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Match Preview: Reading vs Brentford

All the info ahead of tomorrow's trip to The Madejski Stadium

12 April 2019

Thomas Frank takes us to Reading tomorrow as we look to follow up Wednesday's victory over Ipswich Town. The Royals currently sit 20th, just two points above the drop zone, ahead of the weekend's games. Below you will find all the build-up to our trip to The Madejski Stadium.

THE OPPOSITION

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A penalty kick away from the promised land of the Premier League less than two years ago, Reading are in real danger of slipping out of the second tier this term, heading into the weekend just two points above the drop zone. 

Four league wins in four months spelled the end of Paul Clement's time in Berkshire back in December, Jose Gomes appointed his replacement at the end of 2018. Under the Portuguese manager, The Royals have become more resilient, winning five and drawing seven of their last 18 league games.

They head into Saturday's game on a run of just one defeat in seven on home soil, that coming against Leeds United. Wednesday night was a rollercoaster of emotions for Reading fans as they netted a 97th minute equaliser at top-of-the-table Norwich City, having led 1-0 with just five minutes to go. 

Goals have been thin on the ground for the Reading squad this season. Top scorer Yakou Meite has nine but behind Jon Dadi Bodvarrsson (7), who has been out since February, no other player has more than five league strikes.   

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank confirmed on Wednesday that Daniel Bentley will be out for the rest of the season while Yoann Barbet should be back in contention in a couple of weeks. Kamohelo Mokotjo is touch and go after missing the midweek win over Ipswich Town with concussion. 

For The Royals, on-loan striker Nelson Oliveira is available again after being ineligible for the trip to parent club Norwich on Wednesday. John Swift (hip), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (back), Saeid Ezatolahi (thigh) and Omar Richards (knee) are all doubts.

THE MANAGER

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Jose Gomes went straight into coaching in his early 20s, holding a number of different roles in his native Portugal before taking the helm at Paços in 2003. It wasn't an auspicious start as he was fired after seven losses in his first eight games. The following four years brought about five different managerial roles, mainly in the Portuguese second division. In May 2008, Gomes was hired by FC Porto as part of Jesualdo Ferreira's staff, also going on to spend several years as his assistant at Málaga CF and Panathinaikos FC.

In January 2013, Hungarian side Videoton appointed Gomes as the new manager. He led the team to fourth place in Nemzeti Bajnokság I in his only full season, also losing the final of the Ligakupa to Diósgyőri VTK. Gomes then spent two seasons as head coach of Al-Taawoun FC in the Saudi Professional League. On 30 May 2016 he joined Al-Ahli Saudi FC in the same league, signing a three-year deal after Christian Gross did not renew his contract. In early October, however, he was sacked and replaced by Gross.

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

⚖ Ref Watch: Stephen Martin will be in charge on Saturday

LAST TIME OUT

A single Lasse Vibe goal ensured all three points from our most recent trip to Berkshire

TICKET AND TRAVEL INFO

Around 2000 Brentford fans will be heading to The Madejski Stadium tomorrow afternoon to back the team. Advanced sales have now ended and there will be NO matchday Pay on the Day.

Plan your journey to RG2 with our Away Day Guide. 

MATCH COVERAGE

Mark Burridge is your host for live match commentary tonight from 2.30pm. He is joined by Marcus Gayle to talk through the highlights and take you to full-time on iFollow Brentford. 

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download. 

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Match Reports

Reading 2 Brentford 1

Early goals settle game in Reading's favour

13 April 2019

Two goals from Reading attacker Yakou Méïté inside the first 15 minutes ensured it was another away day to forget for Brentford. The forward ensured the game was effectively over just past the quarter hour as he converted at the end of a swift break and then headed in a free kick soon after. Neal Maupay halved the deficit just before half time but that was as good as it got for The Bees.

Reading probably deserved their 2-1 win overall. They built on their first goal and could have been further than 2-0 up after the first quarter hour. They had to withstand a comeback from Brentford and were thankful for the half time whistle just after Maupay’s goal. But they defended well in the second half, particularly during a late onslaught, to take the win and stop Brentford adding to their two away victories this season.

