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As it happened | Reading 2-0 Nottingham Forest

A blow-by-blow account as the Royals earned all three points

12 January 2019



  • Royals take on Nottingham Forest at Madejski Stadium
  • Swift puts Reading ahead with slotted finish
  • Fox sent off for Forest for second yellow; Darikwa also sent off for visitors
  • Robinson turns in for own goal and Reading's second
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Updated at 16:54 (UK)


FULL TIME | Reading 2-0 Nottingham Forest



Five added minutes to be played here at Madejski Stadium.



It's an own goal, Andy Yiadom drives across goal and the ball goes in off Robinson!

2-0 Reading!


Forest make their final substitution, with Adlene Guedioura replaced by Ryan Yates.



Tendayi Darikwa is given his marching orders after a nasty-looking late tackle on Danny Loader.

Forest down to nine men!


Third and final substitution for the Royals - as Jón Daði Böðvarsson makes way for Danny Loader.

Eight minutes of the 90 remain.


Another chance for the Royals!

A chipped goal-kick from Jaakkola is headed to McCleary by Yiadom. He drives into the open space in front of him, shooting low half-a-yard past Pantilimon's post.


A Swift corner is headed out to the path of Yiadom 25 yards out.

He leathers the shot at goal - narrowly past the upright.

Reading still lead 1-0.


Substitution for the Royals. Ovie Ejaria is withdrawn after a solid debut, with Garath McCleary coming on in his place.


Should be 2-0!

Yiadom dollies a ball up for Böðvarsson to bring down with Pantilimon off his line, he slots back for Baker to shoot - he can't get it on target and it clears the crossbar.


It's an intriguing second half in progress here at Madejski Stadium, 20 minutes to go and Reading holding a 1-0 lead against 10-man Forest.


Another attacking change for the visitors, Diogo Goncalves is brought on for Joe Lolley.


Forest have the ball in the net - but it's ruled out!

A floated ball by Guédioura to the far post is poked in by Colback, but the whistle had already blown for a foul in the build-up on a Reading player.


First substitution and a change of shape for the Royals.

Lewis Baker comes on for his Reading debut, in place of Omar Richards.

Andy Rinomhota takes up the position at right-back, while Andy Yiadom swaps to left-back.



Mo Barrow is brought down to the left of the penalty box, with Bacuna eyeing up the strike from the free-kick.

He beats the wall, with Pantilimon at full stretch to his right to save.


Daryl Murphy, just booked by the referee, is withdrawn for Forest - with former Royal, Lewis Grabban replacing him.



Forest are down to 10 men Danny Fox receives a second yellow for his part in the brawl on the pitch.

Meanwhile, Liam Moore and Andy Yiadom also receive yellow cards. Play just about to restart, with five players carded in a frantic exchange.


A scuffle breaks out on the pitch after Murphy puts in a late tackle on Swift on the far touchline.

The referee calms the situation down, the Reading supporters want red but a yellow card is the vedict.

Jack Robinson also picks up a caution for his role in the fight too. Deliberations continue...


Joe Lolley shows good footwork to get himself into shooting range, he strikes low and Jaakkola gathers easily.


Böðvarsson is hacked down 20 yards out to the right of the penalty box.

John Swift stands over the free-kick, bending over the wall and forcing Pantilimon to tip over the bar.


Strength on show from Leandro Bacuna, forcing his way past two Forest players and into shooting range.

He puts his foot through it, but it only sails over the bar.


Mo Barrow puts in a challenge for the ball.


Swift plays short from a corner, receives it back from Bacuna and tries to find Böðvarsson at the far post.

It's too far over his head, though, and it bounces out for a Forest throw.


Good early chance in the second half for Forest.

Cash cuts in near the left corner flag, looping in for Murphy. He tries an overhead kick but it swirls over Jaakkola's crossbar.


We're off once more!

The Royals lead 1-0, shooting towards the Eamonn Dolan Stand for the second half.


HALF TIME | Reading 1-0 Nottingham Forest

John Swift's calm first-time effort sees the Royals ahead at the break at Madejski Stadium.

45 to go!


Three added minutes to be played at the end of the first half.


Good effort!

Mo Barrow picks it up in midfield and drives forward, shooting from 30 yards and forcing Pantilimon to parry around his post.


Good break from the Royals!

Ejaria threads through to Böðvarsson, he drives into the area but there's no-one in support.

Reinforcements arrive and the Icelander cuts away from his marker, putting in a low cross but Forest can scramble clear.


Jack Colback is into the referee's notebook after a late challenge on Rinomhota in midfield.



