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Match Preview: Reading vs Brentford

All the build-up to tonight's trip to The Madejski Stadium

30 June 2020

After victories over Fulham and West Bromwich Albion following the restart, we make the trip down to Junction 11 of the M4 tonight to take on Reading. Below you'll find all the info ahead of the game at the Madejski Stadium.

THE OPPOSITION

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The Royals are yet to win following the restart with a draw and a defeat to show for their efforts so far. That draw, which came against Stoke City, looked set to be three points until Nick Powell struck a 92nd minute equaliser while Saturday's outing was a 2-1 defeat at Derby County. Those two results have left The Royals in 15th, 11 points off the Play-Offs and seven points clear of the relegation places.

After winning just two of their first 11 in the league, Jose Gomes was relieved of his duties by Sporting Director Mark Bowen in October, Bowen eventually choosing himself as the man to take the reins at The Madejski Stadium. 

Despite some initial scepticism from The Royals' faithful, Bowen quickly moved Reading away from trouble with eight wins from his first 14 games in charge. Within touching distance of the Play-Offs at the end of that run, three league wins in 2020 has dropped Reading back into the mid-table as we head towards the end of the campaign. 

No Reading player is in double figures for league goals yet this term with George Puscas (pictured above) their leading scorer with nine. Much of the creativity comes from the boots of former Brentford loanee John Swift who has been involved in 15 of Reading's 48 league goals this term. 

THE MANAGER

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A left-back with Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City, for whom he made 399 appearances, and Charlton Athletic among others, former Welsh International Bowen retired in 2000. His coaching career began with The Royals and took in stops at Crystal Palace and Birmingham City alongside Steve Bruce before he joined Mark Hughes' coaching staff with the Welsh National Team. Bowen was a loyal assistant to Hughes at Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City, and Southampton before branching out to become Reading's technical advisor in March of this year. 

TEAM NEWS

Mathias Jensen was a late withdrawl on Friday night ahead of the win over West Bromwich Albion but could be fit to face The Royals. Other than that, Thomas has no injury concerns with Bryan Mbeumo returning on Friday night following his positive Coronavirus test. 

Matt Miazga starts a ban tonight after his red card on Saturday while Liverpool loanee Ovie Ejaria could play his final game for The Royals with his loan set to end tomorrow. Lucas Joao will miss the game but Andy Yiadom could return after being left out on Saturday as a precaution. 

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

🆚 Jonathan Low of Get Reading previews tonight's fixture

⚖ Dean Whitestone will be the man in charge tonight

PONTUS JANSSON INTERVIEW

MEMORABLE MEETING

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tonight's game will be broadcast live on iFollow for Season Ticket Holders and Match Ticket Purchasers.

Any Season Ticket Holders or Match Ticket Purchasers who haven't received an email with their iFollow code should email enquiries@brentfordfc.com as soon as possible.

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Match Reports

Reading 0 Brentford 3

Your Reading v Brentford match report, powered by Utilita

30 June 2020

Brentford recorded their fourth straight win – and their third since the resumption of the Sky Bet Championship – as they beat Reading 3-0 at The Madejski Stadium. The Bees scored midway through the first half as Bryan Mbeumo nodded in and Josh Dasilva wrapped up the points with a second goal just past the hour mark. There were plenty of chances to have won the game more comfortably before Joel Valencia added a third at the death while Reading never really looked like preventing The Bees recording a fourth clean sheet in a row.

The game was probably even more comfortable than the 3-0 final score suggests. Once The Bees got in to their stride they were the better team all over the pitch. Brentford were a constant threat from dead balls and got their first from a corner to take a half time lead. And when the second came, Reading did not look like they had the inclination or inspiration to find a way back. The third just gave the score line a slightly more accurate reflection of Brentford’s third win since the suspension of football due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The home side had started the game on the front foot. They had a shot from Sam Baldock – that failed to trouble David Raya as it dribbled wide – inside the first two minutes and had a lot of the ball in the first ten minutes. They got high up the pitch to try and stop The Bees playing through the midfield from defence and looked to play in Brentford’s half of the pitch.

But this was a high-energy approach to the game and Brentford were soon able to pick the gaps. Dasilva and Emiliano Marcondes dropped a fraction deeper for a period to give more options for passes and The Bees were able to progress up the pitch. Mbeumo and Saïd Benrahma roamed in to the centre of the field to support Ollie Watkins and Brentford took control.

It was from set pieces that Brentford looked really dangerous and no surprise that was where the opening goal came from. Christian Nørgaard had a chance when he was found by a deep corner, but Rafael made the save. A short corner just before the midway point of the half was worked to Dasilva and he dribbled in to the box before beating Rafael with a cross-cum-shot that was cleared inside the six-yard box. That, however, only delayed what was becoming inevitable. Marcondes delivered the next corner deep, Ethan Pinnock headed back and Mbeumo was perfectly positioned to nod home from close range.

Brentford had applied the pressure and turned it in to the opening goal. And it could have been even better for The Bees. Mbeumo created space for Marcondes to work his way to the by-line inside the penalty area but he was unable to find the right final pass. And when another corner was worked short soon after, Dasilva found Benrahma with a pass but he lashed it high and wide at the near post.

The goal came just before the first half drinks break and the second part of the opening 45 minutes was more even. Reading started to take the game to The Bees again, pushing up when they didn’t have the ball and trying to get men forward. There were a couple of good defensive clearances and Pontus Jansson blocked a Michael Olise shot that could have tested Raya. An Olise cross also caused some danger but Yakou Méïté was unable to convert at the far post.

