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Match Previews

📋 Ahead of the game | In-form Latics coming to RG2

A preview of the test awaiting the Royals on Wednesday night

25 February 2020

Reading will play their first match of a home triple header on Wednesday night, but all eyes are on Wigan as they arrive in RG2 in their best form of the season so far...

Interviews

🗣️ Bowen | "Wigan will cause us different problems"

24 February 2020

Reading vs Wigan Athletic
Sky Bet Championship
Wednesday 26th February 2020
Madejski Stadium
8pm kick-off

Wigan have been edging closer to climbing out of the Championship's bottom three in recent weeks, putting together their best run of the season as they've lost just one of their last six matches heading into Wednesday night's encounter against the Royals.

Paul Cook's side grabbed headlines when they recently earned an impressive 1-0 away win at Elland Road, with Reading looking to get back to winning ways after being on the wrong side of the same scoreline against Leeds at the weekend.

Their result at the weekend saw them overcome more promotion hopefuls in Millwall, and the Latics could climb out of the relegation zone by taking three points on Wednesday night.

Reading, meanwhile, could climb into the Championship's top half if results go their way in midweek, and will look to build on positive performances after facing the two teams in the automatic promotion places in their last three games, either side of a comprehensive win away at Sheffield Wednesday.

Mark Bowen's side will be aiming to start their home triple-header in the best possible way, and we would love to have you here at Madejski Stadium on Wednesday night to back the boys!

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Jimmy Wheeler

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A minute's applause will take place before kick-off to honour the life of former Reading stalwart, Jimmy Wheeler, who recently passed away aged 86.

Jimmy played more than 450 times for the Royals and he sits second in the club's all-time goalscoring charts with 168 to his name in blue and white.

To find out more about Jimmy's life and career with Reading, click here.

Pre-match chat

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Tickets

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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.

Club News

👑 Crowds of Royals fans for John Lewis signing session

24 February 2020

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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Geoff Eltringham will be on the whistle on Wednesday night, with the County Durham-based official due to make his first visit to Madejski Stadium this season.

He has already overseen the Royals this term, though - Reading's hard-fought win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on New Year's Day, in which goals from John Swift and Charlie Adam sent a sold-out away end into raptures at the start of January.

Mark Pottage and Graham Kane will be on hand to assist on the touchlines on Wednesday night, while Kevin Johnson will be manning the electronic board as part of fourth official duties.

Weather

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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 Wigan Athletic 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

📰 Report | Latics leave with 3 points

Moore, Lowe and Jacobson the scoresheet for Wigan

26 February 2020

The Royals fell to a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic on Wednesday evening, as Kieffer Moore, Jamal Lowe and Michael Jacobs all netted for the visitors.

Wigan had managed to frustrate the Royals' attack throughout and got ahead through Moore's flick - and then another good finish by Lowe doubled the lead after the interval.

And then in the ninth minute of added time, Jacobs finished coolly to compound a disappointing night for everyone of a Reading persuasion.

Reading boss Mark Bowen made three changes to the starting XI – Ovie Ejaria returned after a groin complaint, with Felipe Araruna and Sam Baldock the others to step up.

There was a minute’s delay to the kick-off at Madejski Stadium, as all quarters celebrated the life of one of the heroes of the Elm Park era, Jimmy Wheeler, who had sadly passed away earlier in the week at the age of 86.

The Latics were seeing a lot of the ball in the early exchanges, and a jinking run from Jamal Lowe down the left threatened to pierce the Reading rearguard – he beat Ejaria but ran into traffic as he entered the area.

Direct balls forward at either end – just seconds apart could have brought an opener, one way or the other. Kieffer Moore was the initial target as a ball was blasted upfield, but Rafael was out early to block at the edge of his box. That allowed Michael Morrison to collect and punt up to Baldock, who had broken the offside trap, but the bouncing ball just escaped his grasp.

A spill by stopper David Marshall could have gifted a goal to Yakou Méïté – Pelé was the one to hang up a cross, and the Latics goalie fumbled as he tried to rise above the gathered bodies in the box. The Ivorian forward tried to capitalise but his countryman Cedric Kipre did well to shoulder him out and clear.

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The breakthrough came midway through the first half – to the dismay of the Madejski faithful. It was a simple enough build-up, as Gavin Massey worked space to fashion a cross from the right-hand byline. The finish was subtle and devastating – a flick by the backheel of Wigan striker Moore was inch-perfect, nestling low inside the far post.

The Royals sought a reply. And it needed a lunging leg by Leon Balogun to prevent it coming when Swift stabbed a ball through the slightest of gaps for Baldock. The striker’s first touch just showed enough of the ball to the recovering defender, who prevented the Royals man from pulling the trigger.

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The frustration grew as the half wore on - the Latics defending resolutely, snappy into the challenge, and coming close to grabbing a second as Kipre's header looped just over the bar as he darted onto a deep cross.

Half-time | Reading 0-1 Wigan Athletic

It needed something different in the second half - and the Royals boss dipped into the subs to introduce Michael Olise and Charlie Adam.

That pair combined to open up the Latics defence early on; a little lay-off by Adam saw Olise inject a bit of pace with a forward burst, but curl over the bar.

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Then Adam hung a ball to the far post from a set-piece, which Morrison nodded back into the danger area; it wouldn't stick for Baldock, and Olise sliced his snap-shot wide of target.

Reading were trying to put on the pressure and sent some dangerous deliveries into the area, from dead balls and open play. But the second goal for the visitors was a body-blow. It came when Joe Williams' free-kick was half-cleared, but Lowe took a touch with his left to control before slotting in a half-volley with his right.

Swift won a free-kick on the edge of the area and took it himself, but cleared the crossbar. And then when an Adam cross was half-cleared, Olise trapped and drilled a half-volley at goal. Stopper David Marshall was acrobatically equal to it to deny the teenager his first senior goal for the Royals.

Wigan skipper Sam Morsy could chanced his arm from a free-kick just outside the area after Adam had bundled down Lowe, but Rafael made a flying save and pushed wide. Then the Brazilian stopper had to claw away from the top corner when Wigan sub Lee Evans hit a dipper from wide on the right.

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With five minutes left on the clock, an unbelievable triple-save by Marshall kept the margin to two. Adam overlapped on the left and cracked a powerful low effort down the goalkeeper's throat. It was too hot to handle and Baldock was on the scene first, but twice the striker was denied from point-blank range.

Sam Baldock had an opportunity in stoppage time when Méïté nodded down, but fired over.

The game ended late as Chey Dunkley, on as a sub for the visitors, collided with a teammate - it was clear that it was a serious one from the reaction of all players on the scene, as medical attention rushed his way. A sad end to his match, and all at Reading wish him a speedy recovery.

A solo breakaway by Jacobs deep into added time was polished off with a dinked finish - three goals and three points for the visitors.

Full-time | Reading 0-3 Wigan Athletic

Reading: Rafael, Yiadom, Morrison, Moore (c), Richards, Pelé (Adam HT), Araruna (Olise HT), Swift, Ejaria, Méïté, Baldock.
Unused subs: Walker, Rinomhota, Blackett, Masika, Pușcaș.
Yellow: Yiadom, Pelé, Méïté.

Wigan Athletic: Marshall, Byrne, Kipré, Balogun, Roberts (Evans 64), Morsy (c), Williams (Dunkley 88), Pearce, Massey (Jacobs 79), Lowe, Moore.
Unused subs: Gyollai, Pilkington, Mlakar, Garner.
Goal: Moore (23), Lowe (69).
Yellow: Byrne.

Attendance: 10,088 (177 away).

Referee: Mr G Eltringham

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