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Ahead of the game | Previewing Preston

A look ahead to Saturday's big game at Madejski Stadium

29 March 2019

The international break is over, and the run-in starts now in the Sky Bet Championship. Eight games remain for the outcome of the season to be decided, starting this weekend in RG2...

Reading vs Preston North End
Saturday 30th March
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
3pm kick-off

The Royals had a weekend without a match, and several players went away with their nations to do battle on the international front.

It was a good time away for Callum Harriott and Yakou Méïté, who both made their senior international debuts during the gap in league fixtures, for Guyana and the Ivory Coast respectively.

Closer to home, José Gomes and the remaining Royals have been spending their time hard at work at Hogwood, while also taking the appropriate time to recharge their batteries for a packed month ahead.

After Saturday's game against the Lilywhites, a run of six matches in 21 days awaits the Royals - with Gomes and his men hoping to start that run with a win this weekend.

The test of Preston will be a tough one, however - probably one of the hardest in the division on current form. Alex Neil's side have gone 12 games unbeaten heading into Saturday's match, including a run of six consecutive away wins.

They sit outside the Play-Offs on goal difference alone, but Reading will also hope to pick up where they left off just before the international break, having climbed out of the bottom three and lost just twice in their last ten matches.

Royals boss Gomes confirmed that both Andy Rinomhota and Sam Baldock have returned to training over the international break, but will have their fitness assessed before deciding if they can return to the squad.

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Match itinerary

Find out about our typical matchday schedule by clicking here.

What's on

There's plenty going on around Madejski Stadium before Saturday's match, especially for our younger Reading supporters.

Mother's Day is this weekend, and young Royals can say thank you to their mum by writing them a Mother's Day card on the Royal Bus - situated in the Fun Zone, adjacent to the Eamonn Dolan Stand at Madejski Stadium.

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We also have Mother's Day items for sale in the Megastore, so take advantage and grab some last-minute gifts for your Royals-supporting mum.

Last but certainly not least, two of our young players - Adam Liddle and Gabriel Osho - will be at the Fun Zone from 2pm to meet and greet our young supporters.

Tickets

Tickets for our game against the Lilywhites are still available; click the link below for more information. Adult tickets are available from just £15 for this match, so don't miss out - be here to back the boys this weekend.

Preston North End
Sky Bet Championship

Preston North End

Saturday 30th March, 3pm (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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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.

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 | Preston's unbeaten run ended by ruthless Royals

Méïté and Barrow on target in first half to seal vital home win

30 March 2019

Reading ended play-off chasing Preston's 12-game unbeaten run with a valuable 2-1 victory that the hosts fully deserved this afternoon. First half goals from Méïté and Barrow meant Jayden Stockley's injury time strike was a mere consolation for Alex Neil's men.

Royals boss José Gomes was able to start injury absentee Andy Rinomhota in midfield, while Nelson Oliveria made an early return from a hamstring problem to take a place on the substitutes' bench.

The home crowd first rose the volume when they saw Yakou Méïté collect the ball in the right-back position but burst forward down the right, beating two or three before eventually dispossessed on the edge of the Preston area.

At the other end, a Royals wall held firm when Gallagher had an opportunity to test Martinez after 11 minutes. Half an appeal for a penalty from Andy Yiadom after a jinking run into the North End box was waved away, and both teams had spent the opening quarter of the match weighing up their opponents.

Fresh from his international appearance for the Icory Coast, Méïté confidently took aim from 25 yards out but failed to trouble Declan Rudd as his effort skidded wide.

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Soon after Ejaria took aim only to see his drive blocked by a Preston head. The ball fell back to Rinomhota whose hastily taken left-footed shot flew over the crossbar.

With the half hour appraoching, Rinomhota fizzed a nice low ball into Ejaria in a central position. The loanee danced his way into the box and twice saw shots charged down, but he stabbed the loose ball out to Méïté in some space - only for Yakou to arrow high over the crossbar from a promising position.

But a minute later, Reading took the lead. Swift released Barrow in behind the Preston defence down the left. He passed a low cross into the middle where Méïté arrived to hammer home from six yards out.

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And five minutes later it was 2-0! Martinez's goal kick was headed on my Meite for Barrow to chase. Ben Davies covered but his pass back to Rudd was short and Barrow nipped in between Storey and the keeper to steal the ball and pass the ball into an empty net!

