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Ahead of the game | Royals return home to face Millwall

Lions head to Madejski Stadium in first of a three-game week

19 October 2018

We've had a fortnight without league football, and it all gets going again on Saturday in RG2...

Club News

Man in the middle | Millwall (h)

18 October 2018

Reading vs Millwall
Saturday 20th October
3pm kick-off
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

The international break has finished, with several Royals having been on duty for their countries in the gap in league fixtures.

With the full available squad now back at Hogwood, preparations have been ramping up leading into Saturday's match against Neil Harris and his Millwall side.

Manager Paul Clement has been working the team hard with a full block of training, and they will be hoping to put that work to good use against a Millwall team that sit one point and one place above the Royals in the Championship standings. Click here to read more from the Royals boss.

In terms of team news, the manager confirmed that wingers Garath McCleary and Callum Harriott both trained fully over the international break and will be considered for selection, with goalkeeper Vito Mannone also back fit and available.

Sam Baldock is also nearing a return from injury, but Jón Daði Böðvarsson and John O'Shea are yet to return to training. 

As for Millwall, they will be hoping to continue the form that saw them overturn Aston Villa before the international break - with former Royals, Jake Cooper and Jem Karacan among the squad ranks at The Den this season.

It's going to be another tight match in RG2 on Saturday afternoon, and we need your vocal support once more at Madejski Stadium this weekend!

Tickets

Adult tickets start from only £20 at Madejski Stadium for Members, so make sure you're here to back the boys on Saturday!  

For full pricing information and how to buy, click the button below.

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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Odds

Championship title sponsors, Sky Bet, have found Saturday's game difficult to predict - with both sides priced at 13/8 for the win, with the draw available at 11/5.

After scoring a rocket at The Hawthorns last time out, Leandro Bacuna is priced at 9/2 to score any time at Madejski Stadium, while fellow central midfielder Liam Kelly is priced at 11/2 to net his first goal of the season on Saturday.

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 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

Resilient Royals get the better of Millwall!

Meite's brace and Baldock's penalty earn victory for Reading

20 October 2018

Goals either side of half-time for Yakou Meite and a Sam Baldock spot-kick were enough to earn three important points at Madejski Stadium, going above Millwall in the process.

  • Meite heads Reading into the lead
  • Murray Wallace levels for the Lions
  • Spot-kick from Baldock gets Royals ahead again
  • Second for Meite seals the three points

A firm header by Meite opened up the lead; one which was short-lived as Murray Wallace poked in a leveller.

But Sam Baldock converted a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time when Tyler Blackett was fouled, and a second header from Meite put the game beyond doubt late in the day.

There were first starts of the 2018-19 campaign for two Royals - Garath McCleary's long-awaited return finally came as he dropped straight into the starting XI, while Anssi Jaakkola began in goal owing to injuries to Vito Mannone and Sam Walker.

Former Reading defender Jake Cooper was lucky to escape the referee's notebook in the early exchanges - he cynically chopped down Yakou Meite as the Ivorian looked to build an early attack.

Jaakkola was forced into his first save just after the ten-minute mark - a neat, incisive move saw Shane Ferguson slot through the Reading defence to find Jed Wallace on the run, but a touch off the goalkeeper's foot put it behind.

His next stop was a stunner, and prevented Cooper from finding the net on his Madejski Stadium return.  Ryan Leonard hung up a cross to the far post, and the Finnish stopper miraculously scampered across goal to punch off the line.

It was proving to be an attritional affair; the Reading defence were having to handle an aerial bombardment from their visitors and battle for every ball.  After weathering a storm at one end, the Royals had two terrific chances to open a lead at the other.

Andy Yiadom's deflected cross fell into the path of Liam Kelly - his left-footed effort had Ben Amos stranded but struck the base of the post.  Meite was denied from six yards on the follow-up, as Mahlon Romeo threw his body in the way.

For all of Millwall's aerial prowess, it was a headed effort which put Reading into the lead before the half-hour mark.  It began with a surging run out of defence by captain Liam Moore, and then a peach of a delivery from Tyler Blackett - Meite stole a march on Cooper and bulleted an effort beyond the dive of Amos to put the Royals in command.

Goalie Jaakkola made another smart stop to deny Shane Ferguson from a tight angle, as the striker trapped and swivelled in the area.

