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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Heading home to host Hornets

A preview of our midweek tie with Watford

28 August 2018

After two fixtures and two well-earned draws on the road, we’re back in RG2 on Wednesday evening – where we’ll welcome some Premier League opposition in the form of Watford.

There’ll be a winner on the night, one way or another.  One side will progress to the Third Round of the Carabao Cup, and the tournament will end there for the other.

To get past the Hornets will be no mean feat.  Three wins from three top-flights games mean that they sit joint-top of the Premier League table in the early stages; Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs are the only other teams that also boast a perfect record.

Watford are twice semi-finalists in the competition… both times just missing out on the big day out.  It was eventual champions Nottingham Forest that defeated the Hornets in 1979, and then the 2005 runners-up Liverpool most recently.

After we knocked Birmingham out in the first round, now we’ll be aiming to halt Watford's progress at the Second Round stage this time – it's their first involvement, after receiving a bye in the previous round.  If it’s level at the full-time whistle, it’s straight to spot-kicks.


Tickets for this fixture are priced as low as £10 for Adults when bought in advance, with Concessions available too.  Buy before 5pm on matchday to get the best rates!

Parking at both Madejski Stadium and the Greyhound Stadium will cost £5 for this fixture.

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

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All of our usual travel options are available for this match, with Park & Ride, matchday bus services and stadium parking all available.

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Please note that parking at Madejski Stadium and the Greyhound Stadium will be priced at £5 for this fixture.

Follow it Live!

If you can't make it to Madejski Stadium, we've got you covered!

Keep up with minute-by-minute 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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

iFollow will also have audio coverage available to UK and international subscribers – please note that this Carabao Cup fixture will not be available to stream internationally.


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

Report | Hornets head into hat for Third Round

Royals exit Carabao Cup at hands of Watford

29 August 2018

Reading's Carabao Cup campaign came to an end for 2018-19 at the hands of Premier League Watford, who were 2-0 winners at Madejski Stadium on Wednesday evening.

  • Isaac Success nets the opener in first half for the Hornets
  • Domingos Quina smashes in a second just after the hour
  • Hornets progress to Third Round of Carabao Cup

It was a fixture that allowed Reading to show their stuff against Premier League opposition - and for the most part the Royals were able to show mettle and ability against their top-tier opposition.

But Isaac Success's goal, which came in the 37th minute, set the Hornets on their way to the Third Round.

And a piledriver from Domingos Quina, just after the hour-mark, put the tie firmly in the visitors' control as they secured passage to the next stage.

Royals boss Paul Clement made a number of amendments to his starting XI – that included a first start of the campaign for Chris Gunter, continuing his return from injury, as well as a first start for John O’Shea after his debut in the previous round against Birmingham City.

There were two familiar faces in the Hornets’ ranks too – Adrian Mariappa captained the side, while former loanee Nathaniel Chalobah was also in Javi Gracia’s starting line-up.

Marc McNulty, who began in attack, was the first to register a shot – a quick interchange with Liam Kelly allowed the forward to strike from the best part of 25 yards, but his effort ballooned up and over.

It was all Reading in the early stages against their top-tier opponents – lots of crisp passing, intelligent movement and calmness in possession.  Wing-backs Omar Richards and Gunter – playing as part of a back five – were regularly up and adjacent to the Hornets’ box in support of the Reading attack.

But then the visitors began to see more of the ball, while the Royals were concentrating more on keeping compact and denying space.  Domingos Quina lashed wildly at the ball from wide on the right, never troubling Sam Walker as it dropped wide on the far side.

Former Royal Chalobah was next to register an effort – Ken Sema won a foul just outside the area, and the midfielder launched a dipping effort which flew over the crossbar from the set piece.

Watford nearly stole a fortuitous lead when Isaac Success closed down goalkeeper Walker – he blocked the initial clearance, but O’Shea was alert enough to be in the right place to mop up and clear.

As the first half reached its midpoint, McNulty had a glorious chance to open his account – Gunter’s cross from the byline was totally missed by Ben Wilmot on the six-yard line, but the Scotsman snatched at his effort with Sebastian Prodl breathing down his neck.  Over the bar.

And the momentum was back with Reading as they again began to control the play and create chances.  Some cool play in defence between Tiago Ilori and O’Shea saw the latter play a delightful round-the-corner ball which almost released Meite; his first touch as he raced down the right was a fraction too heavy, allowing Wilmot to nip the ball away.

