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Match Previews

🙌 Ahead of the game | Fans return for Forest!

Our preview of our meeting in RG2

4 December 2020

The moment we have all been waiting for. An emotional day… so much has changed in the world since we last had fans at Madejski Stadium, back in March against Sheffield United.

It’s a different world that we live in – but our supporters’ return is a huge day for us! Even with a limited-capacity crowd, it’s still a momentous occasion for everyone.

It’s not just the world that has changed, but the Royals too. Veljko Paunović took charge in the summer, and we’ve enjoyed a really positive start in his first 15 league games at the helm.

And now our fans will be able to see his team in action this Saturday… we’re looking forward to seeing you.

Watch it live

If you aren’t among the fans making the way to the stadium this Saturday, you can still see the game live on Sky Sports Football.

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We’re the TV pick for the 12.30pm kick-off, so tune in and follow the Royals.

If you’re not a Sky Sports subscriber, you can still catch the match by purchasing a Day Pass for NOW TV pass, giving you 24-hour access to all 11 Sky Sports channels.

Your safety

Upon the return to Madejski Stadium, your safety is absolutely top of the list. We want three points, we want a good performance, but more than any of that we want to ensure that our fans are safe and secure when they return to RG2.

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Club News

🧣 The Return | How we are making it safe for fans to come back

29 November 2020

Click here to find out more about measures that have been put in place and how you can play a role in keeping your fellow supporters safe, too. And keep your eyes on @ReadingFC for more safety information as we build up to the match.

The opposition

It’s been a tricky start to the new season for Forest. After missing out on the play-offs last season on the final day of the year, the hangover looked to be in full effect at the beginning of 2020-21 when they lost their first five games straight in all competitions – leading to the dismissal of Sabri Lamouchi.

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In stepped Chris Hughton – and an instant impact, with a 1-0 win away at Blackburn on his first game in charge, thanks to a stoppage-time goal by Joe Lolley.

But since then, they have only followed up with two more wins – coming three days apart against newly-promoted pair Coventry and Wycombe last month. But a goalless draw against Watford last time out shows that the East Midlands club can frustrate even the most potent attacks.

Pre-match chat

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Ref watch

Gavin Ward has been appointed as the referee; he was also in charge when we won 1-0 at home earlier in the campaign against Watford. His previous Royals game was last season when we won on penalties at Cardiff, in an entertaining encounter that had ended 3-3 after extra time.

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For Forest, there are less positive connotations… he was the man in the middle when they slumped to a 4-1 home defeat on the final game of the 2019-20 season, causing them to miss out on the play-off places.

Assisting Mr Ward are linesmen Daniel Leach and Adam Crysell, and fourth official Tim Robinson.

STAR’s programme notes

Supporters’ Trust at Reading have prepared some notes in the absence of a physical programme – click here to read their column on the STAR website.

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Match Reports

📓 Match report | Royals coast to victory over 10-man Forest to christen fans' return with win

All the action from this afternoon's encounter with Chris Hughton's men...

5 December 2020

The fans were back at Madejski Stadium to see Veljko Paunovic's men coast to a 2-0 win over 10-man Nottingham Forest this afternoon -a deserved victory on an emotional day for the club and its supporters.

To the welcome sound of home fans cheering them on, the Royals began brightly. Omar Richards' low ball into the middle wasn't cleared and Joao and Meite combined to tee up Rinomhota for a shot which was deflectes wide.

A minute later, Ejaria won a foul with some excellent footwork 22 yards out. Moore drove the set piece into the Forest wall, but Meite recycled it and forced a fine save from Samba as his swerving effort flew goalwards.

Rafael was called into action moments later though, saving from Taylor who had ghosted onto a deep freekick and volleyed the ball goalwards at the back post - the Brazilian keeper instinctively parrying on his goalline.

A quarter of an hour gone though, and the deadlock was broken. Andy Rinomhota won a free kick on the right, Olise delivered it into the box and Holmes got his head to the ball as Samba fumbled it. The ball was heading in and Yates clawed it off his goalline with his right hand. The Forest player was shown a red card, a penalty was awarded and Lucas Joao made no mistake. 1-0.

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It could so easily have been 2-0 three minutes later. Olise threaded a superb ball into an onside Meite who turned back onto his left boot and into some space but arrowed high and wide from a good position.

