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Bristol City 2-3 Reading

Yann Kermorgant
Yann Kermogant has scored seven goals this season for Reading.

Yann Kermogant scored two late goals as Reading came from behind to snatch victory against Bristol City.

Tammy Abraham gave Bristol City the lead when he pounced on a rebound, before doubling his side's lead minutes after the break from the spot after Tyler Blackett felled Callum O'Dowda.

Liam Kelly began Reading's comeback before Kermogant lashed home an equaliser with four minutes to play.

And the striker struck again with a superb effort to win it for the Royals.

Reading, who began the day in third place in the Championship table, were looking for their third straight victory after their final game of 2016 against Fulham was abandoned due to fog.

But it was City, who have now lost nine of their last 10 games, who took a surprising 2-0 lead courtesy of top scorer Abraham's brace following Reading's defensive errors.

Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi's poor pass out fell to Joe Bryan which led to Abraham's first, before the Bristol City striker added his 17th goal of the season in all competitions, after Blackett's clumsy challenge in the box.

Reading began their charge in the 72nd-minute through substitute Kelly, before Kermogant netted twice in seven minutes to complete the comeback in stoppage time, and they remain third in the Championship table, while Bristol City fall one place to 18th.

Reading manager Jaap Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"We're very pleased with that, in terms of how we played as most of the time we controlled the game and scored three goals in the second half as well to win.

"At times in the first half, we were careless giving the ball away allowing them to break on the counter.

"We needed to step up and be better than that in the second half. After conceding a second goal, we stuck to our plan and were patient.

"We got our crisp, quick passing going and that's what we did right up until the end of the game."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 2LittleBooked at 64mins
  • 4Flint
  • 27Matthews
  • 13Golbourne
  • 7Smith
  • 11O'DowdaSubstituted forReidat 61'minutes
  • 8Brownhill
  • 3Bryan
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forWilbrahamat 78'minutes
  • 9AbrahamBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 10Tomlin
  • 12O'Donnell
  • 14Reid
  • 16Engvall
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 20Paterson
  • 25Kelly

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 16MooreBooked at 77mins
  • 24BlackettSubstituted forObitaat 54'minutes
  • 4van den BergBooked at 68mins
  • 23Williams
  • 12McClearySubstituted forMeiteat 83'minutes
  • 8SwiftSubstituted forKellyat 66'minutes
  • 7Beerens
  • 18KermorgantBooked at 39mins

Substitutes

  • 3Cooper
  • 6Evans
  • 11Obita
  • 14Samuel
  • 19Meite
  • 38Kelly
  • 40Moore
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
20,074

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamReading
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 2, Reading 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Reading 3.

Offside, Reading. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Yakou Meite is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Reading 3. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joey van den Berg.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Scott Golbourne with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Reading 2. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Kelly.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yakou Meite replaces Garath McCleary.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Mark Little.

Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).

Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Luke Freeman.

Booking

Liam Moore (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Reading 1. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Kelly.

Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Bristol City).

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Booking

Joey van den Berg (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bobby Reid (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Liam Kelly replaces John Swift.

Booking

Mark Little (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Bobby Reid replaces Callum O'Dowda because of an injury.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Golbourne (Bristol City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton24166240152554
2Newcastle25171748202852
3Reading2414463632446
4Huddersfield2514473028246
5Leeds25143834241045
6Sheff Wed2512672824442
7Derby2511772418640
8Barnsley2511594337638
9Norwich25114104137437
10Fulham2499641301136
11Preston2510693332136
12Aston Villa2581162624235
13Birmingham259883035-535
14Brentford2596103231133
15Ipswich2587102529-431
16Wolves2578103234-229
17QPR2585122436-1229
18Bristol City2583143335-227
19Cardiff2476112738-1127
20Nottm Forest2575133745-826
21Burton2567122634-825
22Blackburn2566132940-1124
23Wigan2547142031-1119
24Rotherham2534182555-3013
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