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In Focus: Reading

28 September 2017

Norwich City can extend their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions on Saturday when they face Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

Last season’s beaten play-off finalists have endured an inconsistent beginning to the season but they will provide Daniel Farke’s players will plenty of challenges. Here’s our guide to the Royals.

Summer signings
Manager Jaap Stam added seven new signings to his squad in the summer transfer window with the majority from fellow Sky Bet Championship clubs.

Their marquee signing was forward Sone Aluko who joined from Fulham for a reported fee of around £7 million, having spent the majority of his career in the Championship.

Stam also brought in Modou Barrow (Swansea City, pictured), Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) and Vito Mannone (Sunderland) All have recently played in the Premier League.

David Edwards and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson made the transition from Wolves to Reading and Dutch striker Pelle Clement joined from Ajax.

Form guide
After the disappointment of losing out on promotion to the Premier League by the finest of margins last season, Reading have found this campaign tough-going so far.

They are currently 18th in the Sky Bet Championship and just a point above the relegation zone, having won just two league games so far.

The Royals are winless in four matches and their last victory came in a 2-0 triumph at Birmingham City at the tail-end of August.

Since then, Stam’s men have drawn with Brentford and Hull City and lost to Bristol City and, most recently, Millwall. Two late George Saville goals saw the Lions fight back to win at The Den on Tuesday.

Previous meeting
City inflicted Reading’s heaviest defeat 49 years at the end of last season, thrashing them 7-1 at Carrow Road.

Nelson Oliveira got the ball rolling from the penalty spot on three minutes and City had eventually scored six by half-time with Wes Hoolahan (x2), Alex Pritchard (x2) and Russell Martin on the scoresheet.

In the midst of the first-half barrage, Yann Kermorgant scored a consolation but City had the last laugh when Cameron Jerome netted a seventh with minutes to play.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: Vito Mannone, Anssi Jaakkola, George Legg
Defenders: Chris Gunter, Paul McShane, Liam Moore, Jordan Obita, Tiago Ilori, Tyler Blackett, Tennai Watson, Axel Andresson, Omar Richards
Midfielders: Joey van den Berg, Roy Beerens, George Evans, John Swift, Garath McCleary, Callum Harriott, David Edwards, Leandro Bacuna, Stephen Quinn, Pelle Clement, Adrian Popa, Liam Kelly, Josh Barrett, Ryan East, Andy Rinomhota, Tyler Frost
Forwards: Joseph Mendes, Sone Aluko, Modou Barrow, Yann Kermorgant, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Sam Smith, Danny Loader

Coral are offering odds of 33/20 for Norwich to beat Reading. Click HERE to place your bet.

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Match Reports

Jerome header gives City win over Reading

30 September 2017

City made it seven games unbeaten with a terrific win on the road against Reading.

James Maddison opened the scoring with a sumptuous free-kick before Liam Moore nodded Reading back on level terms just three minutes later. Cameron Jerome was the matchwinner with an excellently headed goal from a corner in the second half, and City held on comfortably despite the late sending off of substitute Marley Watkins.

Daniel Farke made two changes from the side that won at Middlesbrough in midweek, with Josh Murphy coming in on the left and Wes Hoolahan on the right of the attacking three behind Cameron Jerome, with Yanic Wildschut and Marley Watkins dropping to the bench.

City dominated the early stages against a Reading side who appeared nervy in possession. Jerome had a strong shout for a penalty turned down, but seconds late Norwich were rewarded a free-kick 30 yards out. Maddison and Hoolahan both stood over it, with the ball dead central. It was Maddison who stepped up, and he curled an unstoppable shot into the top left corner to put the Canaries 1-0 up in sensational style.

The lead lasted only three minutes though, with Moore rising highest at the far post to nod in an excellent Sone Aluko’s free-kick from the right.

That ramped up the temperature inside the Madjeski, with some tough tackling in the middle of the park from both sides.

It was City who went closest again in a breathless first half, with Timm Klose clipping a ball from inside his own half over the Reading back line and into the path of Jerome. He did well to get it under control and get a shot off from a tight angle, but it clipped the far post with Vito Mannone beaten.

Reading started to take control of the game, with a series of dangerous crosses into the box repelled by City’s backline. Norwich were fortunate when Gareth McClearly should have done better on 33 minutes, but he couldn’t control a bouncing ball when clean through and hooked wide under pressure from Angus Gunn.

City gradually started to take the sting out of Reading’s threat, and Murphy had a 20-yard drive comfortably saved after good build-up play from Hoolahan, Alex Tettey and Maddison.

Murphy had another chance shortly before half-time, cutting inside on the left and striking a powerful drive but it was well blocked by Paul McShane and Chris Gunter. There was time for another block, with Moore throwing himself in front of a Maddison effort from 25 yards that looked goal-bound.

The pace was as relentless at the start of the second half, with both teams looking to get forward quickly.

It was City who struck first. Maddison floated a deep corner to the back post, where an unmarked Jerome powered home a header into the roof of the net with only a small space to aim for.

City made their first change in the 59th minute, with Josh Murphy having to leave the field after pulling up. Watkins took his place on the left.

Joey Van Den Berg went into the book for a late challenge on Maddison, who received lengthy treatment before getting back on his feet. Shortly afterwards right-back Gunter slammed a shot against the crossbar from 20 yards as Reading searched for an equaliser.

Yanic Wildschut and Harrison Reed were introduced for James Maddison and Wes Hoolahan as City looked to close things out. The Canaries were calm in possession as they prevented a late charge from Reading, with Gunn having little to do other than collecting some deep crosses into the box.

Watkins saw red in injury time for a late challenge inside Reading’s area after losing the ball. Gunn then did well to dive on the ball to prevent a dangerous cross from the left reaching the advancing Reading attackers.

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Ticket News

Reading tickets on general sale

13 September 2017

Tickets for Norwich City's Sky Bet Championship game at Reading on Saturday, September 30 (5:30pm) are now on general sale.

Admission for the game is priced as follows:

Season ticket holders and members
Adults - £20
Over-65s - £13
18-24 - £10
Under-18s - £5

Non-season ticket holders and non-members
Adults - £25
Over-65s - £16
18-24 - £13
Under-18s - £8

Please note, for this match only season ticket holders and members will be able to purchase tickets ONLINE

Alternatively, tickets are available by phone 0844 826 1902 on or from the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Castle Mall and Chapelfield.

Family Area
2 Adults + 2 Under-18s - £42
2 Adults + 1 Under-18 - £39
1 Adult + 2 Under-18s - £26
1 Adult + 1 Under-18s - £22

Please note, Family Area tickets will only be available to purchase from the ticket office at Carrow Road.

Coach travel is priced at £20 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders and members.

Coaches will depart from Carrow Road at 11:30am on the day of the game, with the assisted access coach leaving at 11:15am.

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