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Ahead of the game | Ready for Rovers

Royals return home in midweek for Blackburn test

12 February 2019

After a long away trip at the weekend, Reading return to RG2 for another tough Championship test - this time it's Blackburn Rovers who provide the opposition.

Reading vs Blackburn Rovers
Wednesday 13th February

Madejski Stadium
8pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship

After three consecutive draws and two clean sheets on the trot for José Gomes and his Reading side, the manager has been unequivocal in his desire for all three points when Blackburn Rovers visit Madejski Stadium on Wednesday night.

Rovers have settled straight back into the second tier after their promotion from League One last season, sitting comfortably in mid-table and well clear of any relegation danger - although a late push for the top six may well be a tough ask at this stage.

Tony Mowbray's men come into this match off the back of a narrow defeat at home to Play-Off chasing Bristol City - with an Eros Pisano strike 10 minutes from time condemning Rovers to a second consecutive defeat.

As for the Royals, a hard-fought goalless draw against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend means they are one point from climbing out of the Championship's bottom three.

What's on

Before kick-off on Wednesday night, a minute's applause will take place to honour the life of former England goalkeeper, Gordon Banks, who sadly passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81.

We would like to invite supporters to head to their seats early as Reading FC pays tribute to one of the greats of English football.

Reading FC Women return to Madejski Stadium next week as they get ready to face West Ham United in the Women's Super League - and some of the stars of our squad will be in the Megastore for a signing session on Wednesday evening.

Head down to the Megastore for 7pm to be able to meet the Royals, who are gearing up for a Fifth Round tie in the FA Cup this weekend - at home to Birmingham City.

The Fan Zone is an ideal place to take in the pre-match atmosphere at Madejski Stadium. Thanks to our Official Pouring Rights Partner, Heineken, fans can pick up a beverage at the new location, which is named after the former Elm Park hotspot, with the area around the bar decked out in images of former and current Royals stars.

Also in the Fan Zone is Bill's Coffee - look out for the trailer and grab a bean-to-cup coffee to warm you up before the action gets going inside the ground.

Heineken will be joined at the Fan Zone by West Berkshire Brewery, our local ale partner, who will be serving their famous “Good Old Boy” once again at Madejski Stadium.

Around the corner at the Fun Zone, Under-23 stars, Cameron Green and Jordan Holsgrove - son of former Royal, Paul - will be in attendance on The Royal Bus from 7-7.30pm.

Match itinerary

Find out about our matchday schedule by clicking here. Please note that the itinerary is based on a 3pm kick-off, so add five hours to each time to adjust for an evening kick-off.

Tickets

Tickets for our game against Rovers are still available. 

Don't forget, Season Ticket holders can bring a friend with our Midweek Mates Rates offer for this game, valid until 5pm on Wednesday 13th February - take a look and don't miss out.

Blackburn Rovers
Sky Bet Championship

Blackburn Rovers

Wednesday 13th February, 8pm (Madejski Stadium)

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Travel

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

To see a full list of travel options, click here.

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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.

We'll have you covered on our Reading FC social media channels - on TwitterFacebook  and Instagram.

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 stay tuned for this match.

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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Report | Oliveira strikes stunning winner

Three points earned against Rovers

13 February 2019

A tough battle. Full of drama. And three huge, huge points to show for it as the Royals were ultimately 2-1 winners against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday evening.

John Swift opened the scoring for Reading in first-half stoppage time, but Amari’i Bell’s equaliser late on threatened to spoil the party.

But Nélson Oliveira was the man of the moment. A stunning winner, four minutes from time, gave Reading a victory that left the home crowd elated.

Just 10 days after suffering a nasty facial injury, Oliveira was back to action and amongst the starting XI to meet Rovers – equipped with a face-mask for protection.

His inclusion was one of four changes for the Royals, with Ovie Ejaria returning from illness to start and Academy graduate duo Omar Richards and Liam Kelly drafted in for starts.

Conditions were still and mild, ideal for football on the deck – yet the early stages saw the teams competing in aerial battle. And after Ben Brereton was knocked to the ground by Tyler Blackett, Rovers skipper Charlie Mulgrew was off target with an early sighter from the free-kick.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez added another fine save to his highlight reel on the ten-minute mark, keeping a quick Blackburn counter at bay. Liam Kelly was caught in possession on halfway, allowing the visitors to break with numbers – Adam Armstrong played wide to Brereton before striking first time on the return, only to be kept out by the Argentine.

