READING v WEST BROMWICH
FA Cup 5th round
Saturday 20th February
The game will be the 40th league and
cup meeting between the two clubs. Albion currently lead the way in terms of
victories with 18 compared to the Royals' 12. There have been six previous FA
Cup games with Albion winning one and Reading three.
last game on this date took place in 2011 when an injury-time equaliser from the
on-loan Carlos Vela grabbed Albion a point from a 1-1 draw with Wolves at The
Hawthorns. The club's last win on February 20 came in 2007 when the Baggies beat
Cardiff City 1-0 at home in a League Championship clash, Nathan Ellington the
The Baggies' last FA Cup game on February 20 came
back in 1960 when they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Leicester City in a 5th
round tie at The Hawthorns, Joe Kennedy scoring the Albion goal.
Reading's last game on this date took place in 2010
- the Royals losing 2-0 away at Blackpool in a League Championship fixture.
Albion last lost a FA Cup tie to a team from a
lower tier than themselves in 2011 when Reading knocked them out at the 3rd
round stage. Since then the Baggies have played seven games against lower league
opposition winning four and drawing three.
The Baggies will be attempting to reach the FA Cup
quarter finals in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1967/68 and
Albion's last six games: Everton
(A) 1-0; Peterborough United (A, FAC) 1-1 (4-3 on pens), Newcastle United (A) 0-1; Swansea City (H) 1-1;
Peterborough United (H, FAC)
2-2; Aston Villa (H) 0-0.
Reading's last six games: Burnley (H) 0-0;
Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) 0-0; Ipswich Town (A) 1-2; Walsall (H, FAC) 4-0;
Sheffield Wednesday (H) 1-1; Huddersfield Town (H, FAC) 5-2.
Albion will be without James
Morrison, (hamstring), Callum McManaman (ankle) and Gareth McAuley (thigh) for
the trip to the Madejski Stadium.
George Evans and Yann Kermorgant
are both cup-tied for the Royals whilst former Albion loanee Matej Vydra and
defender Danny Williams face fitness tests with both suffering hamstring
Recent signing Deniss Rakels
could get a first start.
Albion Win: 17/10, Reading Win: 17/10, Draw: 21/10.
Albion: Rondon 11/2, Berahino 6/1, Lambert 13/2,
Anichebe 13/2, Pritchard 9/1, Sessegnon 9/1, Roberts 9/1, McClean 10/1, Gardner
12/1, Fletcher 14/1, Sandro 16/1, Brunt 20/1, Dawson 20/1, McAuley 25/1, Evans
25/1, Yacob 28/1, Olsson 33/1.
Rakels 13/2, Vydra 13/2, Barrett 7/1, Piazon 7/1, Cox 7/1, Robson-Kanu 15/2,
John 11/1, Williams 12/1, McCleary 12/1, Quinn 12/1, Norwood 14/1, Hector 28/1,
Cooper 33/1, Obita 33/1.
No Goalscorer: 13/2.
Assistant Referees: Darren Cann (Norfolk)
& Scott Ledger (South Yorkshire)
Fourth Official: Roger East (Wiltshire)
Taylor has refereed two Albion
games so far this season - the 2-2 draw at Chelsea last month and the 3-2 defeat at home to
He refereed three Albion games
during 2014/15 - the 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in May, the 2-0
FA Cup quarter final defeat at Aston Villa in March and the 2-0 defeat at home
to Everton in September.
The Cheshire official last took
charge of a Reading game back in April 2014 - the Royals' 3-1 win at Doncaster
Taylor has issued 105 yellow
cards and two red in the 30 games he has officiated so far this season.
A full run-down of Taylor's history refereeing the
Baggies can be found
Albion have completely sold out of their 4,000
Light rain, 11°C
The first ever meeting of Albion and Reading came at Elm Park
in November 1901 in a friendly game that ended in a 1-1 draw. 'Chippy' Simmons
scored the Baggies' goal whilst Tom Clinch netted for the hosts from the penalty
The first league meetings between the clubs took place in
the Second Division during the 1927/28 season. The first game, in September at
Elm Park, ended in a 4-1 victory for Albion, Jimmy Cookson, Arthur Fitton, Tommy
Glidden and Charlie Wilson the visitors' scorers. The return game at The
Hawthorns in January saw another eight goals scored, this time the game finishing
with a 5-3 victory for the Baggies. The aforementioned Cookson scored four of the goals and would go on to
become a regular thorn in the side of Reading over the following years, scoring 12 goals
in all games against them.
