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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Hatters in town for first time since 2008

Luton heading to Madejski Stadium in last game before November internationals

9 November 2019

It's a return to Madejski Stadium for the Royals at the weekend, with newly-promoted opposition heading to Berkshire this Saturday...

Interviews

Bowen | “Saturday’s game is about us”

7 November 2019

Reading vs Luton Town
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 9th November 2019
Madejski Stadium

Luton Town came back into the Championship on a high, after two successive promotions following off-field issues that had seen the Hatters relegated all the way down to Non-League for the first time in their history.

But although it took time for them to recover, the Hatters are back in the second tier after a 12-year absence, currently sitting one point and two places behind the Royals as the Championship table begins to take shape.

The last time the two sides met came back in 2008, when the Royals swept aside the Hatters with a 5-1 win in the early stages of the League Cup.

After starting well, Luton's momentum has slowed in the Championship. After a comprehensive 3-0 win over promotion-chasing Bristol City in October, they have since lost all three of their subsequent matches in the league to fall to 21st in the table.

For the Royals, following a hard-fought victory over Millwall last time out, manager Mark Bowen confirmed that Liam Moore and Rafael will be available for selection, with the pair overcoming injuries sustained last time out.

With plenty going on around the ground before the game, and what's certain to be an entertaining encounter on the pitch, make sure you're here to back the boys this weekend.

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Remembrance 2019

Saturday's match at Madejski Stadium will see Reading take on Luton Town, and the game has also been designated as the club's annual Remembrance fixture.

There is a selection of noteworthy events happening around Madejski Stadium before kick-off, and supporters are welcome to pay their respects to the fallen ahead of the game.

Find out more about our Remembrance timetable by clicking here.

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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.

Pre-match chat

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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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Experienced official, Andy Woolmer will be on the whistle on Saturday, for his second visit to Madejski Stadium this season.

His first game this term in RG2 was one to forget from a Reading point of view, with Woolmer awarding John Swift a first-half red card as Fulham went on to win 4-1 against the Royals on the night.

Mr Woolmer, in his 16th season as an EFL official, has averaged approximately 2.8 yellow cards per match so far in 2019-20, while showing one further red card.

He will be assisted on the day in the Royal County by Andrew Fox and Akil Howson, with Matt Foley on hand 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 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.

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 - 
3pm
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

Royals make it three home wins on the spin

Reading go into international weekend with 3-0 Luton victory

9 November 2019

Reading’s resurgence continued with a 3-0 home win against Luton Town – making it three Madejski Stadium victories in succession.

Michael Morrison and Ovie Ejaria struck before the break, and sub Garath McCleary sealed the win in the second half to send the Royals into the international weekend with another win to celebrate.

The Royals showed quality throughout, and steeliness when it was needed in the second period to keep out one of the division’s top-scoring sides. The points were well-merited.

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After our act of Remembrance – including an immaculately-observed minute’s silence – the game got underway in the driving rain at Madejski Stadium. The Hatters were first to go close as Jacob Butterfield’s free-kick from wide on the right found its way over to skipper Martin Cranie, but Rafael produced a good stop.

The Royals’ first effort of note came from Sam Baldock, looking to make it goals in three consecutive fixtures. John Swift’s smart ball with the outside of his right boot found the striker on the run, but Matty Pearson made a smart block.

Baldock and strike-partner George Pușcaș were looking to link up as the duo sped towards goal, but Baldock’s final ball was perhaps too unselfish and cut out at the last. That sparked a counter-attack for Luton; soon the ball was at the other end of the pitch, where James Collins headed wide.

Full-back Omar Richards came close to opening the scoring in spectacular fashion when a clearance came to him, 30 yards from goal. After trapping the ball as it fell from the sky, he danced through the defence and fired with his right boot and forced a smart stop from goalie James Shea.

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But from the resulting corner came that first goal of the game. Simple stuff it was, too – a dangerous delivery by John Swift and a towering header by Morrison, nestling inside the post. 1-0 to the Royals.

And on the stroke of the half-hour mark, 2-0 – this one was a bit more spectacular. It all started at the back as Richards turned the ball over with a meaty tackle on Luke Bolton – Reading countered, Swift slid a ball wide for Ejaria, who cut inside and slammed inside the far post.

Reading’s front two had opportunities to get in on the action. Pușcaș went on a slaloming run but his final touch was a tad too heavy, allowing a much-needed tackle to arrive from a Luton perspective. Then Baldock thrashed one goalwards as Andy Rinomhota drove forward and slipped him in; this time Shea was equal to it.

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The Royals’ strike partnership were looking on the same wavelength; Baldock’s flicked round the corner for the Romanian, and continued his run. Pușcaș in turn slotted in his teammate, but Baldock struck the side netting from a tight angle as Shea closed down the shot.

Half-time | Reading 2-0 Luton Town

Swift could have put the game out of sight early in the second period, as a scuffed clearance stuck to the damp surface. The midfielder had time to run onto the loose ball, unchallenged, but struck high over the bar from outside the area.

Luton were looking for a way back into the game, but weren’t being given anything for free from a stingy Reading defence. Full-back Andy Yiadom was offering a forward threat at every opportunity and almost found Pușcaș in the six-yard box, only for the goalie to snaffle out the chance.

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Richards too had been a willing contributor at both ends; darting to the byline, he hung up a cross to the far stick where it was met by Pușcaș, but Shea acrobatically kept it out as the header came back across goal. His last action, as Yakou Méïté came on for the final 20.

Sitting on a two-goal lead, the Royals were content at repelling the Hatters’ attacks and looking to strike on the counter. Luton had an optimistic cry for a hand-ball in the Reading box, but Mr Woolmer displayed no interest.

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And then, with 10 minutes remaining, substitute McCleary sealed the win – and it was all his own doing. He sensed a moment of hesitation from Luton substitute Alan Sheehan, dispossessed him, and rushed towards goal unchallenged. He kept the coolest head in the Madejski to slot past Shea.

McCleary had an opportunity for his second and Reading’s fourth as the ball broke his way outside the area, but his powerful shot was always rising and didn’t trouble Shea in the Luton net.

Not that it mattered. The Royals had done more than enough damage, and were great value for another three points. The feel-good factor continues to grow in RG2.

Full-time | Reading 3-0 Luton Town

Reading: Rafael, Yiadom, Miazga, Morrison, Moore (c), Richards, Rinomhota, Ejaria (McCleary 64), Swift, Baldock (Loader 80), Pușcaș (Méïté 69).
Unused subs: Walker, Howe, Blackett, Pelé.
Goals: Morrison (22), Ejaria (30), McCleary (79).

Luton Town: Shea, Cranie, Potts, Tunnicliffe, Pearson, Bolton (Sheehan HT), McManaman, Jones, Butterfield (Lualua (69), Collins, Cornick (Shinnie 57).
Unused subs: Sluga, Lee, Ruddock-Mpanzu, Bree.
Yellow: Bolton.

Attendance: 15,251 (2,097 away).

Referee: Mr A Woolmer

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