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Match Pack: Reading v Norwich City

16 December 2020

Norwich City face Reading at the Madejski Stadium tonight (8pm KO), and our Match Pack contains all you need to know about the Championship fixture.

How to watch: Reading v Norwich City

Tonight’s game is available for season ticket holders to watch for FREE on iFollow.

Providing season ticket holders have updated their email address with the club and created an iFollow account with the same details, the match will be made available for free here.

Because the match has been selected for broadcast by Sky Sports in the UK, no match passes are being sold for this fixture. It's also not able to be viewed as part of any existing international passes or subscriptions.

However, you can purchase audio passes to listen to our match with the Royals with BBC Radio Norfolk commentary. To subscribe, click here.

Team News: No new injury concerns for Reading trip

Nothing to report in terms of fresh injury concerns for today’s game! Use the link above to see the full updates from Daniel Farke’s pre-match press conference.

Daniel Farke: It will be a game decided by small margins

“It is 18 games so it is not like you can say it is early doors. Reading are in a good position and they are one of the best teams in the league. They have many talented attacking and defensive players. 

“We are also in good shape. We are there in a good position and it will be a game when small margins will decide it.”

Match Preview: Reading v Norwich City

See how Reading have performed so far this season in our Match Preview! It also provides details on the officials in charge of tonight’s match, our head-to-head record with the Royals and more.

Memorable Match: Reading 1-2 Norwich City

We enjoyed our previous trip to the Madejski Stadium! Remind yourself how the action unfolded in our 2-1 win with our Memorable Match, thanks to goals from Teemu Pukki and Mario Vrancic.

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Match Reports

Norwich back on top of Championship table thanks to goals from Pukki and Buendia in victory at Reading

16 December 2020

Norwich City moved back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship as goals from Emi Buendia and Teemu Pukki gave the Canaries a 2-1 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

Head coach Daniel Farke made two changes to the starting line-up with Kenny McLean and Marco Stiepermann coming into the side for Mario Vrancic and Alex Tettey.

Norwich started the game brightly with Josh Martin almost threading a perfectly timed ball through to Marco Stiepermann in the box, but the offside flag went up against German midfielder.

Pukki then warmed the gloves Rafael Cabral Barbosa with a shot from the edge of the box on 10 minutes. Sixty seconds later and Norwich were in front as Andy Rinomhota, under pressure from Martin, played a pass right into the path of Buendia who accepted the early Christmas and birthday present to fire a left-foot shot into the bottom corner.

Reading, rather fortunately, got themselves back on level terms though three minutes later as Sone Alouko’s cross deflected into the feet of Ovie Ejaria. His strike then deflected off Michael Olise and then appeared to strike the arm of Alfa Somedo on its way into the back of the net but, despite appeals from Christoph Zimmermann, the referee ignored the claims for handball.

Norwich continued to press and created the better chances in the first half. It was Pukki who brought two good saves out of Cabral Barbosa from near post crosses by Max Aarons and Stiepermann.

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Reading’s only other effort of note in the first half was an Olise shot, which this time, deflected off one of his own players and wide.

Farke made two changes at the break with Todd Cantwell and Kieran Dowell coming on for Marco Stiepermann and Josh Martin.

And it was Cantwell’s cross-field pass that created the opportunity for Norwich’s second goal as a superb touch inside from Aarons gave him a shooting chance, but he was brought down by a sliding challenge from Liam Moore. Pukki took the penalty and sent the shot down the middle for his 10th goal of the campaign.

Dowell then almost got a third for Norwich just before the 70-minute mark but, after picking up a pass from Pukki, his shot deflected off Moore and onto the post. Moore was then in the right place once more to block a Buendia shot from inside the area.

However, in stoppage time when Olise lined up a shot from free-kick 25 yards out, Norwich were indebted to a superb fingertip save from goalkeeper Michael McGovern to keep them in front and see them head back to Norfolk with a deserved three points. 

Reading: Cabral Barbosa; Holmes (McIntyre, 79’), Morrison, Moore (c), Gibson; Rinomhota (Onen, 79’), Laurent, Ejaria, Semedo (Esteves, 67’), Olise; Aluko (Baldock, 58’).
Subs not used: Walker, Bristow, Watson, East, Melvin-Lambert.
Goals: Olise (14’)
Bookings: Onen (82’)
Red cards: None

Norwich City: McGovern; Aarons, Zimmermann (c), Hanley, Sorensen; Skipp, McLean, Buendia, Stiepermann (Dowell, 45’, Tettey, 91’), Martin (Cantwell, 45’); Pukki (Hugill, 88’).
Subs not used: Barden, Vrancic, Omobamidele, Omotoye
Goals: Buendia (11’), Pukki (55’)
Bookings: None
Red cards: None

HT: 1-1
Venue: Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Geoff Eltringham

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