Sky Bet Championship
It's going to be another important game on Saturday for the Royals, with Forest coming to town...
José pleased to add talent to the ranks10 January 2019
Reading vs Nottingham Forest
Saturday 12th January
Sky Bet Championship
José Gomes has taken a full week of training for the first time since joining the Royals in the throes of the busy festive fixture schedule.
Having had time to get to know the players a bit better and instil his ideas further this week, the squad has been bolstered with the arrivals of Ovie Ejaria and Lewis Baker - who are both eligible to make their Reading debuts this weekend.
Gomes also revealed in his pre-match press conference that both Jón Daði Böðvarsson and Tiago Ilori have been back in training, and could play a part this weekend.
The suspensions of Tyler Blackett and Leandro Bacuna have also ended, so this will offer the Reading boss plenty of options from which to choose for the arrival of Nottingham Forest this weekend.
Aitor Karanka's side have recently slipped outside the Play-Off places in the Championship table, sitting four points behind arch-rivals, sixth-placed Derby County.
However, their last Championship encounter saw them emerge victorious in a 4-2 thriller against league leaders, Leeds United. Forest took on Chelsea last weekend in the Emirates FA Cup, falling to the same 2-0 scoreline which defeated the Royals at Old Trafford last Saturday.
That win at home to Leeds has been their only victory in their last seven matches, while a win for the Royals would pull them closer to moving out of the Championship's bottom three.
As always, there will be plenty going on around Madejski Stadium ahead of Saturday's game, so arrive early, soak up the pre-match atmosphere and back the boys this weekend!
The January Sale is currently on in our Megastore - whereby you can get 50% off on selected retail!
Head in store on matchday to check out the very latest offers.
Also, if you come to the game early, we'll be showing the early kick-off on the big screen in our Fan Zone - with West Ham United taking on Arsenal in the Premier League from 12.30pm.
The Fan Zone is an ideal place to take in the pre-match atmosphere at Madejski Stadium. Thanks to our Official Pouring Rights Partner, Heineken, fans can pick up a beverage at the new location, which is named after the former Elm Park hotspot, with the area around the bar decked out in images of former and current Royals stars.
Also in the Fan Zone is Bill's Coffee - look out for the trailer and grab a bean-to-cup coffee to warm you up before the action gets going inside the ground.
Heineken will be joined at the Fan Zone by West Berkshire Brewery, our local ale partner, who will be serving their famous “Good Old Boy” once again at Madejski Stadium.
Adult tickets start from only £20 at Madejski Stadium for Members, so make sure you're here to back the boys on Saturday!
For full pricing information and how to buy, click the button below.
All of our usual travel options are available for this match, with Park & Ride, matchday bus services and stadium parking all available.
Supporters please note: The A404 will be closed this weekend for the repairs of a footbridge, between the junction for the A4155 near Marlow, down to the Bisham roundabout. If this affects your route, please plan accordingly and leave extra time to travel to Saturday's game.
To see a full list of travel options, click here.
Follow it Live!
If you can't make it to Madejski Stadium, we've got you covered!
Keep up with minute-by-minute action through our live Match Centre, available on the club website prior to kick-off.
iFollow will also be available for fans who cannot make it to the game in the UK or around the world. You can take a look at our iFollow page and see how you can stay tuned for this match.
We wish to politely remind 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.
Sky Bet Widget
Reading produced a fabulous home performance to rightly earn three points against a high-Forest side who ended the match with nine men and left the Madejski with nothing.
Ovie Ejaria was named in the eleven to make his Royals debut, while another new arrival - Lewis Baker - began on the bench. Jon Dadi Bóðvarsson returned from injury to start up front, while Leandro Bacuna returned from suspension to reclaim a midfield spot.
Reading began well. Bodvarsson dispossessed his man on the right flank and burst away to produce a deep cross from the byline that was met by the head of Ovie Ejaria. Unfortunately, the loanee couldn’t keep his effort down and it sailed over the crossbar.
Joe Lolley and Cash combined at the other end - the first getting past Moore and into the box and only for the latter to eb denied by Yiadom’s last ditch tackle.
18 minutes in and a nice passing move on the edge of the Forest box saw Ejaria feed the ball into the feet of Swift. He tried to dig out a cross to the far post where Yiadom was free but a Forest head managed to nod it clear before the full back could connect.
And the Royals deserved their lead when the deadlock was broken four minutes later. The move began with a precise pass from Bacuna into Swift in midfield. He found Barrow who darted down the right side of Forest’s box before crossing low into the middle for Swift to brilliantly turn home first time.
A driving run through the middle from Andy Rinomhota just after the half hour almost resulted in a threaded ball into the run of Barrow - but it was slightly overhit and even Barrow’s pace wasn’t enough to prevent it from rolling behind for a goal kick.
Pantilimon had to show good handling to gather in a strike from Ejaria next; Swift winning the ball and nudging it on to the new loanee who controlled it and shot but the Forest keeper saved comfortably.
With five minutes of the half remaining, a well-timed Richards tackle inside the Royals’ box led to a counter attack. Ejaria brought the ball forward and fed Bodvarsson who got in behind the Forest back line down the left. He had to wait for support and eventually his low cross towards Barrow was cut out and deflected behind for a corner.
