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As it happened | Reading 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Recap of the action from RG2

1 September 2018


  • Adam Reach opens scoring for Wednesday in 12th minute
  • Lucas Joao doubles the lead just after the break
  • Liam Moore pulls one back for the Royals
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Updated at 16:54 (UK)


FULL TIME | Reading 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Liam Moore grabbed one back, but goals either side of the break by Adam Reach and Lucas Joao condemn the Royals to defeat in RG2.


A good opportunity for Marc McNulty... and a good save to keep the Owls' lead intact.

The Scotsman steadied himself as he received on the edge of a crowded area and smashed at goal - Dawson held well.


FIVE added minutes signalled by the fourth official. Still time to get back level...


Second Wednesday sub. Steven Fletcher replaces Lucas Joao. Still 2-1 in favour of the visitors here...


A foul by Josh Sims results in his name being taken.


Shouts for hand-ball as it strikes Bannan in the Owls' box... not given!

Sims' cross from the left gave problems to the Wednesday defence and it seemed to hit the midfield man on the arm, but the ref isn't interested.


This time it's Baldock who goes close. Steps inside as the Royals build up neatly but shoots over, from just outside the area.


What a cross-field ball by Marc McNulty - he spots Kelly pulling wide to the right and flights in a lovely ball.

Kelly controls in the area but gets tackled just as he's ready to pull the trigger!


Sub for the Owls - their first change.

Fernando Forestieri replaces Marco Matias.


A chance for Wednesday to kill off the game - but Penney can't convert.

Up from full-back, he's threaded in down the left and fires goalwards... Gunter's in the way to block behind.


Royals really pushing for that leveller but Wednesday holding firm.

A corner is cleared; Kelly strafes in from deep as he collects, and it's just out of Ilori's reach on the stretch...


Sam Baldock putting in a shift for the Royals.


Sims wins a free-kick just outside the area, wide on the left - his quick feet causing issues to the Wednesday rearguard.

Bacuna steps up to take it, but fires over the bar.  Not quite enough dip to trouble Dawson.


Bit of an extended break in play, as Wednesday man Marco Matias receives treatment.  The clock is ticking away, but it'll be added on at the end.



Royals pull it back to 2-1 - Liam Moore rises to meet Leandro Bacuna's corner and cuts the deficit in half!

Around 25 minutes remaining and Reading are back with a goal...


Two of the subs trying to make an impact - McNulty first charges through and gets wiped out, but the ref allows play to go on as Sims picks up.

He shoots, but it deflects off target. Royals have a corner.


Triple sub - three changes as Paul Clement tries to mix things up and get back into the game.

Off come Meyler, Aluko and Barrow.

On come Liam Kelly, Josh Sims and Marc McNulty.


Top stop from Mannone - keeps out Nuhiu, who drilled from a tight angle.

The Owls flooded the box quickly and Joao's trickery opened things up.  The goalkeeper keeps Reading within two.


A quick series of give-and-goes by Adam Reach, linking up with the forward line, and the Wednesday man gets into the area.

Royals skipper Moore steps over and clears - doesn't risk leaving it for the goalkeeper with Reach looking to nip it away.


An opportunity to get back within one as Aluko wins a foul on the left, just outside the area.

Bacuna drills goalwards from the free-kick but Dawson punches away.


2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday - just seconds after the restart.

A lay-off to Lucas Joao and the forward smashes just inside the far post, from just outside the area.


Back underway - Sheffield Wednesday restart the match.


Teams are out the tunnel again - second half will be kicking off imminently...

No signs of any subs for either team at the break.


HALF-TIME | Reading 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Adam Reach's 12th-minute goal the difference after 45 minutes. The Royals are working hard and almost went in level through Barrow, who had a late chance.  But they'll chase a deficit when we kick off again in 15 minutes' time.


Great chance to go in level - but Barrow is denied by Dawson!