Swift controls the ball 30 yards out, finds Forest players in the way and squares to Ejaria.

He shoots from outside the box, but Pantilimon is able to save comfortably.


Swift and Barrow celebrate the Royals' opener.

That remains the difference between the sides at the moment.


The yellow card is shown to Omar Richards for a late foul in midfield. The referee had played advantage but cautions the youngster after the ball goes out of play.


Good chance for the visitors.

They get forward on the right through Osborn, who cuts inside on the edge of the box and fires a shot on target - Jaakkola is behind it, though, and makes a smart save.



Great way to open the scoring! Mo Barrow breaks at speed on the right, gets into the opposition box and cuts back for Swift - tucking into the bottom corner with a first-time strike.

1-0 Reading!


José watches on from the touchline.

0-0 at the halfway point of the first period.


Reading break forward at pace as Swift wins it back in midfield.

Ejaria holds it up and plays out to Swift to the left of the penalty box. He swings it to the far post to try and find Yiadom - but Robinson gets his head to it and Forest clear.


John Swift swing a free-kick into the area for Reading. Liam Moore rises to meet it, but the referee adjudges he climbed his marker and blows for a free-kick the other way.


Forest starting to see more of the ball in attacking areas.

They get forward on the right, with the ball coming in for Cash eight yards out - with Andy Yiadom diving in for a vital intervention and keep parity.


Forest get a corner on the left, Osborn floats it to the path of Murphy - who heads on target but Jaakkola catches comfortably.



A neat passing move starts with Ejaria playing to Swiftin the attacking third - with Omar Richards the eventual recipient out wide.

He puts in a looping ball to the far post, narrowly evading Böðvarsson's head and it goes out of play.


Forest foray forward for the first time, with Cash looking to play out wide to Osborn.

Mo Barrow does brilliantly to read the pass and make a vital tackle on the right-hand side.


Danny Fox lunges in on John Swift in midfield, with what looked like a high boot on his way through.

After a long deliberation, a yellow card is the verdict for the Forest captain.


Reading seeing plenty of the ball in the early stages.

Forest are playing a high attacking line and pressing the ball from the front, limiting the Royals' opportunities to play into the attacking third.


Good start for the Royals!

Jón Daði Böðvarsson dispossesses Danny Fox on the right flank and manages to get towards the byline.

He hangs up a cross to the back post for debutant, Ovie Ejaria to head - narrowly over the bar.


And we're off!

The Royals start by shooting towards the South Stand in the first period.



Moments away from kick-off here...

Come on URZ!


Warm-ups are done and dusted, the players are getting ready back in their changing rooms and the countdown to kick-off is on!


Anssi Jaakkola starts between the posts for the Royals today.

He believes the Royals are confident in putting a good run of games together, with Forest providing tough opposition this afternoon.

Read his pre-match thoughts here.


Royals boss, José Gomes, gave his thoughts prior to today's game in his press conference earlier this week...

Read what he had to say here.


Oliver Langford is the man in charge of proceedings at Madejski Stadium this afternoon.

He'll be assisted on the touchlines by Adam Crysell and Akil Howson, with Charles Breakspear on hand as fourth official.


It was a tight 1-0 defeat for the Royals at The City Ground back in August, something which Reading will hope to put right this afternoon!

To find out all you need to know ahead of the game, click here.


THAT night in 2012 features on the front of today's issue of The Royal.

If you're at the game today, make sure you pick up your copy for just £3...

Take a look here for what's inside today's matchday programme.



Ovie Ejaria starts for his Reading debut, with fellow new signing Lewis Baker on the bench.

Jón Daði Böðvarsson returns to start up front, with Leandro Bacuna and Tyler Blackett back in the squad after suspension.

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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Taking on the Tricky Trees

All you need to know as the Royals take on Nottingham Forest

10 January 2019


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 ranks

10 January 2019

Reading vs Nottingham Forest
Saturday 12th January
3pm kick-off
Madejski Stadium
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!


What's on

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.

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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.

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Championship title sponsors, Sky Bet, price the Royals at 12/5 for victory on Saturday, with Play-Off chasing Forest in at 23/20 for all three points. The draw is available at 23/10.

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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.

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Match Reports

Report | Excellent Royals seal key victory against Forest

John Swift's first half finish and a late own goal from Jack Robsinson earned José Gomes his first win as Reading manager at the end of a fine performance in front of the home fans...

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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)

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Ticket News

Be here to back the boys this weekend!

Head to RG2 and see the Royals take on Forest on Saturday

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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 recovery

9 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.

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