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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Bowen stewardship starts with Preston visit

Royals return to RG2 to take on high-flying Lilywhites

18 October 2019

After the break in league action, the Sky Bet Championship will be back with a bang at Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon...

Reading vs Preston North End
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 19th October 2019
Madejski Stadium

Mark Bowen's first challenge as Reading manager will be to take on a team that's flying high in the Championship at the moment in Preston North End.

Alex Neil's men have started the campaign in a rich vein of form, and have only lost once in their last 10 matches in all competitions - a defeat against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.

A 5-1 demolition of Barnsley last time out before the international break saw North End rise to 3rd place in the league standings, a single point behind West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest at the summit.

Winger Daniel Johnson is the man in form for the visitors, having already scored seven goals and assisted four more this season so far. 

Preston are also showing their quality at both ends of the pitch. Not only are they the league's top scorers, their solid defensive record means they also boast the best goal difference in the division as the table stands.

For the Royals, John Swift will be available for selection again after serving a one-match suspension against Bristol City last time out, and skipper Liam Moore is in line to reach the landmark of his 150th competitive appearance for the club.

A host of international players returned to the club this week after serving their nations in October, and will all be hoping for a place in Bowen's first starting line-up as Reading manager.

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Community Trust Day 2019

Saturday's game will also be our annual Community Trust Day, which will highlight and celebrate the vital work done on a daily basis by the Reading FC Community Trust.

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Our Trust sees around 4,000 people per week in Reading and the surrounding areas, running a wide variety of different programmes with the aims to Develop, Care and Educate.

Saturday's issue of The Royal will have an extended section on the work done by our Community Trust and will share some of the successful stories of their work, and children involved with the Trust have been chosen to walk out with the Royals to be ready for kick-off.

Bucket collections will be taking place around Madejski Stadium on Saturday, and we would like to encourage supporters to donate and help support the work of our Community Trust.

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.

Weather

READING MADEJSKI STADIUM

Food & Drink

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This weekend will see a debut for what is sure to be a popular offering from our partners at Blue Collar, with the Gourmet Fry Co. serving up a superb selection of chips with gourmet toppings in the Fan Zone this weekend.

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

Report | Miazga strikes at the death to down Preston

Defender strikes in dying seconds to earn three crucial points

19 October 2019

Matt Miazga's volleyed finish with just seconds left in second-half added time to earn a hard-fought 1-0 win over 3rd placed Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.

Reading had created more chances in the game against Alex Neil's side, but ultimately couldn't quite find a way through on the day as the points were shared.

Or at least, that was until the final seconds of added time in the second half, when a late corner broke to the American in the box, who volleyed in and gave Mark Bowen a win in his first match in charge of the Royals.

The team news saw the return of John Swift and Jordan Obita to the line-up, while Andy Rinomhota, Lucas Boyé and Lucas João were all unavailable through illness and injury on Saturday afternoon.

The high-flying visitors were quick to try and force the initiative from the off at Madejski Stadium, having the first foray forward when Andy Hughes was picked out on the left flank.

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He hung a cross up into the area for David Nugent, but the ball rebounded off his stomach and Rafael was able to gather comfortably.

Reading soon grew into the game, going toe-to-toe with North End, who went into Saturday's game as the Championship's top scorers and without a defeat in the league since mid-August.

Liam Moore, on his 150th appearance for the club, sent a ball over the top for George Pușcaș advancing. He cushioned his touch well, finding space on his left foot and shooting narrowly over Declan Rudd's bar.

Moore was involved again as he won a towering header in midfield, and a cynical foul on Andy Yiadom saw John Swift in a prime shooting position from the resulting free-kick. Swift bent the set piece over the wall, with his top-corner-bound effort clawed away by Rudd.

The resulting corner was recycled and Ovie Ejaria did well to time a sliding challenge and win the ball back 18 yards out. He arrowed a dangerous ball into the six-yard box, but a Reading shirt couldn't meet it from close range and the chance evaporated.

Reading were having the better of it on balance of play midway through the half, but an incisive ball from Nugent set Tom Barkhuizen off on a quick counter-attack. He cut inside, beating Moore but his shot didn't have the required venom to take it past Rafael.

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Up the other end, Pelé was quick to pluck a loose ball out of the air and make space for himself to cross. Pușcaș was at full stretch to try and reach it, and he couldn't quite poke it beyond Rudd in the Preston goal.

Reading kept up the pressure and Ejaria was able to stretch a leg and turn his way into a shooting position. Rudd parried away to his left, before play was recycled and Swift was able to pick out his midfield partner once again, with Ejaria having a second bite of the cherry with another effort - but Rudd was there to save again, holding on this time.

It was Reading's half on the balance of play, but they couldn't find the breakthrough their forward play had merited.

Half time | Reading 0-0 Preston North End

The second half started with a Reading corner headed out into the path of Ejaria, whose journey into the box took him past four Preston defenders before being bundled over in the area, but a corner was the verdict from the referee.

Preston showed their attacking nouse themselves, however. Darnell Fisher received it out wide for North End, putting in a dangerous ball for Nugent to head, but Rafael was able to hold on.

Reading maintained the attacking impetus with which they played the first half, and when Yiadom found space on the right, he tried to pick out Pușcaș in the box but Rudd dived to get there first.

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Yiadom was a key outlet for Reading on the right flank, managing to wriggle his way into the box as he created the Royals' best chance of the match to that point. He picked out Ejaria 12 yards from goal, whose first-time shot on his weaker foot narrowly flew past the upright.

The best of the play was still going in the Royals' favour, and Yiadom and Swift gained more joy on the right when Swift was able to cross towards Méïté at the far post, whose header was deflected behind and Preston could clear from the resulting corner.

A fresh strikeforce was introduced for the last 20 minutes at Madejski Stadium, with Sam Baldock and Danny Loader brought on to try and find a late winner in RG2.

Play was stopped repeatedly around 15 minutes from time as a multitude of tough tackles flew in at the Madejski, with Michael Morrison bearing the brunt of a clash of heads in midfield and having to be heavily bandaged on the pitch, which took several minutes, but the centre-back was able to carry on.

The match opened up as it headed into the closing stages, with Reading continuing to look the more likely to open the scoring in RG2. 

A counter saw Preston opened up by Baldock's surging run and, although he was tackled by Ben Pearson, it opened up for Swift to bend a shot just over the upright.

Time ticked on and, with several injuries to be tended to throughout the half, a total of seven minutes were added on to find a winner.

Both teams went at each other to go for the win, and in the dying seconds, Reading found their way through.

Loader won a corner for the Royals, which Swift swung in. The ball was cleared to Obita, who struck into the crowded box, but the ball eventually broke for Miazga, whose volley had fingertips to it by Rudd, but the ball crept in to earn the Royals three vital points.

Full time | Reading 1-0 Preston North End

Reading: Rafael, Yiadom, Miazga, Morrison, Moore (c), Obita, Pelé (Adam 84), Ejaria, Swift, Méïté (Loader 70), Pușcaș (Baldock 70).
Subs: Walker, McIntyre, Blackett, Richards.
Goals: Miazga (90+7)
Yellow: Obita, Miazga

Preston North End: Rudd, Fisher, Davies, Bauer, Hughes, Pearson, Gallagher (c) (Browne 58), Maguire, Johnson, Barkhuizen (Stockley 69), Nugent (Harrop 58).
Subs: Ripley, Rafferty, Ledson, Potts.
Goals:
Yellow: Nugent, Pearson

Attendance: 14,135 (1,012 away)
Referee:
Mr D Whitestone

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