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Ahead of the game | In-form Bees beckon for Royals this weekend

Your match preview as Reading head to Griffin Park for the final time

22 November 2019

Two in-form Sky Bet Championship sides will face off at the weekend, with the Royals backed by a sold-out away support in their last visit to Griffin Park...

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Boss wants to take the game to Brentford

22 November 2019

Brentford vs Reading
Saturday 23rd November, 3pm kick-off
Griffin Park
Sky Bet Championship

Reading return after the international break looking to build on their current points run, earning 10 from a possible 12 under Mark Bowen.

Saturday's opponents Brentford, meanwhile, are on a winning streak themselves - winning four of their last five matches, kicking their season into life after winning just three of their opening 12 matches in all competitions.

The Bees have been prolific in front of goal in that time, too. All in four of their recent wins, they have come by scoring three times in each game. 

The Royals are boosted by the return of Lucas Boyé, who Bowen confirmed is available for selection for the weekend. Lucas João remains sidelined for now, though, and Jordan Obita will be unavailable for the weekend.

A sold-out away following will be backing the Royals at Griffin Park, for what is likely to be Reading's final visit before the hosts move to their new stadium next season. 

Griffin Park holds a special place in the hearts of Reading fans, with it being the scene of one of Reading's most important results in modern memory, as Jamie Cureton's goal sent the Royals up to the second tier in 2002 - and the Royals will look to sign off their history at the home of the Bees with a victory this weekend.

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Tickets

Please note that tickets for Reading fans at this match are sold out. We recommend that you do not travel to Brentford without a ticket.

Match officials

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David Coote will be the man in the middle this weekend, with the Nottinghamshire official dividing his time between Premier League and Championship fixtures so far this season.

Mr Coote has already overseen Brentford this season - a 2-0 defeat for the Bees against Preston North End at Deepdale back in September.

His last time officiating the Royals came in December 2018, when Marc McNulty and Mo Barrow struck to earn a 2-2 home draw against Stoke City.

Mr Coote has averaged four yellow cards per match in his games so far this season, brandishing the red card once - sending off Brighton's Aaron Mooy against Aston Villa back in October.

He will be assisted on the day by Peter Kirkup and Nick Hopton, with David Rock overseeing the benches as fourth official.

Travel

Supporters' Trust At Reading (STAR) offer travel to every Reading away game, details of which can be found on the STAR website here.

If you are travelling by car to West London on Tuesday, please see directions to the game below.

Weather

LONDON WEATHER

Layers will be required at Brentford - and waterproof ones at that. 

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 | Bees come out on top in close-fought battle

Summary of the action from Griffin Park

23 November 2019

Reading’s last ever trip to Griffin Park was a tightly-contested affair, but ultimately a disappointing one come the final whistle as a single goal by Ollie Watkins was enough to win it for Brentford.

The Royals were a match for their opponent in every department throughout the 90 minutes, but the game-winning moment came on the hour through a well-taken Watkins header.

A fortnight had passed since the Royals’ last league outing against Luton Town – but the starting XI remained unchanged. The only alterations to the squad came on the bench, as Lucas Boyé and Chris Gunter returned to the side.

Two in-form sides began the game with intensity and tried to get their opposition defences on the back-foot. Andy Yiadom was a little over-zealous as he collided with Rico Henry in the air, earning the first yellow of the afternoon in the opening stages.

And while the Bees full-back was still receiving treatment after the knock, it was Yiadom who received in the channel from George Pușcaș and sent a dangerous delivery across David Raya’s box – no-one was quite able to get on the end of it.

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The first Bees player in the referee’s notebook was defender Pontus Jansson – it was a cynical challenge by the defender to prevent Sam Baldock stealing a march on goal after possession had been turned over on half-way.

As the rain began to teem down, a couple of loose passes in turn gave Reading opportunities which they couldn’t quite take. John Swift intercepted high upfield but overhit his pass for Pușcaș when shooting was an option, and then Yiadom’s disguised pass fooled everyone, including his teammates ahead of the ball. Then in front of the Royals support, Bees dangerman skewed a shot wide after Matt Miazga had cut out a low cross from Ollie Watkins.

The Brentford attack, which had been kept quiet for the opening 20 minutes, began to find little combinations to test the Royals defence. An early ball from Benrahma sought out Watkins, who jinked into the penalty box but was apprehended just in time by skipper Liam Moore.

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The home fans were baying for a second yellow for Yiadom after he upended Henry for a second time, but the referee just had a word with the full-back. And moments after, the Royals man spotted the run of Pușcaș and released him with a perfectly-weighted pass. Goalkeeper Raya came out on top in the one-on-one, staying big to prevent the shot and eventually collecting at the feet of the Romanian.

Conditions were unrelenting, which posed its own problems and with the wet ball. As a deflected effort came in from distance from Bryan Mbeumo, Royals goalie Rafael did the right thing by parrying around his post.

Sam Baldock had been full of running; when he attempted to drive inside Jansson, the Bees captain did manage to stab back to the goalkeeper – his clearance was rushed with Pușcaș nearby, but Yiadom was wide as he hastened to take an early shot.

Half-time: Brentford 0-0 Reading

The Royals were shooting towards the sold-out away end in the second half, who had been in fine voice since long before kick-off. And five minutes after the break, Yakou Méïté was introduced to provide a different type of threat up top.

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Ovie Ejaria showed characteristically magic footwork to swivel around a challenge on the left and ghost around a defender - his hanging cross from the byline was a touch high for Pușcaș and then Miazga's angles were cut off. The pressure lifted the crowd, and Brentford responded - soon they were flooding forward and Reading were lucky to see Watkins swing-and-miss as the ball came in from the left.

But just after the hour, Watkins got the breakthrough. Mathias Jensen found space to the left of the area and picked out the head of the Bees forward, who steered beyond the dive of Rafael. The Royals trailed; a harsh reflection on how Reading had performed.

Five minutes later, a stunning stop by Rafael to keep the deficit to one. A simple drop of the shoulder by Dasilva on the right was enough to buy room to drive to the byline and cross low; Watkins was denied by the Brazilian from point-blank range.

Garath McCleary and Boyé were both introduced - they combined nicely as Boyé flashed a firm pass wide for McCleary, who laid back for Yiadom in turn, only to drill narrowly wide.

The Bees were beginning to seek opportunities to run the clock down, but Mr Coote was wise to it. Dasilva was booked for time-wasting over a Bees free-kick, and Jensen had his name taken for kicking the ball away after Ejaria was fouled.

As Reading committed bodies forward, the hosts sought opportunities on the break. When Watkins spun past Michael Morrison, Omar Richards did brilliantly to snuff out Mbeumo's shot as he looked to bear down on the goalkeeper.

Reading's heart and effort continued throughout the five added minutes, but without reward as Brentford survived a late bit of pinball in their box to hold on to the points.

Full-time: Brentford 1-0 Reading

Brentford: Raya, Henry, Pinnock, Jensen, Benrahma (Zamburek 80), Watkins, Mokotjo, Dasilva (Oksanen 90+1), Jansson (c), Mbeumo, Dalsgaard.
Unused subs: Daniels, Thompson, Sorensen, Racic, Roerslav.
Goal: Watkins (61).
Yellow: Jansson, Dasilva, Jensen.

Reading: Rafael, Yiadom, Richards, Miazga, Moore (c), Morrison, Rinomhota (Boyé 70), Swift, Ejaria, Pușcaș (McCleary 58), Baldock (Méïté 49).
Unused subs: Walker, Gunter, Blackett, Pelé.
Yellow: Yiadom, Swift, Méïté.

Referee: Mr D Coote

Attendance: 11,892

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