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Ahead of the game | Latics take trip to RG2

All you need to know ahead of the next vital Championship mat

8 March 2019

It's the third consecutive match for the Royals in which they play a direct competitor in the Championship table, this time it's Wigan who journey down to Madejski Stadium.

Reading vs Wigan Athletic
Saturday 9th March

Madejski Stadium
3pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship

After a dramatic late victory against Ipswich Town last time out, Reading will be aiming to make it back-to-back wins in the league, with a Wigan Athletic side who went down to a midweek defeat at Derby County.

The Royals currently sit three points behind Paul Cook's side in the Championship table, and a victory would see them leapfrog the visitors in the standings on goal difference.

No extra motivation will be needed, then, for another tough match at Madejski Stadium this weekend. And Reading will be without striker Nélson Oliveira for the weekend, after suffering a 'significant' hamstring injury at Ipswich last weekend. Goalkeeper, Emi Martínez, is also being monitored after sustaining a calf problem at Portman Road a week ago. 

The battle to avoid relegation from the second tier is tighter than ever, with four teams separated by just three points either side of the dreaded dotted line.

Reading fans will be coming out in force for their team this weekend, with more than 650 supporters set to make their voices heard from Club 1871 in the South Stand. To find out more about joining them this weekend, click here.

Royals boss, José Gomes has been urging his side to 'keep their feet on the ground' this week in training, keeping emotions in check with 11 games to go in the all-important run-in for the remainder of the season. This one is not to be missed.

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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.

We'll be celebrating World Book Day by handing out 200 book vouchers on our Royal Bus, as well as beginning a Book Corner, where you can bring old children's books to the bus and take out a new one. For further information on our activities, click here.

The Royals will also be supporting the Level Playing Field Weeks of Action, where we will welcome hundreds of local students from SEN schools in the area, celebrating inclusion for disabled sports fans up and down the country. Click here to find out more.

Last but certainly not least, our two latest Academy graduates - Tom McIntyre and Gabriel Osho - will be at the Fun Zone from 2pm to meet and greet our young supporters.

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Tickets

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

Wigan Athletic
Sky Bet Championship

Wigan Athletic

Saturday 9th 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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Match Reports

Report | Yakou wins it at the death!

Our account from stunning comeback in RG2

9 March 2019

Yakou Méïté was the man of the hour, as his goal in the eighth minute of added time sealed a 3-2 win for Reading against Wigan Athletic. Incredible scenes at Madejski Stadium!

Mo Barrow looked like he’d rescued a point for Reading when he slammed in an 89th-minute equaliser.

The Latics led twice, and each time were pegged back. Nick Powell’s strike was cancelled out by a John Swift free-kick before the break, and then Joe Garner volleyed the visitors back into the lead.

But Barrow had other ideas, rasping home a corking strike in the 89th minute. But he was shown up by Méïté, who converted a corner deep, deep into additional time to send the decibels through the Madejski Stadium roof.

Manager José Gomes made just a single change to the Royals' starting XI after last weekend's win in Ipswich - match-winner Modou Barrow replaced the injured Nélson Oliveira in the team.

Emiliano Martínez had recovered sufficiently from his calf problem to start the the game between the sticks, while on the bench were Ryan East and Michael Olise - both potential debutants.

Yakou Méïté began the game wide on the right, with Barrow the most advanced of the forward three. And the Ivorian was close to giving the Royals an early lead as he collected wide, skipped through some challenges, and hit a rasping effort which dipped fractionally over Jamie Jones' bar.

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After a ten-minute spell in which Reading had had almost exclusive possession of the ball, Wigan began to gain a bit of a foothold to quieten the home support.

And a bit of a mix-up in defence for the Royals was nearly punished; a loose pass under pressure was snaffled up, allowing Nick Powell to tee up skipper Sam Morsy, but Reading captain Liam Moore put in a trademark block.

The Latics also showed they had breaking power when they turned defence into attack in the blink of an eye. Garath McCleary had a shot blocked after John Swift's free-kick caused trouble; that allowed Antonee Robinson to get to the byline and hang up a cross which was just over Powell.

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But then, with 20 minutes played, the Latics converted. Stealing possession in the Reading half, Michael Jacobs popped in a low cross which Powell deftly tucked inside the far post.

Swift went within a whisker of levelling, shortly after the half-hour. Barrow's pace down the flank drew the foul from Nathan Byrne; Royals players flooded the box from the resulting free-kick but the midfielder's effort flashed just past the far post.