Rudd prevented a third on the stroke of half-time. Ejaria did brilliantly to carve out a yard to get a shot away and it took Rudd at full stretch to tip it against his left post - the ball ricocheting out to a North End shirt to clear.

Half-time: Reading 2-0 Preston North End

Alex Neil made a double change at the break, bringing on Jayden Stockley and Brandon Barker. And immediate Barker's pace down the left caused problems for Yiadom - getting to the byline but his cut back hacked clear by Ejaria.

Patient build-up play from the back resulted in Ejaria finding some space in the attacking third soon after, but his direct run down the middle ended when his pass towards Méïté was just cut out by a Preston boot.

Barker was forced off with injury just before the hour, Moult replacing him. Barrow's shift ended at the same time as Gomes introduced McCleary. And McCleary's first impression should have carved out a third goal for the hosts. Springing the offside trap down the right, he crossed low into the middle where Ejaria couldn't quite manage to tap home under pressure.

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McShane was brought for the injured Swift to shore things up at the back and Martinez comfortably gathered in a low drive from Stockley with 20 minutes left.

Preston kept pushing and Moult turned to spoon an effort over the bar from 12 yards out. Reading remained reilient though - Méïté typifying the commitment on show by sliding in to halt a Preston attack and then running the full length of the pitch in a one-man counter attack that ended with a last ditch challenge in the visitors' box.

McCleary fed Ejaria with 12 minutes left and the midfielder looked to return the favour and pass the ball into McCleary who had made a run into the area. But it was just cut out by a Preston defender.

McCleary did get a change to take aim moments later, but drilled over the bar from outside the box. At the other end, Gallagher collected a knock down but dragged a shot well wide.

With five minutes remaining, Preston were reduced to ten men as Ben Pearson - who had battled on bravely with an injury - had to walk off the pitch and Neil couldn't replace him having used all three of his substitutes. Meanwhile, Gomes still had a change up his sleeve - bringing on Harriott for Ejaria late on.

The Royals looked comfortable as we entered four minutes of injury time. But Preston managed to pull a goal back through Stockley who reacted fastest to a stabbed effort that beat Martinez and cannoned back into the six yard box off the crossbar.

But the home side rightly hung on for a fully deserved victory in front of a buoyant Madejski Stadium.

Full-time: Reading 2-1 Preston North End

Reading: Martínez, Yiadom, Blackett, Moore (c), Miazga, Baker, Rinomhota, Swift (McShane 65), Ejaria (Harriott 88), Barrow (McCleary 58), Méïté.
Subs: Walker, Gunter, Olise, Oliveira.
Goals: Méïté 31, Barrow 36

Preston North End: Rudd, Fisher, Earl, Pearson, Robinson (Barker HT (Moult 58)), Johnson, Gallagher (c), Storey, Davies, Maguire, Nmecha (Stockley HT).
Subs: Crowe, Rafferty, Huntington, Ledson, Moult.
Goals: Stockley 90(+2)

Attendance: 16,771 (1,782 away)

Referee: Mr T Harrington

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Ticket News

Reduced rates for home fixture with Preston

Grab your ticket; join the crowd

23 March 2019

In case you haven’t heard, our ticket prices for next weekend’s game against Preston North End have been reduced in all four stands – an extra incentive to pack Madejski Stadium, create an electric atmosphere and play a part when we target three more important points.

Whether you’re in the East Stand, the Eamonn Dolan, either tier of the West Stand or part of Club 1871 in the South Stand, you’ll be able to get your match tickets for a reduced rate.

Adult tickets are just £15, 65 & Over are £10, and 18-24 are just £8. And kids’ concessions are also cheaper: it’s just £5 for ages 17 & Under and £2 for ages 12 & Under.

It’s all about home comforts. Without the crowd pushing the Royals on until the very last kick, it would have been a tall order to stage that late comeback against Wigan Athletic when Yakou Méïté notched a 97th-minute winner.

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The next six weeks will be jam-packed as we squeeze our final eight games in – four of which are in RG2 – and look to earn as many points as we can to secure our status in the Championship.

So make sure you’ve got your tickets for the next fixture against Preston at our reduced prices and help the team to victory.

For full information about ticketing for this game, press the button below.

Preston North End
Sky Bet Championship

Preston North End

Saturday 30th March, 3pm (Madejski Stadium)

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