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Clipping the Seagulls’ wings at Madejski Stadium

29 October 2015

Our past meetings with Brighton on home turf

Since we moved to Madejski Stadium, Brighton & Hove Albion have visited seven times – and only escaped with all three points on one occasion.  Meanwhile, we have taken four wins in that time – including some particularly memorable ones!

The visitors’ sole win came on their second visit – Jamie Cureton’s 84th-minute strike gave us some home, but earlier goals by Paul Brooker and Paul Kitson sealed the win for the Seagulls.

We’ve had a couple of goalless draws here, in 2002 and 2013 (first-half dismissals for Pavel Pogrebnyak and Leonardo Ulloa provided the major talking points in the latter).  But we take the opportunity to reflect on those afternoons to remember against Brighton, who visit again on Saturday…

Reading 2-1 Brighton
Tuesday 10th March 2015

The Seagulls last arrived in Berkshire in the hope of leapfrogging the Royals in the Sky Bet Championship table – going into the home stretch of the season, both sides had a reasonable buffer ahead of those sides in the relegation places, but three points for either would have been welcomed to settle any nerves.  It was the Royals’ last game ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Bradford at Madejski Stadium.

And it was the home side who went in front midway inside the first half – David Stockdale’s weak clearance was mopped up by Hope Akpan, who released Jamie Mackie to fire in an opener.  Chris O’Grady levelled from the spot when Emmanuel Ledesma drew a foul in the box early in the second period, but parity lasted just three minutes as Mackie cut in off the right to fire in a game-settling second.

Reading 3-0 Brighton
Monday 26th December 2011

Our Boxing Day clash with the Seagulls four years ago took us to the halfway point of the 2011/12 campaign – and a third league win on the spin came at Brighton’s expense, and put the Royals into a play-off spot for the first time since August – and ultimately it prompted the climb to the top of the table in the latter half of the season.

Jobi McAnuff got the Royals up and running as early as the 17th minute – Jimmy Kebe was the provider, as his low cross was swept in by the Jamaican midfielder.  On the stroke of half-time, McAnuff grabbed his and Reading’s second as he cut inside to fire past Casper Ankergren in the Brighton net.  And shortly before the final whistle sounded, the victory was sealed as Adam El-Abd turned Kebe’s delivery into his own net.

Reading 5-1 Brighton
Saturday 10th December 2005

Only a few teams left Madejski Stadium with anything to show for their troubles in the 2005/06 season – and Brighton weren’t one of them.  And in truth, they didn’t do themselves many favours that afternoon – Seagulls captain Charlie Oatway turned into his own net for the first goal of the game, and shortly after the restart, defender Gary Elphick received a second yellow and his marching orders.

Dave Kitson opened the margin from the penalty spot, and netted Reading’s third as the game entered the final 20 minutes.  Stephen Hunt netted number four – Colin Kazim-Richards looked like he would have the last say as the Seagulls grabbed a late consolation, but Kitson sealed a hat-trick in stoppage time to help Reading to a seventh straight victory.

Reading 3-2 Brighton
Saturday 7th August 2004

Managers Steve Coppell and Mark McGhee were pitting their wits against their former clubs on the opening day of the 2004/05 season – and it was certainly a spectacle.  The very first goal of the new campaign came after just 19 seconds, as Seagulls summer signing Maheta Molango caught Glen Little in possession.  But in the following minute, Dave Kitson volleyed in from Nicky Forster’s cushioned header to equalise.

On the stroke of half-time, Forster again turned provider as he teed up James Harper to drill low into the bottom corner, before he grabbed a goal of his own as he shook off the challenge of Dan Harding before rifling past Michel Kuipers.  Brighton clawed one back soon after as Jake Robinson finished crisply from close-range – however the closest they came to levelling was when Nathan Jones whipped a free-kick just past Marcus Hahnemann’s post as the Royals held on for the points.

We’re aiming to make it a fifth Madejski Stadium win against the Seagulls this Saturday by becoming the first team to defeat Brighton in the Championship this season.  Will you be there to get behind us?  Click here to find out more about tickets, including how to buy and full pricing info.

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