Brentford had probably started slightly the brighter before Reading’s opening goal. The early exchanges were not thrilling but The Bees had a territorial advantage and had the first shot of the afternoon – an effort from Ollie Watkins that was saved. They were also building around the Reading penalty area when the home side broke away to score.

A pass from Josh Dasilva would have put Romaine Sawyers in space inside the penalty area but it was intercepted and with Moses Odubajo also committed to the attack on the left, Reading could break. Mo Barrow burst forward and played a pass that allowed Méïté to run from the right wing to the inside left channel before firing first time across Luke Daniels and in to the net. The run from Méïté took Julian Jeanvier out of the game and the finish was unerring.

Any nerves Reading had suddenly disappeared and they sensed they had a chance to go for the kill. Nelson Oliveira saw a shot blocked after Lewis Baker had robbed Dasilva in midfield and Jeanvier blocked another fierce effort from the same man soon after. Oliveira should have then set up the second when he wriggled free in the penalty area and fired across goal, the shot was not going in but Barrow arrived four yards out only to fail to make a proper connection.

Reading were running riot. Oliveira was pulling in to pockets of space to link the play, their three-man midfield was able to play through Sawyers and Dasilva and Barrow and Méïté were testing the defence out wide. The second goal duly arrives when a free kick from the right by Baker was met by an unmarked Méïté at the near post, he guided a header across Daniels and in off the far post.

The two-goal lead held by the home side at that point was the least they deserved for a dominant start to the game. Brentford had hardly put together any attacking possession and were struggling defensively. But the second goal seemed to give The Bees a jolt and with Reading’s work rate dropping a fraction, Brentford started to build some momentum.

They could have got back in to the game when Watkins met an Odubajo cross with a far post header but Chris Gunter stopped the ball’s progress when it could have bounced in or reached Maupay. Watkins then turned well in midfield and wriggled free, but his shot was easily saved by Emiliano Martínez, albeit Saïd Benrahma running across his path as the shot came in did not help. Martínez then saved a bouncing volley from Dalsgaard when Sawyers found space to pick out a cross.

Dasilva saw a low shot saved and an effort from Benrahma after a quick break flew high and wide. Passes from Watkins, Sawyers and Benrahma then set up a chance for Dalsgaard to shoot but the effort was blocked and then scrambled away as more attackers arrived. A volley from Watkins was blocked and a Benrahma corner was flicked on by Mads Bech Sørensen for Maupay to meet but the shot was saved by Martínez.

The save from Martínez did, however, lack surety as the goalkeeper nearly let the ball through his legs and another error soon after gave Brentford hope. Martínez failed to hold on to a dipping free kick from Benrahma and as it bounced free, Maupay arrived to head back past him and in to the net. It was a goal that Brentford had been threatening and probably deserved for their attacking endeavour late in the first period.

It was also a sign of the nerves in the Reading ranks. The free kick for the goal came when Watkins had been unceremoniously hauled back by Andy Rinomhota and the foul count rose for the hosts late in the half while the shot count climbed for The Bees. Daniels had saved from Oliveira and Andy Yiadom fired wide after cutting inside but Brentford had been dominant for half an hour and had a way back in to the game.

The goal came in the dying seconds of the first half, but Brentford pressed on and had a corner waiting to be taken when referee Stephen Martin blew for the break. The interval, unfortunately, came at the wrong time for The Bees. Reading were able to regroup, and Brentford no longer had the same momentum when the match resumed.

And it was Reading that had the initiative at the start of the second period, creating chances to seal the game. A Baker free kick from 45 yards almost caught out Daniels, who was – like everyone else – waiting for a cross but managed to recover and tip the ball over. Méïté then missed the target with a header before another cross from Yiadom was turned over at the far post by Oliveira after a poor kick from Daniels had presented Reading the ball in an attacking area.

