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Ahead of the game | Canaries calling in RG2

Royals head home for Norwich test

19 September 2018

After securing their first league win of the season on Saturday, the Royals are back home in midweek...

Reading vs Norwich City
Wednesday 19th September

8pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium

The Royals ticked the box of earning their first set of three points of the season on Saturday after their enthralling 3-2 victory over Preston, but they will be wanting to add a home win to their Championship points tally as Norwich descend on RG2.

Daniel Farke's side have had a sturdy start to the season, but pulled off their best result of the campaign at the weekend by ending Middlesbrough's unbeaten start to the campaign - as well as breaking their run of five consecutive clean sheets.

Summer signing Teemu Pukki was on the scoresheet for the Canaries, as they earned three valuable points with a resolute performance at Carrow Road.

As for the Royals, 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.

Mo Barrow could be back in contention to play, after missing Saturday's game for the birth of his child, while Vito Mannone is doubtful after taking a knock in training last week.

After providing the assist for the Royals' winner at Deepdale, Josh Sims will be pushing for his first start in a Reading shirt, while new signing Saeid Ezatolahi joined his team-mates for training for the first time this week.

The Royals go into the game knowing they could leapfrog their opponents in the Championship table with victory on Wednesday night, and it is certain to be another tough battle at Madejski Stadium.

Tickets

Buy your tickets before 5pm today to take advantage of Midweek Mates Rates! 

For our midweek floodlit fixtures at Madejski Stadium, we are offering Season Ticket holders the opportunity to buy up to two discounted tickets for friends and family members - including this fixture!

Our available discounted rates are £10 Adults and £5 Concessions.

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.

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 to stream LIVE in the UK for just £10! 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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Report | Canaries clinch narrow victory

Daniel Farke's men edged another close affair at the Madejski this evening thanks to Mario Vrancic's winner in RG2

19 September 2018

The Royals were on the receiving end of another narrow defeat this evening as Mario Vrancic silenced Madejski Stadium's celebrations by scoring the winner only a minute after Jon Dadi Bodvarsson had equalised.

  • Teemu Pukki slides a right-footed finish into the bottom right corner for 0-1
  • Jon Dadi Bodvarsson turns home from close range to level
  • Mario Vrancic cuts celebrations short to rehand City the lead a minute later

New loan signing Saeid Ezatolahi was named on the bench and Mo Barrow returned to the squad after the birth of his baby, but Paul Clement named an unchanged eleven from the side that beat Preston at Deepdale in the week.

The Royals began positively, manufacturing a chance through good work down the left flank, but Liam Kelly's throughball into Swift's path was overhit and the sniff of a goalscoring opportunity disappeared.

At the other end, Meite conceded a foul to the right of the penalty area which was lofted into the box for Christoph Zimmerman to head just wide of the top left corner. With ten minutes played, Sam Walker had his first save to make, gobbling up a strike from Buendia from range.



But he could do nothing to save a low right-footed drive from Teemu Pukki which found the bottom right corner with 14 minutes on the clock.

The home side worked hard to respond and Sone Aluko drilled a speculative effort into the side netting, having cut in from the right wing to arrow wide of Tim Krul's goal.

Walker plucked a curling shot from Leitner out of the air with relative ease, but the Royals carved out a better opportunity when Aluko threaded the ball through for Gunter who bursting into the box cut the ball back only to find a Norwich defender who was able to hack the ball clear.



Meite then tried his luck from 25 yards and forced a fine diving save from Krul with a thunderous shot. And he had another go five minutes later, this time the ball blocked and ricocheting back against the face of Aluko.

The Royals toiled, but without creating too much more and a scrappy first half ended in City's favour.

Half-time: Reading 0-1 Norwich City

Paul Clement's men began the second period on the front foot and Kelly's low cross found Baldock who turned well inside the box and stabbed the ball goalwards. Meite looked to dart onto the loose ball but the Canaries scrapped the ball clear.

But Buendia got a chance to make it 2-0 when the Royals were robbed of posession in the corner and the ball was passed back for Buendia to pull the trigger - Tiago ilori stood firm to block it behind for a corner.

Swift led a counter attack down the middle but Baldock couldn't beat his man to get a sight of goal. Then Jamal Lewis lashed a hopeful effort over at the other end.

Seven minutes into the second half and Kelly picked out a nice pass to find the feet of Baldock who was through on goal. His strike beat Krul but cannoned into the base of the post - and the offside flag would have denied his effort anyway had it found the target.



Yiadom won the ball inside the Norwich box but dragged a first time shot wide of the left upright. Then Mo Barrow's first touch saw him cross dangerously into the box but it sailed all the way through to Gunter, who's recycled cross was cut out and cleared.

Barrow and Baldock combined to good effect on the hour but the striker hesitated in taking a shot and saw his left-footed stabbed effort charged down by a recovering defender.

The home side were pressing hard for a route back into the game and both Josh Sims and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson were introduced. And Swift had a half shot on the turn which bobbled wide of Krul's goal.

