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Reading 2-3 Bristol City: Andi Weimann double earns first win for Robins

Andi Weimann celebrated his first goals for City since returning from knee surgery in the win at Reading
Andi Weimann celebrated his first goals for Bristol City since returning from knee surgery

Bristol City claimed their first Championship win since March as they survived a late Reading rally.

Nigel Pearson's Robins were 2-0 up inside 14 minutes after Chris Martin headed on for Andi Weimann to score the opener before the big target man then found the net himself.

Femi Azeez quickly pulled one back only for Weimann to restore City's lead early in the second half with a neatly-taken finish.

But the visitors then had to survive 13 minutes after Reading skipper Liam Moore made it 3-2 late on before they could celebrate their first victory since 13 March - a winless run in all competitions going back 15 games.

City had so far picked up just one point this season after following a 1-1 at home to promoted Blackpool on the first day with a 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough.

But they made a great start when Martin headed on and Weimann's header found the top left corner.

It was the Austrian's first goal of the season - and his first since returning from nine months out following surgery on his anterior cruciate knee ligament.

Reading captain Liam Moore's second goal in three games gave the Royals hope of snatching a result
Reading captain Liam Moore's second goal in three games gave the Royals hope of snatching a result

On 14 minutes, Cameron Pring then headed on for Chris Martin to score from close range but Reading got one back five minutes later when Ethan Bristow created an opening for Azeez.

He found the top left corner with a shot from the right side of the six-yard box for his second goal in successive games.

City restored their two-goal cushion seven minutes after the break when Alex Scott squared from the right and Weimann jinked his way around the keeper to tuck the ball away from six yards.

On 81 minutes, John Swift set up Moore, who found the bottom corner for his second goal in three games.

But the Royals, who recovered from an opening-day 3-2 defeat at Stoke to beat Preston 2-1 on Saturday, could find no further way through.

Reading boss Veljko Paunovic:

"It was tough that we conceded two very early goals. We expected that City's plan was going to be direct play, looking for the second balls to get set-pieces from and long throw-ins.

"We were preparing for that but, obviously, City had a little bit of the 'luck' factor with their first goal - the rebound from the throw-in goes towards their player.

"Unfortunately, when it got to that point, they controlled us. But the reaction from the team at 2-0 down was good and we kept pushing right to the end."

Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I'm very pleased with the collective effort. We've had to wait a long time for this and it was an important three points for us but we still created issues for ourselves.

"Conceding late goals means that controlling the anxiety levels is going to be visible but we still coped with it pretty well.

"And Andi Weimann and Chris Martin looked very good together playing in a 4-1-1. We looked good on the break and created some good opportunities. Andi probably thinks he should have had a hat-trick."

Line-ups

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 17Yiadom
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 5McIntyre
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 28Laurent
  • 30Azeez
  • 10Swift
  • 41BristowSubstituted forDele-Bashiruat 45'minutes
  • 47PuscasSubstituted forClarkeat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Holmes
  • 16Tetek
  • 19Dele-Bashiru
  • 22Southwood
  • 32Camara
  • 37Leavy
  • 39Clarke

Bristol City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bentley
  • 2Simpson
  • 22Kalas
  • 5Atkinson
  • 3Dasilva
  • 6JamesBooked at 90mins
  • 10KingSubstituted forMassengoat 51'minutes
  • 36ScottSubstituted forPalmerat 67'minutes
  • 14Weimann
  • 16PringSubstituted forBakerat 76'minutes
  • 9Martin

Substitutes

  • 12O'Leary
  • 15Bakinson
  • 17Baker
  • 21Wells
  • 26Vyner
  • 42Massengo
  • 45Palmer
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
14,207

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 2, Bristol City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 2, Bristol City 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

  4. Post update

    Daniel Bentley (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Booking

    Matty James (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Josh Laurent (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Chris Martin (Bristol City).

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Dele-Bashiru (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Laurent.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Kasey Palmer (Bristol City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kasey Palmer (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Dasilva with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Dele-Bashiru (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Robert Atkinson.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Femi Azeez (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Rinomhota.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andy Yiadom (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom McIntyre with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Liam Moore (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Swift.

  17. Post update

    Tom McIntyre (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kasey Palmer (Bristol City).

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 2, Bristol City 3. Liam Moore (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Swift.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom McIntyre (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by John Swift.

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