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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Gomes goes into battle in the Lions' Den

Royals ready for themselves for a physical battle at the start of a new Portuguese project.

24 December 2018

It is the start of a new Portuguese project in Reading Football Club's history but it begins in one of the toughest environments that the Championship has to offer...

Interviews

“My work starts today”

22 December 2018

Millwall vs Reading
Wednesday 26th December
The Den
Sky Bet Championship
3pm kick-off

The start of a new era in Royals history begins on Boxing Day as newly-appointed manager José Gomes takes his squad into battle against Millwall on Wednesday afternoon.

And The Den is sure to deliver a 'blood and thunder' introduction to English football to our Portuguese boss on Boxing Day.

The two teams go into the penultimate matchday of 2018 level on points, separated only on goal difference. So if you can have a 'six pointer' in December...this clash could be categorised as one.

The Lions show promise in front of their own fans. All five of their wins this season have come on home turf - and Neil Harris' side have beaten Aston Villa and Derby County and also held league leaders Leeds United at The Den to date.

The Royals meanwhile have won just once on the road this season, beating Preston North End at Deepdale back in September. Both teams go into the game on the back of defeats - Reading edged out by Middlesbrough while Millwall were narrowly beaten at Stoke on Saturday.

And the new manager will have to deal with something of an injury crisis in defence - young Academy graduate Gabe Osho won his first team debut and performed well against Boro at the weekend - and he may be needed once more on Wednesday as injury concerns over Liam Moore, Paul McShane, Tiago Ilori and Tom McIntyre continue. John O'Shea was back in the matchday squad on Saturday so could be an alternative for Gomes.

Tickets

Tickets for this fixture went on sale at 9am on Monday 3rd December 2018 and will remain on sale, subject to availability, until midday on Monday 24th December 2018. Tickets will be available to purchase from The Den on the day.

We were given an initial allocation of 1,049 for this fixture. And you can buy your ticket in the following ways...

Online: visit www.readingfcdirect.co.uk
By phone: ring our Ticket Office on 0118 968 1313 
In person: visit the Ticket Office at Madejski Stadium during our opening hours
On matchday: from the North Stand Ticket Office at The Den (next to away turnstiles) - no price increase, cash and cards accepted

For full ticket information and prices for this fixture, click the banner below. 

Travel

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

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

Please note that, as the match is taking place on a bank holiday, Boxing Day, there will be significantly reduced public transport services available to supporters. So please plan you journey in advance. 

Pre-match chat

"There are some good players at the club and there's a spirit and togetherness so that's encouraging. The boys are ready to work - and have been working well - so there are some promising signs.

"They have to stick together as they are a lot of games coming up. There are lot of points to fight for so I told them 'bounce' quickly, don't dwell on anything in terms of disappointment after a game. There is a focus to get back out there already." Caretaker Manager, Scott Marshall

"Performance-wise, Saturday was very good. I said to the players that the level of performance today, and in the second half at Preston, is what we take into next week - which is massive for us now.

"We have three huge games over the Christmas and New Year period, and we need to be winning games now." Millwall manager, Neil Harris

 

Interviews

"It's an exciting time for the club"

23 December 2018

Follow it Live!

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 TwitterFacebook and Instagram!

And supporters at home and abroad will be able to listen to the action live on iFollow.

Odds

Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, make Millwall 3/4 favourites for victory on Saturday, with the Royals priced at 18/5 for the win. The draw is available at 11/4.

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

Report | Royals defeated despite spirited display

Our report from The De

26 December 2018

An early Jed Wallace free-kick condemned Reading to defeat at The Den, as José Gomes' first game in charge ended in defeat for the Royals.

Soon after Wallace's goal, a straight red card for Tyler Blackett meant for an even higher mountain to climb for the remaining 81 minutes.

And yet Reading's ten men had most of the play and some great chances to get level.  A spirited performance which merited more.  The Royals would end with nine men on the field as Leandro Bacuna sent off for an altercation with Shane Ferguson.

Gomes’ first squad selection included a return to action for Liam Moore, taking the captain’s armband at centre-half, as well as for Yakou Meite in the forward positions.

The hosts were first to get a shot away – an inswinging free-kick by Shane Ferguson was met by the head of captain Shaun Hutchinson, but Anssi Jaakkola did well to save from Tom Elliott after the knock-down.

But, minutes later, a free-kick from a similar position resulted in an opener for the Lions.  Wide on the right, a right-footed effort by Wallace – struck with power and precision – beat the goalkeeper at his near post to put the hosts ahead.

A minute later, the situation went from bad to worse when Reading were reduced to ten men.  After overrunning the ball, Blackett tried to slide in on Wallace to regain possession – but with two feet off the floor, referee Andy Davies deemed the challenge worthy of a straight dismissal.  More than 80 minutes to go, a man down.

