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McCann delivers positive update on injuries

2 December 2021

Grant McCann says that Matt and Tyler Smith could return to the squad for Hull City’s upcoming Championship outing against Reading, while Brandon Fleming is also back in training.

Having both featured for the Tigers in an Under-23s clash against Coventry City after the first team’s win against Birmingham City, neither Matt or Tyler Smith have been in action since due to hamstring injuries.

“We’ve had Matt Smith back on the grass and he could be available for the weekend,” McCann said.

“He felt a tightness in his hamstring against Coventry Under-23s. He felt his hamstring in that game, as did Tyler Smith.

“He (Tyler) has also been out training this week. They both felt a tightness in their hamstrings after that game. It was nothing serious - they only missed one game or so but they’re both available again for the weekend.

“It’s a bit more positive for us (on the injury front). Brandon Fleming has been out on the grass today as well - training with the group after nine weeks out. It’s great to see him back. Tom Huddlestone has had another good week of training.”

Although the Tigers are searching for their fifth successive win in the Championship, McCann says that would not stop him from tweaking his starting line-up depending on the opposition.

“The results have been good for us over the last four games but like I always say, we assess how we feel we’re going to hurt Reading. The team isn’t always necessarily going to be the same as the team that won the previous week.

“We do a lot of work in terms of areas of the pitch where we feel we can hurt them. We have to work diligently in terms of what we do and be consistent in terms of our approach.”

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Match Reports

Reading 1-1 Hull City: Match Report

4 December 2021

Mallik Wilks’ third goal of the season extended Hull City’s unbeaten run to five matches with a valuable point at Reading.

The 22-year-old’s second-half strike cancelled out Tom Holmes’ acrobatic effort in first-half injury time and ensured a repeat of the same scoreline from the Tigers’ last visit in 2020.

Grant McCann named an unchanged team from the battling 2-1 victory over Millwall as the Tigers searched for a fifth consecutive Championship win.

There was one alteration on the bench as Tyler Smith – celebrating his 23rd birthday – replaced Tom Eaves.

Brimming with confidence after an uplifting November, the Tigers immediately took the game to their Berkshire hosts.

George Honeyman won and stood up a free-kick which was cleared as far as Richie Smallwood, whose right-footed volley bounced down into the ground and was pushed wide by Luke Southwood.

The visitors had the ball in the net as Honeyman’s cross was nodded down by Josh Magennis and steered in on the volley by Wilks, but the offside flag curtailed the celebrations.

Both sets of supporters came together in the sixth minute for a minute’s applause in memory of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

Full of running, the Tigers continued to ask questions as Keane Lewis-Potter sprayed the ball wide for Ryan Longman to send in a cross which Wilks headed over.

Having bossed the opening 20 minutes, the Tigers almost shot themselves in the foot as Reading were gifted a glorious opportunity to go in front.

Ryan Longman’s wayward pass was intercepted by John Swift, who raced clean through on goal but Nathan Baxter read his effort brilliantly and made a vital stop low to his left.

The Chelsea loanee then showed impressive reactions to tip over Tom Dele-Bashiru’s blistering 20-yarder after a sharp one-two with Baba Rahman.

The Tigers regained the upper hand and on 35 minutes, a Lewis-Potter cross from the right was scrambled wide by Southwood, who briefly required treatment after clattering into the post.

The resulting corner from Honeyman was headed back across goal by Sean McLoughlin, ghosting in at the back post, into the path of Wilks but he blazed over from six yards.

There was another let off for the Royals when a stretching Holmes diverted Lewis-Potter’s devilish delivery towards his own goal but, fortunately for him, straight at a relieved Southwood.

Reading came on strong in the final moments of the half and, after Andy Carroll had penalty shouts ignored, took the lead in the second minute of added time.

Josh Laurent’s curling shot was touched wide by Baxter, with Swift’s subsequent corner headed into the air by Laurent for Holmes to crash an overhead kick into the roof of the net.

