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Ahead of the game | Plenty at stake against Stoke

A preview of Saturday’s match at Madejski Stadium

30 November 2018

Back at Madejski Stadium again this weekend – we take on Stoke City as we look to keep up a decent run of results on home turf.

We have taken 10 points from our last five home fixtures… scoring plenty in the process!  We’re showing plenty of positive signs in RG2 and we’ll need to be at the races on Saturday.

That’s because the Potters haven’t been easily beaten in recent weeks.  They’re unbeaten in six (four of those have been draws) and despite playing an hour with ten men in midweek against Derby County, Gary Rowett’s side still came away with a 2-1 win.

It has been over six years since we last welcomed the Potters to Madejski Stadium… and they have never won on any of their nine league visits to our current home; an exception being their FA Cup triumph in 1998, just months after the stadium opened.

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Adult tickets start from only £20 at Madejski Stadium for Members, so make sure you're here to back the boys on Saturday! 

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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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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.

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iFollow will also be available for fans who cannot make it to the game in the UK or around the world. You can take a look at our iFollow page and see how you can buy your Match Pass in the UK for this fixture, as well as our options for international Royals.

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 | Barrow grabs last-gasp leveller!

An account from our 2-2 draw at Madejski Stadium

1 December 2018

Mo Barrow's 94th-minute equaliser earned Reading a share of the spoils at Madejski Stadium against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

Marc McNulty's first competitive goal in a Reading shirt had the Royals leading at the break, but Benik Afobe and Tom Ince had oveturned the scoreline as the game approached the final stages.

But with a minute left of stoppage time, Barrow's well-taken finish ensured the Royals efforts would be rewarded with a share of the spoils.

Just hours after the Academy Honours Board was revealed at Madejski Stadium, teenage striker Danny Loader was handed a home debut in the Sky Bet Championship by being named in the starting XI, while Tom McIntyre’s inclusion on the bench was his first involvement in a game for the senior side.

Leandro Bacuna captained the side in the absence of the injured Liam Moore, while Sam Baldock, David Meyler and Mo Barrow all returned to the bench.

John Swift was first to register an effort as Bacuna’s corner was cleared into his path on the edge of the area, but it was sliced well over Jack Butland’s goal.

But then Stoke missed a gilt-edged chance to go ahead before the game had developed any rhythm – James McClean’s overhit cross was kept alive on the far side by Joe Allen, but former Royal Afobe headed inexplicably wide from in front of goal.

And when Afobe did hit the target, he found Anssi Jaakkola in fine shot-stopping form once again.  Cuco Martina, bombing on from right-back, picked out the striker in the six-yard box but the big Finn’s instincts were spot-on again.  Sam Clucas blazed over on the rebound.

The Potters were by no means having it all their own way.  Loader, finding space between the lines, linked up with Garath McCleary before laying into Swift’s path on the edge of the area.  The midfielder found a yard to shoot but bent his effort wide.

And then it was Loader's turn to go close as Bacuna's bisecting ball found the teenager in space... gliding into the area, he fired wide with his left foot.  The opener yet elusive.

McNulty, leading the line, was a willing runner and Swift flighted a beautifully-weighted ball over the top for the Scotsman to run on to.  A lovely first touch in the area, but a recovery tackle denied a shooting chance.

And the Potters had chances when McClean twice had efforts deflected beyond the far post from either side of Jaakkola's goal.

But the opener came before the break and the Royals were good value for the lead. 

It all began with a gutsy burst down the right flank by Rinomhota... raw pace took him past Dutch international Erik Pieters, and when his cross deflected up towards the back post, McNulty sprang highest in the crowd to power in a header.  1-0!

Half-time: Reading 1-0 Stoke City

But that lead was cancelled out within three minutes of the restart.  Clucas played a quick exchange with Ryan Woods on the left for Stoke before lifting a ball over the defensive line for Afobe to run onto.  With the goalkeeper exposed, the forward converted as he raced into the area with a low effort.

