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Match Previews

🔜 Ahead of the game | Bees up next in busy schedule

A preview of our game against Brentford

30 June 2020

With seven games remaining, there is plenty to play for. And for Brentford in particular, who have put themselves in with a real shout of promotion to the Premier League.

Fixture News

📖 Story of their season, so far… Brentford

29 June 2020

The Bees are serious contenders to be a Premier League club when they officially move in to their new stadium next season – if there was any doubt about their credentials, then wins against West London rivals Fulham and then-league-leaders West Bromwich Albion have put them within touching distance of the automatic spots; play-offs are looking like the backup for Thomas Frank’s side.

For more information about the story of the Bees' season (so far), click here.

Our hopes of making a late run for a play-off place have diminished with a couple of disappointing results since our return to action – Stoke snatched a late, late draw in the first game back and Derby’s quick-fire double was our undoing despite an otherwise dominant performance at Pride Park.

Nevertheless there’s seven games to go, and seven potential wins on the cards for Mark Bowen’s men. And we want to rack up as many as we can going into the belated summer break. Even if the Bees come here in fine fettle, our boys will be aiming for maximum return.

Fixture News

📺 How to watch Reading vs Brentford live on iFollow...

29 June 2020

iFollow

A reminder to all fans that this fixture is once again available to watch live on iFollow – for free for Season Ticket holders, or by purchasing a Video Match Pass for all other fans.

For a reminder on how to use iFollow for this fixture, just click here.

Pre-match chat

Manager Mark Bowen: “They are the form side in the league, since the restart. We know it’s going to be a tough game. But I told the guys – if we approach the game in the way that we did in the second half against Derby, on the front foot and trying to show what we’re all about rather than being too passive, then we’re more than capable of getting a result against Brentford.”

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Midfielder Andy Rinomhota: “As good a side as they are, we aren’t going to worry about that too much. We’re going to try to play our own game and make them adapt to us. We’ve got the quality in our side to beat anyone on our day. So if we’re on it we can win the match.”

Club News

🙏 Royals to wear black armbands and observe a minute’s silence to pay respect to Forbury Gardens victims

26 June 2020

What’s on

At the personal request of our staff and our players, both Reading Football Club and Brentford Football Club will observe a minute’s silence ahead of our 6pm kick-off at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening – to pay our respects to those who lost their lives in the horrific attack in Forbury Gardens.

Click here for more information.

Reminder

It’s not a message that we would usually give to our supporters… but please do not travel to Madejski Stadium for this fixture. All supporters have the opportunity to watch the fixture remotely, and for the safety of everyone absolutely no unauthorised access to the match or the stadium grounds will be permitted.

We can’t wait to see you all soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.

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Match Reports

📝 Match report | Royals undone by impressive Bees

Promotion-chasing visitors earn 3-0 victory at Madejski Stadium this evening...

30 June 2020

Thomas Frank's Brentford produced some impressive attacking football to continue their fantastic form and a serious push for promotion at the Royals' expense this evening - running out 3-0 victors at Madejski Stadium.

Before the game began, a minute's silence was observed by all in the stadium as all at the Madejski paid their respects to those who tragically lost their lives at Forbury Gardens ten days ago. Captain Liam Moore laid a wreath in the centre circle before the game kicked off.

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The first chance fell to the Royals and Sam Baldock took aim from range but dragged his effort harmlessly wide. 

The high-flying Bees soon found their rhythm though and began passing the ball between them quickly and with intent to pierce the Royals back line. And that is exactly what they did mid-way through the opening period.

A deep corner from the left was headed back into the six yard box at the back poost and Bryan Mbeumo was there to glance the ball past a helpless Rafael and earn the visitors a 1-0 lead.

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Some nice work from Olise on the right side of the pitch allowed Gunter to deliver a dangerous cross deep towards the back post but Meite's outstretched leg couldn't do enough to test David Raya in the Brentford goal from a tight angle.

But Rafael had to be alert to come off his line and thwart Mbeumo with ten minutes of the half remaining. A ball from deep picked out the Bees forward, who had sprung the offside trap, and he got the ball under control and stabbed a shot away only for the Brazilian stopper to save well low at his feet before leaping on the loose ball.

Watkins drilled wide with his left foot as Thomas Frank's men continued to look dangerous in the final third. But Reading posed a threat themselves, with Sam Baldock winning a free kick on the edge of the box, right of centre. Swift delivered the set piece and the Bees could only half clear the danger - the ball dropped to Olise whose first time strike headed goalwards before a deflection took it over the bar for a corner.

Watkins dragged an effort wide of the left post with his right boot, before Gunter and Olise nearly combined to good effect down the right flank at the other end - the former's pass just too heavy for the latter to dart onto in behind the Bees defence.

Half-time | Reading 0-1 Brentford

Reading began the second half on the front foot and Rinomhota floated a ball over the top which Meite so nearly managed to run onto. Watkins was proving a constant concern at the other end but his deflected effort was easy for Rafael on this occasion, Morrison taking the sting out of the shot.

A fabulous driving run from Rinomhota in midfielder set the Royals on the attack just before the hour and Swift took aim, but scuffed a right-footed shot wide of the bottom left corner.

Brentford nearly added a second soon after that though, Benrahma's shot blocked by Morrison but falling for Watkins whose strike was brillaintly parried by Rafael.

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But the game was put to bed with a second for the Bees, Josh Dasilva denied initially by a sprawling save from Rafael but he was first to follow it up and aimed the loose ball high into the Reading net for 2-0.

Obita tried a curling effort with his right foot, but Raya comofrtably held onto his well-struck effort. Yet another diving block from Morrison prevented Watkins from adding his name to the scoresheet though as gaps began to appear across the pitch.

Rafael tipped a Norgaard effort wide of the target with 15 minutes of the match remaining. 

But moments later Ejaria almost unlocked the Brentford defence with a superb jinking run in from the left that led to a cutback for Puscas who was shuffled off the ball by Brentford bodies before he could pull the trigger.

Rafael parried yet another Watkins drive as time began to tick down, however there was time for a third goal - a swerving effort from Valencia that whistled past Rafael in the Royals goal.

Full-time | Reading 0-3 Brentford

Reading: Rafael, Gunter, Obita, Moore (c), Morrison, Rinomhota, Swift (Adam 66), Ejaria, Meite, Olise (McCleary 60), Baldock (Puscas 60).
Unused subs: Walker, McIntyre, Blackett, Masika, Pelé, Osho.

Brentford: Raya, Henry, Pinnock, Norgaard, Benrahma, Watkins, Dasilva (Baptiste 65), Emiliano (Mokotjo 81), Jansson (c), Mbeumo (Valencia 61), Dalsgaard (Roerslev 81).
Unused subs: Daniels, Dervisoglu, Jeanvier, Fosu, Zamburek.
Goals: Mbeumo 23, Dasilva 65, Valencia 90
Yellow: Jansson.

Referee: Mr Dean Whitestone

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