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Christian Ribeiro challenges Hal Robson-Kanu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Hal Robson-Kanu.
Shane Long grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 4-1 Bristol City.Assist on the goal came from Hal Robson-Kanu.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu by Christian Ribeiro. Direct free kick taken by Chris Armstrong.
The ball is crossed by Lewin Nyatanga.
Long range shot by Shane Long goes wide right of the target.
Jamal Campbell-Ryce joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Rose.
The ball is sent over by Danny Rose, blocked by Andy Griffin.
Danny Rose goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Jimmy Kebe goes off and Hal Robson-Kanu comes on. Unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Danny Rose results in a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Haynes comes on in place of Brett Pitman.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Noel Hunt by Danny Rose. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Noel Hunt.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Griffin by Danny Rose. Andy Griffin takes the free kick.
Marvin Elliott takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, save made by David James.
Shane Long gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 3-1 Bristol City.Alex Pearce provided the assist for the goal.
Alex Pearce concedes a free kick for a foul on Brett Pitman. Direct free kick taken by Cole Skuse.
Centre by Andy Griffin, Shane Long takes a shot. Save by David James.
Jimmy Kebe crosses the ball, clearance made by Damion Stewart.
Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by David James.
A cross is delivered by Danny Rose.
Steven Caulker is given a yellow card. Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Steven Caulker results in a free kick. Jobi McAnuff takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Mikele Leigertwood goes wide of the right-hand post.
Christian Ribeiro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. Shot on goal comes in from Noel Hunt from the free kick, Jonathan Stead gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Jimmy Kebe, clearance by Christian Ribeiro.
Foul by Danny Rose on Jimmy Kebe, free kick awarded. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Jem Karacan, Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.
Jamie McAllister leaves the field to be replaced by Lewin Nyatanga.
The ball is sent over by Shane Long, save by David James.
The ball is sent over by Albert Adomah, save by Adam Federici.
Shane Long challenges Danny Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie McAllister.
Jimmy Kebe sends in a cross, Close range effort by Shane Long goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Shot from a long way out by Marvin Elliott goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Goal scored by Noel Hunt from close in low into the middle of the goal. Reading 2-1 Bristol City.Assist on the goal came from Shane Long.
The referee shows Damion Stewart a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by Damion Stewart on Jimmy Kebe. Direct free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
Jem Karacan takes a shot. Save made by David James. Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line, save made by David James.
The ball is delivered by Chris Armstrong, clearance by Christian Ribeiro.
Jobi McAnuff takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Jonathan Stead makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line, save made by David James.
The ball is crossed by Jimmy Kebe, Danny Rose gets a block in.
Jem Karacan produces a cross.
Jem Karacan sends in a cross.
A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, Jamie McAllister gets a block in.
The referee shows Cole Skuse a yellow card. Cole Skuse concedes a free kick for a foul on Jem Karacan. Chris Armstrong takes the free kick.
Christian Ribeiro challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikele Leigertwood restarts play with the free kick.
Brett Pitman takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
Jobi McAnuff finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 1-1 Bristol City.
Damion Stewart challenges Noel Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
Shot from 35 yards by Marvin Elliott went wide right of the net.
Chris Armstrong delivers the ball, Marvin Elliott gets a block in.
Shot from outside the box by Danny Rose misses to the left of the target.
The ball is delivered by Shane Long, save by David James.
Unfair challenge on Noel Hunt by Albert Adomah results in a free kick. Jobi McAnuff takes the free kick.
Shot from outside the box by Jobi McAnuff misses to the left of the target.
Caution for Marvin Elliott. Marvin Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Jem Karacan takes the free kick.
Chris Armstrong goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Chris Armstrong on Albert Adomah, free kick awarded. Steven Caulker takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line, clearance made by Steven Caulker.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Jem Karacan. Free kick taken by David James.
Jonathan Stead scores a headed goal from close range. Reading 0-1 Bristol City.Albert Adomah provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is crossed by Albert Adomah, Close range shot by Jonathan Stead goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Shot by Brett Pitman. Alex Pearce gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Danny Rose results in a free kick. Jimmy Kebe restarts play with the free kick.
Christian Ribeiro delivers the ball.
Noel Hunt produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Damion Stewart gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Noel Hunt on Christian Ribeiro. Free kick taken by Jamie McAllister.
