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Ahead of the game | Resurgent Royals take on high-flying Whites

All you need to know ahead of a big midweek match

11 March 2019

After one of the most dramatic finishes seen at Madejski Stadium in its history, we dust down and go again against an automatic promotion contender...

Reading vs Leeds United
Tuesday 12th March
8pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship

Few people would have predicted the result that came to pass in RG2 at the weekend, with the Royals overcoming a 2-1 deficit - in the 89th minute - to beat Wigan Athletic in the most dramatic of circumstances.

But as José Gomes said afterwards, we have no time to revel too much in three crucial points - as three more become available against Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United on Tuesday night.

The Royals go into Tuesday after losing just once in their last eight matches, while Leeds kept up their assault on automatic promotion after a gritty 1-0 win away at fellow promotion hopefuls, Bristol City at the weekend.

In fact, Bielsa's men have won four of their last five matches in the Championship, recovering from a lean patch of form after the new year that saw them knocked off the top of the standings.

As for Reading, Liam Moore is doubtful for Tuesday's match, after Royals boss Gomes revealed the centre-back played on for over half an hour, despite dislocating his shoulder in the second half.

It's set to be another large attendance at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time ahead of the game.

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Match itinerary

Find out about our typical matchday schedule by clicking here.

Tickets

Up until 5pm on Tuesday 12th March, you can take advantage of our Midweek Mates Rates offer for this match - whereby Season Ticket holders can bring two members of family or friends with them for a discounted rate!

Tickets for our game against the Whites are still available; click the link below for more information.

Leeds United
Sky Bet Championship

Leeds United

Tuesday 12th March, 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.

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 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.

You can watch this match in the UK with a Match Pass, for the price of £10.

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 routed by league-leading Leeds

Whites victorious in RG2

12 March 2019

Reading were defeated 3-0 at home against Leeds United on Tuesday evening, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side went to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with their win at Madejski Stadium.

The Royals went in to the game on the back of consecutive victories, but the Whites were too good on the night. Mateusz Klich opened the scoring, before Pablo Hernandez grabbed a brace ahead of the half-time whistle with two well-taken goals.

Manager José Gomes named Ryan East amongst the starting XI – and in doing so, our Academy hit the milestone of 50 graduates to have played first-team football for Reading.

His inclusion, replacing the injured Ovie Ejaria, was one of two changes – the other was Danny Loader, coming in for Garath McCleary.

Later in the game, the tally was extended further as 17-year-old Michael Olise was introduced from the bench for his first inclusion, taking the ever-growing number up to 51.

Neither goalkeeper was truly tested in the opening exchanges. Leeds were circulating the ball well but couldn't find any gaps, while the Royals threatened a few times on the counter but to no avail. Tackles were flying in, too - a late challenge by Tyler Roberts upended John Swift and brought the game's first booking.

Reading's first notable chance came on the ten-minute mark; it was the two full-backs at the heart of it. Andy Yiadom burst infield on a quick counter and fed the ball wide left where Tyler Blackett picked up and pirouetted into space. Yiadom picked up again and drilled low and hard from a tight angle, but Kiko Casilla blocked.

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It was the visitors who broke the deadlock with an incisive break. Luke Ayling broke away on the right and cut back - Patrick Bamford stepped over, allowing Klich to tuck inside the near post from 12 yards.

The Royals almost made an instant reply as Yakou Méïté galloped into space down the right and sent a low cross into the six-yard box; Casilla got to it a split-second before Loader.

Instead, Leeds doubled their advantage shortly before the midpoint of the half. An attack was only half-cleared, allowing the ball to be circulated to Hernandez - his bulleted effort struck the base of the post on its way into the back of the net.

It was looking difficult for the Royals to get a proper foothold in the game, with Leeds unflappable in possession and looking a constant threat.

Nevertheless the Royals had two fantastic opportunities to pull one back in quick succession; first Méïté beat his man on the left but had a cross cut out before it could reach Barrow, and then Méïté snatched at a chance of his own as a low cross came in from the right; his effort bobbled through to Casilla.

And so Leeds extended the lead still further with a fine strike before the interval. Bamford collected in a pocket of space outside the area, squared for Hernandez, and the Spaniard lashed in his second in stunning style from 20 yards.

Half-time: Reading 0-3 Leeds United

Méïté was again involved in Reading's first offensive after the break, as his brute force took him past Leeds skipper Liam Cooper on the right. He had two bites of the cherry to try and pick out a teammate but the yellow shirts had swarmed back to snuff out the attack.

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Luke Ayling was walking a tightrope after a hefty foul on Mo Barrow had drawn a booking in the first half - early in the second period, a repeat of the same kind of incident went unpunished. Marcelo Bielsa quickly subbed off the full-back before he could get into any further trouble.

The home side had been limited to few opportunities, but almost made things happen with a quick burst from halfway. Lewis Baker was the one to collect possession in the centre circle and burst past challenges, but his left-footed strike was without conviction.

Callum Harriott's introduction just after the hour added fresh impetus. And when Yiadom cut out an attack and launched a counter, he almost finished it superbly with a hanging header from Blackett's deep cross - Casilla's cat-like reactions kept it at bay.

While it wasn't destined for a good result in the immediate term, there were long-term positives to be taken as another Academy graduate got game-time. With 20 minutes remaining, Olise replaced Barrow to become our 51st debutant from our youth system.

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The scoreline could have worsened but for a double-let off. A square ball was air-kicked by Bamford, before Hernandez sliced his effort marginally wide as a hat-trick remained elusive.

Then Jack Harrison drifted in off the right and produced a couple of dummies to open space to shoot, forcing Martínez into a smart stop. Hernandez had time to pick his spot on the follow-up but opted for power over precision and shanked high and wide.

Olise's pinpoint diagonal ball for fellow sub Garath McCleary nearly helped Reading to a consolatory goal, as he skipped in and hammered towards the near post, but Casilla punched the swerving shot to safety - no risks.

The Royals pressed until the end, but couldn't salvage anything from their late efforts.

Full-time: Reading 0-3 Leeds United

Reading: Martínez, Yiadom, Blackett, Moore (c), Miazga, Baker, East (Harriott 63), Swift, Barrow (Olise 70), Loader (McCleary 81), Méïté.
Subs: Walker, Gunter, O’Shea, McShane.
Yellow: Swift.

Leeds United: Casilla, Ayling (Dallas 56), Cooper (c), Bamford, Alioski, Roberts (Shackleton 70), Jansson, Hernandez, Harrison, Phillips, Klich (Douglas 74).
Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Berardi, Brown, Gotts.
Goal: Klich (14), Hernandez (22, 43).
Yellow: Roberts, Ayling, Douglas.

Attendance: 17,101 (2,071 away).

Referee: Mr G Ward

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Ticket News

Mates Rates for Leeds tickets – be here on Tuesday

Fantastic value for our midweek game

10 March 2019

The scenes on Saturday were fantastic. More of the same on Tuesday against Leeds United?

That’s what we’re hoping for. And our game against the promotion-hopefuls is one of our Mates Rates fixtures, meaning that Season Ticket holders can bring their friends along for fantastic rates.

Anyone with a 2018-19 Season Ticket can grab two extra tickets for friends and family members for just £10 Adults or £5 Concessions. An amazing offer to see some floodlit football in RG2, as we aim to make it three wins on the spin.

Madejski Stadium was rocking on Saturday, so help to recreate that incredible atmosphere by filling the stands in midweek.

For full information about our game against Leeds, click the banner below.

Leeds United
Sky Bet Championship

Leeds United

Tuesday 12th March, 8pm (Madejski Stadium)

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