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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | The Tigers come to town

Time to tip the balance...come and help us get our first home win of the season!

21 September 2018

We want to get back out there and get this first home win of the season as Hull head to the Madejski! And we'll need your help to tip the balance in our favour on home turf...

Reading vs Hull City
Saturday 22nd September

3pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium

Having picked up our first league win of the season last weekend, we failed to turn that into points at home on Wednesday night as our perforemance against Norwich City frustrated all who were at the Madejski in midweek. Now we have a good opportunity to put it right, just three days later! 



Former Royals boss Nigel Adkins returns to RG2 as Tigers boss and a win over his Hull City side would see us leapfrog the Humberside outfit in the table.

Club News

Exclusive Long Read with Ilori in The Royal!

21 September 2018

Our visitors have one more league win to their name, beating Rotherham United away to pick up victory on the road before collecting their first three-point haul at home against Ipswich last weekend.

In midweek, City suffered defeat too however, losing by the same scoreline as the Royals when Wigan ran out 2-1 winners at the DW Stadium on Tuesday evening - Sam Morsy and Josh Windass rendering Jarrod Bowen's goal a mere consolation.

We welcome back to former Royals loanees - Chris Martin and Tommy Elphick will be back at the Madejski as in the gold of Hull City on Saturday.

Club News

Man in the middle | Hull City (h)

21 September 2018

Returning the focus to the Royals, Paul Clement hinted at possible changes to an eleven which was unchanged in midweek after the win at Deepdale. There is plenty of competition for places in the squad, with Josh Sims, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Mo Barrow pushing for a return to the eleven.

And loanee Saeid Ezatolahi was an unused substitute in midweek - with a full week's training at Hogwood Park under his belt, the Iran international could feature at the weekend.

Garath McCleary gained more match minutes by playing more than 75 minutes in a U23 friendly against Brentford at Hogwood on Tuesday afternoon - as he works his way back towards match fitness. But Paul McShane joined Vito Mannone, David Meyler and Tyler Blackett on the physio table with a minor hamstring injury this week.

Ticket News

We want to tip the balance… and we need your help!

20 September 2018

Tickets

As always for our league fixtures, Adults can come from as little as £20, with concession prices available too – all when bought before 12pm on matchday this weekend!

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.

Community Trust Day

On Saturday, Reading Football Club will come together to celebrate all the all-too-often unsung work that is done by our Community Trust on a daily basis. So come and join in with the activities to better understand the work that goes on...

On the 4G surface behind the Indoor Training Dome, fans are welcome to come and watch Caversham AFC and representatives from our Girls Development and Advanced Centres training on one half of the pitch.

On the other half of the pitch, we welcome BCA Wildcats, CFP Newbury, Barton Rovers and Marlow Inclusive who will be playing small-sided games. Action kicks off at midday and will run until approximately 2pm.



At 12.30pm, the Fun Zone will be operational, where all ages can test themselves in the Speed Cage. Berkshire Vision will be hosting a game of blind football – please pay their stand a visit and see all the good work that is done for the partially sighted in football.

Reading Family Forum will also be represented at the Fun Zone as are STAR – big supporters of our Trust for a number of years now!

Meanwhile, on board ‘The Royal Bus’ our Trust coaches will be showcasing the ‘Primary Stars’ programme – there will be a combination of reading books to delve into and board games to play pre-match!

And there is plenty more happening on the pitch and at half-time - read all about our Community Trust Day activities here!

Reading FC Community Trust

Hosting our Community Trust Day

20 September 2018

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 have audio coverage available to UK and international subscribers – please note that this Carabao Cup fixture will not be available to stream internationally.

Interviews

Swift laments a ‘sloppy’ winner for Norwich

20 September 2018

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 | Tigers tamed as Royals coast to victory

All the action from today's clash with Nigel Adkins' Tigers..

22 September 2018

Reading cruised to a convincing 3-0 win against Hull City - leapfrogging their visitors in the league standings and providing plenty of entertainment along the way.

  • Sam Baldock's rebound puts Reading in front in fourth minute
  • Böðvarsson adds second for Reading
  • Yiadom rounds off win in final 10 minutes
  • O'Shea dismissed late on for last-man challenge

The tone was set in the fourth minute when Sam Baldock prodded in on the rebound, and then Jón Daði Böðvarsson doubled the lead after the break.

Andy Yiadom struck a third for the Royals, although the latter stages saw Reading reduced to ten men when John O'Shea was dismissed.

Royals manager Paul Clement made changes to the side that lost at home to Norwich in the week, bringing in John O'Shea, Josh Sims, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and handing a debut to Saeid Ezatolahi.

Meanwhile there were familiar faces from last season in the Tigers' line-up in the form of ex-loanees Tommy Elphick and Chris Martin - the former starting, the latter on the bench.

Tiago Ilori, in a less familiar full-back position on the right of defence, adapted quickly to his new role and in the third minute a bold run down the flank threatened to open things up.  A pass into Liam Kelly in the D was cushioned for Böðvarsson, but he snatched at the effort.

But a minute later, the Royals led.  Leandro Bacuna's teasing cross was turned behind for a corner, and when he went over to deliver, it was turned goalwards by the head of Ezatolahi... David Marshall saved to deny a debut goal, but Baldock turned in instinctively inside the six-yard box.

A second might have followed before the ten-minute mark, but Böðvarsson was unable to steer a close-range header on target.  Bacuna's initial free-kick found captain Liam Moore but a clearance came in; Sims recycled and the Icelander nodded over.

