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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | High-flying Whites visit under the lights

Looking ahead to the action at the Madejski on Tuesday night

26 November 2019

After a narrow loss at the weekend, the Royals hope to get back on track on Tuesday night, although their opponents are some of the toughest in the division...

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Bowen | “My boys will be up for it”

25 November 2019

Reading vs Leeds United
Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday 26th November 2019
Madejski Stadium
8pm kick-off

After narrowly missing out on promotion last season, Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United are doing all in their power to go one better this time around and return to the top flight.

They're sitting just two points behind West Brom at the top of the table at the moment, with Bielsa's men also boasting the best defensive record in the Championship so far - with just 10 goals conceded in their 17 matches this season.

The Whites also struck late to beat Luton Town at the weekend, with a Matty Pearson own goal giving Leeds all three points on the day, alongside Patrick Bamford scoring his sixth of the season.

Reading, meanwhile, will be without the suspended Andy Yiadom, who misses out after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season at the weekend against Brentford. Chris Gunter and Teddy Howe are the likely candidates to replace Yiadom on the night, while Sam Baldock also looks set to miss out after coming off injured at the weekend.

Mark Bowen's side have won each of their last three matches at home, however, and will look to continue that run on Tuesday night against difficult opposition.

The Sky Sports cameras are in town on the night, but the vocal backing of Royals supporters around the ground will be vital as Reading go in search of three more Sky Bet Championship points.

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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.

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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On the whistle on Tuesday night will be Darren Bond, who is overseeing his first Reading match of the season, and is the second time he has taken charge of Leeds.

The first time Mr Bond oversaw tonight’s visitors was a 1-0 home defeat against Swansea back in August, and is taking charge of his first Reading game since November 2018, when Yakou Méïté equalised late on in a 2-2 draw against Ipswich Town at Madejski Stadium.

The referee has averaged around four yellow cards per match this season, although this number is skewed by a fraught encounter between West Bromwich Albion and Barnsley back in October.

Mr Bond will be assisted by Adam Crysell and Daniel Leach, with James Linington keeping the peace between the benches as fourth official.

Weather

READING MADEJSKI STADIUM

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 Tuesday night's fixture.

Tuesday will also see another debutant from Blue Collar, called 'Genbu' - which serves delicious slow cooked pork subs - well worth checking out on the night.

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

Report | Harrison strikes late to defeat Royals

Late effort from Leeds winger gives promotion chasers points on the night

26 November 2019

A late strike from Jack Harrison was enough to give Leeds United a 1-0 win against Reading on Tuesday night.

The Whites moved to the top of the table with a win against the Royals, who were good value for at least a point after holding firm for the majority of the match at Madejski Stadium.

After a cagey first half, the game opened up and both sides had chances, with Harrison finishing a Hélder Costa cross three minutes from time to end Reading's unbeaten home run.

The Royals lined up with two changes as Chris Gunter came in for his first minutes of the season, while Yakou Méïté replaced Sam Baldock to lead the line with George Pușcaș.

Leeds started quickly at Madejski Stadium, asserting dominance on the ball from the off. However, Reading broke at pace as Méïtéout-muscled his marker in midfield and set off on the right flank.

The Ivorian cut across goal for the on-rushing Pușcaș, who couldn't quite get his foot to it in a quick Royals counter-attack.

Reading grew into proceedings shortly afterwards, matching their opponents' high press to try and break Leeds' rhythm early on.

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Play began to settle down after a frantic first quarter-hour which saw possession go back and forth, with Méïté trying to cross low into the area, but Kiko Casilla was able to hold on, coming off his line to claim.

In the 19th minute, both sets of supporters rose to their feet in a minute's applause for Ryan Duval, a young Royals fan who sadly passed away earlier in the month. A framed Ryan's Royals shirt was in the Reading dressing room prior to kick-off, as the club honoured Ryan's memory.

On the pitch, the midfield tussle continued as the Royals were making life difficult for Leeds as they searched for an opener in RG2.

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Leeds were forced into an early change after the half-hour mark as Tyler Roberts went down unchallenged in midfield. Wolves loanee, Hélder Costa came on to replace him.

Clear-cut chances were at a premium at the Madejski in the first half, with the respective defences holding firm in a tight battle between the teams.

The first proper goalscoring opportunity came after 42 minutes, with Swift swinging a corner to the far post for the Royals.

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Méïté got his head to it, powering into the ground, but Casilla got down quickly to scoop it up on the line to block a Reading opener.

An evenly-matched first half overall, with the teams going in goalless at the break.

Half-time | Reading 0-0 Leeds United

Reading had to be alert from the off at the start of the second half, as a ball across the box was dummied by Dallas into Costa's path. He struck first time and Omar Richards was able to block well.

Mark Bowen's side began to crank up the pressure on the visitors, with a succession of long throws and corners testing the Leeds defence - but the Whites were able to block Reading's advances.

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The visitors forayed forward themselves near the hour mark, with Klich finding space on the right to cross. The ball bounced across goal, with Bamford rushing in, but the striker could only bundle it over the bar from close range.

Leeds almost took the lead shortly afterwards, with the ball sitting up invitingly for Dallas to strike from 25 yards. The winger put plenty of venom in the strike with Rafael beaten, only for the crossbar to intervene and keep parity in the match.

Up the other end, Swift arrowed a low free-kick into the Leeds box that stopped with Méïté. He was bundled over in the area with the ball sitting up for Morrison to strike. He tried to chip Casilla, but he also cleared the bar in Reading's best chance of the match up to that point.

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Chances started to come for the teams as the half progressed, with a Harrison cross for Leeds finding Dallas, who struck on the volley but Rafael got hands to it and held on.

Lucas Boyé was sent on for the final 20 minutes in place of Pușcaș, with the game still hanging in the balance at Madejski Stadium.

But it was Leeds who would threaten again shortly after Boyé's introduction. A corner was punched by Rafael into the path of Ben White, who swiped at his shot and didn't threaten the target.

The volume continued to increase in RG2 as the match sat on a knife-edge heading into the final 15 minutes, with Reading fans around the ground making themselves heard.

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Play stopped as Andy Rinomhota was given medical attention for a clash of heads with Liam Cooper, which drew blood from the Reading midfielder. A couple of minutes later and with a new shirt on, Rinomhota came back on as the Royals set up to battle to the finish.

Danny Loader was brought on for Méïté in the final few minutes, adding a fresh pair of legs up front for the final few minutes.

Ejaria danced his way through midfield and won a free-kick 30 yards out. Swift stood over it, bringing a solid save from Casilla.

However, Leeds broke quickly and broke the deadlock three minutes from time. The counter-attack was quick and a cross from the right from Costa found the head of Harrison, who poked beyond Rafael to give the league's high-flyers the advantage.

Three minutes were added on for the Royals to find an equaliser, but Leeds were able to hold on and take three points back to West Yorkshire on the night.

Full-time | Reading 0-1 Leeds United

Reading: Rafael, Gunter, Miazga, Morrison, Moore (c), Richards, Rinomhota (McCleary 90+3), Ejaria, Swift, Méïté (Loader 86), Pușcaș (Boyé 70).
Subs: Walker, Howe, Blackett, Pelé.
Goals:
Yellow: Richards

Leeds United: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper (c), Dallas, Hernández, Phillips, Klich (Alioski 66), Roberts (Costa 34), Harrison (Shackleton 90+3), Bamford.
Subs: Meslier, Douglas, Berardi, Clarke.
Goals: Harrison (87)
Yellow: Ayling

Attendance: 16,918 (2,050 away)
Referee: Darren Bond

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