As half-time approached, it took a full-stretch save from the towering Pantilimon to deny Barrow from 25 yards out - the keeper palming a fizzing drive around his post.
And Barrow had space to run into in three minutes of injury time too, found on the right by Swift he dragged his shot wide of the right post without troubling the keeper.
Half-time | Reading 1-0 Nottingham Forest
The first chance of the second half fell to Forest and a timely toe from Richards forced Murphy to sky his overhead kick over the crossbar from 10 yards out.
Bacuna squandered an opportunity to add to the hosts’ lead when presented with the chance to shoot from the edge of the box, lashing high over the bar.
Swift won and took a free kick 20 yards out but Pantilimon stepped across his goal and pushed his well-struck effort over the bar.
On the hour, a late challenge from Murphy on Swift led to both teams coming together with a lot of pushing. Liam Moore and Andy Yiadom were cautioned as were the original offender Murphy and Jack Robinson - before Fox also received a yellow, his second of the match, resulting in an early back for the skipper.
Bacuna tested Pantilimon with a free kick that the keeper did well to get down low to and smother at the base of his right post.
But Ben Osborn had the ball in the net soon after and thought he had scored, only to see his celebrations cut short by the referee's whistle which had sounded for a foul in the build up to the crossed ball dropping to the midfielder's feet.
A break from the back began when Ilori pinged the ball out to Barrow in space on the right. He found Swift to his left bursting forward but the midfielder tried to glance it on to Bodvarsson and instead got too much on it to watch it bobble harmlessly wide.
With less than 20 minutes to go, the Royals kept searching for a second goal that seemed necessary to secure the victory. Bodvarsson was strong to compete for an aerial ball with the Forest keeper and then hold off a man to tee up substitute Baker - but the loanee seemed to slip as he hit it and spooned his effort over the bar.
Yiadom drilled a cleared corner wide of the right stanchion, but Forest kept pressing at the other end and some fine defensive work from Rinomhota, redeployed at right-back, helped deny the visitors a chance to cross.
McCleary darted forward through the middle next and arrowed a low effort inches wide of the bottom left corner. Then Barrow found himself in space inside the box, but delayed a shot too long to allow a Forest foot to toe it back to Pantilimon.
With just a goal the difference between the teams, Forest kept pressing and Grabban found himself in a goalscoring position, only for the offside flag and Jaakkola's save to thwart the former Royal.
The ten men of Forest were reduced to nine with seven minutes remaining when Darikwa launched into a very rash challenge on substitute Danny Loader.
And the second and decisive goal finally rippled Forest's net when Yiadom got in behind down the left, squared a ball into the middle where Jack Robinson turned it into his own net for an own goal.
Reading had chances to make it 3-0 although Grabban nearly grabbed a consolation, rounding Jaakkola but crowded out in the end before being able to get a shot away.
Full-time | Reading 2-0 Nottingham Forest
Reading: Jaakkola, Yiadom, Moore (c), Ilori, Richards (Baker 66), Bacuna, Rinomhota, Barrow, Swift, Ejaria (McCleary 74), Bóðvarsson (Loader 82).
Subs: Walker, Gunter, Aluko, Blackett.
Goals: Swift (23), Robinson og (85)
Yellow: Richards, Yiadom, Moore
Nottingham Forest: Pantilimon, Robinson, Darikwa, Fox, Cash, Yacob, Guédioura (Yates 84), Colback, Osborn, Lolley (Goncalves 68), Murphy (Grabban 64).
Subs: Steele, Carvalho, Janko, Appiah.
Yellow: Fox, Colback, Murphy, Robinson.
Red: Fox, Darikwa
Referee: Oliver Langford
Attendance: 15,034 (2,093 away)
Ovie Ejaria could make his first appearance in a Reading shirt this weekend, and we need your backing as we welcome our latest signing to Madejski Stadium!
The Long Read | Tom McIntyre on supporting the Royals, his debut and the long road to recovery9 January 2019
The young midfielder joined on loan from Liverpool earlier this week, on a deal until the end of the season - and is eligible to turn out in the blue and white hoops for the first time on Saturday.
Nottingham Forest will provide as tough a test as ever in the Championship, with Aitor Karanka's men currently sitting within touching distance of the top six.
But a positive showing by José Gomes and his Royals at Old Trafford last weekend showed more than a glimpse of the potential the squad have for the remainder of this season.
We have 20 games to go, 20 chances to climb the table and we need the backing of every loyal Royal to help the team over the line!
Advance prices start from as little as £18 for an Adult at Madejski Stadium - and for our younger supporters, anyone aged 12 & Under could pay as little as £2 for their match ticket in the Eamonn Dolan Stand!
And if you become a Member here at Madejski Stadium, you can benefit from reduced ticket prices, earning Ticketing Loyalty Points along the way and have your ticket loaded onto a Member card. If you want to become a Member, click here for further information.
As always, the best way to follow the Royals is right here at Madejski Stadium! Take a look at your ticketing options by clicking the button below.