It wasn't quite a one-on-one - as the Gambian had a defender on his heels the whole time - but he was racing through onto a little flick by Baldock.  Tried to make an angle for himself but the stopper covered well and blocked behind.


Almost an opportunity for a second for Wednesday - Nuhiu makes the initial flick-on and the Joao gets an effort away, but the Royals have bodies back to block.


Into the final five minutes of the first half, and the Owls still sitting on their 1-0 lead - Adam Reach with the only goal so far.


Wonderful cross-field ball by Ilori finds Yiadom high on the left - and the full-back controls well and shimmies into space. 

A left-footed cross is snaffled away by the defence and cleared from danger, as another opportunity is quashed.  Royals still trailing 1-0.


So close to the equaliser... just off target by Meyler!

It was Bacuna who sent over a delightful free-kick from the right byline, after Gunter has been chopped down by Matias. Met with a glancing header... just past the far post. Agonising.


Wednesday clear downfield, and Yiadom recycles first time with a volleyed ball forward into the Owls' box...

Baldock tries to control but his touch is a smidgen too heavy as it falls from the sky - allowing goalie Dawson to collect.


Confirmation that Matt Penney picked up a booking for the Owls a few minutes ago. A badly timed tackle on Sone Aluko meant he is the first name in the book.


Wonderful bit of control by Baldock in the Wednesday box as Meyler plays the ball in; it's just hacked away as he tries to spin into space.

Royals probing and looking for the equalising goal...


Royals looking for the instant reply. Gunter played in down the right and delivers a teasing cross from the byline.

Baldock ducks out the way to leave for Meite... the Ivorian controls but can't get his shot away and the danger is cleared.


Goal - Sheffield Wednesday lead 1-0, as Adam Reach sweeps home from the edge of the area.

Well worked by the Owls on the left and a ball rolled across the 18-yard box is tucked in, past Mannone's dive.


Royals putting together some nice moves - Meite's ball in was just taken off the head of Baldock, and Barrow has a cross blocked as he gets down the left.

But no goals to talk of at this stage.


Raking ball from deep by Bannon is weighted perfectly for Lucas Joao - he brings it down well just outside the area.

Stinging drive from the striker - tipped over by Mannone!


The Royals free-kick is cleared, but Meite picks up on the right.

Barrow pulls out to the flank, making space for Meite to drive into the middle, but he gets under his strike and it's high into the stands.


Early opportunity to swing in a free-kick - it was Andy Yiadom's work down the left that earned the chance as he won a free-kick near the touchline.


Sone Aluko gets the game started.

We're kicking towards the South Stand. Come on URZ!


Handshakes, pre-match snaps, coin toss... formalities underway.

Kick-off coming in a few moments!


The teams make their way out of the tunnel... come on URRZZZZ!


This afternoon's skipper Liam Moore making his way out for the warm-up a little earlier...

... but right now, he's back in the dressing room receiving final instructions from manager Paul Clement.  Kick-off just a few minutes away.


The players are back in the changing room and getting set for kick-off here.

Just 10 minutes until we're underway in RG2!


Warm-ups underway at Madejski Stadium... just over half an hour to go before we get going.


Our grounds staff getting the goals in place a little earlier, in preparation for our 3pm kick-off!

The teams will begin warming up soon...


TEAM NEWS | Here’s the team to take on the Owls today…

Reading: Mannone, Gunter, Yiadom, Moore (c), Ilori, Meyler, Bacuna, Barrow, Aluko, Meite, Baldock.
Subs: Walker, McShane, Swift, Sims, Blackett, McNulty, Kelly.

Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson, Palmer, Pelupessy, Bannan, Thorniley, Lees (c), Nuhiu, Joao, Matias, Reach, Penney.
Subs: Wildsmith, Fox, Fletcher, Hutchinson, Baker, Lee, Forestieri.


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Less than 20 minutes until the team news is released!

Madejski Stadium looking lovely in the sunshine...


We're welcoming Sheffield Wednesday to RG2 this afternoon!

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