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🔜 Ahead of the game | Wednesday the weekend's guests as Owls visit Berkshire

Royals play host to Darren Moore's second game in charge of South Yorkshire outfit

5 March 2021

The Royals will be hoping to make it three league victories on the spin for the first time since October this weekend, however that will be a far from easy feat as a Sheffield Wednesday side, who will be fighting for their lives travel to Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Darren Moore's first game in charge of the Hillsborough outfit was far from a perfect start as they fell to defeat in a local derby, meaning the former-Doncaster Rovers boss will be keen to see a reaction from his side when they make the 360-mile round trip to RG2.

Veljko Paunović's men meanwhile are high in confidence, bouyed by consecutive clean sheets and hoping to push that momentum onwards to their meeting with 23rd placed Wednesday, against whom they earnt a point against earlier in the campaign.

How to watch

Saturday's meeting with the The Owls is available for supporters to watch via iFollow.

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Royals supporters can grab their Match Pass to watch proceedings unfold, by clicking here ahead of our 3pm kick-off.

The opposition

Staying in the division was always going to be a tough task for Wednesday who began the season with a 12 point deduction, but having battled so well to climb away from the drop, just one win from seven has seen them fall back into trouble with 11 games to play.

Just a week ago, Wednesday made it four managers for the season as they cherrypicked Moore from League One side Doncaster Rovers in a bid to reignite their season and their fight for survival. 

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Last time out, in Moore's first game in charge, Wednesday fell to an agonising 2-1 defeat against fellow strugglers Rotherham United as Millers striker Freddie Ladapo struck a 96th minute winner to condemn Wednesday to a fifth straight defeat.

Wednesday's last win came in early February as they edged past bottom side Wycombe Wanderers in a 2-0 win. During January, the Owls boosted their hopes of beating the drop by adding free agents Andre Green and former defender Sam Hutchinson to their ranks.

One to watch: Josh Windass

Following a successful nine-game long loan spell at Hillsborough, attacking-midfielder Windass bought to an end to a two-year stint with Wigan Athletic when he signed for Wednesday on a permanent basis in September 2020.

The Hull-born 27-year-old who is the son of former Hull City striker Dean, has six goals to his name this season, one less than Owls top scorer Callum Paterson. He most recently struck twice during Wednesday's 3-2 defeat to Luton Town.

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After 10 years in Huddersfield Town's academy, Windass got his break in the Football League with Accrington Stanley, where in three seasons he netted 23 times in 86 Stanley appearances. His form at the Wham Stadium earnt him a move to Scottish giants Rangers where again he proved a success. 

Windass scored 18 goals in 41 games for the Gers during the 2017/18 Scottish Premiership campaign. During the week, Windass started Moore's maiden game in charge but was unable to prevent them falling to defeat as they slipped to within seven points of safety.

Pre-match chat

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Head-to-head

The Royals have won just four of their last 16 meetings with Wednesday, but are unbeaten in their last two outings against the Owls. 

Last time the two sides met, the 1-1 draw at Hillsborough in early December was remembered mainly for the numerous Reading penalty claims waved away, rather than the match itself, during which Lucas João struck against his former club.

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Our last win over Wednesday came in February 2020, as we recorded a resounding 3-0 victory in South Yorkshire thanks to goals from forwards Yakou Méïté, George Pușcaș and Sam Baldock.

Reading have won 11 and drawn seven of a total 30 meetings between the teams, dating back to our first clash in January 1929, which the Royals won 1-0.

Ref watch

James Linington will be the man in the middle come Saturday afternoon, for what will be his second Reading game of the season.

Linington has already taken charge of one Royals fixtures this season, as he officiated during our 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth at the end of January, during John Swift was the only Reading player carded.

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Nigel Lugg and George Byrne will assist Linington in RG2 this weekend, while Benjamin Speedie will be the fourth official on this occasion.

During Linington's 22 league games to date, he has brandished 51 yellow cards and four additional red cards.

Notes from STAR

Supporters' Trust at Reading have put together their 'programme notes' ahead of the game, which you can access by clicking here.

Reminder

A polite reminder to our supporters that no unauthorised access will be permitted to this game, so supporters must not travel to Madejski Stadium.

We can’t wait to see you all again soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.

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📝 Match Report | Royals stroll to comfortable home win over Owls

Goals from Olise, Joao and Yiadom earn Reading a comprehensive home win against ten man Wednesday

6 March 2021

The Royals cantered to a comprehensive victory over a Wednesday side who were reduced to ten men in the first half, thanks to George Puscas' run in behind that forced Julian Borner to drag him down. Michael Olise made no mistake from the spot and Lucas Joao and Andy Yiadom added second half strikes to seal victory.