With the wind in their sails, Stoke pressed on to look for a goal to turn the game on its head.  Tom Ince, drifting in off the right, offloaded into the stride of full-back Pieters... a firecracker of a shot was pushed over by Jaakkola.

Then a flurry of chances for the visitors.  When McClean's cross was cut out by Swift, Allen raced onto the loose ball and side-footed just wide... and then a loose bit of play from the goal-kick meant Tyler Blackett had to recover quickly to deny Stoke striker Afobe a second goal.

Potters winger McClean was booked for his part in a fracas as tempers flared - every ball contested heartily and emotions occasionally bubbling up.

Barrow replaced Swift midway through the second period as the Royals aimed to wrestle back control and the winger nearly profited when Bacuna's effort ricocheted loose in the area - Jack Butland got to it just in time.

Then, for the first time in the game, Stoke went ahead with a goal by Ince that was simply unstoppable.  Afobe kept the ball alive on the byline and McClean cut back a cross which Ince caught with the sweetest of volleys... it caught the underside of the bar as it powered beyond Jaakkola's reach.

The Finn managed to keep Stoke's lead to a single goal when Afobe cut back from the channel to Allen, whose first-time strike was saved acrobatically.

Yakou Meite and Baldock, on as subs, tried to combine and a half-clearance fell for Barrow.  With the angle tight, he opted for power rather than placement but fizzed well wide of goal.

The same combo of Royals subs, but the same outcome soon after.  Meite controlled terrifically on his chest to control a direct ball forward but Baldock was just about edged out by Bruno Martins Indi inside the six-yard box.

With time running out defender Ilori could have drawn Reading level as he attacked McCleary's free-kick from deep and wide on the right, but could only divert his header over from inside a crowded area.

Then in the 90th minute, some bold work in midfield by Rinomhota saw him spin into space before delivering a delightful through-ball with the outside of his right boot... Meite was foiled by Butland, agonisingly.

Five minutes were added... and in the fourth, a composed forward move saw the ball worked to Barrow, who slammed in a side-footed effort to ensure the points would be shared!

Full-time: Reading 2-2 Stoke City

Reading: Jaakkola, Yiadom, Gunter, Blackett, Ilori, Bacuna, Rinomhota, Swift (Barrow 65), McCleary, Loader (Baldock 71), McNulty (Meite 71).
Unused subs: Mannone, Meyler, Sims, McIntyre.
Goals: McNulty (42), Barrow (90+4).
Yellow: Bacuna.

Stoke City: Butland, Pieters (Edwards 66), Allen, Ince, Afobe, McClean (Fletcher 82), Martins Indi, Shawcross (c), Clucas (Williams 89), Martina, Woods.
Unused subs: Federici, Diouf, Berahino, Crouch.
Goals: Afobe (48), Ince (69).
Yellow: McClean.

Referee: Mr D Coote

Attendance: 14,414 (1,706 away)

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Back the boys against the Potters this Saturday!

Your support can get us over the line this weekend

28 November 2018

After two long away trips in four days, the Royals return home this weekend as a strong Stoke City side visit Madejski Stadium.

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Youngsters progress past Bracknell in County Cup

28 November 2018

To the Royals who travelled for a 400-mile round trip, twice in less than a week, and for anyone who was there at the DW or Elland Road, we wholeheartedly thank you for your support on our travels around the country!

But the time has come once again for loyal Royals to come out in force in RG2, with Gary Rowett's Stoke side the next visitors.

After a gutsy draw against Wigan and a strong showing but a narrow defeat against a favourite for promotion in Leeds, every extra voice in the crowd could help take the Royals over the line this weekend!

Another three vital Championship points are up for grabs this Saturday afternoon, and a win would see the Royals climb towards the teams above in the league as we head into the busiest part of the season so far.

Adult prices at Madejski Stadium start from just £20 on a matchday, with a price that's right for you in all areas of the ground!

Secure your seat now and show your support for those donning the blue and white hoops, representing you and your town!

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