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Ahead of the game | Heading to The Hawthorns

All you need to know as Reading get set to face West Brom

21 August 2019

Our first points are on the board, now the Royals will look to build on a promising display at the weekend at one of the league's toughest away grounds.

West Bromwich Albion v Reading
Wednesday 21st August 2019, 8pm
The Hawthorns
Sky Bet Championship

A 3-0 win at home to Cardiff City at the weekend was a confidence boost all round for the Royals, and they will try to add to their tally against a side that were early favourites for promotion - West Bromwich Albion.

With former Croatia and West Ham United manager, Slaven Bilić at the helm, the Baggies have gone unbeaten in their first three matches - currently sitting 4th in the early Sky Bet Championship table.

West Brom's squad will be taking shape now too as they get used to playing with each other, as the Baggies welcomed three deadline-day arrivals in Matheus Pereira, Charlie Austin and Grady Diangana - with West Ham loanee Diangana coming off the bench to score a quickfire brace against Luton Town at the weekend.

With this being the first of three consecutive away games for the Royals, José Gomes and his side will hope to return to Berkshire this evening with three more points as they look to establish themselves as contenders for the season ahead, before travelling to Huddersfield and Plymouth in the coming week.

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Tickets

Tickets for this match will be available for Reading supporters to buy at The Hawthorns, from a cash-only ticket office situated at the away block turnstiles.

Reprints will be available from the same ticket office from 6.30pm, and anyone arriving before that time should head to the main ticket office.

For any Reading supporters travelling to The Hawthorns, you are able to find out any information you'll need to know in West Brom's Away Supporters' Guide, which you can access by clicking here.

Travel

From Madejski Stadium, you'll be heading up the M40 to The Hawthorns, in a journey that should take just over two hours to complete.

Please note that coach travel with STAR is now fully booked for tonight's match against West Bromwich Albion, we would like to wish everyone travelling for free on a coach as part of our owner's offer this season a safe journey north this evening.

Weather

WEST BROMWICH WEATHER

With forecast low temperatures of 13°C this evening, it should be a pleasant night at The Hawthorns - but bring a coat for when it gets colder later on.

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

Late penalty denies Royals back-to-back wins

Report from the Hawthorns

21 August 2019

West Bromwich Albion snatched a 1-1 draw late on against Reading at the Hawthorns, as a Kenneth Zohore penalty cancelled out Ovie Ejaria’s opener to leave both teams with a share of the spoils.

A bit of brilliance – an Ejaria exocet – was almost enough to earn Reading three fantastic points on the road, but the Baggies sub drilled in from 12 yards after Ejaria was judged to have committed a foul in the area.

The midfielder’s first goal since returning to the Royals on loan came 20 minutes from time and oozed match-winning quality. But the Baggies snatched their leveller late on as the Royals had to settle for a single point from another positive display.

There was just a single switch to the starting XI after the weekend’s win against Cardiff City, as Lucas Boyé replaced Lucas João. Likewise, just a single swap on the bench as Yakou Méïté’s foot injury kept him out, allowing Danny Loader to come in on the bench.

Just two minutes into the game and the home side and their support were baying for a penalty. Omar Richards upended Darnell Furlong as the Baggies man entered the area, but the referee didn’t feel there was any infringement.

Indeed it was all the home side in the opening exchanges, and defender Michael Morrison twice made brave blocks to deny the opener. Reading’s first chance came on the counter as Boyé rode a challenge and released John Swift – the midfielder played an exchange with Andy Yiadom on the right, before firing over the bar.

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West Brom stopper Sam Johnstone was forced into his first save of the night by Swift soon after – Yiadom won a free-kick on the edge of the area as he joined in with the attack, and Swift’s dipping strike was fisted away from the top corner. Ovie Ejaria was next to threaten, but he pulled his effort past the far post.

Following the initial threats from the home side, it was the Royals were the ones working the goalkeeper – Richards was bombing on regularly from the left wing-back position and, after a dip of the shoulder, forced Johnstone into a save via a deflection by a defending player.

Striker George Pușcaș was trying earnestly to add to his three Royals goals since joining – working hard on the shoulders of the defensive line, threaded balls from Swift and Ejaria were each a smidgen out of reach of the Romanian marksman.

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The momentum swung back in the Baggies’ favour as the first half of a lively encounter progressed. Forward duo Boyé and Pușcaș were often back defending corners effectively, and captain Liam Moore did well to quash the threat of Matt Phillips as he cut in from the right and unleashed a powerful effort – the skipper blocked in trademark fashion.

Half-time: West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Reading

Reading began the second period with more positive intent – Boyé again was industrious in attack, and Pușcaș drilled just wide of the near post from a narrow angle as he tried to break the deadlock.

For all of West Brom’s positive play in the first half, they hadn’t managed to truly test Rafael between the sticks. But ten minutes into the second period, he was alert and alive to deny Charlie Austin from close-range – Phillips had bustled and bundled his way down the right flank and picked out the forward on the edge of the six-yard box. The Brazilian kept out with his feet, then smothered the ball as it broke loose.

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The home crowd were again incensed when they thought Filip Krovinovic was fouled in the box, as he latched onto a clever reverse from Grady Diangana. But the referee showed little interest in the shout; Yiadom, on a yellow, had eased him off the ball in a clean shoulder-to-shoulder challenge.

Then it was Diangana himself who went close at the midpoint of the second period, but he was wasteful with his effort. A quick counter saw the West Ham loanee sprinting one-on-one at Matt Miazga, but he rifled well clear of the bar as he shifted onto his left boot on the edge of the area.

The breakthrough finally came, 20 minutes from time – in spectacular fashion. João added a new kind of threat from the bench and held the ball up well, before laying into the path of Ejaria. The Royals midfielder stepped around a challenge and saw things opening up – and with power and precision, popped his effort into the top corner. Ecstasy for the travelling supporters gathered behind the goal.

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With the clock ticking away, the Baggies began to pile on the pressure in search of a leveller. And minutes after Kenneth Zohore came on for the hosts, it was another incredible block by Moore which turned a close-range effort over the bar.

Zohore’s fresh legs were giving the Royals defence new things to think about – and a diagonal right-to-left run was picked out smartly. A snapshot from the West Brom forward was venomous; Rafael’s hands were safe.

There was to be late drama. Three minutes from the 90, Ejaria attempted to track the run of Krovinovic into the area, but was judged to have clipped the Croatian with an outstretched leg. Referee Peter Bankes awarded the spot-kick. Zohore stepped up, sent Rafael the wrong way and equalised with a powerful strike from 12 yards.

Just a single point to show for a brave effort - warmly applauded by the travelling support at the final whistle.

Full-time: West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Reading

West Bromwich Albion: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Gibbs, Livermore (c) (Edwards 82), Phillips, Sawyers, Diangana (Pereira 69), Krovinovic, Austin (Zohore 75).
Unused subs: Bond, Brunt, Townsend, O'Shea.
Goal: Zohore (88 pen).
Yellow: Gibbs, Sawyers.

Reading: Rafael, Yiadom, Moore (c), Miazga, Morrison, Richards, Pelé, Ejaria, Swift (Adam 84), Pușcaș (Rinomhota 76), Boyé (João 66).
Unused subs: Virgínia, Loader, McIntyre, Barrett.
Goal: Ejaria (71).
Yellow: Yiadom.

Referee: Mr P Bankes

Attendance: 21,803 (893 away)

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