Reading began brightly, keeping possession well and building attacks patiently; the first shot at goal came from the right boot of Semedo but it flew off the body of a Wednesday player and looped over the crossbar for a corner.

Semedo threatened again when a low Richards cross was scuffed into his path and he drove a fierce effort at goal only for it to be charged down. Appeals for a hand in the process were dismissed.

With a quarter of an hour played, the Owls nearly took the lead against the run of play - a deep corner from the left was headed goalwards by Tom Lees but it cannoned into the crossbar and to safety.

Joe Wildsmith had to be sure with his handling when a low ball came in to Joao on the edge of the box and he left it to run for Puscas. The Romanian wrapped a right boot around it but his shot was straight at the Wednesday keeper.

Just before the half hour though, Reading took the lead. Puscas nicked the ball away from Borner at the back and scampered into the Owls box, bearing down on Wildsmith. Borner dragged him back inside the box, the referee promptly pointed to the penalty spot and showed a red card to the Wednesday defender.

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stepped up and smashed the spotkick past the visiting keeper to make it 1-0 and Reading had the advantage.

McIntyre picked out Puscas with a dinked cross but the striker couldn't generate enough power on his header to trouble the keeper. Then Puscas turned provider, threadingh a ball into Joao but the keeper was out quickly to smother the ball ahead of the former Owls striker.

A mistake by Laurent allowed Paterson to power forward and he was brought down by Moore in a dangerous position just outside the area. Windass aimed it goalwards but it ricocheted into a Wednesday player and fell to safety without troubling Rafael.

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Laurent madea  good interception at the other end moments later, allowinfg Puscas to tee up Olise for a shot, but he skied his effort high over the bar from 15 yards out.

Reading were looking for a second that would put them firmly in the box seat and Yiadom slid in to squeeze a low cross in from the byline and win a corner. From that corner, Moore rose to connect with Olise's delivery but his downward header was easy for Wildsmith to collect on the bounce.

Half-time: Reading 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

The Royals looked to start the second half with a bang and Yiadom cut the ball back for Laurent to take aim - his deflected shot skidded into the palms of Wildsmith though in the opening minute of the second period.

Twice Reading came close soon after. First, Richards' run down the left led to a low cross which Urhoghide so nearly turned into his own goal with a sliced clearance that dribbled just wide. Then, from the corner, Joao produced a clever first time flick at the near post that whistled past Wildsmith, glanced the top of the crossbar and went over.

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Joao connected with another Olise cross from the left, this one in open play. And his volley, though sweetly struck, thundered wide of the left upright and into the advertising boards to the striker's anguish.

On the hour, Laurent fed a pass into the feet of Holmes who fizzed a low left-footed effort across the Wednesday goal and just wide of the right post.

But the home side refused to take their foot off the pedal and former Wednesday man Lucas Joao got his goal when a lovely team move led to a second of the afternoon - Yiadom found in space on the right side of the box, cutting the ball back to Joao who firmly placed a shot wide of Wildsmith and into the bottom left corner.

Wednesday threw on Jack Marriott and Jordan Rhodes as they sought a goal that might reignite their hopes of getting something from the game - and Lees headed over the crossbar when he rose above Holmes to connect with a corner.

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Into the final ten minutes and Rhodes looked to latch onto a lovely cross from the right but Holmes did enough to muscle him out of contention. Marriot dragged a speculative shot wide moments later.

The points were Reading's though and Andy Yiadom put the cherry on the cake of a comfortable win when he arrowed a lovely right-footed shot past Wilsmith and into the bottom left corner for 3-0 late on.

There was still time for an Academy graduate to make his debut - Femi Azeez coming off the bench to replace Josh Laurent for three minutes if injury time.

A comfortable victory that earns us our ninth point within the space of a week.

Full-time: Reading 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Reading: Rafael, Yiadom (Esteves 90), Richards, Moore (c), Holmes, McIntyre, Laurent (Azeez 90), Semedo, Olise (Tetek 82), Puscas (Baldock 82), Joao (Aluko 66).
Ununsed subs: Southwood, East, Dorsett, Camara.
Yellow: Moore
Scorer: Olise pen 29, Joao 65, Yiadom 88

Sheffield Wednesday: Wildsmith, Palmer, Paterson (Rhodes 70), Hutchinson, Harris (Marriott 69), Bannan (Penney 32) Borner, Lees, Windass (Pelupessy 85), Urhoghide, Shaw.
Unused subs: Jackson, Reach, Dunkley, Brown, Kachunga.
Red: Borner

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