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Reading 1-0 Bristol City

Bristol City's defenders are inconsolable after conceding the winner in stoppage time
Bristol City's defenders are inconsolable after conceding the winner in stoppage time

Nick Blackman's stoppage-time goal was enough to give Reading victory over Championship strugglers Bristol City.

Reading's top scorer ran on to a Danny Williams pass and shot low past City goalkeeper Frank Fielding to net for the 13th time this season.

City failed to hit the target as Luke Freeman came closest early on when he hit the side netting.

Matej Vydra had a number of chances for the home side, as did Blackman before he eventually got the winner.

The victory was the second for Reading manager Brian McDermott since taking over on 17 December and ended a run of one victory in their last seven games as they moved up to 12th place in the Championship.

City have now won just twice in their last 14 league games, a record stretching back to the middle of October, and are in the final relegation place by virtue of goal difference.

Reading controlled much of the opening period with Jake Cooper, Vydra and Oliver Norwood all going close.

Orlando Sa and Williams had efforts blocked after the break, while Vydra headed straight at Fielding and Blackman headed over before getting the late winning goal.

Reading manager Brian McDermott:

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McDermott on Reading v Bristol City

"Matej could have scored two or three goals today. He worked his socks off, he kept putting himself on the line, which was really important. He never hid.

"And he's made an unbelievable tackle late in the game. He gave the ball away, ran after it, made that unbelievable tackle and then gave a terrific pass to Garath (McCleary). In a way, that tackle has been a match-winner for us.

"I'm delighted for Matej and the whole group. It's all about belief and confidence. But the win will give us that little bit extra confidence. To get it so late, it's a big, big win."

Briston City boss Steve Cotterill:

"We played very well today. Collectively, we've got a lot of young lads who are learning the hard way at this level.

"The players are giving me everything they can possibly give me. Today was just one of those painful defeats."

"It was disappointing to concede their goal. At the time, we were the team that were looking for three points. I thought that we were the team in the ascendancy."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShaneSubstituted forFerdinandat 31'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 35Cooper
  • 3A TaylorSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 73'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 6NorwoodBooked at 88mins
  • 22Blackman
  • 7Vydra
  • 21QuinnBooked at 66mins
  • 10Substituted forMcClearyat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 9Robson-Kanu
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 17Piazon
  • 34Keown
  • 41Liburd

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 5Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 17BakerSubstituted forMooreat 42'minutes
  • 13Bennett
  • 21Pack
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forReidat 82'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 23Bryan
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 22KodjiaSubstituted forBurnsat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 10Agard
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 14Reid
  • 16Moore
  • 20Burns
  • 24O'Leary
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
19,677

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Bristol City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Bristol City 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Bristol City 0. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Williams.

Offside, Bristol City. Elliott Bennett tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Offside, Bristol City. Korey Smith tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Booking

Oliver Norwood (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Attempt missed. Chris Gunter (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Bobby Reid replaces Luke Freeman.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Williams.

Oliver Norwood (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Korey Smith (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Andrew Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

Attempt blocked. Liam Moore (Bristol City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aden Flint with a headed pass.

Booking

Anton Ferdinand (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Anton Ferdinand (Reading).

Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Anton Ferdinand.

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Wilbraham.

Booking

Stephen Quinn (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Reading).

Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Anton Ferdinand (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough24164436122452
2Derby25139337172048
3Hull25145636181847
4Brighton25111133125644
5Burnley25119534231142
6Ipswich2511863430441
7Sheff Wed2510963628839
8Birmingham2511683027339
9Cardiff2591063026437
10Brentford2510693735236
11Wolves259793232034
12Reading2596103028233
13Leeds2571172628-232
14Nottm Forest2571082524131
15Preston2571082122-131
16QPR257993033-330
17Blackburn2461082221128
18Huddersfield2577113036-628
19Fulham2569104043-327
20MK Dons2565142133-1223
21Rotherham2563163044-1421
22Bristol City2549122244-2221
23Charlton2548132142-2120
24Bolton25211121939-2017
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