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Ahead of the game | Heading to The Hawthorns

West Brom up next in Championship action

5 October 2018

It's the final match before the next international break, with the Royals hoping to go into the gap in fixtures off the back of a win.

West Bromwich Albion vs Reading
Saturday 6th October
3pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship
The Hawthorns

After a tough loss against Queens Park Rangers in the week, the Royals will need no motivation to try and rectify that result with a strong performance away at West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

The Royals are unbeaten in their last four matches on the road, but Darren Moore's side will be another tough opponent to face away from home.

West Brom have started the season brightly, sitting just one point off the top of the Championship table and continuing a free-scoring run which sees them six goals clear of the next highest scorers in the division.

The Baggies bolstered their ranks in the week, bringing in free agent and former Crystal Palace forward, Bakary Sako in on a deal until the end of the season, along with securing the signature of Wes Hoolahan midway through September on a short-term deal.

West Brom also have former Royals, Jonathan Bond and Hal Robson-Kanu at their disposal this season, in a squad that has retained plenty of players after their drop from the Premier League last term.

For Reading, Paul McShane, David Meyler and Garath McCleary have all been working their way back towards fitness and will hope to be eligible in some form for the weekend's game. McCleary has stepped up his recovery in recent weeks with minutes for the Under-23s as he hopes to be available for his first Royals appearance since February.

John O'Shea will be available again after suspension, with Tyler Blackett also pushing for a starting berth after recovering from a recent injury.

With three crucial points up for grabs on Saturday afternoon, the Royals will be hoping for a boost to their tally to take into the international break. 

 

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Travel

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

There are still limited coach spaces available for the trip to The Hawthorns this Saturday, priced at £15 per person.

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

Odds

Championship title sponsors, Sky Bet, make the high-flying hosts 8/15 favourites for three points on Saturday, with the Royals available at 19/4 for the win on Saturday - the draw is priced at 16/5

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If you aren't one of the Royals heading to The Hawthorns on Saturday, we've got you covered!

  • Keep up with the action through our live Match Centre, available on the club website prior to kick-off.
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  • iFollow will be available for UK-based supporters to hear live audio commentary of the game, while international Royals can purchase a Match Pass to watch the game live for the equivalent of £5 in your local currency!

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 | Baggies bounce back to coast to victory

Royals overturned in second half at Hat

6 October 2018

West Bromwich Albion overturned a half-time deficit to ultimately run out 4-1 winners against Reading at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

  • Bacuna strikes from well-worked set-piece in sixth minute
  • Gayle strikes twice after half-time for Baggies
  • Barnes and Bartley add to West Brom's tally

A stunning effort by Leandro Bacuna in the sixth minute had the Royals ahead, and the lead could have been extended on a number of occasions before the break.

But Dwight Gayle levelled and then put West Brom ahead after the restart, before Harvey Barnes and Kyle Bartley added gloss to the scoreline.

Paul Clement made three changes to the starting XI – Tyler Blackett and Marc McNulty made their first starts since August, while John Swift also returned for a starting role.

It meant a change in formation; Blackett’s inclusion was part of a less familiar five-man defence.  Defender Tom Holmes was included amongst the subs for the first time in 2018/19.

The first effort of note went the way of Saeid Ezatolahi - collecting from John Swift, he dropped a shoulder and made space to shoot, forcing Sam Johnstone into a flying stop.

From the resulting corner, the goalkeeper was totally stranded as a blistering strike put Reading ahead.  A short corner worked with Swift saw the ball rolled into the path of Bacuna, who hammered a left-footed effort in from a narrow angle, nestling in via the inside of the post.

The Royals' tails were up... and a similar set-piece routine could have yielded a second.  Another short corner, but this time Swift crossed low and Ezatolahi couldn't keep his first-time effort down.

Reading's defence were keeping spaces tight and denying the hosts any true openings, despite their possession.  And the Royals continued to look potent on the break; Bacuna's cross was met by a firm Yakou Meite header, which Johnstone held comfortably.

The Baggies' breaking power was also evident and almost resulted in a leveller when a loose pass in attack for Reading allowed the hosts to spring a counter.  Harvey Barnes, collecting in the left channel, fizzed a cross-shot across the face of Sam Walker's goal... Dwight Gayle couldn't quite convert as he slid in.

Midway through the first period, McNulty went within inches of opening his account for Reading.  A clever bending run allowed Bacuna to find him beyond the last defender, but the angle was just against him and the Scotsman's effort brushed the base of the far post on the way wide.

The chances continued to come for the visitors.  Bacuna's corner found Meite on the run - his powerful header was blocked out but fell to Blackett at the far post, whose volley cleared the bar narrowly.

Barnes and Jake Livermore each had sighters for the Baggies from 25 yards, each missing the target, while full-back Yiadom stormed into space on the left and was found by Bacuna... his fierce effort from a low angle was shovelled around the post by Johnstone.

At the other end, a cleverly-lofted ball by Gayle found Barnes on the run and a low effort from wide on the left needed hooking off the line as the sheet remained clean for Reading.

Shortly before the break, Ezatolahi picked off a pass, strode into the centre circle, spotted Johnstone out of position and fired a speculative shot towards goal.  It drifted off target.

Half-time: West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Reading

The Royals were made to rue missed chances in the first period when, less than five minutes after the restart, the Baggies stole level.  Tyrone Mears hung up a cross from the right and Gayle, ghosting in on the far side, nodded in the equaliser.

Iranian midfielder Ezatolahi tried to find Swift on the run with a ball from deep inside the Royals half... it just slipped off the toe of Swift, allowing the exposed goalkeeper to deal with the danger.

At one goal apiece, the game was wide open.  And Swift was close to sweeping Reading back ahead when he arrived unmarked onto Chris Gunter's low centre, but Johnstone gathered at the second attempt low to his left.

Instead, moments later, it was West Brom that went ahead. Barnes supplied a corner, Kyle Bartley rose highest, and Gayle flicked a toe to divert past Walker to give the hosts the advantage.

And just a few minutes later, the Baggies added a third in devastating fashion.  Barnes played a give-and-goal with Jay Rodriguez, and the well-weighted return saw Leicester loanee Barnes released on goal and he steered into the far corner.

A fourth was added with ten minutes remaining when a corner was swung in by sub Chris Brunt, allowing Bartley to loop a header back across a crowded goalmouth and into the net.

Reading continued to contest the fixture with hopes of reducing the arrears, but the Baggies held onto their comfortable lead to condemn Reading to consecutive defeats.

Full-time: West Bromwich Albion 4-1 Reading

West Bromwich Albion: Johnstone, Gibbs, Bartley, Livermore (Brunt 66), Mears (Edwards 62), Barnes (Adarabioyo 88), Gayle, Barry (c), Rodriguez, Dawson, Hegazi.
Unused subs: Myhill, Robson-Kanu, Townsend, Hoolahan.
Goals: Gayle (49, 65), Barnes (72), Bartley (80).
Yellow: Dawson, Barry.

Reading: Walker, Gunter (Sims 76), Blackett, Yiadom, Moore (c), Ilori, Ezatolahi, Bacuna (Kelly 81), Swift, Meite, McNulty (Barrow 76).
Unused subs: Mannone, Aluko, Rinomhota, Holmes.
Goal: Bacuna (6).
Yellow: Swift, Ilori, Moore.

Attendance: 22,865 (907 away).

Referee: Mr D England

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