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Reading 2-1 Bristol City

Garath McCleary
Garath McCleary has four goals in the last four games for Reading

Reading secured a fifth successive Championship win as they beat Bristol City at the Madejski Stadium.

Two goals in six minutes put the Royals in control, with Garath McCleary and Roy Beerens the men on target.

McCleary saw his penalty saved after Hordur Magnusson fouled Dominic Samuel, but hooked in the rebound, and Beerens volleyed home Chris Gunter's cross.

Bristol City had a number of chances at the other end, but Gary O'Neil's late strike was only a consolation.

Having begun the game four points behind second-placed Brighton, Reading remain in third place despite the victory.

And there was cause for concern for manager Jaap Stam as the Robins carved out several decent openings in response to his side's double breakthrough.

Bobby Reid, in particular, had a number of chances, one in particular from close range which Ali Al-Habsi somehow clawed away, and was later denied by a superb block from Royals centre-back Paul McShane.

O'Neil finally found a way past the keeper with a well-directed right-foot effort from the edge of the box - the first goal conceded by Reading in the Championship for 447 minutes - but the home side hung on for the three points.

Reading boss Jaap Stam
Jaap Stam's Reading have caught the eye this season with their passing game

Reading manager Jaap Stam (on style comparisons with Barcelona and Manchester City): "I think we're a long way from there. We need to be realistic. We're not trying to copy a certain team, we've got our own style of play and that's what we're trying to do.

"I'm not going to sit in front of the television looking at their patterns of Barcelona and Manchester City.

"But we're trying to play and we've done it loads of times. But if people are talking about us like that, that's a good thing.

"The guys are getting appreciated for what they're doing on the pitch. Maybe people can say as well that Barcelona and Man City are trying to play like Reading."

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson: "The penalty was a decision by somebody who's probably not played football an awful lot before.

"The striker's legs get tangled up as he tried to cut across the defender. He fell over, but there were no complaints. Then penalty.

"It seemed that it was the assistant who gave it. Our fans were right in front of the incident and knew exactly what happened.

"It was decent game, it was like two good boxers going for each other. Had the game finished four-all, you'd have probably been right that that was a fair result."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 16MooreBooked at 48mins
  • 24Blackett
  • 6Evans
  • 23Williams
  • 7BeerensBooked at 61minsSubstituted forKellyat 90+1'minutes
  • 12McClearySubstituted forHarriottat 74'minutes
  • 11Obita
  • 14SamuelSubstituted forMeiteat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Cooper
  • 9Mendes
  • 15Harriott
  • 19Meite
  • 30Watson
  • 38Kelly
  • 40Moore

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 2LittleSubstituted forWilbrahamat 58'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Flint
  • 23Magnusson
  • 3BryanBooked at 83mins
  • 21Pack
  • 6O'Neil
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 58'minutes
  • 14Reid
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forEngvallat 76'minutes
  • 9Abraham

Substitutes

  • 7Smith
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 15Freeman
  • 16Engvall
  • 17Moore
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 29Lucic
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
18,778

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away26
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Bristol City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Bristol City 1.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt blocked. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aden Flint.

Booking

Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Paul McShane.

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

Foul by Tammy Abraham (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Liam Kelly replaces Roy Beerens.

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gary O'Neil.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Reading).

Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Callum Harriott (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson (Bristol City).

Goal!

Goal! Reading 2, Bristol City 1. Gary O'Neil (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Wilbraham with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Harriott.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Reading).

Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson.

Booking

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Bristol City).

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

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

Callum Harriott (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson (Bristol City).

Attempt saved. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marlon Pack with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Wilbraham.

Offside, Bristol City. Bobby Reid tries a through ball, but Aaron Wilbraham is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Roy Beerens (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Gustav Engvall replaces Lee Tomlin.

Offside, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham tries a through ball, but Bobby Reid is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Callum Harriott replaces Garath McCleary.

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

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Bristol City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle18131436142240
2Brighton18115228111738
3Reading1810442519634
4Birmingham188732419531
5Leeds189272120129
6Huddersfield179261921-229
7Sheff Wed188462020028
8Norwich188372930-127
9Derby187561613326
10Fulham186752521425
11Aston Villa1851032118325
12Preston187472321225
13Bristol City187382422224
14Ipswich186661717024
15QPR186571926-723
16Brentford186482421322
17Nottm Forest186483232022
18Barnsley186482929022
19Burton184771924-519
20Blackburn185492027-719
21Wolves184681923-418
22Cardiff1853101830-1218
23Wigan173681419-515
24Rotherham1814131843-257
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