Then Tyler Blackett's overlapping run down the left allowed him to get to the byline and pull back for Garath McCleary; his first-time strike was comfortably taken by Jones.

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Reading's first change was enforced. An injury to Ovie Ejaria meant that Danny Loader was called into action early on.

The fixture was becoming increasingly scrappy - untidy and unfair challenges going in from both sides in a bid to get control of the game. Matt Miazga and Joe Garner both saw yellow for their part in a fracas.

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Just before the break, Reading went level. Smart forward-play by Loader drew the foul just outside the area, and Swift stepped over it. His strike oozed class - swerving beyond the reach of Jones, into the far corner, sending the Royals supporters into raptures.

Half-time: Reading 1-1 Wigan Athletic

Gavin Massey registered the first shot of the second-half; a fizzing half-volley was hard and low and needed fielding well by Martínez.

Soon after, a lengthy delay - Moore's sliding challenge was hearty and committed, but badly timed. Robinson and Reece James each needed treatment for a heavy collision, while the Royals man was booked.

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Then it was Moore who needed treatment. Worrying scenes as the captain went down holding his shoulder, but after a little bit of attention from the physios, he was back up and battling.

The second half had been devoid of opportunities, until the Latics gobbled up a chance. Massey picked off a pass in the Royals half; Powell went looking for a second and had an effort blocked by Baker; his acrobatic effort on the follow-up was wayward, but turned into a perfect cross for Garner to volley in at the back post. Galling for Reading.

The deficit could have been further extended when Massey again got in down the right and flashed a ball across the face of goal; Martínez's reactions were immense to keep out Powell from six yards.

The clock ticked down quickly; an exercise in game management by the visitors, who dragged out every foul, substitution and throw-in. They still looked go further ahead and a short free-kick routine allowed Morsy a sight of goal from 20 yards, forcing the Reading goalie into a flying save.

But the team never stopped believing. And in the 89th minute, it was that man again. Picking the ball up in space, Barrow assessed his options and decided to shoot from the best part of 25 yards... and the sheer power sent it flying into the bottom corner. Cue delirium.

The drama wasn't over. All that time-wasting led to seven added minutes... in the last of those, Blackett flicked on a corner and Méïté nodded in.

Amazing scenes on the final whistle.

Full-time: Reading 3-2 Wigan Athletic

Reading: Martínez, Yiadom, Blackett, Moore (c), Miazga, Ejaria (Loader 36), Baker, Swift, McCleary (Harriott 67), Barrow, Méïté.
Subs: Walker, Gunter, McShane, East, Olise.
Goals: Swift (45+3), Barrow (89).
Yellow: Miazga, Moore.

Wigan Athletic: Jones, Morsy (c), James, Byrne, Robinson, Dunkley, Olsson, Jacobs, Massey (Naismith 74), Powell (Clarke 77), Garner (Windass 90+3).
Subs: Evans, Kipre, Gibson, Roberts.
Goals: Powell (20), Garner (64).
Yellow: Garner, Robinson, Jacobs.

Referee: Mr A Davies

Attendance: 15,401 (588 away).

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Ticket News

Over 500 supporters in Club 1871 for Wigan fixture

Help boost the numbers further this Saturday

7 March 2019

As things stand, over 500 supporters will be bringing the noise to Club 1871 this Saturday when we take on Wigan Athletic at Madejski Stadium – and it’s not too late to switch your seat and join them.

Situated in the South Stand, Club 1871 is a Reading FC fan group who have formed to try and create a loud, positive atmosphere at throughout the 90 minutes; it’s all about supporting the side through thick and thin and making our Madejski Stadium matches feel like the best away days.

And it’ll be the busiest we’ve seen Club 1871 this season – your support will go a long way.

Hundreds of supporters already have taken the opportunity to make the switch to Club 1871 this weekend for what will be a hugely important game against Wigan. The maths is simple – if we win, we leapfrog the Latics.

And our partners Heineken are joining the party atmosphere too. Any supporters aged 18 and over will be given two beer tokens upon entry which can be redeemed at the concourse.

Match ticket holders and Season Ticket holders can all make the move – you’ll need to contact our Ticket Office directly, either by visiting in person or by ringing 0118 968 1313.

For more information about Club 1871, click the banner above.

And for all the info you need about match tickets for this fixture, including prices and how to buy, just hit the link below.

Wigan Athletic
Sky Bet Championship

Wigan Athletic

Saturday 9th March, 3pm (Madejski Stadium)

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