Reading 2-0 Bristol City

13 March 2010 05:19
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored both goals as Reading eased their relegation fears further with victory over Bristol City.The Royals went ahead when Jobi McAnuff crossed superbly for Sigurdsson to head in from close-range. [LNB]And the Icelandic midfielder doubled their lead from the penalty spot after being brought down by Paul Hartley. [LNB]Bristol City pressed for an equaliser and Jamal Campbell-Ryce brought a good save from Reading keeper Adam Federici but the Robins could not break through. [LNB]Shane Long spurned a chance to make it 3-0 late on, but nonetheless Brian McDermott's side made it seven league wins from eight to move six points clear of the bottom three. [LNB]Bristol City had an early chance through Nicky Maynard but he dragged a shot wide from the edge of the box. [LNB]However Reading quickly began to get control of the game and Sigurdsson sent a free-kick from 20 yards just wide before he headed in the opener. [LNB]The home side immediately went in search of a second and a Jimmy Kebe cross from the left found Sigurdsson once again but this time he could not beat Bristol City goalkeeper Dean Gerken with the header. [LNB]Sigurdsson then unleashed a powerful effort that fizzed past the post before he, almost inevitably, doubled Reading's lead. [LNB]The midfielder was brought down by Hartley before dusting himself off to fire in his 12th goal of the season from the penalty spot. [LNB]City attempted to find a way back into the game and Campbell-Ryce's shot was tipped around the post by Federici. [LNB]Matthew Mills could have made it 3-0 but headed over from Sigurdsson's free-kick just before half-time. [LNB]Bristol City pressed forward at the start of the second-half and Federici had to be alert to save from the impressive Campbell-Ryce. [LNB]At the other end Howard's shot was parried by Gerken into the path of Long who was unable to turn the rebound into the net while Kebe also went close late on. [LNB][LNB]Reading boss Brian McDermott: "We created a lot of chances, but having said that the key is to win games and get three points. [LNB]"We didn't go into this game expecting to win. You can't expect anything in this league. [LNB]"It's so tight to the top and to the bottom. Our aim is to get into the top half and see where we go from there." [LNB]Bristol City manager Gary Johnson: "We didn't do enough to win the game. We didn't do enough to be unlucky. [LNB]"I think if Reading keep that going there's every chance of them putting enough points together to make a run for third place. [LNB]"We created one decent chance from Jamal and the keeper made a good save. That was it." [LNB][LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Saturday, 13 March 2010[LNB] Championship[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time Reading 2-0 Bristol City FT (HT 2-0) Sigurdsson 12 Sigurdsson (pen) 22 Reading 01 Federici 05 Mills yellow card 16 Ingimarsson 24 Bertrand 06 Gunnarsson yellow card 07 Tabb 11 McAnuff 14 Kebe 25 Sigurdsson 34 Howard 09 Long (Church 88) Substitutes 21 Hamer, 44 Khizanishvili, 08 Matejovsky, 17 Henry, 19 Robson-Kanu, 18 Church, 23 Rasiak Bristol City 22 Gerken 02 Orr yellow card 04 Fontaine (McAllister 72) 06 Carey yellow card 32 Nyatanga 08 Johnson yellow card 11 Hartley 14 Skuse 20 Campbell-Ryce 10 Maynard (Akinde 46) 37 Iwelumo (Haynes 46) Substitutes 30 Henderson, 03 McAllister, 07 Elliott, 17 Sproule, 09 Clarkson, 16 Akinde, 31 Haynes Ref: TaylorAtt: 17,900 READING BRISTOL CITY Possession Reading 58% Bristol City 42% Attempts on target Reading 8 Bristol City 1 Attempts off target Reading 9 Bristol City 4 Corners Reading 7 Bristol City 3 Fouls Reading 9 Bristol City 12 89:55 Simon Church is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Bradley Orr takes the free kick. 87:33 Substitution Simon Church is brought on as a substitute for Shane Long. 86:31 The official flags Danny Haynes offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici. 85:58 Effort on goal by Jobi McAnuff from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target. 85:13 Shane Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewin Nyatanga. Dean Gerken restarts play with the free kick. 83:55 John Akinde challenges Brynjar Gunnarsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Mills takes the free kick. 83:20 Louis Carey has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post. 82:45 The offside flag is raised against Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by Dean Gerken. Correction - 80:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Louis Carey. Gylfi Sigurdsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save made by Dean Gerken. 80:31 Shane Long fouled by Louis Carey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Shane Long. 80:20 The official flags John Akinde offside. Adam Federici takes the free kick. 78:29 Gylfi Sigurdsson has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target. 77:34 Shane Long has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target. 76:42 Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Save by Dean Gerken. 75:27 Brian Howard takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jamie McAllister. 73:48 Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Save by Dean Gerken. 