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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Blackburn back in RG2

A look forward to a return to Madejski Stadium

21 September 2019

For the first time in three weeks, we have a home fixture at Madejski Stadium – Blackburn Rovers provide the opposition on Saturday in RG2.

Reading vs Blackburn Rovers
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 21st September 2019
Madejski Stadium

Under the guidance of Tony Mowbray, the Lancashire side have been quietly going about their business. After a 15th place finish last term, following their promotion back to the second tier, they have made a solid start to the new campaign.

Two defeats from their first two looked concerning, but wins since against Middlesbrough, Hull City and Millwall have propelled Rovers into mid-table.

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Four clean-sheets from seven Championship outings suggest that the Lancashire side are a tough team to break down, too – so our boys will need to be on their mettle to leave with a victory this weekend.

We go into the game on the back of a defeat at Middlesbrough last time out – not the result we wished for, but a fine performance merited much more. This weekend, we’re hoping for the same kind of display but a better points-haul to show for it.

Pre-match chat

José Gomes: "They have a very good dynamic. Blackburn are playing very well, mixing youth energy with quality experienced players. We just need to keep our focus and do the things we can do properly. I'm sure we'll get good things in Saturday's game.”

Tom McIntyre: “Blackburn will be a direct team in some of the way that they plan, but we don’t need to worry about how they play too much. We will stick to our methods – try to play out from the back with some nice football, and hopefully get some goals this weekend.”

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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There is a debut at Madejski Stadium for The Butty Bar this weekend - the latest in Blue Collar's matchday offerings for supporters at home games.

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.

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 | Rovers return with all three points

Quickfire goals early in each half earned Blackburn victory on the road this afternoon

21 September 2019

Tony Mowbray's men earned victory at a sun-drenched Madejski Stadium this afternoon courtesy of goals from Adam Armstrong and Bradley Dack - John Swift's reply not enough to earn a lacklustre Reading anything from the encounter.

The pre-match preamble had all been about the return of Jordan Obita after nearly two years out from league football, but Blackburn were focused on attack from the off and a floated Dack free kick was glanced harmlessly wide of the far post by Sam Gallagher early in proceedings.

And with only seven minutes on the clock, Adam Armstrong broke the deadlock. A pulled back cross from the right found the Rovers midfielder and he had time to control the ball before brilliantly picking out the top right corner to give the visitors the lead.

Reading looked to respond quickly and Pușcaș combined well with Yiadom to collect a one-two and race into the Rovers box from the right side. He whipped a shot towards goal from a difficult angle and it sailed just over the bar with Christian Walton flailing an arm at it to make sure it wasn't going to dip under his crossbar.

Gallagher had an opportunity to make it 2-0 just after the quarter hour mark, cutting onto his right foot to fizz a shot just over the bar from the edge of the Reading area.

Rafael got behind a low drive from Stewart Downing ten minutes later, denying the man who scored the first ever Premier League goal at Madejski Stadium from a narrow angle.

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Blackburn were playing a high-tempo game, full of energy and Reading were not able to to contol possession or find any sort of fluency. Obita charged down the left and crossed low, looking for Pușcaș but it was calmly cut out, then Joao had an effort charged down before seeing appeals for a penalty waved away as he tumbled in a crowded box as he looked to swoop on an uncleared Pușcaș pull back.

As the half neared an end, Reading began to build a little pressure. Joao and Ejaria combining but the latter unable to find Swift with his throughball, then Pelé driving at goal from 25 yards out but arrowing over.

Liam Moore even took aim, darting forward and sweetly striking his shot that whistled wide of the right post from range. But the Royals went in behind at the break.

Half-time: Reading 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

The second half couldn't have started much worse. A second goal for the visitors came via a break down the left. The low cross was squared, McIntyre did just enough to repel the advances of Dack, but the playmayer recovered the ball and shot on the pivot - the ball taking a deflection off McIntyre to sent it bobbling wide of a wrongfooted Rafael.

Yiadom jinked his way into the box at the other end and won a corner as the ball was taken off his toes just as he was about to take aim. Swift's near post delivery was sliced by a clearing Rovers defender and the ball flashed across goal and away to safety.

And Reading came even closer to beating Walton soon after; Yiadom's bursting run down the right saw the ball fall to Swift who swept a first time effort past the Rovers keeper and against the inside of the left upright.

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Next, Pușcaș was played in but Walton calmly saved his driven right-footed effort from a difficult position. 

The hosts did, however pull one back before the hour. Again Yiadom provided the impetus and a ball cut back to Ejaria saw the midfielder shoot but his effort was charged down. It fell back to Swift on the edge of the box who picked out the bottom corner brilliantly to make it 1-2.

McIntyre had made way for Méïté before Morrison was forced off with a knock - allowing Tyler Blackett a return from injury and his first involvement of 2019-20.

Ejaria skipped through the Rovers defence quite superbly but saw his shot from the edge of the box charged down. Yiadom recycled it on the right but Swift's low cut back was arrowed high over the bar by Méïté.

Rovers continued to pose a threat and Holtby found a nice ball into Gallagher in space - but good covering from Moore saw the ball out for a corner before he could pull the trigger. Holtby himself could have put the reult beyond doubt when Dack fed his late run into the box - but the substitute couldn't hit the target.

A little magic from Ejaria allowed Joao to stride forward into the Rovers area but his throughball towards Puscas was just cut out by the last Blackburn defender and a chance went begging.

The visitors were becoming a big ragged as we entered the final ten minutes and Ejaria picked out Yiadom on the right who cut inside to drive wide of the target. And time was beginning to run out for the Royals.

Yiadom delivered a cross into the box that Puscas got his head to, glancing a downward header just wide of the bottom left corner.

Five minutes of injury time were signalled but Blackburn kept the ball very well to take the sting out of the final throes and left the Madejski with all three points.

Deep in injury time a Swift set piece was floated into the box and Moore met it, but Walton was equal to it, saving it low to his right in what was the last chance of the game.

Full-time: Reading 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Reading: Rafael, Yiadom, Obita, Morrison (Blackett 65), Moore (c), McIntyre (Méïté 57), Pelé, Swift, Ejaria, Pușcaș, Joao (Boyé 87).
Unused subs: Virgínia, Richards, Adam, Rinomhota.
Yellow: Yiadom. Morrison.
Goals: Swift 57

Blackburn Rovers: Walton, Williams, Cunningham, Armstrong (Holtby 70), Gallagher (Graham 77), Downing, Dack, Lenihan, Travis, Evans (Johnson 73), Bennett (c).
Unused subs: Leutwiler, Nyambe, Bell, Buckley
Yellow: Graham
Goals: Armstrong 8, Dack 48

Attendance: 16,906 (990 away)

Referee: Mr M Donohue

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