Jarrod Bowen was wayward with an effort for the Tigers as they threatened to equalise with a quick break - Reading had numbers back en masse quickly, ensuring no clear route to goal.  And then at the other end, Böðvarsson was a hair's breadth offside when Sims slipped him in.

The visiting support thought their side had levelled midway through the half when Fraizer Campbell tucked in Todd Kane's centre - but the referee had long since blown his whistle for an offside against the winger.

Bacuna, at the heart of most of the Royals' attacks, forced a fine fingertip stop from Hull stopper Marshall shortly after the half-hour mark - after Yiadom won a free-kick 25 yards out, the Curacao international's dipping free-kick was destined for the top corner.

And Bacuna stepped over to take the resultant corner; Böðvarsson's header was hacked off the line as the visitors kept the ball out of the net once more.

Baldock, operating on the left, was found free in a wide position as Bacuna picked him out with a cross; Marshall made a low save, although the officials missed the goalkeeper's contribution and signalled for a goal-kick to the ire of the Reading players.

Hull had a second goal chalked off just before the interval when Bowen slipped free on the right and forced a save from Sam Walker, before Kane tucked in from close range - well offside.

And an even better chance went begging on the stroke of half-time when Bowen's strafing cross found Jackson Irvine totally unmarked as he arrived in the box - the volley cleared Walker's bar and his head sunk into his hands.

Half-time: Reading 1-0 Hull City

An adventurous run from Yiadom on the left allowed Kelly to find him in the area on the overlap, and from the byline his low cross pinballed around the six-yard box before being smashed clear to the relief of those in black and orange.

When Kane made an arcing run to get a clear run on goal, a burst of pace by Ilori allowed the defender to put in a perfectly-timed - and entirely necessary - sliding challenge on the Hull man.

Around the hour-mark, Reading spent a few minutes playing a man light - John O'Shea was caught in the face by Campbell's boot as he slid in on the flank... a tackle that earned the Royals defender a yellow card.

John Swift and Mo Barrow were introduced midway through the the second half - and both were quickly involved in a move that saw the Royals double the advantage.

Swift helped work the ball out to Barrow on the left, and a driving run found Yiadom in the area; he teed up Böðvarsson, who got the ball out of his feet before stroking low into the corner.

Martin, on loan with Reading last season, nearly bagged for the visitors soon after coming off the bench - a well-hit half-volley needed Walker to adjust quickly to palm clear.

The third goal, which put the game out of doubt, went Reading's way - a lovely team move and a first goal in Royals colours for defender Andy Yiadom.  Kelly slipped in Sims, who steadied himself to pick out Yiadom - pirouetting free, he slotted in coolly from 10 yards.

Reading had to play out the final few minutes with ten men - O'Shea made an honest but mistimed tackle on Martin, who threatened to steal in behind, and was shown a straight red for denying the goalscoring opportunity.

From that free-kick - right on the edge of the box - Hull had the ball in the net... and for a third time, it was disallowed.  Kamil Grosicki's free-kick deflected in off the arm of teammate Irvine - hand-ball given.

Reading's ten men still looked the likelier at the end - Swift went close with the last kick of the game.

All of a Royal persuasion went home happy - three goals, a clean sheet, and three points.  A job well done.

Full-time: Reading 3-0 Hull City

Reading: Walker, Yiadom, Moore (c), O’Shea, Ilori, Kelly (Gunter 84), Bacuna, Ezatolahi (Swift 67), Sims, Baldock (Barrow 69), Böðvarsson.
Unused subs: Jaakkola, Aluko, Meite, McNulty.
Goals: Baldock (4), Böðvarsson (70), Yiadom (81).
Yellow: O'Shea.
Red: O'Shea.

Hull City: Marshall, Lichaj, Burke, Stewart (Martin 63), Irvine, Kane, Bowen (Grosicki 63), Henriksen, Kingsley, Campbell, Elphick.
Unused subs: Long, De Wijs, Dicko, Toral, McKenzie.
Yellow: Campbell, Elphick.

Attendance: 12,409 (537 away).
Referee: Mr J Simpson

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Ticket News

We want to tip the balance… and we need your help!

Get behind the boys against Hull City

20 September 2018

It hasn’t been the start of the season that we wanted. Results haven’t fallen our way and we haven’t accrued as many points as we wanted in the first eight games.

It has been a case of the finest margins.  No team has wiped the floor with us – every league defeat has been by just a single goal.  We’ve been in every game but haven’t been able to make it count as often as we wanted to.

Getting the rub of the green, a moment of quality, an inspired save… those are the kinds of things that can tip the balance in our favour.

And so can your support. 

It’s easy to get behind the team when things are going smoothly; it’s times like these, when we need a boost, that your support can make the biggest difference.

That’s why we need you here once again this weekend when we face Hull City.

Former Royals boss Nigel Adkins brings the Tigers to town – but if we can beat them and sign off the weekend with three points, we’ll leapfrog them in the Championship standings.

“We've got to get out there again... quick.  We've got to roll our sleeves up and get on with it. We've got to put it right and we've got to put it right on Saturday.”  That’s what the boss Paul Clement had to say… they’ll be up for it this weekend.

We can only build one match at a time – and hopefully by 5pm on Saturday we’ll be three points better off and all believing again that we can begin to climb the rungs of the league ladder.

Round up your friends and family and help to make Madejski Stadium a positive place to be this weekend – and hopefully we’ll be celebrating when the dust settles on the game!

Adult tickets begin at £20, with Concession prices available for other age groups.  For full information about tickets, including a full list of prices and how to buy, just click the button below.

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