Noel Hunt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steven Caulker takes the indirect free kick.
Jonathan Stead crosses the ball.
Unfair challenge on Albert Adomah by Chris Armstrong results in a free kick. Jamie McAllister takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Stead by Matt Mills. The ball is swung over by Jamie McAllister, Damion Stewart has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Foul by Alex Pearce on Jonathan Stead, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Brett Pitman.
The game gets underway.
The first half comes to an end.
The game restarts for the second half.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
McDermott has no new worries
Reading boss Brian McDermott has no new worries ahead of the Boxing Day visit of Bristol City.
The Royals ended a run of five straight draws with a 2-1 win at Derby last weekend and McDermott could name the same XI.
Striker Shane Long scored both goals and will continue in attack alongside Noel Hunt with Jobi McAnuff and Jimmy Kebe on the wings.
Club captain Ivar Ingimarsson (hamstring) completed 90 minutes for the reserves last week and the defender could be involved for the first time this season over the busy festive period.
His Icelandic compatriot Brynjar Gunnarsson (knee) is also back in training but the defensive midfielder is not expected to start.
Irish defender Julian Kelly (hamstring) is another injury concern but was not expected to compete for a first-team berth.
A sickness bug is sweeping the Bristol City camp.
Several players are affected, including captain Louis Carey. The defender`s calf problem has responded well to an injection but illness could now postpone his comeback after almost six weeks on the sidelines.
"We've had to tell some of the lads to stay away because we cannot risk them coming into contact with the group," said City boss Keith Millen. "It's easy to pass it on and a lot of the players and staff have gone down with it in the last week or so.
"This is a busy time of year and, with four games in nine days, we need everybody to be available. It's a matter of being sensible and taking the right precautions."
Meanwhile, defender Liam Fontaine remains out with an ankle injury.
Long brace rocks Robins
Shane Long overcame a bout of flu to fire Reading beyond an aggressive Bristol City with a 4-1 win at the Madejski Stadium.
City had led through Jonathan Stead's 15th minute strike but Jobi McAnuff levelled and Noel Hunt had Reading in front just before half-time.
Long then grabbed a second-half brace to secure the points that keep Reading seventh, now only one point off the play-off places.
The Royals started proceedings with a shot from Turkish playmaker Jem Karacan which Damion Stewart did well to block.
City defender Christian Ribiero made a barnstorming run down the right wing but his drilled cross failed to meet a teammate.
The Robins kept up the pressure as Brett Pitman shot with power only to see his shot blocked by defender Alex Pearce.
City made the breakthrough when Steven Caulker found acres of space behind the home defence. The defender got to the ball before Adam Federici and attempted a clever lob.
The ball bounced back off the crossbar allowing Stead to head in and earn a deserved lead.
Marvin Elliott clattered Long and was shown a yellow card for his troubles, but McAnuff's long-range freekick ended up with the away fans.
The hosts began to rally with Hunt and Long combining to set up Jem Karacan but David James swept up the ball just in time.
Reading's improvement finally paid off as Jimmy Kebe whipped in a cross from the right wing for McAnuff to score at the second attempt, his header beating James only to come back off the right post for him to rebound high into the net.
Brett Pitman responded immediately, taking a deft touch inside Andy Griffin and curling in a powerful shot that Federici could only tip over the bar.
Midfielder Cole Skuse was lucky to stay on the pitch after flying feet first into Karacan as City's physical approach continued.
Hunt ensured that the Royals went in at half-time the happier side after excellent work from Long. The Irish winger bustled his way into a gap behind Adomah and crossed for Hunt to tap into an empty net.
The Royals came out of the blocks on the restart, Long causing problems for the Robins defence. Caulker brought the Irishman down on the edge of the area but McAnuff sent the resulting free-kick over the bar.
Long's persistence paid off as he took advantage of a through ball from Alex Pearce, engineered a one-on-one with James and calmly slotted the ball into the left corner to make it 3-1 after 66 minutes.
Kebe dinked a superb ball into the box but James was able to gain possession before the onrushing Long and McAnuff.
The hosts dominated most of the second half as they took advantage of space created by a City side desperate for an equaliser.
The victory was sewn up as the unplayable Long seized on a pass from Hal Robson-Kanu and fired his second goal past a hapless James with a minute to go.
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