It’s a 5.30pm kick-off against Norwich City this Saturday… and we’re looking to keep up an exemplary home record against the Canaries!
The Norfolk club won on each of their first two trips to Madejski Stadium in 2002 and 2004… but that late Phil Mulryne strike at the back end of the 2003/04 campaign was the last time the Canaries have struck a winning goal from their visits to RG2.
So let’s recap the half-a-dozen games which have followed, and how they have panned out…
Reading 3-1 Norwich City
Monday 26th December 2016
Last time out at home against the Canaries, it was a Boxing Day battle in Berkshire in which the Royals triumphed.
Yann Kermorgant rose above the crowd to head in John Swift’s free-kick in the first period, only for Nelson Oliveira to sweep in an equaliser after the break. However the visitors were reduced to ten men when Jonny Howson handled on the line… Kermorgant’s spot kick struck the bar but Garath McCleary headed in the equaliser. And with time ticking away, Callum Harriott leathered in a spectacular third for a terrific win!
Reading 2-1 Norwich City
Sunday 28th December 2014
Two years prior, it was another festive football fixture against the Norfolk side – and the same result for the Royals! We’d visited Brighton and been made to settle for a draw on Boxing Day, but we went one better two days later against the Canaries…
Michael Hector drew a foul in the area from Bradley Johnson, allowing Hal Robson-Kanu to convert a spot-kick midway through the first period. Then Simon Cox netted his eighth goal of the campaign as he converted a cross to put the Royals into a commanding position. Johnson went a bit of a way to making amends by grabbing a goal for Norwich 20 minutes from time; not enough to prevent Reading from claiming the points.
Reading 0-0 Norwich City
Saturday 10th November 2012
Our only ever top-tier meeting with the Canaries ended without either net rippling… at the time, it meant the Royals were still in search of a first win of the Premier League campaign.
In truth, neither goalkeeper had a lot to do that afternoon – John Ruddy denied Garath McCleary early on, and Jimmy Kebe’s cross rattled his bar later in the day, while Adam Federici was untested by Grant Holt and Sean Morrison as each saw headers fly wide.
Reading 3-3 Norwich City
Saturday 13th November 2010
The same result two years before… but quite a different affair indeed! Six goals shared between the teams, in a game when the Canaries had been in command. Russell Martin had put the visitors ahead via the underside of the bar, before Grant Holt nipped in an opportunistic second. Ian Harte halved the deficit three minutes later when he prodded in a loose ball from a corner, but it was only another three minutes before Chris Martin bent in an unstoppable free-kick.
However Holt saw a straight red on the cusp of half-time for a bad tackle on Harte… and that set Reading on course for a comeback. Noel Hunt squeezed in Reading’s second from a tight angle, and moments later Shane Long won a spot-kick, which he dusted himself off to convert. The spoils were shared.
Reading 2-0 Norwich City
Saturday 13th December 2008
This winter fixture looked like it would end with either set of strikers frozen out of the game. But a late rally by the Royals earned three points – albeit in some controversial circumstances!
Canaries gaffer Glenn Roeder was less than pleased that a hand-ball was awarded against Mark Fotheringham to give an 84th-minute penalty – that’s because he had been shunted in the back by Shane Long. Noel Hunt stepped up to convert, and two minutes later, Long glanced home James Henry’s delivery to seal a victory.
Reading 4-0 Norwich City
Tuesday 31st January 2006
The Canaries were one of many teams dispatched on our patch during that famous record-setting season – and it came on the back of a rare barren patch for the Royals, in which they hadn’t won in 90 minutes in three consecutive league and cup games.
Nicky Shorey and Steve Sidwell had each netted before the interval, while Leroy Lita and Bobby Convey scored after the break and ensured it was a comfortable afternoon at Norwich’s expense.