Remarkably the next two league meetings, during the 1928/29 season, saw another
13 goals scored, Albion losing 5-3 at Elm Park before gaining revenge at The
Hawthorns with a 5-0 win.
Albion's biggest victory over the Royals is the aforementioned 5-0 win, achieved
in March 1929. Cookson (2), Fitton, Jimmy Edwards and Glidden scoring the Baggies'
Reading's best result against
Albion, a 6-3 victory, came in a Football League South game at
Elm Park in May 1941.
The clubs first met in FA Cup action
during the 1947/48 season, Albion winning a third round tie at The
Hawthorns 2-0 thanks to goals from Roy Finch and George Drury. The clubs
have met five times in the competition since that initial game and the
failed to win a single game, drawing twice and losing three times.
Albion have failed to win on their last eight visits
to Reading, losing five games and drawing three. The Baggies' last win on
Reading soil came in January 1995 when goals from Andy Hunt and Kevin
Donovan helped an Alan Buckley-led side to a 2-0 victory.
A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here
PREVIOUS FA CUP MEETINGS
8th January 2011
Reading 1-0 Albion
FA Cup 3rd round
Reading: Federici, Cummings, Harte, Leigertwood, Mills, Pearce, McAnuff,
Karacan, Long (Church), Hunt (Robson-Kanu), Kebe. Goalscorer: Long
Albion: Myhill, Zuiverloon, Cech, Scharner (Olsson), Hurst, Jara,
Morrison, Dorrans, Miller (Bednar), Barnes (Thomas), Brunt.
Wednesday 24th February 2010
Albion 2-3 Reading (AET)
FA Cup 5th Round Replay
Albion: Carson, Zuiverloon, Mattock, Mulumbu, Tamas, Meite, Dorrans
(Morrison), Koren, Bednar (Wood), Cox, Moore (Cech). Goalscorers: Koren 2
Reading: Federici, Griffin, Bertrand, Kebe, Mills (Pearce), Ingimarsson,
McAnuff, Sigurdsson, Church (Robson-Kanu), Howard, Tabb (Henry). Goalscorers:
Kebe, Howard, Sigurdsson.
Saturday 13th February 2010
Reading 2-2 Albion
FA Cup 5th Round
Federici, Griffin, Bertrand, Gunnarsson, Mills, Ingimarsson, McAnuff, Karacan
(Tabb), Long, Howard (Church), Kebe (Rasiak). Goalscorers: Kebe, Church.
Albion: Carson, Zuiverloon, Mattock, Jara (Mulumbu), Meite (Tamas),
Olsson, Dorrans, Koren, Bednar, Cox, Brunt (Moore). Goalscorers: Koren,
Tuesday 17th January 2006
Reading 3-2 Albion (AET)
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
Reading: Stack, Murty, Makin, Harper, Gunnarsson, Ingimarsson, Hunt,
Sidwell, Long (Doyle), Lita (Cox), Oster (Osano). Goalscorers: Lita 3.
Albion: Kirkland, Hodgkiss, Carter, Wallwork (Nicholson), Davies,
Albrechtsen, Greening (Dyer), Inamoto (Davies), Ellington, Earnshaw, Chaplow.
Goalscorers: Chaplow 2.
Saturday 7th January 2006
Albion 1-1 Reading
FA Cup 3rd Round
Albion: Kirkland, Albrechtsen, Robinson, Wallwork, Davies, Moore,
Greening (Gera), Inamoto (Horsfield), Kanu, Ellington (Campbell), Carter.
Goalscorer: Gera (pen).
Reading: Stack, Makin, Shorey, Harper, Gunnarsson, Ingimarsson, Hunt
(Little), Sidwell, Kitson (Doyle), Long (Lita), Oster. Goalscorer: Doyle
Saturday 10th January 1948
Albion 2-0 Reading
FA Cup 3rd Round
Albion: Sanders, Pemberton, Millard, Williams, Vernon, Ryan, Gordon,
Finch, Drury, Evans, Elliott. Goalscorers: Finch, Drury.
Reading: Rickett, Goldberg, Gulliver, Moyse, Ratcliffe, Green, Fisher,
Edelston, MacPhee, Dix, Bertschin.
