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Match preview: Reading vs Forest

11 January 2019

Nottingham Forest return to Sky Bet Championship action when they face Reading at the Madejski Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds exited the Emirates FA Cup last weekend at the hands of holders Chelsea, and will be keen to make it back to back wins in the league following the victory over Leeds on New Year's Day.

Reading also lost out in the FA Cup against Manchester United and will be hoping to climb out of the relegation places with their first win since November.

Team news

Tobias Figueiredo is still doubtful through injury, while Michael Hefele remains sidelined. 

Lewis Grabban could return to the squad to face his former side with Costel Pantilimon expected to regain his place in goal.

The opposition view

Reading manager Jose Gomes said he hopes his side can transfer a good week on the training pitch into a much-needed victory against Forest.

He said: "It was important to have a full week with the players and to get to know each other better. They are really working very well.

"We have all of the training sessions on video and the work that they did is amazing. So we are happy for that, but they must transfer that to the game. 

"What we need is to win. These players need – and deserve – to win. It's transferring the work that we do daily on the training pitch, and doing it in the game. It is not only a question of performing well; we must win the game."

One to watch - Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

Reading's top scorer this season, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, has been troubled by injury of late but is set to return for The Royals this weekend.

Head to head

Forest wins - 20
Reading wins - 14
Draws - 10

Last time out: Forest 1-0 Reading (Saturday 11th August, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)


Nottingham Forest supporters have snapped up all tickets for this game, with no further tickets being made available.


International subscribers to iFollow Forest can watch the full match live, while domestic subscribers will be able to listen to the action with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham.

There will also be coverage of the game via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Leeds vs Derby (Friday, 7.45pm)
Birmingham vs Middlesbrough
Brentford vs Stoke
Bristol City vs Bolton
Hull vs Sheffield Wednesday
Ipswich vs Rotherham
Preston vs Swansea
Sheffield United vs QPR
West Brom vs Norwich
Wigan vs Aston Villa
Millwall vs Blackburn (5.30pm)

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Match Reports

Reading 2-0 Forest

12 January 2019

Nine-man Nottingham Forest lost out 2-0 to Reading this afternoon as goals in either half condemned them to defeat at the Madejski Stadium.

John Swift's first-half strike gave them the lead before Danny Fox and Tendayi Darikwa were both shown their marching orders for The Reds.

Jack Robinson's own goal in the closing stages completed the scoring to compound a miserable afternoon in Berkshire.

Caretaker manager Simon Ireland made three changes to side that faced Chelsea last weekend in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

Costel Pantilimon returned in goal replacing Luke Steele, while Jack Robinson and Joe Lolley came in for Joao Carvalho and Saidy Janko.

The opening 10 minutes of the first half were even with both sides struggling to create any sort of momentum or chances. Forest were the first to test the keeper when Daryl Murphy met a corner from Ben Osborn, but Irishman could only direct his header straight at Anssi Jaakkola in the host's goal.

A minute later the visitors created another opportunity after good work by Lolley. The winger beat his man on the right, cutting inside and squaring the ball to Matty Cash who struggled to get any real connection and his shot was deflected behind.

The Reds looked like they were starting to find their rhythm in the match. However, any momentum was cut short when Reading took the lead on 23 minutes. Former Forest loanee Mo Barrow broke down the right and picked out John Swift who calmly slotted past Pantilimon.

The visitors remained defiant despite going behind, with Lolley and Cash looking the most dangerous but the more Forest pushed in search of an equaliser, the more the hosts looked likely to add a second. Barrow just before half-time going close with a left-footed effort which he dragged wide from the edge of the area.

The visitors came out for the second half with a sense of urgency and were nearly rewarded. Cash cleverly beat his man and slipped in Lolley who crossed the ball for Murphy. The striker managed to control the ball and attempt an overhead kick but he was unable to keep his effort down.

The home side, however, were always a threat and goalscorer Swift nearly added a second ten minutes into the second half as his effort from a free kick on the edge of the area was tipped over the bar by Pantilimon.

After Lolley tried his luck cutting inside on his left foot but shooting straight at Jaakkola, Forest found themselves down to ten men as captain Danny Fox was shown a second yellow for dissent on 63 minutes.

Reading we're making the extra man count and on 73 minutes they nearly added a second. Substitute Lewis Baker fired over from the edge of the area after Pantilimon could only parry the initial cross from Yiadom.

Any hope of a Forest comeback seemed unlikely when they were reduced to nine men, with Darikwa shown a straight red for his challenge on Garath McCleary on 83.

A miserable afternoon was made even worse when Jack Robinson slid the ball into the back of his own net to give the hosts a two-goal lead and ensure that The Reds left the Madejski Stadium empty handed.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Yacob, Fox (c), Robinson, Guedioura (Yates 84'), Colback, Cash, Osborn, Lolley (Goncalves 68'), Murphy (Grabban 64')

Unused subs: Steele, Carvalho, Janko, Appiah

Bookings: Fox 8', 63' Colback 38', Murphy 61', Robinson 62'

Sent off: Fox 63', Darikwa 83'

Reading: Jaakkola, Yiadom, Ilori, Moore (c), Richards (Baker 67'), Bacuna, Rinomhota, Ejaria (McCleary 75'), Swift, Barrow, Bodvarsson (Loader 82')

Unused subs: Walker, Gunter, Aluko, Blackett

Goals: Swift 23', Robinson OG 87'

Bookings: Richards 32', Moore 62', Yiadom 62'

Referee: Oliver Langford

Attendance: 15,034 (2,093 away)

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Ticket News

Reading ticket information

11 January 2019

A reminder that no tickets remain available for Nottingham Forest's trip to Reading on Saturday.

The Reds travel to the Madejski Stadium (kick-off 3pm) looking to keep up their strong away form and complete a league double over The Royals following their 1-0 win in August's reverse fixture. 

The club have now sold the full allocation of 2,200 reserved seat tickets located behind the goal in the South Stand. If you have not purchased a ticket then please do not travel to the Madejski Stadium.
For supporters who are collecting tickets directly from the Madejski Stadium, please note that the away ticket office is open from 1.30pm and is located in the South Stand between Gates 9 and 10.
Official coach travel
Official coach travel is priced at £20 per person and departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 10.30am.

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