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Match Previews

🕒 Ahead of the game | Tackling the Tricky Trees

All you need to know as the Royals get ready to take on Championship high flyers

10 January 2020

The tough tests keep coming for Mark Bowen's Royals, with another team in contention for promotion coming to Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon...

Interviews

🗯️ Bowen expecting ‘different problems’ from Forest’s visit

9 January 2020

Reading vs Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 11th January 2020, 3pm
Madejski Stadium

Reading's home form has been in a good way of late, however. With five home wins out of seven and seven matches unbeaten in all competitions, both sides go into Saturday's game in RG2 bang in form - with Forest winning each of their last three in the Sky Bet Championship.

Among the ranks with Saturday's visitors is a former Royal in the shape of Lewis Grabban, whose form up front has seen him net 14 times in the Championship so far this season, including a brace last time out in the league as Forest overcame Blackburn with a 3-2 win at The City Ground.

The Royals' ascension in the table is something that has been hard-earned, with a superb run over the festive period taking them to within touching distance of the top half of the table.

Royals manager Bowen has stressed the importance of 'drawing a line' under that spell, though, as they prepare themselves to get back to league action on Saturday afternoon.

Bowen confirmed that striker, George Pușcaș could be back in contention for selection on Saturday, after sustaining a shoulder injury. Andy Yiadom remains a longer-term absentee, with Sam Baldock set to push for a start after playing 90 minutes in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend.

With both teams in form and a sold-out away allocation coming down from Nottinghamshire, it's all set to be a cracking atmosphere at the Madejski this weekend - and we would love to have you here to back the boys.

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Tickets

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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 0118 968 1313.

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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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Dean Whitestone will be the man in the middle on Saturday, keeping the piece between the Royals and Forest at Madejski Stadium as he oversees proceedings.

Mr Whitestone's last visit to Madejski Stadium came back in October, when Matt Miazga's last-ditch winner gave the Royals all three points against Preston North End.

He has officiated a Forest match already this season, too, with Saturday's visitors overcoming Brentford with a 1-0 win at home in early October.

The Northamptonshire official is in his 15th season refereeing in the Football League, and will be assisted on Saturday by Robert Hyde and Matt Foley, with Nigel Lugg on hand as fourth official.

Weather

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It looks like it's going to be a fairly mild afternoon on Saturday with little chance of rain under some cloud cover - perfect winter conditions for football.

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 the first 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.

Keep up with the action

If you can't make it to Madejski Stadium on Saturday, you will be able to keep up with all the action on our streaming service, iFollow.

International supporters will be able to watch Saturday's match live, with supporters based in the UK able to listen live as the match unfolds.

To find out more about iFollow and what packages are available to you, click here.

EFL clubs united in tackling discrimination

The EFL and EFL Clubs are united in tackling discrimination and prejudiced behaviour in all its forms and are reminding supporters that no forms of abuse will be tolerated ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

Everyone attending or taking part in a football match has the right to feel safe, valued and included and supporters are therefore being reminded of the positive steps that can be taken on matchdays.

The EFL have suggested a protocol for supporters to follow if you ever find yourself needing to report discrimination of any form at a match, which you can find by clicking here.

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 - 
3.01pm
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 | Incredible finale as Royals and Reds share spoils

Watson strikes late at Madejski but Reading reply

11 January 2020

Reading and Nottingham Forest played out 1-1 draw on Saturday - a game which saw both goals in the very last seconds of the game.

The Royals were every bit a match for their visitors – and went closest when Tyler Blackett struck the woodwork in the second period.

Ben Watson had the visitors ahead in the fifth added minute, looking like a heartbreak for the hosts.

But Jordan Obita's brilliant delivery was poked in just seconds later - an own-goal by Tobias Figueiredo - to earn a share of the spoils - a fascinating end to the game.

The Royals’ return to league action saw just one change from the side which beat Fulham on New Year’s Day, as Sam Baldock returned to lead the line in place of the injured Lucas João. George Pușcaș, meanwhile, returned from his shoulder injury to take a seat on the bench.

And it was the returning striker who posed the first threat when Yakou Méïté tried to slip him in behind; he attempted an early shot in a similar fashion to the one which brought him a goal last week against Blackpool, but had his effort blocked.