But from the resulting corner, it was the Lions who won the first ball and the ball broke kindly for Murray Wallace to sweep in from inside the six-yard box.  Level again.

Kelly came close to reestablishing a lead for Reading before the break; Leandro Bacuna's corner was cleared only as far as the edge of the area, where the midfielder unleashed a first-time volley.  Not far wide.

But the Royals were able to get their noses back in front before the break from the penalty spot.  Kelly laid off to John Swift, who in turn squared for Blackett... Romeo dived in to try and win the ball but took out the full-back.  Penalty!  Baldock, on spot-kick duty, lashed into the top corner decisively.

Half-time: Reading 2-1 Millwall

Early in the second half, the Royals again had to match the Lions in a physical capacity; Shane Ferguson's delivery from the right was met by Tom Elliott but the crossbar prevented the leveller.  Millwall skipper Shaun Williams guided back into the danger area, Gregory flicked towards goal, but bodies were in the way.

Meite was denied a breakaway second when Amos got his angles just right.  Baldock harried, won the ball on half-way, allowing Swift to dissect the visiting defence with an early ball.  The angle didn't favour the forward though and the goalkeeper saved.

Cooper's overdue yellow card came just before the hour - a lunging, mistimed tackle on Swift in the centre circle prevented the Royals breaking in numbers.  At the third time of asking, the referee reached for his pocket.

For the next 10 minutes, it was an air raid from Millwall - there was tussling from both teams in Reading's six-yard box, but the Royals keep it the right side of fair despite a few protestations from the Lions players and fans.

And when the ball broke to Ferguson, he blasted towards goal as the ball dropped out of the sky.  Jaakkola turned it away strongly, although he needed treatment after taking a whack in the melee.

Elliott's last involvement before being subbed off was to get on the end of Ferguson's corner - he made clean contact but steered his header wide.  Andy Rinomhota was introduced for the final 10 minutes for the Royals, his second league appearance of the season.

After withstanding pressure throughout, the Royals were able to enjoy a two-goal advantage when Meite grabbed his second - Reading's third - in the final five minutes.  Millwall's box was sparsely populated when Bacuna stepped up to take a corner - but that meant Meite was unmarked when he arrived at the back post to head in!

It was a performance that needed to be spirited - and it was.  The points weren't gifted; they were earned.

Full-time: Reading 3-1 Millwall

Reading: Jaakkola, Yiadom, Blackett, Moore (c), Ilori, Bacuna, Kelly (McNulty 84), Swift, McCleary (Gunter 74), Meite, Baldock (Rinomhota 79).
Unused subs: Legg, Meyler, Aluko, Sims.
Goals: Meite (28, 86), Baldock (45 pen).
Yellow: Rinomhota.

Millwall: Amos, Meredith, Cooper, Williams, J.Wallace, Gregory, Ferguson, Romeo, Elliott (Morison 77), M.Wallace, Leonard (Bradshaw 84).
Unused subs: Archer, Hutchinson, Tunnicliffe, Skalak, O'Brien.
Goal: M.Wallace (34).
Yellow: Romeo, Cooper.

Attendance: 14,532 (1,831 away).

Referee: Mr D Webb

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Ticket News

Tickets | Help us to leapfrog the Lions…

Be part of the crowd when we meet Millwall!

16 October 2018

Back to action this weekend – and back at Madejski Stadium to face Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship. Three important points are on offer, for both teams… let’s make sure they’re ours!

The simple equation is this: if we beat the Lions on Saturday, we’ll rise in the rankings in the league table.  Three points this weekend would see us move above our visitors, and hopefully that can be just the start of a swift rise up the division over the next few weeks.

Fans, players, staff… everyone wants to get that winning habit back at home.  More often than we’d like, we have been on the wrong side of the odd goal at Madejski Stadium this year… but we all want the same result come 5pm this Saturday, and the smallest percentages can make a difference.

Join us here, make a racket, back your team – and the boys in the blue and white hoops will do whatever they can to repay the faith and send you home satisfied with the performance and the result!

Tickets can be bought right now – Adult tickets begin from just £20, with Concessions available for ages 65 & Over, ages 18-24, 17 & Under and 12 & Under.  Buy before midday on matchday to take advantage of advanced discounts.

Click the banner below to find out full information – a full table of prices, how to buy, and everything else you’ll need ahead of the game!

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