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Bristol City 0-2 Reading

Garath McCleary is congratulated by his teammates
Garath McCleary's goal was his first in the league since the final day of last season

Bristol City dropped to second-from-bottom in the Championship as they lost 2-0 at home to Reading.

Reading controversially took the lead when Nick Blackman, who City felt was offside, was put through on goal by Garath McCleary and shot home.

McCleary made it 2-0 shortly afterwards as his powerful low drove from almost 30 yards beat Frank Fielding.

City rarely troubled the Royals' defence and they still look for a first home win since promotion last season.

Reading moved into the play-off places thanks to the victory, which was their third in four games.

The Royals' opening goal caused consternation on the Bristol City bench as Blackman's curled left-footed effort took a deflection off Derrick Williams and nestled into the bottom corner.

Blackman was offside in the build-up to the goal, but was deemed not to be interfering with play as a pass from deep found McCleary on the right, with Blackman getting back onside as he received the ball from McCleary.

There were no such doubts for Reading's second soon after as McCleary was given far too much space by the City defence as he blasted home from distance.

City's Aaron Wilbraham had an appeal for a penalty turned down before on-loan Chelsea defender Michael Hector produced a goal-saving challenge to deny City's Jonathan Kodjia.

The home side had another penalty claim turned down 10 minutes from full-time after Kodija went down under a challenge from Paul McShane, while the Frenchman hit the post from close range after Kieran Agard's cross fizzed across the face of goal in the final minute.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill: "We felt hard done by with the first goal and thought there was an offside leading up to it. Until then we had begun brightly.

"It hurt us badly and we just need one or two decisions to go our way at the moment.

"We had a bit of bad luck hitting the post, but I'm not sure we did enough on the afternoon to deserve anything.

"There wasn't the normal zip to our passing. I put that down to fatigue, rather than lack of confidence and we will keep encouraging the players to be positive because there is a long way to go in the season."

Reading manager Steve Clarke: "To control any Championship game as we did today takes some doing and the team deserve enormous credit.

"We got ourselves in front early on and, while we could have had more goals, you won't find me complaining.

"I know Steve Cotterill was unhappy with our opening goal, but I was too far away to see if it was offside and people I have spoken to say it wasn't."

Nick Blackman gave Reading an early lead
Nick Blackman gave Reading an early lead...
Steve Cotterill
... to the consternation of City manager Steve Cotterill

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 5Ayling
  • 16MooreSubstituted forBurnsat 45'minutes
  • 4FlintBooked at 27mins
  • 3Williams
  • 23Bryan
  • 21PackBooked at 57minsSubstituted forReidat 57'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 15Freeman
  • 18WilbrahamSubstituted forAgardat 62'minutes
  • 22Kodjia

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 8Robinson
  • 10Agard
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 14Reid
  • 19Hamer
  • 20Burns

Reading

  • 1Bond
  • 2Gunter
  • 8Hector
  • 5McShane
  • 11Obita
  • 23Williams
  • 6NorwoodBooked at 52mins
  • 21QuinnSubstituted forTshibolaat 90'minutes
  • 12McClearySubstituted forHurtadoat 84'minutes
  • 22Blackman
  • 7VydraSubstituted forPiazonat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Hurtado
  • 17Piazon
  • 18Tshibola
  • 20John
  • 26Al Habsi
  • 31Cox
  • 35Cooper
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
15,385

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamReading
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 0, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Reading 2.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Luke Freeman.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Piazon (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paolo Hurtado.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Aaron Tshibola replaces Stephen Quinn.

Attempt saved. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.

Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Nick Blackman is caught offside.

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

Aden Flint (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Piazon (Reading).

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Paolo Hurtado replaces Garath McCleary.

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lucas Piazon following a fast break.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Lucas Piazon replaces Matej Vydra.

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stephen Quinn following a fast break.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Danny Williams.

Attempt missed. Wes Burns (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Bobby Reid with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Reid.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Luke Freeman.

Attempt blocked. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

Offside, Bristol City. Bobby Reid tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Offside, Reading. Matej Vydra tries a through ball, but Stephen Quinn is caught offside.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City).

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Kieran Agard replaces Aaron Wilbraham.

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range is too high following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Attempt blocked. Chris Gunter (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Bobby Reid replaces Marlon Pack.

Booking

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton8620115620
2Middlesbrough8521145917
3Hull8422116514
4Burnley7421118314
5Ipswich84221313014
6Reading8332126612
7Birmingham7331128412
8Cardiff8332119212
9QPR83321413112
10Leeds825198111
11Nottm Forest832388011
12Derby724176110
13Huddersfield8233910-19
14Sheff Wed82331012-29
15Charlton8233810-29
16Fulham7223111108
17Brentford72231113-28
18Wolves7223810-28
19Blackburn81439907
20MK Dons8215710-37
21Bolton8143410-67
22Preston813459-46
23Bristol City8125917-85
24Rotherham8125917-85
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