Then when Méïté won a free-kick wide on the right, John Swift’s wicked delivery was agonisingly out of reach for the onrushing attack. Michael Morrison closest to turning in, but relief for the Forest as it evaded everyone.

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Forest’s first attack of note came down their right flank, after the quarter-hour mark – and in the first instance it needed a flying headed clearance by Liam Moore to repel Tiago Silva’s low cross, and then a critical block at the last by Charlie Adam to prevent Sammy Ameobi from slotting in.

Former Reading striker Lewis Grabban was next to chance his arm after a bout of head-tennis – the aerial rally ended when Méïté’s clearance found the Forest man on the edge of the area, but his volley ballooned up and over.

The two in-form sides were making it difficult for each other in the centre of the park; neither side having much joy in stringing together a succession of passes. Reading’s next opportunity came as Adam delivered an outswinging corner, which Morrison diverted over.

Swift’s free-kicks were causing havoc in the Forest box – and when Ovie Ejaria stole possession from Grabban, striker Baldock turned it round the corner and Méïté fired hard and low from a narrow angle, forcing a fine stop from Brice Samba as the deadlock remained.

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Shortly before the break, there was a protracted stoppage as Swift put his body on the line for the Reading cause. Ameobi’s cut-back was intercepted and the midfielder swept away the loose ball – Silva crunched in late, and both players needed treatment. The Forest man was eventually booked.

Half-time | Reading 0-0 Nottingham Forest

It had been a stop-start first half - but the Royals came flying out of the blocks after the break and set off waves of attacks. Adam and Ejaria each had pop-shots blocked as the decibels rose at Madejski Stadium.

Reading could have been done on the counter when Grabban almost capitalised as Morrison's footing let him down - but Rafael was out to it quickly to paw away down low. The Forest man tried to flight in an early shot on the rebound but Liam Moore cleared off the line.

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But it was the Royals who were firmly in the ascendency. A characteristic shimmy and shuffle by the advancing Tyler Blackett earned space, and with dummy runners swarming forward, Samba was stranded as the shot came in from the left... but back off the post.

The Reading fans in the South Stand were trying to suck the ball into the net, and nearly had a goal to celebrate when Morrison tried to squeeze in from less than six-yards, after a blocked Méïté shot had broken his way. But an incredible low stop by Samba kept the scores level.

Pușcaș was thrust into the thick of it just after the hour, and his first contribution was to hook an effort over his shoulder as it dropped out of the air. It was goal-bound but well fielded again by Samba.
 
Adam was withdrawn for Jordan Obita with 15 remaining; Adam's last action to draw yet another foul from Samba Sow, who somehow continued to evade the referee's notebook.
 
The third and final change was enforced, as Ejaria went down under a challenge couldn't continue. On came Andy Rinomhota for the last ten, with the game still goalless.
 
Reading could have had a match-winner late on as a lapse of concentration by Reds captain Ben Watson allowed Swift to scamper onto the ball. Driving from midfield, he eventually got to a shot away from the edge of the area but it was blocked away.
 
Watson had Forest ahead in the fifth added minute of the match; controversially so as the corner was contentious and then the ball appeared to be out of play before it was played in for the Forest man to score.
 
But Reading's character, again, shone through. Obita's brilliant delivery sought out Puscas, but it was defender Figueiredo who got his toe onto it and squirmed inside his goalie's near post. 1-1 - a point apiece.
 
Full-time | Reading 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Reading: Rafael, Gunter, Morrison, Moore (c), Blackett, Pelé, Adam (Obita 76), Swift, Ejaria (Rinomhota 80), Méïté, Baldock (Puscas 63).
Unused subs: Walker, Miazga, McCleary, Loader.
Yellow: Swift, Meite, Rafael, Blackett.

Nottingham Forest: Samba, Ribeiro (Yates 69), Figueiredo, Worrall, Grabban, Watson (c), Cash, Ameobi, Sow, Silva (Lolley 69), Rodriguez (Jenkinson 87).

Unused subs: Smith, Adomah, Dawson, Mighten.
Yellow: Silva, Watson.

Attendance: 16,602 (2,073).

Referee: Mr D Whitestone

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