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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Ipswich in town this Saturday

All you need to know as the Royals take on the Tractor Boys

9 November 2018

The Royals are back home this weekend, as they look to make it four home wins in five...

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Clement: “We’d be naïve to expect an easy game!”

8 November 2018

Reading vs Ipswich Town
Saturday 10th November
3pm kick-off
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

The Royals take on Ipswich Town this weekend at Madejski Stadium, with the visitors currently sat at the bottom of the Championship table after one win in their opening 16 matches this term.

There is a new man in the dugout for Town as well, with Paul Lambert taking charge of his second match as Ipswich manager - after replacing Paul Hurst a fortnight ago.

Despite winning only one match so far this season, Ipswich have picked up seven draws along the way to keep themselves in touch with the rest of the division and hopeful of climbing out of the relegation places in the coming weeks.

Lambert and Ipswich picked up a point against Preston North End last time out, with Freddie Sears' penalty cancelled out by Paul Gallagher's free-kick for the Lilywhites. The new Ipswich boss will be fighting for his first win at his new club with the visit to Madejski Stadium at the weekend.

A fourth home win in five matches for the Royals could take them out of the bottom three themselves, with the Championship standings looking as competitive as ever with a third of the season gone.

Royals manager, Paul Clement has confirmed that striker Jón Daði Böðvarsson is out with a back injury, while he is waiting on the fitness of Yakou Méïté - who came off with a knock in the first half against Bristol City last weekend. 

Remembrance 2018

We encourage supporters of both the Royals and Ipswich to be in their seats early for Saturday's game, in time to observe a minute's silence prior to kick-off. Please note that the turnstiles will be temporarily closing once the Remembrance Weekend activities are underway on the pitch - and will re-open before kick-off.

Click here to see the full itinerary for Remembrance ahead of Saturday's game. Poppy sellers will be based all around the ground for the Royal British Legion as well, so please donate what you can for a worthy cause.

Also, as we mark 100 years since the Armistice agreement was signed, a special edition issue of The Royal will be available around Madejski Stadium - taking a look at every Reading player to have given their lives in service during the First World War, alongside your usual pre-match information.

A commemorative coin, issued by the Royal British Legion, will be used for the pre-match coin toss and Reading players will be wearing poppies on their shirts - which will be auctioned for charity in the days following the game.

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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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Fixture News

Head down to the Fun Zone before kick-off!

8 November 2018

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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Odds

Championship title sponsors, Sky Bet, make the Royals 6/5 favourites to make it four wins out of five at home, with Ipswich available at 12/5 for all three points - the draw carries odds of 9/4.

Sam Baldock is available at 5/1 to open the scoring on Saturday afternoon, while Mo Barrow is priced at 9/4 to score any time against Ipswich.

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Club News

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10 November 2018

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 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 | Méïté's late leveller earns point for Royals

Striker scores brace in frantic 2-2 draw against Ipswich

10 November 2018

Yakou Méïté scored a brace as the Royals secured a point with a 2-2 draw against Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon.

  • Edwards powers Ipswich ahead, before Méïté equalises with bicycle kick
  • Sears strikes soon after to restore Ipswich's lead
  • Barrow shot saved at point-blank range by Bialkowski
  • Méïté heads in Bacuna's cross six minutes from time to equalise for Royals

Anssi Jaakkola was fit enough to play and returned between the posts in the only change for the Royals after last week's victory at home to Bristol City. Yakou Méïté was also passed fit and led the line from the start against Ipswich Town.

Prior to kick-off, The Last Post rang out around Madejski Stadium before a minute's silence was observed in remembrance of those to serve their country in battle.

On an afternoon where the rain was pelting down in RG2, the visitors started the game with the lion's share of possession - with the ball looking difficult to control on a slippery surface.

The opener came with only four minutes elapsed. Jonas Knudsen lobbed a long throw into the area, headed away by Andy Yiadom but only into the path of Gwion Edwards waiting on the edge of the box. The winger lashed a lethal strike past Jaakkola into the bottom corner, leaving the goalkeeper with little chance of reaching it.

Just two minutes later, however, the Royals were level with their first foray forward. Sam Baldock went on a lung-busting run on the left flank, beat his man to it and hung up a cross into the area. 

Yakou Méïté was waiting for it, and improvised with a fantastic overhead kick to beat Bartosz Bialkowski at his near post to score his fifth in as many games.

Before either team could settle into a rhythm, Ipswich found themselves ahead again. A through-ball that skidded towards goal allowed Freddie Sears to slip in on goal, Jaakkola lost his footing while narrowing the angle and the striker slotted in from 12 yards for a third goal in frantic opening 10 minutes in RG2. 

Up the other end, Mo Barrow used his trickery to wriggle his way into the area - getting brought down in the box appealing for a penalty. The referee saw the incident differently, however, giving a free-kick to Ipswich and taking Barrow's name in his notebook.

Sears almost added his second midway through the first period, a deft cross coming in from Flynn Downes which Sears poked towards goal while spinning, with Jaakkola at full stretch to tip around the post.

Town kept up the pressure on the Reading defence, with Knudsen firing a low cross trying to reach Edwards at the back post - with the ball narrowly evading the Wales international as the Royals looked under the cosh.

Reading still looked to attack at every opportunity, though, with Yiadom breaking on the right and feeding Barrow to cross. Méïté got to it first under the challenge of Luke Chambers, but couldn't generate the power to take it past Bialkowski.

As time ticked on, Ipswich advanced again with Edwards playing a ball behind the defence for Jordan Roberts to chase. He cut inside and shot in the box, but Jaakkola was equal to it, diving to his right to parry.