71:48 Substitution Liam Fontaine goes off and Jamie McAllister comes on. 70:54 Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Louis Carey. Louis Carey takes the free kick. 70:27 Jobi McAnuff is caught offside. Lewin Nyatanga takes the direct free kick. 70:01 Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Dean Gerken makes a save. 67:43 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line, Dean Gerken makes a save. 66:10 Corner taken right-footed by Paul Hartley from the left by-line, clearance made by Brynjar Gunnarsson. 65:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Hartley by Jobi McAnuff. Paul Hartley takes the free kick. 62:38 Booking Louis Carey is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. 62:20 Danny Haynes fouled by Ivar Ingimarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick. 61:54 Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Save made by Dean Gerken. 61:21 John Akinde takes the free kick. 61:21 Booking Matthew Mills receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. 61:12 Matthew Mills concedes a free kick for a foul on John Akinde. 60:18 Louis Carey challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ivar Ingimarsson takes the free kick. 57:50 Shane Long produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar. 57:37 Shot by Brian Howard. Dean Gerken makes a save. 57:17 Cole Skuse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard. Free kick taken by Brian Howard. 56:26 Shot by Jamal Campbell-Ryce from 18 yards. Save made by Adam Federici. 55:42 Corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard to the near post, Cole Skuse makes a clearance. 50:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Haynes on Brian Howard. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick. 45:39 Lee Johnson challenges Brian Howard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Mills. 45:01 The referee gets the second half started. 45:01 Substitution Danny Haynes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Iwelumo. 45:01 Substitution John Akinde comes on in place of Nicky Maynard. Half Time 45:00+3:06 The whistle is blown to end the first half. 45:00+1:52 Gylfi Sigurdsson crosses the ball, Matthew Mills has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar. 45:00+1:52 Booking Bradley Orr is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. 45:00+1:29 Bradley Orr challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. 45:00+0:07 Long distance shot from Lee Johnson misses to the left of the target. 42:06 Unfair challenge on Nicky Maynard by Ryan Bertrand results in a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick. 41:22 Unfair challenge on Jay Tabb by Paul Hartley results in a free kick. Jay Tabb takes the direct free kick. 40:34 Jobi McAnuff produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal. 38:24 Inswinging corner taken by Paul Hartley from the right by-line, Jobi McAnuff makes a clearance. 38:12 Jamal Campbell-Ryce has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post. 37:16 Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, Lewin Nyatanga makes a clearance. 36:51 Inswinging corner taken by Brian Howard from the right by-line, clearance by Bradley Orr. 36:34 Effort on goal by Gylfi Sigurdsson from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target. 36:08 Corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard to the near post, save by Dean Gerken. 29:37 Booking Brynjar Gunnarsson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. 29:24 Brynjar Gunnarsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamal Campbell-Ryce. Paul Hartley takes the free kick. 28:33 Bradley Orr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand. Strike on goal comes in from Gylfi Sigurdsson from the free kick. 27:01 Paul Hartley challenges Brynjar Gunnarsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Mills restarts play with the free kick. 25:55 Unfair challenge on Liam Fontaine by Gylfi Sigurdsson results in a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the free kick. 22:41 Gylfi Sigurdsson is ruled offside. Dean Gerken restarts play with the free kick. 22:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Bertrand on Nicky Maynard. Louis Carey takes the direct free kick. 21:02 GOAL - Gylfi Sigurdsson:Reading 2 - 0 Bristol City Power penalty scored by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Reading 2-0 Bristol City. 20:04 Paul Hartley concedes a Penalty for a foul on Gylfi Sigurdsson. 19:16 Nicky Maynard is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Adam Federici. 18:18 Corner taken right-footed by Paul Hartley to the near post, save made by Adam Federici. 15:54 Shot from just outside the box by Gylfi Sigurdsson misses to the right of the target. 14:15 Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Save by Dean Gerken. 12:22 Handball decision goes against Liam Fontaine. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Brian Howard, clearance by Cole Skuse. 11:08 Assist by Jobi McAnuff. 11:08 GOAL - Gylfi Sigurdsson:Reading 1 - 0 Bristol City Gylfi Sigurdsson scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Reading 1-0 Bristol City. 8:51 Strike comes in from Gylfi Sigurdsson from the free kick. 8:51 Booking Lee Johnson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. 8:37 Foul by Lee Johnson on Brian Howard, free kick awarded. 7:33 Chris Iwelumo is caught offside. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick. 3:09 Nicky Maynard has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target. 1:28 Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, Lewin Nyatanga makes a clearance. 0:00 The match gets underway. Live text and data provided by The Press Association.[LNB]

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