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As it happened | Reading 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

Blow-by-blow account from Madejski Stadium

22 April 2019


  • Royals facing West Brom on Easter Monday
  • Royals could secure safety with win
  • Reading lose Oliveira and Méïté to early injuries
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Updated at 16:59 (UK)


Six points clear of relegation, two games to play.



Andy Yiadom seemingly wins the ball in midfield, but a foul is given and Yiadom receives a yellow for arguing otherwise.


Huge chances for West Brom.

Rodriguez rifles a strike off the foot of the post, Gayle tries to follow up but Gunter clears off the line, and a third shot is held by Martínez.

Breathe out, everyone...


Four added minutes to be played here.


Chants of 'we are staying up' ring round Madejski Stadium as news of results elsewhere hit the stands.

A point wouldn't quite see Reading absolutely safe, but three points would...


The Royals are throwing absolutely everything at this.

Liam Moore brings the ball out from the back and into the West Brom half. He find McCleary out wide, who puts a ball to the back post - but Barrow heads wide. Only one team in it at the moment.



Loader picks off a loose West Brom pass from the back and gets within shooting range. 

He confidently takes it on from 25 yards, flying narrowly over the bar.


Big shout for a penalty as McCleary is bundled over in the area as he's about to get a shot away, but the referee sees it differently.

He awards West Brom a free kick and shows McCleary the yellow card in the process.


Final substitution for the visitors, as Hal Robson-Kanu makes way for Dwight Gayle.


Baker bends the free-kick brilliantly over the wall, only for a superb stop from Johnstone to stop him. Very good effort.


First yellow card of the game goes to Rakeem Harper, who brings down Barrow on the edge of the box.

Lewis Baker stands over the free kick...


Ejaria finds McCleary on the left on the halfway line. He surges forward pretty much unchallenged, able to get his head up and shoot - low and narrowly wide of the post.


Now into the final 15 minutes here in RG2. Still plenty of time to find a winner.


Mo Barrow finds space on the right and goes on a typically mazy run forward. He tries to pick out the far corner with his shot, but it's deflected behind for a Reading corner - headed clear by West Brom.



A Reading corner is worked to Yiadom on the right of the box. He puts an enticing ball in, Loader has a free header but puts it straight at Johnstone.


Substitution for West Brom, as Chris Brunt comes on for Sam Field.



Murphy has possession in midfield until Baker steals it off him 40 yards out. He spots the goalkeeper off his line, lobbing over the top but landing on the roof of the net. Quick thinking from the Chelsea loanee.


The Madejski is absolutely rocking with noise at the moment, but it's still goalless as it stands.


Great chance for Reading as Yiadom gets forward on the right, his cross is deflected to Ejaria in a great position - but he fluffs his lines on the shot, bouncing straight at Johnstone.


First change for West Brom, as Mason Holgate makes way for Matt Phillips.


Off the bar from the Baggies...

West Brom string a silky passing move together to work the ball across goal, Harper strikes it well, but the crossbar intervenes to stop the opener.

Best chance of the game so far.


Final change for Reading, it's a straight swap at full-back as Chris Gunter comes on for Tyler Blackett - who looks like he's also picked up a knock.


West Brom apply pressure of their own, Andy Yiadom gets two crosses clear before a third comes in for Robson-Kanu to head, a yard or so wide of Martínez's goal.


Great chance!

Reading get forward and the ball drops invitingly for Loader on the edge of the box. He powers a left-footed effort at goal, forcing Johnstone into a good save.


The ball is floated in towards Jay Rodriguez in the Reading box, but Liam Moore is able to head clear.


Back underway in RG2...



All square here at the break. The Royals have had the better of play, but still 45 crucial minutes to go here.


Four minutes to be played at the end of the half, with two early Reading injuries.


Loader picks the ball up in space and does well to get round two West Brom markers, he cuts back onto his right and curls a ball towards the far corner, but it was always rising and off target.


Royals supporters have been in fine voice all around Madejski Stadium so far, but they've not had a goal to cheer just yet. Still 0-0 here.



Reading break quickly and McCleary gets behind his man on the left, nipping inside for Ejaria to take up the slack, firing low across goal and narrowly wide. Reading looking the more likely to score.


Ejaria, pulling the strings in midfield, finds Blackett on the left, who puts a cross into a crowded area - but it's over everyone on this occasion and West Brom clear.


Good save, Emi!

West Brom break straight away up the other end, Robson-Kanu gets room on the edge of the box. He fires towards the bottom corner, but the goalkeeper flies across to his left to pluck out of the air. Well held from the Reading stopper.



Loader and Barrow exchange passes in the box, with the ball breaking to Rinomhota on the edge of the area.

He jinks past two West Brom defenders and shoots left-footed, but not powerfully enough to trouble Johnstone too much.


West Brom get forward for the first time, with Rakeem Harper taking possession 30 yards out. He tries an audacious volley, but it goes well wide.


Ejaria plays a sumptuous ball out to the right for McCleary to chase.

The winger cuts in on his left foot to shoot - blocked by Kyle Bartley. Reading applying all the pressure at the moment.


Nothing separating the sides so far. Reading have already made two substitutions, but neither team has had a big opportunity yet.


Nothing to report in the way of chances, but it's a second early change enforced by injury.

Yakou Méïté limps off, and Garath McCleary is on in his place. 


Méïté's going to carry on for now, although he does look a little encumbered in his movement.


Yakou Méïté is in trouble now himself. He retrieved the ball from the edge of the pitch and looked like he jarred his knee on landing. 

He's struggling to move, and is currently receiving medical attention.


Unfortunately for Reading, Oliveira cannot continue. 

He trudges off to a standing ovation from the Reading faithful. Big chance for Danny Loader to impress, however, and he comes on his place.


Good early opening for the Royals as Nélson Oliveira gets behind the defence. Sam Johnstone gets there first and claims, however.

He looks to have strained his problem hamstring in the process however, something to be monitored from a Reading perspective.


We're off!

Live updates to follow...

Come on URZ!


Bank holiday football in the sun, there are worse ways to spend an afternoon...


The players are out and warming up in the sunshine here at Madejski Stadium, just 15 minutes until kick-off!


It's an absolutely stunning bank holiday afternoon in Berkshire...

If you missed anything ahead of today's game, you can catch up in our match preview by clicking here.


Club captain, Paul McShane features on the front cover of today's edition of The Royal!

Make sure you pick up your copy for just £3 from Madejski Stadium, take a look inside by clicking here.


TEAM NEWS | One change to our starting XI today – Nélson Oliveria comes back in to lead the line against the Baggies at Madejski Stadium.

Reading: Martínez, Yiadom, Blackett, Moore (c), Miazga, Baker, Ejaria, Rinomhota, Barrow, Méïté, Oliveira.
Subs: Walker, Gunter, Baldock, McCleary, Harriott, Loader, McIntyre.

West Bromwich Albion: Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Holgate, Bartley, Dawson, Field, Harper, Townsend, Murphy, Rodriguez, Robson-Kanu.
Subs: Bond, Gibbs, Phillips, Brunt, Mears, Gayle, Hoolahan.

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