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Away Days: Reading vs Stevenage

9 August 2022

Stevenage kick off their Carabao Cup campaign with a trip to Berkshire tonight to face Paul Ince’s Reading…

After taking six points from the opening two fixtures in Sky Bet League Two against Tranmere Rovers and Stockport County, Stevenage turn their attention to the Carabao Cup as they are met with Sky Bet Championship opposition. Boro boss Steve Evans explained in his pre-match interview that “all we want to do is win some football matches, and upset a few along the way”.

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Having spent three campaigns in the top flight in the past, The Royals have now been playing their football in the second tier for almost a decade. Despite finishing just one spot outside the Championship play-offs in the 2020/21 campaign, the following season would be a disappointing one for Reading, staying clear of relegation by just four points.

Paul Ince’s side hope to improve on last season’s disappointment in The Championship and so far, they’ve already earned themselves a 2-1 victory against Cardiff City. As for Reading’s league cup history, their highest ever finish in the competition is the quarter finals, getting knocked out at this stage by Middlesborough and Leeds in the 1990s.

Perhaps Reading’s most memorable League cup clash was in the 2012/13 campaign when The Royals took Arsenal to extra time in the Round of 16. The match finished 7-5 to the Gunners which meant it was the highest-scoring match in League cup history.

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Stevenage and Reading are rather familiar with each other when it comes to cup competitions. Despite never meeting in the League Cup, Boro and the Royals have had 4 encounters in the FA Cup. The first clash came in 2011 as the Berkshire side came away from The Lamex Stadium with a 2-1 win in the Fourth Round, despite a goal from Darius Charles.

Stevenage would be drawn with Reading in The FA Cup once again the following season, this time in the third round and The Royals were the home side. Darius Charles found his name on the scoresheet once again but this time, to the delight of the Boro faithful, it was the only goal of the game as Stevenage earned a place in the fourth round.

Finally, in 2018, Stevenage and Reading would meet again in the FA Cup third Round with the initial tie ending in a 0-0 draw. Boro earned themselves a trip to Berkshire but this time the Royals proved to have the better quality, winning 3-0.

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Reading have played their football at the Select Car Leasing Stadium since it first opened in 1998. It’s an all-seater ground which holds a capacity of 24,161 and is located close to the M4 motorway. The stadium cost £50 million to build and has played host to Reading’s three Premier League campaigns in the past.

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Carl Brook has been appointed as the Match Referee for this fixture and will be joined by Assistants James Vallance and Richard Morris with Kirsty Dowle as Fourth Official. Brook handed out four yellow cards on his first match of the season on Saturday.

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Report: Reading 1-2 Stevenage

9 August 2022

Reading FC / Jason Dawson

Stevenage Football Club cause upset in Berkshire as Boro progress to the Second Round of the Carabao Cup...

After winning two from two in Sky Bet League Two, the attention was turned to the first round of The Carabao Cup for Steve Evans and his men as they were met with Championship opposition in Reading at The Select Car Leasing stadium. Boro hoped to repeat their 1-0 win over the Royals back in 2012 in the FA Cup Third Round.

Steve Evans decided to rotate his team for the cup tie, making seven changes in total. Aaron Chapman, Dean Campbell, Kane Smith, Arthur Read, Jamie Reid and Danny Rose were all brought into the starting eleven. Meanwhile, Reading’s starting eleven consisted of a nineteen-year-old, three eighteen-year-olds and a seventeen-year-old.

Roughly ten minutes in, Stevenage broke the deadlock and were looking dominant. Right-back Kane Smith drilled a low ball into the box as Norwich loanee Saxon Earley was there to calmly place it past Royals keeper Dean Bouzanis to open the scoring and get his first goal in a Boro shirt.

Stevenage remained the side on top as they looked to potentially double their lead over the Championship side. Saxon Earley’s unique throw-in technique led to the ball reaching Danny Rose’s head who flicked on for Jake Reeves, but the midfielder could only get his header into the hands of Dean Bouzanis.

With half an hour played, Reading had very little to get excited about until their side won a corner to lift the home crowd’s spirit. The ball was sent into the area but Saxon Earley, who had been heavily involved so far, headed clear. Unsurprisingly, Earley was involved once again five minutes later, but this time receiving a yellow card for obstruction.

With five minutes to go until the interval, Boro came close to grabbing a second. The ball fell to Kane Smith just outside the area who fired low and hard, inches wide of the post. This turned out to be the final chance of the half as Evans’ men went into the break one goal up.

As the second half got underway, Stevenage looked to remain the dominant side and push on for a second goal. Jake Reeves found Danny Rose in the area whose attempted overhead kick was blocked.

Despite Boro being on top for the first twenty minutes of the half, Reading managed to level the scoring just after the hour mark. Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan found himself through on goal against the run of play and was left with the simple task of tapping the ball past Chapman to get one back.

The Royals almost took the lead just minutes later with Boro on the back foot. Mamadi Camara was sent through on goal, but Terence Vancooten’s pace allowed him to put in a sublime last-ditch tackle to get his side out of danger.

Steve Evans made three changes with ten minutes of the ninety to go, with Luther James-Wildin, Max Clark and Jake Taylor replacing Dean Campbell, Saxon Earley and Arthur Read.

With just two minutes remaining and the game looking destined for a penalty shootout, Stevenage got their deserved winner. Dan Sweeney touched the ball down with his chest before progressing forward and delivering a delightful ball to the back post. Danny Rose was in the right place at the right time to tap in and get his first goal for Stevenage and send his side into the Second Round of the Carabao Cup.

League Two Stevenage upset Championship Reading as focus now turns back to the league this Saturday as Boro go on their travels to Walsall.

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Tickets & Travel: Reading

9 August 2022

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Match tickets are now on sale for Stevenage’s trip to Reading on Tuesday 9th August…

Kicking off at 8pm at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, Steve Evans men travel to Berkshire to take on Paul Ince’s Royals in Round One of this season’s Carabao Cup.

Hoping to emulate the FA Cup Third Round victory away at Reading a decade ago, Boro will aim to reach Round Two of the League Cup in successive seasons for the first time since 2013.

Match tickets are available to purchase online at www.borotickets.co.uk, from the Club Shop (open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-5pm) or on the day of the game for an increased price. 

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£10

£15

65 & over

£7

£10

18-24

£7

£10

17 & under

£5

£7

12 & under

£3

£5

Stevenage supporters will be situated in the South Stand at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, with matchday parking available for purchase up to four hours before kick-off for £5.

Subject to availability, any remaining parking spaces will be sold on the day for £10, card only. A blue badge is required for our accessible car park.

Disabled supporters who qualify and require a Personal Assistant ticket will need to phone 0118 968 1313 and select option 2.

Travel by Coach

The running of the Stevenage FC Supporters’ Association coach is to be confirmed.

Travel by Train

Purchase your train ticket at www.nationalrail.co.uk and keep up-to-date with latest travel info by following @nationalrailenq.

The nearest railway station to the Select Car Leasing Stadium is Reading. From the station, take a Greenwave Park & Ride service which run from the North interchange on Mondays to Fridays.

For more travel information to the Select Car Leasing Stadium, click here.

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