Ipswich skipper Chambers had to wrestle Barrow to the ground in midfield to stop the winger getting away from him in first-half stoppage time, with the defender seeing yellow for clearly stopping what could have been a profitable break for the Royals.

Reading saw more of the ball towards the end of the half, probing for a second equaliser but Ipswich were resolute in their defending, going in a goal to the good at the break.

Half-time | Reading 1-2 Ipswich Town

Paul Clement switched up his formation at the break, adding an extra striker with Baldock coming into the middle. Garath McCleary was introduced for Andy Rinomhota and took his place.

A neat bit of interplay in midfield saw Baldock track back and spot Méïté on the run, he found the ball through with the Ivorian getting behind the defence, but the flag went up for offside.

The Royals so nearly drew level after a cross was floated into the area with Barrow waiting at the far post, he shot on the volley but Bialkowski raced across goal to get a vital block in on the Gambia international.

Reading upped the pressure on the visitors, with Ipswich clinging onto their narrow advantage in RG2. Barrow played low to Méïté in the area, who unfortunately slipped as he controlled, before Bacuna's strike from the D was blocked soon after.

A fourth goal in the game would have been pivotal in defining outcome fo the result on Saturday afternoon, and it was the home side who looked the more likely as they pressed in the second period.

The visitors were searching for the goal that would seal victory themselves, with Jordan Spence finding himself in space in the Reading box. He looked to test Jaakkola but could only arrow a shot straight at the big Finn.

John Swift was brought on for John O'Shea heading into the final 15 minutes, with the Royals throwing everything at earning a point against the Tractor Boys.

Tyler Blackett had to time a tackle perfectly to stop substitute Kayden Jackson having a one-on-one chance at goal, with the defender sprinting 35 yards to put in a superb sliding challenge on the Town man.

The final roll of the dice came with Marc McNulty introduced for the Royals, but it was Méïté who would strike again to level for the home side heading into the closing stages.

Bacuna lofted a superb ball over the top of the Town defence, with Méïté rising highest and directing a header into the bottom corner past the despairing Bialkowski in goal with six minutes left on the clock.

The game opened up in the closing stages, McCleary bursting into the area and pulling back for Baldock in a good position in the final minute of normal time. He struck first-time but only managed to clear the bar in a superb chance for the Royals.

With only 45 seconds left in added time, McCleary provided Baldock with another chance on the edge of the box. The striker fired a curling effort from 18 yards, but once again cleared the woodwork as the points were shared in RG2.

Full-time | Reading 2-2 Ipswich Town

Reading: Jaakkola, Yiadom, Blackett, Moore (c), O'Shea (Swift 77), Rinomhota (McCleary HT), Bacuna, Kelly (McNulty 83), Barrow, Baldock, Méïté.
Subs: Walker, Gunter, Aluko, Ilori.
Goals: Méïté 7, 84
Yellow: 
Barrow

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers, Pennington, Knudsen, Chalobah, Skuse, Downes, Edwards, Roberts (Jackson 60), Sears (Rowe 82).
Subs: Gerken, Donacien, Dozzell, Edun, Lankester.
Goals: Edwards 5, Sears 11
Yellow: 
Chambers

Referee: Mr D Bond
Att: 14,952 (1,887 away fans)

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Ticket News

Let’s keep it going at home… get to RG2 on Saturday!

Tickets available now for our home clash with Ipswich

7 November 2018

Three wins from our last four Madejski Stadium fixtures… let’s maintain that kind of home form this weekend when we meet Ipswich Town!

And we’ve had a bit of a cutting edge here in recent weeks in RG2, too.  A 3-0 win against Hull, a 3-1 triumph over Millwall and last Saturday’s 3-2 triumph against Bristol City… there’s been plenty of goals to cheer in those fixtures!

Back-to-back wins in consecutive weekends at home would be the ideal way to enter the international break.  And without another game on our own patch under December, you want to miss out on your football fix!  Despite the Tractor Boys’ position at the foot of the table, we won’t be taking anything for granted.

So come along, play your part, get behind the boys and help us to achieve our goal of being three points better off come the final whistle.

Supporters are also reminded that this Saturday marks our Remembrance Weekend activity around the ground ahead of the game – a schedule of events is below.

Remembrance Activities – Reading vs Ipswich Town, Saturday 10th November 2018

  • 12.30pm Volunteers from The Royal British Legion selling poppies and collecting donations around the ground
  • 1.30pm Supporters invited to gather at the Remembrance Wall next to Gate 1; Reading Scottish Pipe Band performing in advance of the service
  • 1.45pm The Act of Remembrance will begin, led by Rev. Barry Kirk
  • 1.50pm Following 'The Last Post', wreaths will be laid
  • 2pm Individual tributes will be laid for the 15 former Reading players killed in the First World War
  • 2.40pm A 'Royals Remembered' video will be shown on the big screen inside Madejski Stadium
  • 2.47pm The Reading Scottish Pipe Band march onto the pitch, playing in front of the East Stand
  • 2.55pm Players emerge from the tunnel with poppies on their shirts (to be auctioned for Royal British Legion)
  • 2.56pm Coin toss with bespoke commemorative coin
  • 2.57pm Turnstiles around Madejski Stadium temporarily halted for Remembrance activity
  • 2.58pm Supporters will be asked to fall silent as bugler Mark Dallas perform the Last Post
  • 2.59pm Madejski Stadium observes a minute's silence
  • 3pm Kick-off; turnstiles will re-open upon the conclusion of the minute's silence

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