(Click on game to view)
Saturday 8 January 2011 - Reading 1-0 Albion - FA Cup 3rd Round - Madejski Stadium
Saturday 27 March 2010 - Reading 1-1 Albion - League Championship - Madejski Stadium
Wednesday 24 February 2010 - Albion 2-3 Reading - FA Cup 5th Round Replay - The Hawthorns
Tuesday 17 January 2006 - Reading 3-2 Albion - FA Cup 3rd Round Replay - Madejski Stadium
Friday 26 December 1997 - Reading 2-1 Albion - League Division One - Elm Park
Tuesday 10 September 1996 - Albion 3-2 Reading - League Division One - The Hawthorns
Saturday 7 October 1995 - Albion 2-0 Reading - League Division One - The Hawthorns
Saturday 14 January 1995 - Reading 0-2 Albion - League Division One - Elm Park
Saturday 09 November 1991 - Reading 1-2 Albion - Third Division - Elm Park
LAST MEETING AT THE MADEJSKI STADIUM
Reading 3-2 Albion
Saturday 12th January 2013,
Federici; Gunter, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte; Carrico (McCleary HT); Kebe, Guthrie,
Karacan (Le Fondre 65), McAnuff (c); Pogrebnyak. Subs not used: Taylor (gk),
Hunt, S Morrison, Cummings, Akpan.
Goalscorers: Kebe 82, le Fondre 88 (pen),
Booked: Pogrebnyak 90 (removing shirt)
Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Thorne, Brunt (c); Dorrans (Rosenberg
79), Morrison, Thomas; Lukaku. Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Popov, El
Ghanassy, Dawson, Tamas, A Nabi.
Goalscorers: Lukaku 19 & 69
Jones 37 (foul)
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
Reading breathed new life into their Barclays Premier League survival bid when
two late goals from Adam Le Fondre and Pavel Pogrebnyak completed a stunning
comeback victory over West Brom. The Baggies had been in cruise control after
Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku had put them 2-0 up and hit the
woodwork twice. Reading seemed down and out. A return to the
bottom of the table, after QPR's draw with Tottenham earlier in the day, seemed
inevitable. But Jimmy Kebe grabbed an opportunist goal to set up a tense finish
and the Royals snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by completing a dramatic
late turnaround. Le Fondre came off the bench to draw Reading level with an 88th
minute penalty after Kebe had been fouled by Jonas Olsson before Pogrebnyak
bundled in the winner from an Ian Harte free-kick.
Reading had been hoping their 3-1 FA Cup win at Crawley would kick-start their
survival bid and they started with new signing Daniel Carrico in central
midfield. But for 80 minutes they seemed destined for another Premier League
defeat - and a return to the foot of the table as Lukaku and James Morrison led
them a merry dance. Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici pulled off a sharp save to deny
Morrison, who had been picked out by Jerome Thomas after a dangerous West
Brom counter-attack. If that had served as a warning then
Reading did not heed it as West Brom cut them open
with ease to take the lead. Lukaku, on loan from
Chelsea until the end of the season, released
Morrison down the left and then received the return ball to beat Federici from
six yards out. Reading sought a positive response. Harte released Kebe down the
right and he drove in an inviting cross but Pogrebnyak opted not to attack the
six-yard box. When Chris Gunter worked some space down the same flank he floated
a cross in for Jobi McAnuff but the Reading captain could not generate any power
and Foster claimed his soft header. Reading struggled to retain composure and
clear their lines as West Brom, with Morrison a constant danger, began to crank up the pressure. When
Carrico did released Kebe on the counter-attack, his first touch as he entered
the West Brom box was so poor that the covering defender cleared for a
Reading were booed off at half-time and fortunate not to go further behind
immediately after the restart, when Harte sloppily conceded possession and
Lukaku almost doubled his tally. Chris Brunt preserved
West Brom's lead with a last-gasp block to deny Garath McLeary after Foster had
missed Kebe's cross from the right.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke said this week that Lukaku had
the ability to "frighten" defenders - and the Belgian was beginning to cause
havoc for Reading. Lukaku had one strike chalked off for
offside before he hit the post with a glancing header after Morrison's excellent
run and cross down the left. West Brom's success down that flank highlighted why
Reading this week signed the Republic of Ireland right-back Stephen Kelly, who
was watching from the stands. Lukaku then rattled the crossbar with a thundering
left-foot strike off the bar before finally hitting the target again, drilling a
low shot past Federici. The Baggies had launched a counter-attack from their own
box. Morrison fed Lukaku and the teenager cut in from the right, stepped inside
Adrian Mariappa and then beat Federici at his near post. There seemed no way
back for Reading but with 10 minutes left Kebe snuck in at
the back post to meet McCleary's cross and beat Foster with a low header.
