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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | To Hull and back

A preview of the Royals' first away day of 2019-20

9 August 2019

The transfer window has now closed, and it's straight back to league action for the Royals as they head on the road for the first time in this new campaign.

Hull City vs Reading
Saturday 10th August 2019, 3pm
KCOM Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

Following a defeat on the opening day to Sheffield Wednesday, the Royals have seen their on-pitch options increase significantly in the past week.

Lucas Boyé was not available to play against the Owls, but he could be in line to make his Reading debut at the weekend alongside fellow new boys, Rafael, Lucas João, Pelé and George Pușcaș.

Our new signings have been training with their new teammates at Hogwood as they get used to their new surroundings, with an immediate chance to contribute in blue and white up at the KCOM Stadium.

For the weekend's hosts, they also started with a loss on opening day - falling to a 2-1 defeat against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Grant McCann's side took the lead in his first match in charge after just three minutes through Daniel Batty, but the Swans staged a second-half turnaround as Borja Baston and Mike van der Hoorn both struck within two minutes of each other to give the hosts victory.

With strong winds and rain forecast for Saturday's game, it adds an extra dimension to what already looks an intriguing match on Humberside this weekend.

While there could be several debutants for the Royals, Hull could also give minutes to former Sunderland captain, George Honeyman, who joined the Tigers from his hometown club at the end of last week.

Both teams go into Saturday's match looking to get off the mark in the Sky Bet Championship, and it looks set to be a tight encounter between two talented teams.

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Tickets

For full ticket information, including prices and how you can buy online, head here.

You can also visit our Ticket Office during opening hours or ring 0119 968 1313.

As of 12pm on Friday, advance tickets for the fixture are no longer on sale. However they will be available to buy on arrival from the Pitch Side Bar at the KCOM Stadium, cash only and at no price increase. Duplicates and Collections will also be available at the same place from 1pm.

Travel

Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) provide supporter coach travel to every Reading away match. Full details of their travel arrangements can be found on the STAR website here.

Saturday's match is the first of 15 away days where coach travel through STAR is being funded my our owner, Mr Yongge Dai - click here to find out more about his generous offer to our supporters this season.

Please note that coach travel is now fully booked for Saturday's match through STAR. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Weather

HULL KCOM Stadium

Make sure you pack your waterproofs for the weekend's match, with heavy rain expected alongside strong winds of up to 45mph during the game.

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

Tigers resist hearty Royals fight-back

Reading leave KCOM empty-handed despite encourga

10 August 2019

Despite a hearty second-half showing, Reading weren’t able to take anything away from their trip to the KCOM Stadium as hosts Hull City ran out 2-1 winners.

Jarred Bowen and Jackson Irvine had the Tigers two up at the break as they impressed in their first home outing of the year; Lucas João pegged one back with a debut goal as Reading looked much improved after the interval.

But the Royals couldn’t quite make the pressure pay with an equaliser. A harsh reflection on a good showing in the second period.

After the conclusion of a busy week of transfer activity, there were three immediate debuts for the Royals – Lucas Boyé, Lucas João and Pelé all jumped straight into the starting XI, while George Pușcaș was available to call upon from the bench.

The first real chance of the game came for Bowen with a bit of contention, as Tom Eaves appeared to climb all over Matt Miazga as he won the nod-down – but a block arrived from a blue and white shirt just in time.

But Bowen did soon get the game’s first goal. It was Kamil Grosicki who wriggled clear on the Hull left and chanced his arm from a tight angle, striking the base of João Virginia’s post. The ball broke kindly for Bowen to hammer in from inside the six-yard box.

Reading looked for a quick response and nearly got it when John Swift danced into the area on the left and laid into the path of Andy Rinomhota to shoot. His blocked effort looped upwards, and Yakou Méïté’s acrobatic follow-up was blocked.

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And so, just after the quarter-hour mark, Hull doubled their lead. This time Bowen was the architect; scampering free down the right, he cut onto his left foot and flighted in a delivery which Irvine steamed onto and headed the Tigers further ahead.

Two new arrivals combined to almost half the deficit. It was sheer brilliance from Boyé to cleverly wriggle free in his own half, and then set off on a lung-busting run downfield. The run was matched with a delightful diagonal ball to João, but the striker was denied by the base of the near post as he chested down and shot.

