the Midlands club ran out 3-0 winners en route to a finish in the play-off places.

But the Villans’ season ended in disappointment as they were defeated at Wembley by Fulham – condemning the former European champions to a third straight season in England’s second tier.  Their new season got off to a good start against Hull on Monday evening, however; last season’s Royal loanee Tommy Elphick scored their first as they came from behind to win 3-1.

Tickets are £30 for Adults and concessions are available for ages Over-65, 18-20, 17 & Under as well as full-time students and members of the armed forces.  Click the button below for more information.

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