Ovie Ejaria also shot wide after Reading broke away soon after and as the game entered the final 20 minutes, the home side appeared to have control. They had stopped Brentford putting together possession in attacking areas and The Bees had created nothing of note in the second half. But with Emiliano Marcondes, Sergi Canós and Marcus Forss throw on to add impetus, Brentford went for it in the later stages.

A cross from Dalsgaard that Martínez uncomfortably palmed away underneath his crossbar started it off and Brentford pushed on. Maupay saw a shot blocked before an effort from Canós almost sneaked in at the near post before Martínez got a hand to it. The corner was played short, Dalsgaard fed it back and the header from Sørensen was again saved, less than convincingly, by Martínez.

Forss saw a shot blocked when Reading failed to clear a cross and when a free kick was then played deep and knocked back by Dalsgaard, the striker had another effort hit a defender. Jeanvier headed wide in stoppage time as Brentford tried in vain for a goal. They pushed on in the dying seconds but couldn’t find a goal and were left to rue their terrible start to the game.

Reading: Martínez; Yiadom, Miazga, Moore, Gunter; Rinomhota, Baker, Ejaria; Méïté (sub Harriott 85 mins), Oliveira (sub Blackett 89 mins), Barrow (sub McCleary 68 mins)

Subs (not used): Walker, Baldock, Barrett, McIntyre

Bookings: Ejaria (37 mins), Rinomhota (44 mins), Gunter (56 mins), Harriott (87 mins)

Brentford: Daniels; Konsa, Jeanvier, Sørensen; Dalsgaard, Dasilva (sub Marcondes 68 mins), Sawyers, Odubajo (sub Forss 78 mins); Watkins, Maupay, Benrahma (sub Canós 59 mins)

Subs (not used): Balcombe, Field, Ogbene, Oksanen

Bookings: Sørensen (51 mins) (third of season)

Attendance: 16,892 (1,954 Bees fans)

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Ticket News

Buy your Reading tickets before 2pm

Join us tomorrow when we travel to The Madejski Stadium

12 April 2019

We head to Reading on Saturday looking to make it back-to-back Sky Bet Championship victories and earn our third win in four visits to Berkshire. Last season, a single Lasse Vibe goal proved the difference at The Madejski Stadium. More than 1,900 Bees fans have already got their tickets for the weekend, and you can join them below.

Tickets are on General Sale; sales end at 2pm on Friday 12 April (subject to availability)

With less than 200 tickets left, there will be NO Pay on the Day

Tickets allocation: 2,120

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

PRICES

Away Stand and Disabled fans - 1,536 tickets available

 

Adults
(25-64)

Seniors
(65+)

Young Persons
(18-24)

Juniors
(13-17)

Junior
(U13)

Season Ticket Holder
and Members

£20 £13 £10 £5 £4

Non Season Ticket Holder
or Member/ Matchday

£25 £16 £13 £8 £7
 

Away Stand Family Area - 84 tickets available

 

Adults
(25-64)

Seniors
(65+)

Young Persons
(18-24)

Juniors
(13-17)

Junior
(U13)

Season Ticket Holder
and Members

£18 £13 £10 £5 £2

Non Season Ticket Holder
or Member/ Matchday

£23 £16 £13 £8 £5

HOW TO BUY TICKETS 

BUY ONLINE

7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Save on fees.

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm
  • In person from the Ticket Office, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm
  • Disabled fans by phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm

TRAVEL INFO 

Coaches depart at 12.30pm from Layton Road Car Park. For bookings please call 0203 665 7371 12pm - 8pm Mon - Fri 

  Travel Club 
Members
Season Ticket Holders
and Club Members 
General
Sale
Prices £13 £16 £19

Join the Bees Travel Club and save on coach fares. Membership is just £25 for the season, free for those 12 and under, and affords members a number of benefits. For further information please email lindajgilham@icloud.com

CUSTOMER CHARTER

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to the Terms and Conditions of issue. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations. Members discount does not apply to away games.

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