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Ahead of the game | Back at home against the Bluebirds

A look ahead to Cardiff City's visit on Sunday lunchtime

16 August 2019

Following the Royals' progress in the Carabao Cup in midweek, the team are back at home this weekend as Neil Warnock's Cardiff City are in town.

Reading vs Cardiff City
Sunday 18th August 2019, 12noon
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

The unrelenting nature of the football season will get in full swing from Sunday, as Reading start a run of five matches in 14 days when they take on Cardiff City at Madejski Stadium.

José Gomes and his squad will be looking to get off the mark in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend, after defeats in their opening two league encounters.

The Bluebirds haven't had the start of the season they were expecting either, though, after a shock opening day 3-2 defeat away at Wigan Athletic saw Neil Warnock's side start the season on the wrong note.

They atoned for that defeat last time out, however, as a 96th-minute winner from Isaac Vassell put Cardiff on the board, earning a 2-1 win over newly-promoted Luton Town at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Gomes and his Royals will hope to take momentum gained from a penalty shootout win in the Carabao Cup in midweek into Sunday's encounter, with several new signings in line to potentially make their home debuts for the club.

There will be a couple of familiar faces in the Bluebirds' travelling squad, as Sean Morrison and Leandro Bacuna could be in the line-up to face their former side.

For the Royals, after being absent in midweek in the Carabao Cup, Andy Yiadom, Lucas João and João Virgínia will look to make their way back into the squad for the weekend's game.

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Tickets

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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 0118 968 1313.

Travel

Parking paid on site on arrival on a first-come first-served basis at the cost of £10. There are also other options off site for our fans including buses and Park & Ride.

Please note that contactless payments are now being accepted for matchday parking at Madejski Stadium and the Old Greyhound Stadium.

For details on your full range of travel options, head here.

Weather

MADEJSKI STADIUM Weather forecast

Food & Drink

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Once again, local business Blue Collar will be on site around the ground, serving up delicious street food.

Make sure you follow @bluecollarfood on Twitter to find out their latest news, where they’ll be announcing what fantastic food outlets will be located where for the first fixture.

For the 2019-20 season, we are prioritising contactless card payments on kiosks within Madejski Stadium - meaning quicker service for all. There will be only one cash till per kiosk so please ensure you have card payment if possible.

Matchday itinerary and opening times

Fanstore - 9am - 2.45pm (approx.)
Ticket Office -
9am - half-time
Hospitality -
9.30am - 3.15pm
Jazz Café -
9am - 3pm

Fan Zone and Fun Zone open -
10am onwards
Gates open -
10.30am
Teams announced -
11am
Kick-off -
12noon
Full-time -
1.45pm (approx.)

Final F1 bus to Reading Station - 2.41pm

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

Pușcaș double and Swift strike sink Bluebirds

Royals defeat Cardiff at Madejski Stadiuj

18 August 2019

A home debut double for George Pușcaș and a sole strike by John Swift earned Reading their first three points of the campaign with a 3-0 win against Cardiff City.

George Pușcaș, Lucas João, Michael Morrison, Rafael and Pelé were all handed their first run-outs at Madejski Stadium as Reading players; they were joined in the starting XI by Ovie Ejaria, who returns to action in RG2 for the first time since rejoining on loan.

And five minutes into his debut, Pușcaș had his first sighter as John Swift released him in the right channel; the angle wasn’t favourable and his early snapshot popped past Alex Smithies’ far post.

Then goalkeeper Rafael was called into action for the first time when the defence in front of him were expecting an offside flag from a direct ball forward. It wasn’t forthcoming and Joe Ralls smashed with power from outside the area, but the Brazilian showed safe hands.

João and Pușcaș were showing signs of good understanding in their link-up play and almost combined to great effect with a series of quick exchanges; it just ran away from the Romanian as he entered the area. And Cardiff were able to scramble away when Andy Yiadom kept the ball in play with sheer persistence, beat his man on the right and put in a low cross; Ejaria couldn’t find room to improvise a flick.

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Midway through the first period came the breakthrough. It was an instant impact from Pușcaș on his home debut – receiving the ball on the right near half-way, the forward scuttled down the flank towards the edge of the area. With a shimmy of his hips, he burst past Will Vaulks and into the area – with other options available, Pușcaș opted for an early left-footed strike which flashed past the goalkeeper and into the net.

Ejaria was enjoying life back in the blue and white – a bit of brilliance from the Liverpool loanee, beating a throng of defenders with some subtle touches, allowed him to fire in a cross which Aden Flint managed to turn over his own crossbar.

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Five minutes before the interval, one became two for Reading and Pușcaș. Yiadom, in an advanced wing-back position, rolled a challenge which allowed Swift to pick up possession on the byline. The midfielder fizzed a low cross to the near post, where Pușcaș was sharpest to react and slotted through the legs of Smithies.

Half-time: Reading 2-0 Cardiff City

Early in the second period, Pușcaș had a chance to complete his hat-trick. A loose defensive header allowed Richards to collect unmarked in an advanced position – firing an early cross into the feet of Pușcaș, the ball got caught under the Romanian’s feet and a tackle arrived just in time to prevent him from pulling the trigger.

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The Bluebirds were ever a threat when the ball was out for a throw – a launched delivery from the left caused problems to the home defence, but Robert Glatzel scuffed his effort wide from 12 yards.

João used his strength to great effect throughout the game; he began an attack deep in his own half, releasing Swift in space, but he blazed over as he received the return when he entered the area.

And then João went close with a similar move to the one which unlocked Hull City's defence a week earlier. Swift strafed a diagonal from left to right which the Portuguese forward could only divert over the bar.

Rafael hadn't been tested too often - but he was alert when it counted when Glatzel sent a thumping effort goalwards from 20 yards - a fingertip stop kept the Royals' two-goal advantage intact.

Pușcaș was inches away from getting a hat-trick on his home debut when Swift hassled Bacuna on half-way and won the ball back - the striker had a clean run on goal from half-way, but bent his effort a fraction past the post with only the goalkeeper to beat.

But the third goal followed just moments later - another breakaway but this time the net rippled. It was Swift who sprinted into space and opted to shoot with other options available; it was a clean strike which nestled beautifully into the bottom corner. The game wrapped up.

Smithies prevented the scoreline from worsening in stoppage time; Yiadom won a spot-kick for the Royals, drawing a foul with a lung-bursting run into the area, but Yakou Meite's powerful spot-kick was saved. A comprehensive and stylish win nevertheless.

Full-time: Reading 3-0 Cardiff City

Reading: Rafael, Morrison, Miazga, Moore (c), Yiadom, Richards, Pelé, Swift, Ejaria (Rinomhota 85), João (Meite 80), Pușcaș (Boyé 82).
Subs: Virginia, McIntyre, Adam, Barrett.
Goals: Pușcaș (25, 40), Swift (83).
Yellow: Moore.

Cardiff City: Smithies, Bennett, Morrison (c), Flint, Vaulks (Paterson HT), Bacuna, Ralls, Glatzel, Pack (Nelson 23), Mendez-Laing, Hoilett (Vassell HT).
Subs: Day, Whyte, Murphy, Bogle.
Yellow: Bacuna, Ralls.

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