The Royals were being pressed high by Blackburn, who were winning the ball upfield. But Oliveira nearly scored with an outrageous effort before the midpoint of the first half; fed by Andy Yiadom, the striker drifted an early shot from 40 yards, catching goalie David Raya cold, but landing on the roof of the net.

Momentum was beginning to build and the full-backs were getting in support of the Reading attack readily. Yiadom linked up with Ejaria on the right and drew a save from Raya from a narrow angle.

But the visitors soon wrestled back the initiative and were retaining and circulating possession well, to Reading's frustration. The Royals defence, which had kept clean sheets in their last two outings, were standing firm again; when Craig Conway burst through on the left, he could only find side netting.

Mulgrew again had an opportunity from a free-kick before the end of the first period; his effort dipped just in front of Martínez but the goalkeeper scooped up safely.

Yet despite being under the cosh for much of the first period, Reading led at the break. Yiadom battled with Amari'i Bell on the right flank and dispossessed the Blackburn man; his low cross was trapped in the area by Swift, who shifted out of his feet and fired low across goal, nestling inside the far post.

Half-time: Reading 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Yakou Meïté was introduced at the interval, replacing Sone Aluko, and forcing a reshuffle. Swift stepped in behind the striker, Ejaria dropped into midfield and the sub took up the right-wing berth.

Reading began the half with renewed purpose and drive, and Yiadom's early cross was close to being turned in on the far side by Richards - Ritchie Smallwood nipped it away just in time.

And a Swift corner was met by Meïté's towering header in a crowded box - Raya was fortunate to see it straight at him.

Brereton was wasteful when his opportunity came; a deep cross was collected with a smooth first touch in the area, but with bodies closing him down, the midfielder shanked his shot high over the bar from 10 yards out.

On the hour, Oliveira came close to notching his first Madejski Stadium goal since joining the Royals. Swift's incisive ball between centre-half and full-back set him in on the left, but he couldn't bend it around Raya from the edge of the area.

Midway through the second period, a golden chance went begging for the Reading sub. Ejaria's slide-rule pass bisected the Blackburn back line and found Meïté clean through on goal, but the Ivorian went for power and ended up firing a yard wide of the post.

With the deficit to make up, Rovers weren't lying down and attacked in waves. Centre-half pairing Liam Moore and Matt Miazga were dealing with the aerial threat and the goalkeeper standing strong behind.

A glorious opportunity to double the lead went to waste for the Royals as Swift's pinpoint corner was met by the onrushing Meïté, headed narrowly over the bar.

Just moments later, Reading were made to pay for their wastefulness. Bell went racing away down the left and drilled low and hard, beating Martínez to level things up.

Rovers sub Bradley Dack was close to turning the game on its head a minute later, but his strike from the edge of the box faded off target.

More late drama was to follow - the Royals fans were in raptures as Oliveira's wonderful effort put the home side ahead again with five minutes remaining. Swift launched a ball forward from the edge of his own area, which the forward raced onto, and with the dummy-runs of his teammates opening up the angle he lashed past Raya from the edge of the box.

The nerves were jangling as Rovers loaded the box in the final stages. In the third added minute, a corner was swung in and scrambled mercifully off the line as the lead remained intact.

And so it ended. Three huge points for the Royals.

Full-time: Reading 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

Reading: Martínez, Yiadom, Blackett, Moore (c), Miazga, Kelly (Baker 80), Swift, Ejaria, Richards, Aluko (Meïté HT), Oliveira (Böðvarsson 90).
Unused subs: Walker, Gunter, Harriott, Barrow.
Goals: Swift (45+1), Oliveira (86).
Yellow: Ejaria

Blackburn Rovers: Raya, Rodwell, Smallwood (Dack 56), Armstrong, Mulgrew (c), Bell, Brereton (Rothwell 68), Travis, Bennett, Conway (Graham 74).
Unused subs: Leutwiler, Reed, Williams, Nyambe.
Goal: Bell (82).
Yellow: Brereton

Referee: Mr S Martin

Attendance: 11,271 (635 away)

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