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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | A new beginning when we welcome Wednesday

A preview of the weekend’s action at Madejski Stadium

3 August 2019

The wait is almost over. After an excruciating wait over the summer period, the new season is upon us this weekend when we host Sheffield Wednesday.

Reading vs Sheffield Wednesday
Saturday 3rd August 2019, 3pm
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

It’ll be a chance for our fans to see the team back in competitive action again, after a positive end to the previous campaign. And there were reasons to be buoyed from our final pre-season friendly when we met Chelsea in RG2.

New signings could make their league debuts for the Royals, while our young talents will also aim to make their mark on the new campaign from the first whistle.

With manager José Gomes steering the ship, it is first page in the latest chapter of our history.

Tickets

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Supporters can save money by buying before the game - our advance tickets window runs until 12pm on matchday, for your opportunity to save money.

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.

Travel

Matchday Parking Permits are now off sale for this fixture in advance, but parking can still be 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.

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.

We also have a new concourse menu which will include extra options to buy inside Madejski Stadium itself.

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.

Fanstore

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Club News

New Macron kit in store on Saturday

1 August 2019

Our new kits will be on sale from 9am on matchday in the Fanstore for the very first time - your chance to get your hands on our new Macron shirts for 2019-20.

A new take on our blue and white hoops, a stylish black and burgundy number for away games our new goalie kit - it's all available to buy this weekend ahead of the game, and up until one hour after full-time.

Please note that it will only be available in store over the weekend, and will be available to buy online from 10am on Monday.

For more information, head here.

Hospitality

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This Saturday sees the launch of Club 106, our new Hospitality suite in the North West corner.

A stunning, pitch-facing room with fantastic good and a great view of the action - and its our first time welcoming guests in for a matchday.

Head here for more information about the Club 106 launch, as well as our other range of Hospitality options for the match and the season.

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 | Royals edged to defeat in frantic season opener

10-man Sheffield Wednesday emerge as 3-1 winners in RG2

3 August 2019

Reading suffered a defeat on the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship season, as  Sheffield Wednesday took a 3-1 win over the Royals at Madejski Stadium.

Kadeem Harris put the Owls ahead on the half-hour mark in the first half, before a towering header from Yakou Méïté put the Royals level early in the second period.

That scoreline would not last long though, as a header from Sam Hutchinson two minutes later gave the visitors the lead once more. 

Kieren Westwood was sent off 12 minutes from time for the Owls, before Lucas Joao struck in the final moments of added time to make sure of the result for the visitors.

Both sides were testing the water early on in a fast-paced start in a raucous atmosphere at Madejski Stadium. Steven Fletcher provided an early test of João Virgínia's shot-stopping as he unleashed a low drive from the edge of the area - with our loanee goalkeeper equal to it, holding on as he dived to his left.

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A John Swift free-kick was swung in shortly afterwards, Liam Moore got there first to head but his marker managed to get a crucial deflection. The resulting corner made its way into the box, with Yakou Méïté nodding over the bar.

The pace appeared unrelenting in the first quarter-hour, but neither team was able to have a particularly dominant spell on the ball with the respective midfields dicing among themselves.

A lapse of concentration in midfield gifted Wednesday a good chance to go in front, however. Danny Loader's loose pass wrong-footed Andy Yiadom, with the pacey Kadeem Harris able to steal possession and drive into the box. He struck low, with Virgínia getting his body in the way to block.

Up the other end, Swift sprayed a 30-yard ball out wide for Yiadom to chase. He got in the area, cut inside and struck, only to be blocked on the line - it looked on first glance as though it had been handled by Julian Börner, but the referee waved away the appeals, much to the ire of the Reading players and support.

The match soon opened up after that, with the dangerous Harris playing to Barry Bannan on the edge of the box. He curled an effort through a crowded area, only just wide of Virgínia's far post.

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On the half-hour mark, the visitors took the lead. After a ball out to the left, Harris managed to get in behind an off-balance Moore and slot past Virgínia to give Wednesday the advantage.

Reading began to exert their own pressure as half time approached, with Swift's arrowed cross forcing Kieren Westwood into a punch, before Josh Barrett fired back over the bar from the edge of the area.

