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Ahead of the game | Back to action against Boro

Royals rocking up to the Riverside this weekend

13 September 2019

After the international hiatus, it's back to action for the Royals as they prepare to take on tough opposition on Teesside...

Middlesbrough vs Reading
Saturday 14th September 2019, 3pm
Riverside Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

Reading's final away match of 2018-19 saw Inflatables Day make its way up to the Riverside back in April. Despite Danny Loader's wonderstrike, and eventual Goal of the Season winner, giving the Royals the lead on the day, Boro battled back to take all three points on home soil.

Now under the guidance of former Boro and England defender, Jonathan Woodgate, Middlesbrough have a new-look side to take into the new season.

Boro's campaign started slowly, but they recovered to take five points from their last three matches, now sitting two places behind the Royals in the early stages of the Sky Bet Championship campaign.

For the Royals, manager José Gomes confirmed that Matt Miazga is recovering from his injury that he sustained against Huddersfield Town back in August, but Josh Barrett is doubtful for Saturday's game after illness in the week.

After a defeat before the international break, the squad will be determined to rectify that immediately and restart their momentum as they head into another busy run of games in league and cup.

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Tickets

Please head to our online Ticket Office here.

Tickets for this fixture are on advance sale until midday on Friday 13th September:

  • Adults: £30
  • 65 & Over: £20
  • 17 & Under: £17

If you miss the advance deadline, don't worry. Tickets will be available on the day at the Riverside Stadium at no increase on advance costs, from a cash only till at the visitors' ticket office, near the away turnstiles. 

Travel

It's the Royals' longest away journey of the season, based on travel distance from Madejski Stadium. Be sure to allow at least five hours for your trip, heading via the M1, M18, A1 and A19 up to Middlesbrough. 

Away Fans Guide

Middlesbrough's Visiting Supporters Guide is available here.

Disabled Access Guide

Middlesbrough’s Disabled Supporters Guide is available here.

Weather

MIDDLESBROUGH WEATHER

It is set to be a warm yet overcast day up on Teesside, but there's a long way to drive home so remember to pack an extra layer just in case.

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 fall to cruel defeat at Riverside

Johnson free-kick the difference on Teesside

14 September 2019

Marvin Johnson’s sole goal gave Middlesbrough a 1-0 win at the Royals’ expense – a cruel reflection on a strong performance for the Royals.

The Royals had created plenty of chances in the first hour of the game, but couldn’t quite convert – and then with a touch of fortune, Johnson’s free-kick crept in. Boro had goalkeeper Darren Randolph to thank as a glut of incredible saves kept the door shut, and meant Reading left empty handed.

On a return to league action after the international break, José Gomes gave Yakou Méïté, Andy Rinomhota and Lucas Boyé their returns to the starting XI. On the bench, meanwhile, Tyler Blackett was deemed fit enough to make the squad for the first time this season.

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Hosts Boro had two decent openings in the early exchanges – firstly a Marvin Johnson cross flashed just past everyone in the area, and then Ashley Fletcher’s cross-shot from a tight angle was diverted off target by a lunging challenge by skipper Liam Moore.

Then the Royals carved open the hosts’ defence but couldn’t convert - a sign of things to come in the first half, as decent chances went begging. The move all began with a terrific piece of interception by Tom McIntyre, allowing Omar Richards to send Boyé scampering away. John Swift’s pass sliced through to Méïté, but the Ivorian’s effort was blocked by a desperate challenge from Ryan Shotton.

Even when Méïté got the better of Shotton, goalkeeper Darren Randolph was the one to frustrate the front-man. The Royals forward rolled a challenge on the right flank and drove at goal from the byline – only for the goalkeeper to dart of his line and bravely collect at Méïté’s feet.

From a free-flowing move, the Royals almost had an unlikely finisher on the end of it in the form of Moore. After intercepting on half-way, the defender continued his run into the area, overloading the box. No defender picked him up on the far side, but Andy Yiadom’s teasing cross was inches out of reach.

The Royals held all the momentum and were winning the ball back regularly. John Swift was setting the tempo for Reading, and was next to have a crack, drifting into the area and never really troubling Randolph with a low, tame effort with his left.

The Riverside faithful were growing weary with some of the misplaced passes from their team – one of which was straight into the path of Méïté, who charged at goal with two Boro players in tow. The defence did enough to make him take his shot early – Randolph scooped up the powerful drive at the second attempt.

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Commotion reigned on the Royals bench when Adam Clayton flattened Méïté in the centre circle. The Boro midfielder appeared to lead with a raised arm as he clattered through the Reading man, but the referee only stopped play to attend to a potential head injury.

On the stroke of half-time, Ovie Ejaria’s bold, jinking run almost opened things up as he squared for Yiadom in the area; the right-back elected to try and cushion into the feet of Swift, rather than pulling the trigger, and the ball squirmed agonisingly out of play.

Half-time: Middlesbrough 0-0 Reading

Boro had the ball in the net two minutes after the interval - but it was chalked off quickly. Captain Dael Fry was offside as he cushioned down Lewis Wing's set-piece delivery for Britt Assombalonga to tuck in, meaning celebrations were cut short.

Boyé had a shot saved from the edge of the area, and from a similar place on the park, Ejaria found an angle but was denied by Randolph at full stretch. Reading's attack continued to threaten but the deadlock remained.

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So it was gut-wrenching when the opening goal went the way of the hosts. Johnson fizzed a low, inswinging free-kick from a wide angle - Ashley Fletcher tried to turn it in, but the ball crept all the way in untouched on the far side.

Gomes rolled the dice in response; on came Lucas João and George Pușcaș in place of Rinomhota and McIntyre, a bold couple of changes.

Reading were piling forward but were being left frustrated. When Boyé bulldozed through Anfernee Dijksteel on the left, Randolph's improvised stop from a tight angle kept Boro's sheets clean.

It was becoming a wide-open affair, with both sides desperate for the game's second goal. After being bundled down 20 yards from goal, Swift dusted himself down to hit a free-kick - which Randolph tipped over. Then Pușcaș could only divert a left-footed volley over the frame of goal after good work on the byline from Richards.

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Randolph was the busier of the goalkeepers throughout - and João was the latest to be foiled in the 89th minute, as the goalkeeper flung a desperate hand to deny a deft headed equaliser. Moore suffered a similar fate soon after as he attacked a delivery.

If Méïté had been able to stretch far enough to tuck in Richards' cross in stoppage time, it would have resulted in a well-merited point for Reading. But the Royals had nothing to show for their efforts when the referee called time - not a fair reflection on the ebb and flow of the game.

Full-time: Middlesbrough 1-0 Reading

Middlesbrough: Randolph, Dijksteel, Bola (Ayala 68), Shotton, Fry (c), McNair, Johnson (Tavernier 90+3), Wing (Saville 86), Clayton, Assombalonga, Fletcher.
Unused subs: Browne, Malley, Walker, Pears.
Goal: Johnson (60).

Reading: Rafael, Yiadom, Morrison, Moore (c), McIntyre (João 66), Richards, Rinomhota (Pușcaș 66), Swift, Ejaria, Méïté, Boyé (Loader 84).
Unused subs: Virgínia, Blackett, Adam, Pelé.
Yellow: McIntyre, Boyé, Morrison.

Attendance: 19,414.

Referee: Mr R Jones

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