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Ahead of the game | Royals return with Wigan clash

Saturday sees a trip to the DW for Reading

23 November 2018

The Royals return to action after November's international break, with the first of two trips to the north this week...

Interviews

Yakou on goalscoring form, international involvement and Wigan test ahead

23 November 2018

Wigan Athletic vs Reading
Saturday 24th November 2018
3pm kick-off
The DW Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

The Royals have been hard at work at Hogwood during the gap in league fixtures, with their trip to Wigan this weekend being the first of 10 matches in the next 42 days.

While plenty of work will have gone into setting the squad up physically and mentally for the most challenging run of games this season, our international Royals have also returned to camp to fill up the options available to Paul Clement this weekend.

Our hosts this weekend, Wigan Athletic, sit four points above the Royals in the Championship table as it stands - but will be looking to get points on the board having lost each of their last four matches.

Reading are currently on a run where they have picked up 10 points out of a possible 15 at home, and they will aim to translate those fortunes away from home with a strong performance and result on Saturday. 

Tickets

Tickets are available to buy up until 12pm on Friday from our Ticket Office. Tickets will be available to buy on the day, however, from a cash-only turnstile - with no increase on advance pricing.

For full information, including prices and how to buy, click the banner below.

Travel

STAR Travel offer official supporters' coach travel to every Reading away game.

All details of away travel via Supporters' Trust At Reading can be found here.

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Odds

Championship title sponsors, Sky Bet, price the hosts as 4/5 favourites for victory on Saturday - with the Royals available at 10/3 for the win. The draw is priced at 13/5.

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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 | Stalemate in Wigan earns away point

Honours even at the DW Stadium as the Royals go unbeaten in three...

24 November 2018

The Royals earned a gutsy away point and kept a clean sheet at the DW Stadium this

  • Meite effort glances the post while Jaakkola saves from Windass and Kipre in goalless first half.
  • Meite robs Burn but is denied by Walton from close range in second half.
  • Royals end the game with three Academy graduates on the pitch after Danny Loader made his first league appearance

Paul Clement made four changes to the side that picked up a point against Ipswich Town before the international break, adding Chris Gunter, John Swift, Garath McCleary and Sone Aluko to his starting eleven.

Academy graduate Danny Loader was named on the bench to take the Academy tally to three, while 17-year-old Conor Lawless was also in the travelling squad but not chosen to play a part at the DW Stadium.

The first chance of note fell Reading's way. A pass was threaded into McCleary in midfield and he turned and ran at the Wigan defence. His found the space to drive a low shot towards goal and Meite stole in to force Christian Walton into an instinctive save - only for the offside flag to go up against the Ivorian international.

At the other end a teasing cross from the right was cleared behind by Gunter. The corner swung into the box via a deflection and bounced kindly off the body of Blackett and into the arms of Jaakkola.



Wigan looked most dangerous with aerial balls into the box from both flanks and Kipre came close to breaking the deadlock when he anticipated a flick on from Powell to head just wide from eight yards out.

With 20 minutes gone, Rinomhota made a nice run down the middle and toed the ball to McCleary. He continued his run into the box but McCleary opted to feed Meite whose shot was blocked before Walton could be tested in the Wigan goal.

But Jaakkola did need to take action to prevent a dipping and swerving Powell strike from finding the back of the net - the Finn tipping the effort over his crossbar. The resultant corner was taken short and headed home at the near post, but the offside flag was raised to Royals fans' relief.

The woodwork came to the home side's rescue soon after though. A nice passing move ended with McCleary cutting a low cross back for Meite who turned the ball against the bottom of the left post and behind for a goal kick.

Half an hour on the clock and Aluko won a free kick on the right which, when delivered by Swift was headed just over his own crossbar by Reece James.

The towering figures of Burn and Kipre combined to good aerial effect once more to force some good handling from Jaakkola - the Royals stopper gathered in Kipre's bundled effort at the second attempt.

And Nathan Byrne should perhaps have done better when he dived onto a Powell flick on to head wide of the right post.

Wigan were coming closer and should have made it 1-0 when Naismith's low cross found Windass unmarked in the box, but the striker's left-footed effort on the turn was pushed wide by a fine Jaakkola save.

Half-time | Wigan 0-0 Reading

Five minutes into the second half and Roberts got down the left well to receive a crossfield pass, cut inaside and force a save from Jaakkola with his legs. The ball ricocheted out to Windass who couldn't turn it on target.

Swift won a set piece on the hour but couldn't force Walton into a save, directing his 25 yard effort over the crossbar.

Then Meite chased a direct ball from Swift and managed to steal the ball from the toes of Burn inside the six yard box. The keeper, who hadn't come off his line to clear the danger, parried Meite's first time stabbed effort behind for a corner.



Danny Loader was brought on for Aluko - the Academy graduate making his first league appearance for the Royals. But going into the last 20 minutes, the game remained in deadlock.

Gibson rifled a speculative but sweetly-struck effort wide at the end of a Latics counter attack. And Sims and McNulty entered the fray as time began to tick away.

Sims and Loader nearly combined to good effect on the edge of the Wigan box, but the Latics cleared their lines just before Loader could get a sight of goal.

Reading were finishing the game the stronger, but three minutes from time the Royals had to scrap the ball clear from a corner which caused panic in the Reading area for a moment.

At the other end, McNulty and Sims battled to allow Loader a shot from just outside the box. It took a deflection and flew well wide of the target though.

Five minutes of injury time and both teams looked for a winner. But it didn't come and the points were shared at the DW Stadium.

Full-time | Wigan 0-0 Reading

Wigan Athletic: Walton, Byrne, Burn, Gibson (Connolly 84), Morsy (c), Windass, James, Roberts (Grigg 71), Naismith, Kipre, Powell (Garner 64).
Subs: Jones, Vaughan, McManaman, Evans.
Yellow: Roberts, Powell, Garner

Reading: Jaakkola, Gunter, Blackett, O'Shea, Moore (c), Rinomhota, Kelly, Swift, Aluko (Loader 67), McCleary (Sims 74), Meite (McNulty 78).
Subs: Walker, Yiadom, Ilori, Bacuna.
Yellow: Gunter 

Att: 9,211 (423 away)

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Tickets on sale for Wigan trip

Get yours for the DW!

30 October 2018

Tickets for our visit to Wigan Athletic in Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday 24th November are available now.

It’s a lengthy journey, and not one for the faint-hearted… and last time we went there our travelling support were treated to a cracking performance and victory!

The scoreline ended 3-0 in our favour – and we led from the first minute of the match.  Garath McCleary’s goal in the opening moments of the match was followed up with another before the five-minute mark, and Yann Kermorgant’s second-half spot-kick sealed a fantastic day on the road!

With another international break coming up in the meantime, it’ll be our first game back after a two-week break without a match.  So your support will be appreciated in Lancashire when we make the trip up to the DW!

Tickets are priced at just £15 Adults, with Concession prices available for other age-groups.

For all the relevant information about tickets for this fixture – including a full table of prices, how to buy and the cut-off date for postage can all be found by clicking the banner below.

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