Reading began to press hard and, with two minutes remaining, Kebe was clattered
by Olsson on the edge of the West Brom box. Le Fondre, who blasted a penalty in
the FA Cup win against Crawley, this time tucked it away calmly to Foster's left. And
an incredible comeback was completed when Harte launched a free-kick into the
box, Alex Pearce knocked it down and Pogrebnyak bundled the ball past Foster.
Republic of Ireland international defender Paul McShane spent a season as
an Albion player after joining the club as part of the deal that took Polish
goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak to Manchester United. After spells at Sunderland and
Hull City, McShane joined the Royals on a three year deal in July 2015.
Matěj Vydra spent the 2013/14 season on
loan at The Hawthorns from Italian club Udinese. His spell with the Baggies was
generally unsuccessful with the Czech Republic striker making just seven Premier
League starts for the club. He joined Reading in September 2015 on a season-long
loan deal from Watford, whom he had signed for permanently just weeks earlier
after earlier loan spells at Vicarage Road.
Simon Cox started his career with the
Royals, progressing through their youth set-up to make his first team debut for
the club in September 2005. He struggled to make any impact whilst at Reading
and in January 2008 he joined Swindon Town for whom he had earlier impressed
during a loan spell. Cox became a huge success at the County Ground and after
hitting 48 goals in just 88 games for the Robins, Albion made a £1.5million move
for the player in July 2009. The Republic of Ireland international scored a
number of vital goals as Roberto Di Matteo led the team to promotion but once in
the Premier League Cox struggled at the higher-level, eventually leaving for
Nottingham Forest in 2012. After two years with Forest, Cox returned to Reading.
Current Reading coach Steven Reid spent over
four years at The Hawthorns after joining from Blackburn Rovers in March 2010.
Despite suffering a number of injuries during his time with the club, Reid
played an important part in helping to establish the Baggies in the Premier League.
He left Albion at the end of the 2013/14 season and spent a year with Burnley
before announcing his retirement from the game. He was named as Reading's first
team coach in June 2015, working under one of his former bosses at The Hawthorns Steve
players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Chris
Barron, John Chadburn, Neil Clement, Simon Cox, Arthur Crump, Shaun
Cummings, Donervon Daniels, Len Darnell, Frank Fletcher, George Forrester, Percy Freeman,
Paul Holsgrove, George Irwin, George
James, Arthur Kelsey, Harry Kinsell, Jack Lewis, Shane Long, John
McIlvenny, Tom Pangborn, Gary Phillips, Graham Potter, Alonzo Poulton,
Jimmy Poxton, Brian Quailey, Jason Roberts, Alan Scarrott, Nicky Shorey, Sam Sodje, Phil Whitehead
and Jimmy Whitehouse.
Jack Smith managed both
clubs whilst former Albion boss Ray Harford spent a short spell
coaching at Reading. John Gorman held the role of assistant manager
at both clubs.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS READING
TEN MATCHES AGAINST READING
Sat 12 Jan 2016
Lukaku 2 - Kebe, Le Fondre (pen), Pogrebnyak
Sat 22 Sep 2012
Sat 08 Jan 2011
Sat 27 Mar 2010
Tamas - Sigurdsson
Wed 24 Feb 2010
Koren 2 - Kebe, Howard, Sigurdsson
Sat 13 Feb 2010
Koren, Mattock - Kebe, Church
Sat 17 Oct 2009
Thomas 2, Mulumbu - Mills
Tue 17 Jan 2006
Chaplow 2 - Lita 3
Sat 07 Jan 2006
Gera (pen) - Doyle (pen)
Sat 01 May 2004
League Division 1
FA CUP 5TH
Saturday 20th February
12:45pm - Arsenal v Hull City.
3:00pm - Reading v Albion; Watford v Leeds
5:15pm - Bournemouth v Everton.
Sunday 21st February
2:00pm - Blackburn Rovers v West Ham United.
3:00pm - Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace.
4:00pm - Chelsea v Manchester City.
Monday 22nd February
7:45pm - Shrewsbury Town v Manchester United.