Millwall’s numerical advantage ushered in a period of dominance for the home side, who could have doubled the advantage but for Omar Richards’ goal-line clearances.  A series of corners and free-kicks in particular were causing danger, but Andy Yiadom slotted in at centre-half and competed willingly in the aerial affairs.

Despite not being able to over-commit in sending numbers forward, Reading were still able to create opportunities through their attacking talent.  John Swift drove into space and lashed goalwards from 25 yards, forcing Jordan Archer into action for the first time.

And then Meite’s free-kick from wide on the right needed a firm block by the wall as the Royals looked to get a foothold in the game.

Lions forward Elliott could consider himself somewhat lucky to not be the second player dismissed; after twice fouling goalkeeper Jaakkola with sliding challenges, he then sliced through the back of Reading defender Moore.  Only a yellow card issued for the third of those challenges.

Moore was fine to continue after being grounded - and like the rest of the Royals, he continued to battle bravely.  A hearty block from the centre-half in added time ensured that Lee Gregory's name wasn't added to the scoresheet.

Half-time: Millwall 1-0 Reading

Seconds after the restart, Wallace threatened a second for Millwall as he took a pirouetting first touch to control in the area, but stabbed the volley wide of Jaakkola's near post.

But Reading were the ones who started the half looking like they had the creative spark.  Danny Loader, picking up in the inside-left position, popped a dipping effort towards goal but it was straight at the goalie.

At the other end, Ryan Leonard made a sweet connection with a half-cleared ball but it shanked only narrowly wide of target from the edge of the D.

The Royals continued to exert pressure and Mo Barrow's clever touch around the corner took him past Hutchinson and to the byline; former Royal Jake Cooper just did enough to prevent Meite from steering in. Working a short corner, Leandro Bacuna shot wide on his left as he wriggled free in the area.

As the game ticked over the hour, both managers looked to their bench for changes in the final third; Steve Morison and Sam Baldock each introduced.

A foul by Cooper, 30 yards from goal, nearly brought about a Royals equaliser in stunning fashion when Swift stepped over the dead ball.  A fierce, dipping effort flummoxed the goalkeeper and crashed off the underside of the bar, but bounced down on the wrong side of the line from a Reading perspective.  So, so close to the leveller.

With two minutes to go, Ferguson and Bacuna tangled on the touchline and after consulting with his assistant, the referee dipped into his back pocket for a second time to dismiss the Royals midfielder.

The task was too big with nine men.  The Royals kept plugging away in search on an unlikely leveller, but they couldn't quite make it happen.

Full-time: Millwall 1-0 Reading

Millwall: Archer, Meredith, Hutchinson (c), Cooper, J.Wallace (O'Brien 76), Gregory, Ferguson (Skalak 88), Romeo, Tunnicliffe, Elliott (Morison 57), Leonard.
Unused subs: Amos, Karacan, M.Wallace, Brawn.
Goal: Wallace (8).
Yellow: Elliott, Gregory, Ferguson.

Reading: Jaakkola, Yiadom, Richards, Blackett, Moore (c), Bacuna, Rinomhota, Swift (Osho 82), Barrow, Loader (Baldock 63), Meite (McCleary 73).
Unused subs: Mannone, O’Shea, Meyler, Aluko.
Yellow: Moore.
Red cards: Blackett, Bacuna.

Referee: Mr Andy Davies

Attendance: 12,202 (572 away)

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Ticket News

Festive away fixtures on sale now!

Get your tickets for Millwall and QPR trips over Christmas

4 December 2018

Royals fans can now secure their seat at our festive fixtures, as we take on Millwall at The Den on Boxing Day, before heading to Loftus Road to face QPR a few days later.

Alongside festive plans up and down the country, football always plays a big part - and we head to London on Boxing Day for what's set up to be a massive game between the Royals and the Lions.

We've been given an allocation of 1,049 tickets for this match, and to book your tickets you can click here or contact our Ticket Office on 0118 968 1313, or visit Madejski Stadium in person.

Age band Price
Adult £29
62 & Over £20
16-17 £16
12-15 £14
11 & Under £9

For further information on our trip to Millwall, simply click the button below. Make sure you read the terms and conditions before buying, with last post for this match being on Thursday 20th December, due to Christmas postage deadlines.

On Saturday 29th December, the Royals will then head to Loftus Road - with Queens Park Rangers our opponents on the day.

Please be advised that this match is ALL TICKET for Reading supporters, and tickets will not be available to buy on the day at Loftus Road.

Age band Upper Tier Gold Seating Upper Tier Silver Seating
Adult £33 £28
60 & Over £23 £19
18-21 £23 £19
17 & Under £16 £13
7 & Under N/A Free with Adult

We've been given an initial allocation of 1,216 tickets for this fixture - with tickets going off-sale at midday on Friday 28th December

For further information, click the button below. 

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