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McCarthy to get 90; Guthrie misses out

29 July 2014

Royals ready for Stevenage trip

Nigel Adkins will use tonight's game at Stevenage to make further progress in our pre-season schedule.

We travel to Hertfordshire for our fourth pre-season friendly, kick off 7:30pm, and a number of players will get 90 minutes, including goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who sat out Saturday's game at Wycombe as Adam Federici got his chance between the sticks.

Danny Guthrie is nursing an injury so again misses out as a precaution. Danny Williams, Garath McCleary and Jem Karacan are also out.

With our Under 21s also in action at Hemel Hempstead this evening, there are good opportunities for our players to progress their pre-season work. The likes of Craig Tanner, Aaron Tshibola, Aaron Kuhl and Pierce Sweeney will all play in that fixture. Niall Keown has been out injured for some time and is a few weeks away now.

Looking ahead to tonight, Adkins said, "The players got 75 minutes on Saturday, and we'll get more game time tonight.

"We'll be looking to get 90 minutes under peoples' belts across the two fixtures at Stevenage and Hemel.

"Then it's Swansea on Saturday, we're improving the game time, we know it's a schedule that works, a periodised training programme and we're looking positive.

"We've got a group of players all pulling in the same direction. The players are working so hard, every day the workrate is exceptional, striving to improve. It's exciting."

Tickets
If you can make it to the Lamex Stadium, our supporters' allocation will be in the South Stand and the capacity is 1,392. Tickets are available on the turnstiles. Reading fans in the South Stand (seats) need to enter through Gates 17-19.

Prices:
Adults - £15
Concessions (Armed Forces/+60 /U22s) - £12
U18s - £10
U12 - £5

Free parking
Free match day parking for 500 cars is available to fans at Fairlands Valley car park to the north of the ground. Fans will also be able to park in the Roaring Meg retail park for free on Tuesday night games following the recent announcement of a new trial.

Parking is available in nearby residential streets but we ask fans to be considerate with their parking and not to block driveways and cause inconvenience for local residents

Please do not park on the grass verges alongside the A602 as your vehicle is likely to be ticketed by the local authorities.

More info
There is much more information available in Stevenage's excellent official matchday FAQ for tonight's fixture.

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