But ten minutes before the interval, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock.  A pinpoint ball into the channel by Chalobah released Adam Masina, who in turn put in a great low cross to allow Success to round Walker and slot in the opener.

John Swift could have levelled within two minutes as he dipped a powerful free-kick on target from 25 yards - Heurelho Gomes read the flight well and gathered.

Half-time: Reading 0-1 Watford

Josh Sims was introduced at the interval in place of Swift, making his first appearance at Madejski Stadium since linking up on loan from Southampton.

Success had a chance to double the visitors' tally early in the second half - again Masina was the architect, crossing at pace from the left, but the forward's header was wayward from close range... a good opportunity wasted.

Down the other end, Hornets skipper Mariappa denied Sims a clear route to goal with a perfectly-timed challenge - flick-ons in turn by Meite and McNulty almost released the winger clean through, before the challenge arrived.

Just after the hour-mark, Marc Navarro steamed forward and forced a save from Walker from a tight angle; he overlapped and received from Sema, but the stopper kept it out.

But a minute later, he was helpless as Quina hammered right into the postage stamp; no chance for the goalkeeper.  The Royals had dealt with the corner as Ilori cleared, but the midfielder gathered outside the area, stepped into space a leathered in Watford's second.

Sam Baldock and Andy Yiadom were introduced as reinforcements soon after, in the hope of getting back into the game.

There was no lack of endeavour from Reading, but the clock ticked away quickly as the Premier League side limited the hosts' chances.  Hornets sub Stefano Okaka could only apply a glancing header when he needed to apply power to Kiko Femenia's delivery from the left.

With ten minutes to play, Liam Kelly could have grabbed one back as he collected in the area on his chest as a ball was half-cleared, only to slice his effort wide on the half-volley.

And just after Navarro had been kept out at one end by Walker, McNulty was again denied - breaking the line to race onto a straight ball by Sims, he lifted it over the advancing Gomes... only for Mariappa to recover in time to prevent it crossing the line.

The Royals had a flurry of chances to make it interesting late on - one of the best falling to Meite, who picked up on the far side after Bacuna's set piece was headed clear, but the goalie adjusted well and showed safe hands.

Ultimately Reading's efforts went unrewarded - Watford have their name in the next round of the Carabao Cup.

Full-time: Reading 0-2 Watford

Reading: Walker, Gunter, Richards (Yiadom 63), Moore (c), Ilori, O’Shea (Baldock 65), Bacuna, Kelly, Swift (Sims HT), Meite, McNulty.
Subs: Jaakkola, McShane, Clement, Rinomhota.
Yellow: Meite.

Watford: Gomes, Masina, Mariappa (c), Prodl, Navarro, Sema (Okaka 65), Chalobah (Hughes 86), Wilmot, Quina (Doucoure 81), Feminia, Success.
Subs: Dahlberg, Gray, Janmaat, Cathcart.
Goals: Success 37, Quina 62.
Yellow: Navarro.

Attendance: 9,265 (2,514 away)

Referee: Mr A Davies

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Ticket News

Floodlit football in the cup… be here on Wednesday!

Back the Royals as we target the Third Round

27 August 2018

We’ve got the Third Round of the Carabao Cup in our crosshairs – a win against Watford on Wednesday would earn us a place in the next stage.

That would be no mean feat against a side that have begun the Premier League season well… but we all know what kind of a difference a positive atmosphere under the Madejski Stadium floodlights can make.

As ever, tickets are cheaper if they’re bought in advance.  It’s £10 for Adults before 5pm on matchday, with fans aged 65 & Over and 18-24 paying £7, 17 & Under just £5 and 12 & Under for just £3.  Terrific rates for some midweek action in RG2!

We put in a terrific display against Birmingham in the First Round – goals by Yakou Meite and John Swift securing passage – while the Hornets got a bye to this stage by virtue of their top-tier status.

And the next stage is when the seven remaining Premier League clubs who are competing in Europe enter this year’s Carabao Cup, so the prize for Wednesday night’s winner could be a fixture with one of our nation’s big guns.

So come along and support the boys – great rates as we take on top tier opponents!

Parking at Madejski Stadium will be priced £5 for this fixture.

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