McCann’s men could feel aggrieved to be trailing but were back level ten minutes after the break.

Latching onto a loose ball, Wilks’ first-time 30-yard drive caught Southwood off guard, with the wrong-footed keeper only able to divert the ball into the net.

Veljko Paunovic’s side were stronger in the second period and set about restoring their lead.

Carroll turned inside the box before firing over and the hosts were furious not to be awarded a penalty when Swift went down under Di’Shon Bernard’s challenge.

Carroll’s volley sailed wide and Dele-Bashiru exchanged passes with Swift before shooting towards the near post but Baxter held at the second attempt.

Wilks headed a Lewis-Potter centre over and Femi Azeez curled a speculative effort wide of the far upright.

The Tigers had another goal chalked off with 10 to go as a well-crafted move saw Honeyman square for substitute Smith to tap in – but again the flag was raised.

Reading were unhappy themselves as a third penalty appeal fell on deaf ears after Carroll’s header caught the flailing arm of Bernard.

The Royals came closest to pinching a winner as Azeez’s low strike was blocked heroically after a scramble from a corner in added time, but the points were shared.

 

Reading:Luke Southwood; Andy Yiadom © (Dejan Tetek 46’), Tom Holmes, Scott Dann, Baba Rahman; Josh Laurent; Alen Halilovic (Femi Azeez 56'), Danny Drinkwater, John Smith, Tom Dele-Bashiru; Andy Carroll.

Subs not used: Rafael, Mamadi Camara, George Puscas, Tyrell Ashcroft, Kelvin Abrefa.

 

Hull City:Nathan Baxter; Di’Shon Bernard, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves; Keane Lewis-Potter, Richie Smallwood ©, Greg Docherty, Ryan Longman (Callum Elder 66’); George Honeyman; Josh Magennis (Tyler Smith 75’), Mallik Wilks.

Subs not used: Matt Ingram, Andy Cannon, George Moncur, Randell Williams, Tom Huddlestone.

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Ticket News

Reading (A): Ticket Details

18 November 2021

Tickets for Hull City's Championship match away at Reading on Saturday 4th December are now on sale to Members.

We have received an initial allocation of 1,318 at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, with the game kicking off at 3pm. 

Tickets will go on general sale at 9am on Monday 22nd November. 

 

Ticket Prices:

£20/£25 - Adult Members/Non-Members

£13/£16 - Senior 65+ Members/Non-Members

£10/£13 - 18-24 Years Members/Non-Members

£5/£8 - 17 & Under Members/Non-Members

£4/£7 - 12 & Under Members/Non-Members

 

Family Area Ticket Prices:

£18/£23 - Adult Members/Non-Members

£13/£16 - Senior 65+ Members/Non-Members

£10/£13 - 18-24 Years Members/Non-Members

£5/£8 - 17 & Under Members/Non-Members

£2/£5 - 12 & Under Members/Non-Members

 

Members are reminded that to receive the price discount above online, they need to log in via the ticketing account associated with their Membership.

Please note, Adults must be accompanying a child for entry into the Family Area at Reading FC. To purchase tickets in the Family Area, please call the Ticket Office on 01482 505600 or purchase directly from Tiger Leisure.

Disabled supporters (wheelchair and ambulant) pay the age-appropriate price and are entitled to a free ticket for a personal assistant if required.

Disabled tickets are only available to purchase over the phone on 01482 505600 or from Tiger Leisure.

 

Tickets will be available online, over the phone on 01482 505600 and from Tiger Leisure until 12 noon (9am online) on Friday 3rd December.

 

Tiger Travel:

Coach travel for the trip to Berkshire is priced at £34.50 for Members and £46 for non-Members.

Coaches will depart from the South Stand car park at the MKM Stadium at 8am.

You can purchase Tiger Travel online, over the phone on 01482 505600, and in person at the Tiger Leisure store.

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