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Ahead of the game | Owls in town for league meeting

A preview of our game against Wednesday

30 August 2018

For the second time in four days, we’ll be back at Madejski Stadium this weekend – and Sheffield Wednesday are our Saturday-afternoon visitors as we aim to go into the international break on the back of a win.

The Owls arrive on the back of a couple of league wins at Hillsborough; their season is picking up after a slow start.

But we’ll be the ones on home turf this weekend – we want to turn Madejski Stadium into a place where the opposition come knowing that they’ll do well to get anything from the game.

We have had that in the past… and your support has been a key ingredient.  So, with only this game left to play before we take pause for the international period, let’s all get behind Paul Clement and the boys again on Saturday!

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.

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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.

NB. Due to the closure of Amberley Drive (Twyford) the F30 bus service will not be able to serve Carlile Gardens, Arnside Close, Hilltop Road or Pennfields tomorrow. It will come down the A3032 London Road and pick up at the Pennfields/London Rd junction to resume normal route.

The F32 service will also be diverted today via Antrim Road due to Nightingale Road being closed. Stops affected include those from Mulberry Close to Antrim Road.

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 Twitter, Facebook  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.

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 | Late fightback not enough for Royals

Sheffield Wednesday leave RG2 with three points

1 September 2018

Reading were narrowly beaten at home against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon, with goals from Adam Reach and Lucas Joao meaning the Royals lost 2-1.

  • Reach opens the scoring early in the first half
  • Barrow's close-range effort saved by Dawson
  • Joao curls stunner into bottom corner 13 seconds after restart
  • Moore scores looping header to pull one back
  • McNulty strike saved in stoppage time

The Royals started the game with the return of Mo Barrow and Sone Aluko on the flanks, with Chris Gunter also making his first league start of the season after an injury.

An early Royals free-kick was headed away in the area into the path of Yakou Méïté 25 yards outs - he cut inside and let fly but it was never troubling Cameron Dawson in the Wednesday goal.

Up the other end, a cross-field ball from Barry Bannan found Atdhe Nuhiu on the left of the box. He cushioned his touch perfectly, then curled a flying effort towards the roof of the net, but Vito Mannone was able to tip over the bar.

Only 12 minutes in, though, the visitors had the lead. After some tenacious tackling on the left, a low cross found Adam Reach on the edge of the box, stroking home a left-footed effort across goal and into the bottom corner.

Reading responded with Baldock showing clever footwork, touching on the turn to lift the ball over his marker and into the area - with Liam Palmer sprinting across to punt clear before the striker could get a shot away.

On the half-hour mark, Chris Gunter got forward on the right flank and drew a foul near the corner flag. Leandro Bacuna swung in a dangerous free-kick - with David Meyler glancing just wide of goal from eight yards.

The Owls looked difficult to break down defensively, with Dawson doing well to punch clear from a dangerous Reading corner in a crowded area.

Dawson was again called into action shortly before the break, a clever pass letting Barrow in on goal, he got round his defender and shot from close range - but the goalkeeper spread himself to block the Royals' best chance of the half.

Half-time: Reading 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Before people could even settle back into their seats for the second half, the visitors doubled their lead.

Lucas Joao found space from 20 yards, receiving a lay-off and curling an unstoppable effort into the bottom corner after just 13 seconds of the second half.

Moments later, Reading were attacking once more and drew a free-kick from a tight angle. Bacuna struck hard at goal but Dawson improvised to punch away.

Vito Mannone was quickly called into action in the Reading goal, though, as the visitors broke on the counter. Joao combined with strike partner Nuhiu on the edge of the box, with the latter striking low and hard - Mannone parried away with a smart save.

Paul Clement tried to swing momentum in the Royals' favour with a seldom-seen triple substitution on the hour, with Josh Sims, Marc McNulty and Liam Kelly all introduced as Reading tried to claw their way back into the game.

That soon paid dividends as Liam Moore pulled one back with 25 minutes left of the clock. Bacuna swung in an inviting corner, and the centre-back looped a header into the far corner from the penalty spot.

The volume at Madejski Stadium certainly increased at that point, with the RG2 faithful getting behind their team as they looked for the equaliser.

Bacuna eyed up a free-kick on the edge of the box, won by Sims, his strike was dipping but it could only land on the roof of the net.

Reading pressed increasingly harder to try and find their second - looking far likelier than the Owls in scoring the game's next goal.

Mannone caught from a Wednesday corner and lobbed a pinpoint throw beyond the halfway line to McNulty. The striker picked his head up and found a superb ball to Kelly in the area, who brought it down but strong last-ditch defending prevented him from getting a shot away.

A big appeal for handball came in from Reading players after Sims' cross was brought down - the referee waved away the shouts and play continued.

Five added minutes were set to be played, with the Royals still pushing to earn another valuable home point. McNulty did well to receive it 25 yards out and touch past his marker, shooting on target from distance but Dawson got down well to save and hold onto the three points.

Full-time: Reading 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Reading: Mannone, Gunter, Yiadom, Moore (c), Ilori, Meyler (Kelly 60), Bacuna, Barrow (Sims 60), Aluko (McNulty 60), Méïté, Baldock.
Subs: Walker, McShane, Swift, Blackett.
Goals: Moore 64
Yellow: Sims

Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson, Palmer, Penney, Thorniley, Lees, Pelupessy, Bannan, Matias (Forestieri 81), Reach, Joao (Fletcher 87), Nuhiu.
Subs: Wildsmith, Fox, Hutchinson, Baker, Lee.
Goals: Reach 12, Joao 46
Yellow: Penney

Attendance: 14,352 (1,933 away)
Referee: Gavin Ward

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Full focus on winning against Wednesday this weekend!

Tickets for visit of the Owls on sale now - be here to back the boys!

30 August 2018

We all want a home win to help kick-start our season. Saturday there are three points up for grabs as the Owls come to town!

The international break is on the horizon and we want to take three points into that interval...but we'll need the support of our home fans!

Like ourselves, Jos Luhukay's side bowed out of the Carabao Cup in midweek at home against top flight opposition - Wolves were twoo strong for Wednesday, earning a 2-0 win at Hillsborough on Tuesdeay night.

However, the Owls' league form has picked up in recent weeks - narrow home wins over Millwall and Ipswich saw them pick up their first wins of the campaign last week.

Interviews

"We'll be ready for Wednesday challenge"

30 August 2018

But on the road, Wednesday have tasted defeat at both Wigan and Brentford, so they will be arriving at the Madejski with the aim of improving their away form.

The manager praised Royals fans last weekend as a travelling band of fans who headed up to Villa Park made a lot of noise and helped Paul Clement's players earn a valuable point against Steve Bruce's side.

He said, "I want to mention the fans, because what a fantastic turnout! They packed that corner, they were full of enthusiasm and really got behind the players. That was absolutely brilliant."

More of the same on Saturday could provide the boost this group need to get back to winning ways at a crucial time of the season, just before a two-week break.

Interviews

Clement | "This team can do a lot better"

29 August 2018

The Royals are unbeaten against Wednesday in the last four encounters between the teams at Madejski Stadium - a Roy Beerens brace earned us victory here in 2016-17 and Nathaniel Chalobah (on show for Watford here last night) scored a stunning goal to secure a 2-0 victory over the Owls in January 2015.

So let's get behind the boys and dig deep for a win.

Adult tickets begin at £20 – and as ever there are concessionary rates available for ages 65 & Over, 18-24, 17 & Under and 12 & Under.  Buy before midday on matchday to make advanced savings!

Click the banner below for all the ticket information you’ll need – that’s prices, how to buy and much more.

 

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