Chances began to try up at either end as the game became somewhat scrappy on a windy day in Humberside. Swift’s quick free-kick tried to find Méïté on the run, but goalie George Long was alive to the danger.

Bowen continued to be a threat for the hosts and the KCOM crowd bayed him to shoot as he drifted into the middle. He obliged, but Virginia did well to save and hold.

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The Royals' best chance before the break saw Swift switch the play to Omar Richards on the left; a teasing cross just evaded everyone as blue shirts streamed into the six-yard box, with Boyé just inches from getting his head to it.

Half-time: Hull City 2-0 Reading

Reading began the second half with positive intent, with Pușcaș replacing Boyé at the break and shooting towards the travelling Reading support.

Méïté’s persistence might have brought a penalty in Reading’s favour when he chased down a forward ball and beat goalkeeper Long to it in the area; there looked to be a collision of legs but the referee waved away the claims for a spot-kick.

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Then soon after he was inches away from converting a brilliant ball in from the left, from the outside of Swift’s boot, but couldn’t direct his header on target.

Midway through the second period, Reading made the pressure pay.

Riding challenges on the left, Swift had the wherewithal to pick out João as he faded towards the far side. Feinting to shoot, the debutant cut inside his marker and lashed in past Long - game on.

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And then a few minutes later, nearly another debut goal as Richards found the run of Pușcaș - the full-back's ball dissected the defence, allowing the Romanian through on goal, but the goalkeeper covered his angles well.

Reading were flooding forward in search of the leveller. Andy Yiadom hung a cross up to the far post, where João nodded back to Pușcaș who forced the goalkeeper into another stunning stop - although the flag had gone up for offside anyway.

But the reminders were there that the Tigers still had threats of their own; danger-man Bowen tested Virginia with a vicious effort as he went outside on the right.

Still Reading pushed, but the second goal just wouldn't come. Sub Charlie Adam fed João, who slipped in Pușcaș in turn, but a rocket of a shot only found side-netting.

With an instinctive effort, Pușcaș shot on the spin as the ball broke his way in the area as Adam won a header in a crowded box... this time the crossbar denied the forward.

Michael Morrison was handed his competitive debut in the final throes, put on to win aerial balls, but the Royals couldn't quite grab a goal to earn a point. 

Full-time: Hull City 2-1 Reading

Hull City: Long, Lichaj (c), De Wijs, Burke, Kingsley, Stewart, Batty (Dicko 68), Bowen, Grosicki (Honeyman 78), Irvine, Eaves (Toral 68).
Unused subs: Ingram, Tafazolli, Bowler, Pennington.
Goals: Bowen (6), Irvine (16).

Reading: Virgínia, Yiadom (Morrison 89), Moore (c), Miazga, Richards, Pelé (Adam 68), Rinomhota, Swift, Boyé (Pușcaș HT), Méïté, João.
Unused subs: Walker, McIntyre, Olise, Barrett.
Goal: João (66)

Referee: Mr M Donahue

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Ticket News

Hull away tickets on sale on Thursday

Tickets available for KCOM trip

31 July 2019

Tickets for our first away game of the season – our trip to KCOM Stadium to meet Hull City on Saturday 10th August – will go on sale on Thursday morning.

Ticket News

Owner offers free away travel to fifteen fixtures

31 July 2019

We have an allocation of 1,268 tickets for this game, and the prices for travelling supporters have been set by the Tigers as follows:

  • Adults: £30
  • Concessions (65 & Over, 22 & Under): £18

This is the first game which our fans will be able to travel to for absolutely free via coach, thanks to the generous gesture of club owner Mr Yongge Dai – more information about the 15 away days that you can get to at no cost is available here.

For the new season, all of our tickets for away fixtures will be available to buy on our new ticketing platform at ticketing.readingfc.co.uk - and this includes the ability to select specific seats at all 23 of our Sky Bet Championship matches this season.


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Tickets for our upcoming Carabao Cup First Round visit to Wycombe Wanderers are also due to go on sale in the coming days, for our game on Tuesday 13th August (7.45pm).

We have an allocation of 1,800, and prices for the fixture at Adams Park are as follows:

  • Adult (26 to 59): £15
  • 60 & Over: £12
  • 19 to 25: £12
  • 18 & Under: £5

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