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Ahead of the game: A clash at the Cottage

2 December 2016

A preview of our visit to Fulham

After back to back home wins in the Championship, we’re back on the road again this weekend – and it’s just a short trip down the M4 to Fulham.

Few will need reminding of what happened last year when we visited the Cottage… a two-goal lead was turned on its head within a matter of minutes.

Not that that’s put anyone off.  Our fans are certainly up for it – over 3,000 are making the journey to West London.

And for Jaap Stam’s side, it’s a chance to keep up a winning run – we’ve taken maximum points from the past five games… can we make it half a dozen?

Advance tickets are available for this game until midday on Friday.  Tickets will also be available to buy at Craven Cottage, though these will be more expensive and within the mixed home/away supporters’ stand in the Putney End.

For full ticket information for this fixture, click here.

Supporters’ Trust at Reading (STAR) operate coach travel to all away fixtures – click here for more information.

Otherwise, take a look at the map below for travel news.

"This is a team that wants to graft, work hard and keep progressing. It’s a willing dressing room."

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) December 1, 2016

Jaap knows that Liam Moore will be a miss this weekend - but has trust in the quality of his squad. Read more:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) November 30, 2016

Hosts Fulham are odds on at 10/11 to take the three points according to Sky Bet, title Partners of EFL, while Reading are 14/5 for the victory and a draw is valued at 5/2.

Garath McCleary is our current top scorer and has four goals in his last four games… he’s priced 9/4 to bag another this weekend, while Dominic Samuel is 5/2 to net another after getting one on his full debut last week.

Oliver Langford, Saturday’s referee, was in charge when we visited West London earlier this season… it was a night to forget in Brentford though as the Royals were on the end of a 4-1 defeat.  The Midlands-based official also took charge of a Checkatrade Trophy meeting in Portsmouth as our youngsters took a bonus point after a 2-2 draw.

Dan Cook and Steven Meredith will run the lines as Mr Langford’s assistants, while Tim Robinson will man the technical area as fourth official.

We wish to politely reminder supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile.  Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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