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Match Previews

⬆️ Ahead of the game | Table-topping Baggies in town

All you need to know ahead of the Royals' midweek encounter under the lights

11 February 2020

The unrelenting nature of the season sees Reading roll on to another encounter on Wednesday night, and tests in the Sky Bet Championship don't come much tougher than this...

Interviews

⚽ Bowen | "We've got to recover and get freshness back into our play"

10 February 2020

Reading vs West Bromwich Albion
Sky Bet Championship
Wednesday 12th February 2020
Madejski Stadium
8pm kick-off

Slaven Bilić and his West Bromwich Albion side moved four points clear at the top of the table after a hard-fought 2-0 win over in-form Millwall at the weekend, in difficult conditions at The Den.

This has seen them open up a gap over fellow automatic promotion hopefuls, Leeds United, and the Baggies will hope to add to their run against the Royals on Wednesday night to try and put further daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.

Several former Royals will return to Madejski Stadium on Wednesday night as well, with Hal Robson-Kanu hoping to lead the line for the Baggies, alongside goalkeepers, Ali Al-Habsi and Jonathan Bond, who are also on West Brom's books.

Mark Bowen has stressed the need for the Royals to get back to winning ways and turning one point into three, with a run of consecutive draws keeping Reading's points total ticking over in the Sky Bet Championship.

In terms of team news, full-backs Chris Gunter and Jordan Obita will be monitored after both had to be withdrawn with injuries against Hull on Saturday, while Andy Yiadom may hope to return to the first team fold after playing more than an hour with our Under-23s against Swansea on Saturday.

We have Midweek Mates Rates available for this match, meaning you can take advantage of a special ticket offer to come and back the boys on Wednesday night - and we'd love to see you here at Madejski Stadium!

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

Don't forget to take advantage of Midweek Mates Rates for this match!

For midweek fixtures, 2019-20 Season Ticket holders can purchase up to two discounted match tickets for friends and family.

Bring a friend along to watch the Royals in action for just £10 adults and £5 concessions. The offer is available up until 5pm on Tuesday 28th January.

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.

Match officials

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Matt Donohue will be on the whistle on Wednesday night, in his second visit to Madejski Stadium this season, having overseen a 2-1 home defeat against Blackburn in RG2 earlier in the campaign. 

He has also officiated the Royals twice on the road so far in 2019-20, having taken charge of Reading's matches away at Hull and Barnsley in August and December respectively.

Donohue has shown the yellow card 97 times in his 24 matches so far this season, as well as four red cards.

He will be assisted on the night at Madejski Stadium by Adrian Waters and Mark Russell, with Paul Yates between the benches as fourth official.

Weather

READING MADEJSKI STADIUM

Food & Drink

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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 Wednesday night's fixture.

Also, please note that for the 2019-20 season, we are prioritising contactless card payments on kiosks within the concourses at 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.

iFollow

As this is a midweek fixture, both UK and international subscribers for iFollow will be able to watch the Royals take on West Bromwich Albion with a live video Match Pass. 

It costs £10 for UK subscribers and the equivalent of £5 for international subscribers, click here for full information of how to buy your Match Pass for this game.

Matchday itinerary and opening times

Fanstore: 9am-10.45pm (approx.)
Ticket Office: 
9am-half-time
Hospitality: 
5.30pm-11.15pm
Jazz Café: 
5pm-11pm

Fan Zone and Fun Zone open: 
6pm onwards
Gates open: 
6.30pm
Teams announced: 
7pm
Kick-off: 
8pm
Full-time: 
9.45pm (approx.)

Final F1 bus to Reading Station: 10.41pm

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

📰 Royals fall to league-leading West Brom

Report from Madejski Stadium

12 February 2020

West Bromwich Albion extended their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday evening at Reading’s expense; the visitors came from behind to leave with a 2-1 victory.

George Pușcaș had put Reading ahead from the penalty spot in the first half after Kyle Bartley had handled in the area, but Matheus Pereira hammered in the equaliser before half-time.

Bartley, the offender for the spot-kick, earned what proved to be the game-winner early in the second period as Reading’s labours went without reward.

The big fillip on the teamsheet was the inclusion of Andy Yiadom, returning to the squad to start for his first senior appearance in over two months after injury. Midfielder Felipe Araruna was also named for his first start, and George Pușcaș was recalled as the third change to the XI.

Meanwhile there were former Royals amongst the squad for the table-toppers, as Hal Robson-Kanu led the line and goalkeeper Jonathan Bond was available as a sub.

Both sets of supporters were keen to battle the cold by creating a lively atmosphere. And both sides registered their first shots within the first few moments as Yakou Méïté and Filip Krovinovic fired over. Soon after, Robson-Kanu met a deep cross from Conor Townsend but looped his header onto the roof of the net.