A second penalty appeal for the Royals would come just before the interval. Fletcher had just been booked for a foul on Swift in midfield, before the playmaker lofted the ball into the box for Fletcher to seemingly climb on Matt Miazga to win the header - nothing doing once again.

In added time, Omar Richards crossed into a dangerous area with Méïté seeing his header blocked over the bar, before the resulting corner saw the Ivorian also nod wide.

A half of frustration for the Royals, but with plenty of attacking intent as they went in a goal behind at the break.

Half time | Reading 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

The second half started with the same frantic pace with which the first had ended, with both teams trying to establish dominance early on. Goalscorer Harris cut inside on his right foot 18 yards out, but could only blaze over the bar on this occasion.

Wednesday, holding a one-goal advantage, were trying to slow the pace of the game down - but the Royals had other ideas.

A long ball to the left saw Mo Barrow do well to keep the ball in play. He passed back for Barrett, whose superb cross was met by Méïté, who looped a fantastic header over Westwood to put the home side level.

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That parity would last less than two minutes, however. A quick break saw Wednesday win a corner, before the ball was delivered and Sam Hutchinson rose highest, giving Virgínia little hope of saving in front of a packed South Stand.

Just a couple of minutes later, Wednesday broke forward and played in Fletcher, whose glanced header from 15 yards only just missed giving the visitors a third goal. Both sides had their tails up, and the winner of this match was anyone's guess. 

The game had well and truly opened up. Swift switched across to Barrow, whose clever first touch took him away from Odubajo and Lees, but his shot on his weaker foot would not find the target.

A change of personnel and a change of shape followed, with Michael Olise and Charlie Adam introduced for Barrett and Loader as the Royals searched for a second leveller of the game.

Time ticked on and, for all of Reading's pressure, the visitors were doing all they could to take the pace out of proceedings and contain the Royals as best they could.

A quick Reading break saw Méïté out-muscle Kieran Lee in midfield, before the ball worked its way to Barrow. He cut back for Adam to strike - half-a-yard over the bar as the Royals continued to press.

Sensing this danger, Wednesday went on the offensive as they sent on attacking duo, Lucas Joao and Fernando Forestieri to try and stretch their advantage.

Rather than that, the visitors were sent down to 10 men. A sumptuous ball over the defence from Olise saw Barrow clean through on goal. Goalkeeper Westwood sprinted out of his box, clattering the Reading man and promptly receiving his marching orders.

Substitute goalkeeper, Cameron Dawson was promptly sent on to defend Swift's free kick from the edge of the box. Swift's shot was blocked, with Adam's follow-up well saved by the newly-introduced Dawson.

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Andrija Novakovich got on the pitch for the final few minutes, as Reading looked to make their numerical advantage count in the closing moments.

The Owls had their backs to the wall as the Royals threw men forward to try and snatch a late leveller in RG2, backed by a vocal home support. Seven minutes were added at the end of the 90 for the Royals to try and make amends.

A flurry of stoppage-time corners were defended by every remaining Wednesday player back, as they looked to preserve their slender lead. However, a counter-attack in the dying moments saw Joao through on goal, burying a strike into the bottom corner to ensure all three points headed back to South Yorkshire on the night.

Full time | Reading 1-3 Sheffield Wednesday

Reading: Virgínia, Yiadom, Miazga, Moore (c), Richards, Rinomhota, Swift (Novakovich 85), Barrett (Olise 65), Barrow, Méïté, Loader (Adam 65).
Subs: Walker, Morrison, Baldock, McIntyre.
Goals: Méïté 54
Yellow:

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Lee (Joao 78), Börner, Lees (c), Hutchinson, Bannan, Odubajo, Reach, Harris (Forestieri 78), Fletcher (Dawson 82).
Subs: Fox, Rhodes, Pelupessy, Nuhiu. 
Goals: Harris 30, Hutchinson 56, Joao 90+7
Yellow: Fletcher, Reach, Hutchinson
Red: Westwood

Attendance: 16,319 (2,149 away)
Referee: Mr J Linington

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