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🔜 Ahead of the game | A Berks-Bucks battle

Previewing our midweek meeting with Wycombe

19 October 2020

After our 500-mile round-trip from Reading to Middlesbrough on Saturday, now Wycombe make the short hop over to RG2 on Tuesday.

Just 20 miles divides the clubs, as the crow flies. Historically, there has been a chasm in the divisions too… that is until the Chairboys earned a place in the second tier for the first time in their history last summer.

But there’s a gulf opening up between the teams in the Sky Bet Championship in the early stages… the Royals are unbeaten, while Wycombe have been only-beaten. Despite some brave efforts, each of their five fixtures to date has ended in defeat.

As ever, there’s plenty of incentive for both teams to get the three points – so let’s hope that our positive record remains intact come the final whistle.

iFollow

Royals supporters based in the UK can get a Video Match Pass for £10, while overseas fans get a pass for the equivalent of £7 in your local currency.

There is also the option of getting audio commentary only, as well as packages available for international fans.

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Make sure you also get hold of the new EFL iFollow app if you want to watch on your iOS or Android device.

Get your iFollow Match Pass (or view other games available) by clicking here.

The opposition

Our opponents from across the border into Buckinghamshire arrive without a point to their name so far; not necessarily a fair reflection on the performances they have produced, however.

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Since beating our other neighbours Oxford in the play-off final in the summer, the closest they have come to beating any team was in their first outing - taking Brentford to penalties in the Carabao Cup. But they were beaten on spot-kicks and have lost each of their five Championship games in sequence since, with a 5-0 drubbing in Blackburn particularly noteworthy.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth has added a few names to the roster over the summer, but it was Scott Kashket - who joined Wycombe in their League Two days - who netted their first ever Championship goal on Saturday; ultimately it counted for little as Millwall overturned the deficit at Adams Park.

Pre-match chat

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Ref watch

Andy Davies is the man in the middle - he has been referee for five games so far this season, and has already brandished the red card on three occasions.

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He took charge of three of our fixtures last year - our 3-0 home win against Cardiff, our 1-1 draw in RG2 with Hull, and finally our 3-1 victory at St Andrew's when we beat Birmingham in our final outing before lockdown. The only time he took charge of a Chairboys game last season was when they lost 4-0 in Sunderland.

Michael George and George Byrne will assist the referee as linesmen, while James Linington is fourth official.

Reminder

A polite reminder to all of our supporters that no unauthorised access at all will be permitted to any of our home or away fixtures while games remain behind closed doors, so supporters must not travel to stadia on matchdays. All supporters have the opportunity to watch via iFollow.

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

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Match Reports

📰 Match report | Joao strikes to earn Royals win over Wycombe

A fiery encounter endwed with just one goal separating the sides - and Reading took all three points against their near neighbours

20 October 2020

Lucas Joao's superbly taken second half finish earned the Royals a home win over Wycombe Wanderers this evening in another fiercely contested Championship battle.

Having earned a point from a physical battle on Teesside at the weekend, it was clear that Reading were in for another tough tussle against the Chairboys who harried their hosts from the off.

And Alex Samuel had the first shot at goal, a tame right-footed hook from a cross that came into the box from the right - Rafael gathering it in comfortably on the bounce.

Olise and Richards combined at the other end, the latter pulling a low ball back into the Wanderers box but the visitors cleared the danger with ease.

A jinking run from Kashket earned Bloomfield a sight of goal but he dragged his shot wide of the bottom right corner. Wycombe had started brightly.

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Reading began to get a foothold and Ejaria tumbled inside the box as he looked to find a cross - penalty appeals were swiftly waved away.

But it was the away side who looked the livelier, Bloomfield arrowing an effort over from the edge of the area with five minutes of the first half remaining.

Yet it was Reading who should have gone into the break a goal to the good. Richards recycled a cleared corner and found Ejaria on the left. He swung a cross into the middle where Meite had lost his man and was bearing down on the ball, but he miscued his header completely and the ball skimmed beyond the right post to Wycombe's relief.


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Half-time: Reading 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

Meite did test the keeper with a low drilled cross-shot from the right side that Allsop did well to parry to safety early in the second half.

Reading were playing much more fluently and Alfa Semedo and Tomas Esteves were brought on just before the hour - Semedo's first offering was to latch onto a Joao header and burst goalwards down the left, Esteves too embarking on a promising run down the other flank with his first contribution.

That move ended with Ejaria taking aim, but he dragged his right-footed effort wide of the bottom left corner. 

But fired up at half-time, Reading were playing faster more precise, intense football and it paid off.

A long aerial ball from Moore was chased by Joao who brilliantly brought the ball down with his chest, before turning inside two defenders and arrowing low past Allsop with a sweetly struck right-footed effort.

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Gareth Ainsworth immediately made two attacking changes, but after some lovely work from Semedo, Ejaria forced the Wycombe keeper to palm clear a low driven effort from a narrowing angle.

A brave header from Richards helped see of the threat of a cross from left that looked to find Horgan.

Pauno's men were looking to take advantage of any gaps appearing as Wycombe pressed for an equaliser and Ejaria's low cross had to be turned behind for a corner with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Wycombe weren't done yet though and began to throw the kitchen sink at a Royals defence that has been virtually impenetrable all season so far.

A burst from Rinomhota took him into the Wycombe box but his cross ricocheted back off him following a defensive block and behind for a goal kick.

Then substitute Fred Onyedinma collected the ball from a Moore headed clearance but arrowed over the crossbar on the turn from 15 yards out.

And at the start of five minutes of injury time, Onyedinma came even closer to a leveller. His snapshot was heading into the bottom corner before the outstretched arm of Rafael palmed it wide.

But the Royals defended resolutely once more and another clean sheet remained in tact to take them top of the table.

Full-time: Reading 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers

Reading: Rafael, Holmes (Esteves 57), Richards, Moore (c), Morrison, Rinomhota, Laurent, Olise (McIntyre 89), Ejaria, Méïté (Semedo 57), João.
Unused subs: Southwood, Gibson, Aluko, Puscas.
Yellow: Joao, Rinomhota.
Goals: Joao (63)

Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Jacobson, Stewart, Bloomfield (Mehmeti 80), Kashket (Onyedinma 64), Knight, Horgan, Thompson, Adeniran, Samuel (Akinfenwa 68).
Unused subs: Stockdale, Wheeler, Charles, Freeman.

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