Reading survived an early scare when a quick exchange in the centre circle suddenly allowed Krovinovic to gallop at goal; Rafael’s save was unorthodox but effective, as he parried it into the ground, from where it looped onto the bar and away to safety.

The end-to-end action continued as Bartley hacked over his own bar when Jordan Obita flashed a ball through the six-yard box.

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But before the ten-minute mark, Bartley was the offender as the Baggies gave away a penalty –inexplicably he swatted an arm at John Swift’s inswinging corner, causing the ref to pull out a yellow card and point to the spot. All of West Brom’s delaying tactics were in vain as Pușcaș kept his cool to send Sam Johnstone the wrong way from the penalty spot and give Reading the advantage.

On the hunt for a quick reply, the visitors had an opportunity from a free-kick just outside the area, as Yiadom was carded for a sliding challenge on Krovinovic. Up stepped Matheus Pereira – and for a moment, the Baggies fans were celebrating a goal. But it was the perspective which had flummoxed them from their vantage point in the South Stand; the ball had sailed wide and hit the stanchion behind the goal.

But it was Pereira who got the Baggies level. With a shimmy of the hips, Townsend worked room to cut back a cross from the left byline, and the midfielder hooked a snapshot at goal. Rafael reacted well to palm away the initial effort, but Pereira was quick to the loose ball and let rip from the edge of the six-yard box. All square.

With the equaliser, the Baggies grew in confidence and could have fashioned some further opportunities, but for a handful of timely interceptions by Pelé. And when a fizzed cross from the left was strafed towards some moving targets in the area, skipper Liam Moore got a critical nick on the ball.

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West Brom captain Jake Livermore was next to test the hands of Rafael; a quick combination, followed by a fortuitous ricochet allowed the Baggies skipper to get the ball out of his feet and force a stop, low to the goalkeeper’s right.

In the time added on in the first half, Reading had two chances to go ahead; first as Swift’s piledriver from outside the area was deflected over, and then as Obita’s corner pinballed around the box and eventually a left-footer from Pușcaș was deflected away.

Half-time: Reading 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

The Baggies went close to taking the lead soon after the break when a half-cleared corner was gathered back in, circulated to Callum Robinson, and struck across goal and against the bar.

However West Brom soon had their noses in front; Robson-Kanu kept the ball alive in the area and teed up Krovinovic, who found Bartley rising at the back post - a looping header squeezed in at the back post.

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The Royals weren't going to go down to the table-toppers without a fight. And a bit of brilliance by Ovie Ejaria in a tight space got the crowd up - he wriggled free in his own half and set an attack away down the left. He got into the box and was almost found by a pass from Pelé - who had embarked on a mazy run of his own - but a defending leg mopped up.

Then sub Andy Rinomhota was almost in on goal - Pușcaș and Méïté both showed strength and nous down the right before Swift found his midfield teammate peeling off the shoulder of the centre-halves. His touch to round the goalkeeper sent him a tad wide and defenders were back en masse by the time he was able to get his cross in.

The Royals were looking the likelier to get the next. Moore glanced a header just over from a corner, and then Méïté was a whisker away with a thunderous drive after Rinomhota charged through the middle and found the Ivorian on the right.

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Reading had the ball in the net but the linesman quickly cut short the celebrations with a raised flag. Charlie Adam, just on as a sub, tempted the goalkeeper with a cross but Méïté met it first and headed in. A tight decision went against the Royals.

In the final ten minutes, Sam Baldock came on as the third and final change for Reading; another attacker to try and grab a leveller.

It was his strike-partner Pușcaș that fired wide when Méïté crossed in from the right; a delicate ball into the channel had allowed the cross to come in but the striker couldn't trouble Johnstone.

It was a frustrating finale for Reading as a series of decisions went against them and allowed the Baggies to eat up the clock. Reading piled forward to try and scrap that equaliser in the four added minutes, but Adam popped a half-volley over the bar with the game's last action.

A hearty effort against the promotion-chasers, but no reward to show for it.

Full-time: Reading 1-2 West Bromwich Albion

Reading: Rafael, Yiadom, Morrison, Moore (c), Obita, Pelé (Adam 76), Araruna (Rinomhota 55), Swift (Baldock 82), Ejaria, Méïté, Pușcaș.
Unused subs: Walker, Olise, Blackett, Richards.
Goal: Pușcaș (11).
Yellow: Yiadom, Obita.

West Bromwich Albion: Johnstone, O'Shea, Ajayi, Bartley, Townsend, Sawyers, Livermore (c), Robinson (Grosicki 72), Krovinovic (Phillips 69), Pereira, Robson-Kanu (Austin 86).
Unused subs: Bond, Furlong, Harper, Hegazi.
Goals: Pereira (26), Bartley (49).
Yellow: Bartley, Sawyers.

Attendance: 13,942 (1,403 away).

Referee: Mr M Donohue

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