Reading were enjoying themselves. Ejaria took aim from 25 yards out but his effort was charged down, then Richards embarked on a jinking from inside from the left only for the danger to eventually be snuffed out for a corner.

Tom Holmes found himself in the opposition box once more and swept a right-footed effort wide of the right post as the hosts searched a second goal.

The visitors recovered some composure but a nice move from the Royals led to Richards dinking a cross into Olise who headed over and was flagged offside in the process.

Meite almost forced an error from Samba when he bullied his way down the right flank and drilled a low ball towards goal when everyone expected a cross. Samba was down well to save it at the second attempt on his goalline.

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In injury time, twice Reading nearly scored their second. Laurent found Meite's run with a threaded pass but yhe forward's low drive was deflected wide. Then a short corner worked its way out to Moore 25 yards out. He drilled it low into a crowded box and it ricocheted off a Reading boot and skidded side.

Half-time: Reading 1-0 Nottingham Forest


Forest brought on Figueiredo at the break, but it was Reading who were looking to score next. Richards looked to cross into Joao but an outstretched Forest boot intercepted it before it could reach the firing frontman in the middle.

Samba then shovelled an Olise shot wide of the left upright and Ejaria won a corner with a weaving run into the box along the byline. And from that corner Veljko Paunovic's men did get the second goal - Olise delivering the ball and Morrison rising high to head past Samba.

Reading wanted more. Figueiredo was chased back and back with the ball and his clearance was so nearly cut out by Joao, who got a touch to it but watched as the ball bobbled just wide of the goal.

Samba backed off to let Meite run onto a ball down the right side of the box next. He waited for support and teed up Ejaria who shot on the slide but saw his effort deflect wide for a goal kick.

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Holmes crossed looking for Joao but he couldn't keep his header down under pressure from two defenders inside the Forest area.

Some quite preposterous skill from Ejaria on the ball saw him tee up Holmes for a shot but his effort flew off a Forest leg and wide for a corner.

Meite had the ball in the net when he glanced home a free kick, but the referee had blown just as the set piece was taken to enable him to talk to players pushing inside the box.

The Royals were keeping possession well and seeing out the final stages comfortably, nearly adding to their tally when Aluko crossed to the near post and Baldock stabbed just wide with a sliding leg.

But victory was ours and deservedly so. Reading were victorious on the fans' return.

Full-time: Reading 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Reading: Rafael, Holmes, Richards (Gibson 85), Moore (c), Morrison, Rinomhota, Laurent, Olise (Aluko 81), Meite (Semedo 74), Ejaria (Esteves 81), Joao (Baldock 86).
Unused subs: Southwood, McIntyre, Tetek, Onen.
Yellow: Richards
Goals: Joao 15, Morrison 53

Nottingham Forest: Samba, Worrall (c), Ribeiro, McKenna (Figueiredo HT), Christie, Yates, Arter (Sow 60), Cafu, Taylor (Swan 71), Knockaert (Ameobi 60), Lolley.
Unused subs: Smith, Jenkinson, Ioannou, Guerrero, Dawson.
Yellow: Cafu
Red: Yates

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Ticket News

🎫 Ticket info: Reading vs Nottingham Forest

Info for our first game back with fans

1 December 2020

We have a capacity of 2,000 tickets for our home fixture against Nottingham Forest on Saturday 5th December (12.30pm), as per Tier 2 restrictions.

On-sale dates

Tickets will be made available to supporters on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 1st December, 10am: Renewing ST holders who paid their deposit by Oct 2nd deadline, with 4,100+ points
  • Wednesday 2nd December, 10am: Renewing ST holders who paid their deposit by Oct 2nd deadline, with 3,000+ points
  • Wednesday 2nd December, 2pm: All renewing ST holders who paid their deposit by Oct 2nd deadline

Ticket prices

East Stand only Price per game for 2020-21 ST holders
Adult £16.30
65 & Over £10
18-24 £5.65
17 & Under £4.30
12 & Under £2.57

How to buy

* We would strongly encourage supporters to buy online wherever possible

Full information

We have put together full information about our returning fixtures – which includes parking, getting hold of your physical ticket, and other important information. Click here to read.

Supporter safety

Your safety is paramount as we return to RG2 for this fixture. Click here to read more about how we’re making Madejski Stadium ready for our supporters.

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