The game was fairly even in terms of possession and territory at the end of the first half, but Brentford had the better chances. A great pass from Dasilva put Mbeumo in behind in the inside right channel but his touch was heavy, and he was unable to beat Rafael in the one-on-one situation. Watkins then pulled a shot across the face of goal after a nice run. He had another chance just at the end of the first half after good work by Benrahma but again dragged his shot, this time with his right foot wide at the near post.

Watkins also had the first sight of goal in the second half, seeing his effort deflect in to the arms of Rafael. Reading made a slight change at the break, pushing Méïté slightly higher up the pitch, but it was Brentford who had the better of the opening part of the second half. Dasilva and Marcondes dominated the centre of midfield, with Nørgaard providing a steadying guide a little deeper, and The Bees went looking for a second goal.

They could have got that goal when Marcondes exchanged passes with Benrahma, but his shot was blocked and there was a great chance soon after. Benrahma was again involved as he dribbled in to the box and had a shot that was blocked. It rolled in to the path of Watkins but Rafael rushed out and the shot hit the legs of the goalkeeper. Watkins may have thought he was offside, but Reading’s uneven back line meant the goal would have counted and the striker was well-placed to find the net.

Once again, that only delayed The Bees. After another decent spell of possession, Marcondes rolled the ball inside to the arriving Dasilva. The shot was hard and low and was superbly kept out by Rafael diving to his left. But Dasilva kept going, was first to the loose ball, and lifted it powerfully over the prone Rafael to double Brentford’s lead.

Reading were making changes in personnel and shape to try and find a way back in to the game but were creating little. John Swift pulled a shot wide from 25 yards before an effort from Jordan Obita deflected in to the arms of Raya. And when the second goal came, the game was effectively over. The home side tried to press on, but all the good chances were coming at the other end.

When Benrahma started a break, the ball was worked to Watkins via Marcondes and Valencia, but his effort deflected wide. The corner was played short and worked to Nørgaard on the edge of the penalty area and his curling effort was superbly saved high to his left by Rafael. Watkins had another shot blocked and then forced Rafael in to a superb save low to his right. Benrahma got to the loose ball and his shot deflected wide.

Valencia had a shot blocked as time ticked down and Brentford made Reading chase the ball in the later stages. There was some defending to do but when the third goal came, it wasn’t a surprise. Space was worked for Valencia 25 yards out and he let fly with a shot that whistled past Rafael and in to the net. The Reading goalkeeper had kept the score down but grasped at thin air as the ball flew past him and Valencia celebrated his first Brentford goal to seal a fine evening.

Reading: Rafael; Gunter, Moore, Morrison, Obita; Rinomhota, Swift (sub Adam 68 mins); Méïté, Olise (sub McCleary 60 mins), Ejaria; Baldock (sub Puskas 60 mins)

Subs (not used): Walker, McIntyre, Blackett, Masika, Pelé, Osho

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard (sub Roerslev 81 mins), Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Marcondes (sub Mokotjo 81 mins), Nørgaard, Dasilva (sub Baptiste 65 mins); Mbeumo (sub Valencia 61 mins), Watkins, Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Jeanvier, Fosu, Dervişoğlu, Žambůrek

Bookings: Jansson (67 mins) (fourth of season)

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Ticket News

Away Reading tickets available to all Club Members

The Bees head to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday 21 March - fewer than 3 tickets remain

12 March 2020

Thomas Frank’s side make the short trip to the Madejski Stadium next Saturday, 21 March. We took all three points in our last meeting against The Royals thanks to an Ollie Watkins goal. All Season Ticket Holders are now able to secure their own place for this away fixture. These tickets are subject to availability and there are fewer than 300 remaining at this stage. 

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ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket Holders with 3,500 TAPs: Thursday 5 March, 4pm (one per person)
    Tickets will not be available from Friday 6 March at 3pm to 4pm
  • Season Ticket Holders with 2,500 TAPs: Friday 6 March, 4pm (one per person - subject to availability)
    Tickets will not be available from Monday 9 March at 3pm to 4pm
  • Season Ticket Holders with 1,500 TAPs: Monday 9 March, 4pm (one per person - subject to availability)
    Tickets will not be available from Wednesday 11 March at 3pm to 4pm.
  • All Season Ticket Holders: Wednesday 11 March, 4pm (one per person - subject to availability)
  • Club Members: Thursday 12 March, 4pm (one per person - subject to availability)
  • General Sale: Friday 13 March, 4pm (one per person - subject to availability)

Full tickets allocation: 2,219

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

Only TAPs earned before the on-sale date will be counted to identify the above priority access windows. TAPs are allocated once the game has been played. You can see your TAP by logging in to your ticketing account here.

PRICES

Away Stand and Disabled fans

 

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

Please note Reading Football Club admit no adults without children and no children without adults in the Away Stand Family Area.

Supporters buying concession tickets may be challenged by Reading Fan Support Staff if they are considered not to be a genuine concession and will need to provide proof of age. 

TRAVEL INFO 

Coaches depart at 12.30pm from Layton Road Car Park. Book by phone on 0203 665 7371 or 07414 883220, Monday to Friday, 12pm-8pm.

  Travel Club 
Members
Season Ticket Holders
and Club Members 
General
Sale
Prices £14 £17 £20

Join the Bees Travel Club and save on coach fares. Membership is just £30 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 availability and Terms and Conditions of issue apply. 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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