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Match Previews

🐦 Ahead of the game | Robins rocking up under the lights

All you need to know ahead of Bristol City's visit

28 January 2020

The Royals are back in action in RG2 on Tuesday night, with the Sky Bet Championship train rolling on with the visit of Bristol City...

Interviews

🗣️ Bowen | "We've got enough ammunition to hurt them"

27 January 2020

Reading vs Bristol City
Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday 28th January 2020
Madejski Stadium
8pm kick-off

Reading go into Tuesday night's encounter against the Robins with just one loss in their last 12 matches in all competitions, but having been without a match for 10 days, Lee Johnson's side come into the match fresh and raring to go again.

This gap for the Robins came as a result of their Championship match at the weekend being postponed due to involvement in the FA Cup for their scheduled opponents on the day. In that gap, the Royals have played twice - a well-earned 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest being backed up with the same scoreline against Cardiff in RG2 over the weekend.

Having rotated his starting line-up for the Emirates FA Cup tie at the weekend, Mark Bowen is expected to ring the changes once more as Reading get back to league action.

The only new absentee on the night will be Tom McIntyre, whose sending off at the weekend has seen the young defender suspended for this match. He will be available again for Friday night's trip away to Cardiff, however.

City won their last game against Barnsley, but their push for the play-offs has stuttered somewhat over the last month or two - losing six of their last 10 matches in all.

They did beat the Royals in the reverse fixture back in October, though, so Mark Bowen's men will have a point to prove under the lights on Tuesday night if they are to keep climbing the table.

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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.

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

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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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On the whistle on Tuesday night will be James Linington, in his third visit to Madejski Stadium so far this season. Mr Linington oversaw Reading's opening day defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in RG2, as well as the Royals' 1-0 win over QPR on Boxing Day.

The official has also refereed Bristol City once this season, sending off striker Famara Diédhiou as the Robins fought for a 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic back in October.

Mr Linington will be assisted on the night by Akil Howson and Steven Meredith on the touchlines, with Craig Hicks on the board as fourth official. 

Weather

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Food & Drink

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 Tuesday 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.

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

📰 Robins nab second-half winner against Royals

The report from Madejski Stadium on Tuesday

28 January 2020

A goal from Jamie Paterson separated the Royals and visitors, Bristol City on Tuesday night, as the Robins left Madejski Stadium with three points.

A relatively quiet first half was followed by an open, expansive second 45 in RG2. Reading were on top for large portions, but a quick counter-attack saw Paterson able to snatch the winner.

The Royals rallied late on in search of a leveller, but couldn't get themselves on the scoresheet on the night.

Following their FA Cup outing against Cardiff at the weekend, Mark Bowen made 11 changes as he reverted back to the starting line-up to take to the pitch against Nottingham Forest in their last Sky Bet Championship match.

The first whistle went and Reading found themselves with a good opportunity within seconds. Ashley Williams slipped while in possession for the Robins and George Pușcaș stole a march to win it. 

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He drove towards goal, letting fly from the edge of the area and drawing a block from Williams' centre-back partner, Nathan Baker.

Up the other end, the visitors made a positive move forward to put the Reading defence on the back foot, finished by Niclas Eliasson's cross towards Andreas Weimann, whose glancing header scraped the side netting early on.

It was an even start between the teams as they settled into proceedings at the Madejski, with a John Swift free-kick into the area glanced away at the last by a red shirt with 10 minutes on the clock.

Pelé showed strong vision to pick Chris Gunter out on the right flank shortly afterwards, with the defender able to cut onto his left foot 20 yards out. He tried a strike at goal, but Baker's deflection saw it loop over the bar.

City kept up the attacking threats of their own, however, and when a corner got caught under Famara Diédhiou's feet, the attacker tried to fire at goal - but Michael Morrison put his body on the line to put in a crucial block.

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The half-hour mark approached without an effort on target in the game, but John Swift changed that when he took aim from all of 30 yards - rifling at Dan Bentley, who had to scramble to parry around the post in the best chance of the match to that point.

It was a scrappy half between the teams in RG2, with neither team able to threaten in attack as the teams cancelled each other out.

In truth, chances were at a premium in a first period dominated in midfield. The first 45 won't go down in the annuls of time as a Madejski Stadium classic, but it was all to play for as the teams headed in level at the break.

A Robins free kick rounded off the half, and as it was taken short, the referee blew up for half time as the ball stayed in midfield - much to the amusement of Royals supporters in the crowd.

Half-time | Reading 0-0 Bristol City

Mark Bowen's side came out on the front foot in the second half, controlling the early possession and looking to exploit gaps in the Robins' back line. 

A neat passing move resulted in a cross-field pass from Pelé finding Obita in space. He was able to get into a good crossing position on the left and arrowed a ball across goal - narrowly out of reach of a Reading boot from close range.

Shortly afterwards, City half-cleared a corner and brilliant defensive work from Pelé saw him steal possession back and play to Michael Olise in space.

