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Ahead of the game | Charlton coming to town

A look ahead at the Royals' final match before the first international break of the season

30 August 2019

After clocking up some hefty mileage in the last 10 days, it's back to home comforts for the Royals to round off a busy August...

Reading vs Charlton Athletic
Saturday 31st August, 3pm

Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

Lee Bowyer's high-flying Charlton Athletic side will be coming to Madejski Stadium at the weekend, having settled straight back into the rigours of the Sky Bet Championship after three seasons in League One.

Bowyer's men came back to the second tier via a Play-Off victory over Sunderland at Wembley back in May, and despite speculation surrounding his future at the club over the summer, Bowyer has led the Addicks to an unbeaten start in their first five matches.

Charlton sit in 3rd place in the early stages of the Championship, having earned impressive victories over Blackburn Rovers, Stoke City and Brentford thus far.

For the Royals, José Gomes is likely to revert to the players who have featured in the league up to this point, having made 11 changes for their Carabao Cup victory over Plymouth Argyle in midweek.

Josh Barrett and Yakou Méïté in particular will be pushing for a start at Madejski Stadium at the weekend, having both scored a brace against the League Two outfit in midweek.

Reading will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to six matches in all competitions this weekend, and take three vital points into the international break.

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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 - and there is a first outing for their stall The Chipsmyth, serving gourmet toppings on freshly cut chips to satisfy those cravings before the match.

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 - 5.45pm (approx.)
Ticket Office -
9am - half-time
Hospitality -
12.30pm - 6.15pm
Jazz Café -
12pm - 6pm

Fan Zone and Fun Zone open -
1pm onwards
Gates open -
1.30pm
Teams announced -
2pm
Kick-off -
3pm
Full-time -
4.45pm (approx.)

Final F1 bus to Reading Station - 5.41pm

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

Report | Addicks emerge victorious in RG2

Royals beaten 2-0 by Charlton Athletic in feisty encounter

31 August 2019

Reading were defeated 2-0 by high-flying Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon at Madejski Stadium.

A deflected long-range effort from Conor Gallagher put the visitors ahead early in the second half, before a late penalty from Lyle Taylor ensured the points went back to The Valley on Saturday evening.

Reading had a flurry of chances themselves, but a combination of goalkeeper, Dillon Phillips and the woodwork kept the Royals at bay on a frustrating afternoon at home.

The team news saw Tom McIntyre start for the first time in a competitive match at Madejski Stadium, with George Puşcaş returning to the starting in XI in the only other change from the Royals' last league encounter, up at Huddersfield Town last weekend.

Reading started on the front foot, backed by a vocal following at Madejski Stadium on Saturday. A succession of corners from John Swift eventually found the head of Lucas João in the box, whose glanced effort bounced wide of the post.

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But Charlton carried a potent threat going forward, as Jonathan Leko made headway into the box shortly after, cutting back and forcing a low save from Rafael. The ball was lashed across goal, Reading half-cleared into the path of Sam Field, who rounded off the attack by sending the ball into the Eamonn Dolan Stand.

The skies darkened as clouds gathered over Madejski Stadium, but João almost lit up the ground as a John Swift free-kick was headed in the air by McIntyre, wih the striker's attempted acrobatic overhead kick narrowly beating the upright.

The heavens soon opened in Berkshire, with the floodlights having to go on in mid-afternoon to ensure the players had good visibility.

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But Reading continued to look threatening, and the woodwork denied the Royals the lead when a Swift pass out wide to Omar Richards was arrowed into the six-yard box, which Puşcaş strained to reach, bouncing into the turf and off the crossbar midway through the first period.

It was a tight tussle between the midfields throughout, as the physicality of Charlton's players diced with the trickery and guile of Ejaria and Swift, with a real battle for supremacy in ever-worsening conditions.

As a result, chances began to become fewer and farther between as the half progressed, with neither side able to dominate as the interval approached.

The Royals kept the pressure up when they could, however, and Liam Moore sparked a late attack with a clever ball inside to Ejaria from the right touchline. Ejaria threaded through to João, who laid off to Puşcaş, turning his way into space and firing just wide.

The Romanian would be played through once more in stoppage time, going one-on-one with Dillon Phillips, although the goalkeeper would rush off his line to narrow the angle and save well on that occasion.

An even half in all at Madejski Stadium, with the Royals finishing with a flourish as they went in goalless at the break.

Half time | Reading 0-0 Charlton Athletic

Only five minutes into the second half against against the run of play. The ball was threaded through midfield into the path of Leko, who turned away from his man 25 yards out, with a deflection on his shot taking it beyond Rafael and giving the visitors a surprise lead at Madejski Stadium.

Reading sprung into life after going behind, immediately taking control of possession and trying to find a quick leveller at Madejski Stadium.

The Addicks were content to play on the counter-attack, breaking at pace when they got possession. Leko looked to add to his and Charlton's tally when he found space in the box, shooting for the near post but only finding the side netting.

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Connor Gallagher would also test Rafael, lashing a powerful strike from range that the goalkeeper went to full stretch to parry away.

Yakou Méïté and Lucas Boyé were both sent on for the Royals to add fresh attacking impetus going forward, with Reading in need of an equaliser. Full-backs, Andy Yiadom and Omar Richards made way - leaving four strikers on the pitch for the final 25 minutes.

The counter-attacking display from the Addicks showed why Lee Bowyer's side had started the season unbeaten, with Gallagher going close again for the visitors when he broke at pace and bent wide of Rafael's post.

Despite a swathe of Reading pressure, the Addicks were awarded a penalty as they broke quickly from a Reading free-kick. Chuks Aneke, off the bench for the visitors, made his way into the box and was bundled over, with the referee pointing straight to the spot.

Lyle Taylor stood over the spot kick for Charlton, taking a leisurely stroll up to the ball and sending Rafael the wrong way to double the lead for the visitors.

Josh Barrett was sent on for the final stages, as Reading tried to respond and pull a goal back at Madejski Stadium.

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Ejaria was brought down on the edge of the box, with Swift bending a trademark free-kick over the wall - although Phillips was there to make a flying save. A Méïté ball into the box followed shortly after, with Michael Morrison's attempted tap-in going behind for a goal kick.

It wasn't Reading's afternoon in RG2, but there is now time to recover during the international break, before going again in a fortnight's time at Middlesbrough.

Full time | Reading 0-2 Charlton Athletic

Reading: Rafael, Yiadom (Boyé 65), Morrison, Moore (c), McIntyre, Richards (Méïté 65), Pelé (Barrett 81), Ejaria, Swift, João, Puşcaş.
Subs: Virgínia, Rinomhota, Adam, Osho.
Yellow: Pelé

Charlton Athletic: Phillips, Purrington, Lockyer, Pearce (c), Solly, Cullen, Field (Pratley 74), Gallagher, Williams (Aneke 63), Taylor, Leko (Hemed 81).
Subs: Amos, Sarr, Oztumer, Lapslie.
Goals: Leko (51), Taylor (80, PEN)
Yellow: Field, Pratley, Gallagher

Attendance: 16,906 (2,144 away)
Referee: Mr J Gillett

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