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Ahead of the game | Full-on Forest test for Royals

Reading travel to The City Ground this weekend

10 August 2018

The first away trip of the season takes place on Saturday, with the Royals hoping to bring three points back from The City Ground...


Clement assesses ‘blend’ in newly-assembled Forest squad

10 August 2018

Nottingham Forest vs Reading
Saturday 11th August
3pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship
The City Ground

The Royals will play their first away match of the season in the East Midlands as Nottingham Forest are their opponents this weekend.

With Aitor Karanka's side seeing 11 new arrivals in the summer, the Royals will be playing against a team with an impressive blend of experience, according to Paul Clement. 

In terms of Reading team news, the manager confirmed that Adrian Popa is back in training, but won't be fit for Saturday's match.

Tyler Blackett also returns from a suspension that carried into the new season, after his red card towards the end of last term.

Clement also confirmed that Sam Baldock will be in contention to start his first Royals match, with Marc McNulty also pushing for a starting place in the line-up.

As well as their opening day draw against Bristol City, Forest were also in action in midweek - playing out a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The City Ground.

The Royals will hope to secure their first points of the season away in Nottingham, with kick-off at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.



"It's a tough task, we've got to be ready!" - McShane

10 August 2018

Tickets are available on the day at The City Ground, with a £2 increase on advance prices on Adult and Concession tickets.

These tickets will be available cash only and can be bought at the Away Ticket Office in Nottingham.

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313.

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

Pre-Match Chat



STAR Travel has sold out of official supporters' coach travel for this match against Forest.

However, coach travel is still available for our upcoming matches away at Blackburn and Aston Villa.

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


Championship title sponsors, Sky Bet, make the hosts odds-on favourites at 4/6 for the win, with the Royals out at 9/2 for all three points - the draw is priced at 13/5.

RequestABet specials are also available on this match, with Reading to score two or more goals and earn six or more corners in the match available at 16/1.

Follow it Live!

If you can't make it to Nottingham on Saturday, we've got you covered!

  • Keep up with the action through our live Match Centre, available on the club website prior to kick-off.
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  • iFollow will also have audio coverage available to UK and international subscribers, while international subscribers can watch live buy purchasing a Match Pass for the equivalent of £5!


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

Royals return empty-handed from Forest

Soudani strike seals defeat for Reading

11 August 2018

Despite showing another promising performance, Reading lost out by a single goal at Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon.

  • Forest claim victory with sole strike at The City Ground
  • Méïte goes close for the Royals in the first half
  • Soudani scores for Forest midway through the second half
  • McNulty and Baldock make league debuts for Reading

Paul Clement made three changes to the side that took on Derby County in the season opener, while captain Paul McShane was in the starting line-up to make his 100th appearance as a Reading player.

Forest looked to have the better of the opening stages, appearing more threatening going forward.

Tendayi Darikwa found space to cross to the far post, but it went over everyone and out for a goal kick. 

Sam Baldock, making his first Reading start, then speculatively struck from range but his effort didn't manage to dip on target.

The Royals fashioned the first clear chance of the game, though, as Mo Barrow split the Forest defence to find Yakou Méïte - who shot on the slide and Pantilimon saved with an outstretched leg.

Tiago Ilori was on hand to help the team at the other end, too - with a ball spread across to former Royal, Lewis Grabban, and Ilori got across brilliantly to put in a vital sliding challenge.

Tyler Blackett was also putting his body on the line, sliding in to block a shot from Joe Lolley on the edge of the Reading box.

Vito Mannone was called into action past the half-hour mark, with Grabban shaking off Ilori and turning - but the Royals' goalkeeper was alert to come off his line and make a strong save.

At the other end, a Blackett free-kick was partially cleared into the path of David Meyler to shoot, Böðvarsson tried to steer it goalwards on the turn but Pantilimon gathered.

An even first half between the sides on balance, and it went in poised at the break.

Half-time: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Reading

Reading fashioned the first chance of the second period early on. Kelly floated a free-kick invitingly towards the far post, Böðvarsson rose highest to head back across goal - just wide of the goal.

The Iceland striker was sent through again soon afterwards, Kelly picking the pass, and Böðvarsson did well to get past his defender - but the angle ended up too tight for an effort on target.

Forest still carried a threat going forward, though, with Osborn's cross blazed over the bar from close range by sub Matty Cash.

Marc McNulty was sent on for the Royals, making his competitive debut in the blue and white hoops for the final half-hour. 

However, it was the hosts who made the breakthrough. Forest substitute Hillal Soudani found space in the area, curling a fine effort on the turn into the bottom corner.

Reading almost fired back immediately, with McNulty managing to fashion a cross into the path of Böðvarsson, who couldn't quite get the shot out of his feet as Pantilimon comfortably saved.

Böðvarsson and Pantilimon continued their duel as Leandro Bacuna spread wide to Mo Barrow, whose cross found the Icelander once more - forcing the goalkeeper to claw it past the post.

Reading threw men forward as time started to tick on, trying to create as much as possible in their attacking third.

Their attacking endeavours unfortunately bore no fruit, though, as Forest emerged as the victors on the day.

Full-time: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Reading

Nottingham Forest: Pantilimon, Figueiredo, Fox (c), Guedioura, Colback, Grabban, Carvalho (Soudani 56), Osborn, Lolley (Robinson 78), Darikwa, Dias (Cash 56).
Subs: Smith, Watson, Murphy, Dawson.
Goals: Soudani 68

Reading: Mannone, Yiadom, Blackett (Richards 83), McShane (c), Ilori, Meyler (Bacuna 71), Kelly, Barrow, Méïte, Baldock (McNulty 59), Böðvarsson.
Subs: Walker, O’Shea, Swift, Clement.
Yellow: Barrow

Attendance: 27,948 (823 away)

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Ticket News

Nottingham Forest tickets available from Tuesday

Secure your place at the Royals' first away trip of the season

30 July 2018

Tickets for our trip to Nottingham Forest next weekend will go on sale on Tuesday morning.

Ticket News

Be here on Friday - and for the rest of the season!

30 July 2018

While we get the season started against Derby County on Friday night, our next encounter will be against the Rams' East Midlands rivals the following weekend.

We have received a full allocation of 1,996 tickets for this match, with Adult tickets priced at £25.

Tickets will be going on sale from 9am on Tuesday 31st July, click the link below to find out full ticket information for the Royals' first away game of the 2018-19 season.

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