And Reading deservedly drew level when Swift's floated cross to the back post was nodded back across goal by Moore. The ball was bundled goalwards, against the post and Bodvarsson was there to convert from a yard out.

Daniel Farke's men cut the celebrations short by retaking the lead only a minute later. Breaking down the left, the ball was cut low into the box and substitute Vrancic was allowed to turn and scuff a shot through bodies in the box and inside the bottom right corner for 1-2.

Good backtracking from Yiadom prevented Pukki from setting up a Norwich third with 12 minutes left on the clock.

Time was beginning to tick away as Bacuna arrowed a left-footed shot harmlessly over from the edge of the box. And both Baldock and Yiadom had shots comfortably charged down as Norwich closed in on three points.

And Walker had to be alert at his near post to deny Vrancic a second of the evening when he was played through and swung a left boot at it 12 yards out.

Five minutes of injury time were signalled and Krul had to punch a Bacuna cross away to safety in the first of those five. But Norwich saw the game out well to secure a narrow victory.

Full-time: Reading 1-2 Norwich City

Reading: Walker, Gunter, Yiadom, Moore (c), Ilori, Bacuna, Kelly (Bodvarsson 69), Méïté (Barrow 59), Aluko (Sims 65), Swift, Baldock.
Subs: Jaakkola, O'Shea, Ezatolahi, McNulty.
Goals: Bodvarsson (72)
Yellow: Méïté, Gunter

Norwich City: Krul, Zimmermann, Klose, Aarons, Cantwell, Lewis, Leitner (Trybull 76), Buendia (Vrancic 68), Stiepermann (Rhodes 86), Tettey, Pukki.
Subs: Oxborough, Godfrey, Passlack, Srbeny.
Goals: Pukki (14), Vrancic (73)
Yellow: Vrancic, Aarons

Attendance: 12,822 (919 away)
Referee: Mr T Robinson

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Midweek Mates Rates | Bring pals to Canaries clash!

Another offer for Season Tickets holders…

17 September 2018

Once again, Season Ticket holders will be able to take advantage of our Midweek Mates Rates special offer this week when we host Norwich City on Wednesday 19th September (8pm)!

For all of our midweek floodlit fixtures at Madejski Stadium, Season Ticket holders have the opportunity to buy up to two discounted tickets for friends and family members… and with a win against Preston North End last Saturday, we’re aiming to make it back-to-back victories!

Our available discounted rates are £10 Adults and £5 Concessions. For any additional tickets, standard matchday ticket prices apply.

For anyone yet to purchase their ticket, please note that the deadline for tickets to be posted is at 3pm on Monday 17th September, so buy before then to get yours in the mail!

Click the button below for full ticket information for this game.

Terms and conditions

  • Each Season Ticket holder can buy up to two tickets for friends and family members
  • If a Season Ticket Holder wishes to move their seat, this must be done at the same time
  • The offer is also available online, except for seat moves and in Club 1871 (South Stand)  Membership is required in Club 1871 and therefore must be arranged via the Ticket Office directly by visiting in person or ringing 0118 968 1313
  • In order for the correct price to be applied online, the tickets need to be in the Season Ticket holder's name. If you would like the tickets to be on a supporter's Member Card, please phone the Ticket Office by ringing 0118 968 1313
  • The offer is available up to 3 hours before kick-off, after which matchday prices will apply for all supporters

Not available in conjunction with any other offer.

Please note all fixtures are subject to change. Standard match ticket terms and conditions apply.

For our full ticket price list, simply find the best option for you in the table below and get in touch!

Ticket Prices

Reading FC Sky Bet Championship Tickets 2018/19

The Eamonn Dolan Stand - Family Area
(at least 1 child per transaction)

Member
Non-member & matchday price Midweek Mates Rates*
Adult £18 £23 £10
65 & Over £13 £16 £5
18-24 £10 £13 £5
17 & Under £5 £8 £5
12 & Under £2 £5 £5
The Eamonn Dolan Stand Member Non-member & matchday price Midweek Mates Rates*
Adult £20 £25 £10
65 & Over £13 £16 £5
18-24 £10 £13 £5
17 & Under £5 £8 £5
12 & Under £4 £7 £5
Lower West & East Stands Member Non-member & matchday price Midweek Mates Rates*
Adult £23 £28 £10
65 & Over £15 £18 £5
18-24 £10 £13 £5
17 & Under £7 £10 £5
12 & Under £5 £8 £5
Upper West Stand Member Non-member & matchday price Midweek Mates Rates*
Adult £30 £35 £10
65 & Over £20 £23 £5
18-24 £17 £20 £5
17 & Under £14 £17 £5
12 & Under £12 £13 £5
Club 1871 (South Stand - unreserved)
Member  Matchday price (Members only) Midweek Mates Rates*
Adult £20 £25 £10
65 & Over £13 £16 £5
18-24 £10 £13 £5
17 & Under £5 £8 £5

*For more information about Midweek Mates Rates, scroll to the top of this page.

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