The teenager jinked his way into a shooting position 25 yards out, but couldn't quite the right connection as the ball flew wide on that occasion.

The pace of the match picked up as the teams opened up in search of the game's first goal, and a quick break from the visitors allowed Eliasson space on the right, whose attempted cross avoided everyone and bounced behind Rafael's far post as Diédhiou missed the crucial touch.

Near the hour mark, a surging run from Morrison saw him force a corner for the Royals.

Obita swung the delivery towards the far post, Morrison poked it back into the six-yard area and Ovie Ejaria shot off-balance, somehow clearing the crossbar from just a couple of yards out.

Former Robins player of the season, Sam Baldock was introduced for the Royals just after the hour mark in place of Pușcaș.

As play restarted, though, the visitors took a shock lead against the run of play. A high ball saw Diédhiou win it and Eliasson broke on the right, slotting it through to Paterson in the box. The Royals called for offside, but the flag stayed down as as the playmaker slotted under Rafael and into the far corner.

Having responded quickly after falling behind in both matches against Nottingham Forest previously, the Royals tried to do so again as a Swift free kick beat the wall, but not Bentley in the Robins' goal.

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In need of fire-power, Yakou Méïté and Sone Aluko were swiftly brought on for Reading as Bowen's side searched for a leveller at Madejski Stadium, in place of Swift and Tyler Blackett.

As expected, though, Lee Johnson's side did what they could to slow the game down - with skipper Josh Brownhill going into the referee's notebook for time-wasting with 15 minutes still left on the clock.

Rafael helped keep Reading's hopes alive when a neat interchange saw City substitute, Callum O'Dowda bear down on goal. He shot towards the near post, with the goalkeeper covering well to save.

Reading moved to a three-pronged attack of Méïté, Aluko and Baldock up front as the clock began to tick down in RG2. Bowen's side were dominating the ball, but the visitors kept men back to stop the danger.

A manic passage of play saw a cross to the far post finding Méïté, whose downward header struck the post, before Baldock's attempted follow-up was scrambled away. Aluko then had a shot blocked, with Chris Gunter's attempted floater to the far corner headed off the line by his Wales colleague, Ashley Williams.

Shortly afterwards, an Olise cross also found Méïté at the far post, with his header going on target once more and drawing a flying save from Bentley.

The Ivorian was in the thick of the action again as a clever piece of invention from Baldock saw him loft it over Williams' head into Méïté's path in the box. It was a difficult angle from which to shoot, and he dragged it narrowly wide.

Unfortunately for the Royals, their late rally wasn't enough for an equaliser on the night.

Full-time | Reading 0-1 Bristol City

Reading: Rafael, Gunter, Morrison, Moore (c), Blackett (Méïté 69), Pelé, Ejaria, Swift (Aluko 73), Obita, Olise, Pușcaș (Baldock 62).
Unused subs: Walker, Richards, Rinomhota, Adam.
Goals:
Yellow: Gunter

Bristol City: Bentley, Hunt, Da Silva, Williams, Baker, Brownhill (c), Paterson (O'Dowda 77), Smith, Eliasson (Moore 90+1), Weimann, Diédhiou.
Unused subs: Maenpaa, Semenyo, Rowe, Massengo, Palmer.
Goals: Paterson (63)
Yellow: Diédhiou, Smith, Brownhill

Attendance: 11,633 (1,934 away)
Referee: Mr J Linington

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Ticket News

🕗 Bristol City (h) rescheduled for Tuesday 28th January, 8pm

Madejski meeting with the Robins rearranged for Tuesday night under the lights due to our participation in the FA Cup Fourth Round...

17 January 2020

Madejski Stadium will now welcome Bristol City to Berkshire on Tuesday 28th January, kick-off 8pm; this Sky Bet Championship fixture needed rescheduling following confirmation of our qualification for the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

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Our FA Cup Third Round replay win in Blackpool set up a home tie with Cardiff City which is being played at 3pm on Saturday 25th January - meaning a league encounter with the Robins, which was initially due to take place that weekend, needed to be rearranged.

Much like a number of other Championship games which were initially scheduled for that weekend but need rescheduling due to clubs' continued FA Cup participation, Mark Bowen's men will now host Bristol City three days later than originally planned, kicking off against the Robins at 8pm on Tuesday 28th January.

Ticket News

🎟️ Ticket arrangements made for FA Cup tie against Cardiff City

16 January 2020

The Royals now face an even busier January than anticipated. Winning a cup replay at Bloomfield Road and the rearrangement of our postponed trip to Nottingham Forest, this fixture against Bristol City will represent the eighth of nine first team games to be played in the first month of 2020.

Lee Johnson's men currently sit 9th in the table and won 1-0 against the Royals when we visited Ashton Gate back in October., courtesy of a first half finish from Famara Diedhiou.

So, as always, we will need your support. Tickets for this rearranged league game are on sale to supporters now.

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