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  • Date:26 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:19,293
  • McAnuff (30)
    Hunt (42) Long (65)
    Long (88)
  • Stead (14)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91mins

Christian Ribeiro challenges Hal Robson-Kanu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Hal Robson-Kanu.

89mins

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.

86mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu by Christian Ribeiro. Direct free kick taken by Chris Armstrong.

86mins

The ball is crossed by Lewin Nyatanga.

84mins

Long range shot by Shane Long goes wide right of the target.

82mins

Jamal Campbell-Ryce joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Rose.

81mins

The ball is sent over by Danny Rose, blocked by Andy Griffin.

80mins

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.

76mins

Danny Haynes comes on in place of Brett Pitman.

75mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Noel Hunt by Danny Rose. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Noel Hunt.

73mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Griffin by Danny Rose. Andy Griffin takes the free kick.

72mins

Marvin Elliott takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

70mins

Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, save made by David James.

66mins

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.

65mins

Alex Pearce concedes a free kick for a foul on Brett Pitman. Direct free kick taken by Cole Skuse.

63mins

Centre by Andy Griffin, Shane Long takes a shot. Save by David James.

63mins

Jimmy Kebe crosses the ball, clearance made by Damion Stewart.

62mins

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by David James.

60mins

A cross is delivered by Danny Rose.

55mins

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.

54mins

Effort from the edge of the area by Mikele Leigertwood goes wide of the right-hand post.

53mins

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.

52mins

The ball is sent over by Jimmy Kebe, clearance by Christian Ribeiro.

50mins

Foul by Danny Rose on Jimmy Kebe, free kick awarded. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick.

50mins

Centre by Jem Karacan, Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.

49mins

Jamie McAllister leaves the field to be replaced by Lewin Nyatanga.

48mins

The ball is sent over by Shane Long, save by David James.

47mins

The ball is sent over by Albert Adomah, save by Adam Federici.

46mins

Shane Long challenges Danny Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie McAllister.

46mins

Jimmy Kebe sends in a cross, Close range effort by Shane Long goes wide of the left-hand upright.

45mins

Shot from a long way out by Marvin Elliott goes wide of the left-hand upright.

43mins

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.

43mins

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.

41mins

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.

41mins

The ball is delivered by Chris Armstrong, clearance by Christian Ribeiro.

40mins

Jobi McAnuff takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Jonathan Stead makes a clearance.

39mins

Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line, save made by David James.

39mins

The ball is crossed by Jimmy Kebe, Danny Rose gets a block in.

38mins

Jem Karacan produces a cross.

38mins

Jem Karacan sends in a cross.

37mins

A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, Jamie McAllister gets a block in.

35mins

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.

34mins

Christian Ribeiro challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikele Leigertwood restarts play with the free kick.

34mins

Brett Pitman takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

31mins

Jobi McAnuff finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 1-1 Bristol City.

30mins

Damion Stewart challenges Noel Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.

30mins

Shot from 35 yards by Marvin Elliott went wide right of the net.

27mins

Chris Armstrong delivers the ball, Marvin Elliott gets a block in.

26mins

Shot from outside the box by Danny Rose misses to the left of the target.

25mins

The ball is delivered by Shane Long, save by David James.

24mins

Unfair challenge on Noel Hunt by Albert Adomah results in a free kick. Jobi McAnuff takes the free kick.

23mins

Shot from outside the box by Jobi McAnuff misses to the left of the target.

22mins

Caution for Marvin Elliott. Marvin Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Jem Karacan takes the free kick.

19mins

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.

18mins

Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line, clearance made by Steven Caulker.

16mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Jem Karacan. Free kick taken by David James.

15mins

Jonathan Stead scores a headed goal from close range. Reading 0-1 Bristol City.Albert Adomah provided the assist for the goal.

14mins

The ball is crossed by Albert Adomah, Close range shot by Jonathan Stead goes wide of the right-hand upright.

13mins

Shot by Brett Pitman. Alex Pearce gets a block in.

12mins

Unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Danny Rose results in a free kick. Jimmy Kebe restarts play with the free kick.

10mins

Christian Ribeiro delivers the ball.

9mins

Noel Hunt produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

8mins

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Damion Stewart gets a block in.

7mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Noel Hunt on Christian Ribeiro. Free kick taken by Jamie McAllister.

7mins

Noel Hunt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steven Caulker takes the indirect free kick.

4mins

A cross is delivered by Danny Rose.

4mins

Jonathan Stead crosses the ball.

3mins

Unfair challenge on Albert Adomah by Chris Armstrong results in a free kick. Jamie McAllister takes the direct free kick.

2mins

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.

1mins

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.

Match Preview

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.

Formation:442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

Formation: 442Manager: Keith Millen

Bristol City

  • Adam Federici
  • Andy Griffin
  • Alex Pearce
  • Matt Mills
  • Chris Armstrong
  • Jobi McAnuff
  • Mikele Leigertwood
  • Jem Karacan
  • Jimmy Kebe
  • Shane Long
  • Noel Hunt
  • SUBS
  • Alex McCarthy
  • Zurab Khizanishvili
  • Michail Antonio
  • Simon Church
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Brian Howard
  • Ian Harte

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Match Report

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.

Form Guide

    DDDDDW
  • Reading
  • VS
  • Bristol City
  • WLWWWL

Last Meetings

  • Bristol City
  • 1 - 0
  • Reading
  • 19/10/2010
  • Reading
  • 2 - 0
  • Bristol City
  • 13/03/2010
  • Bristol City
  • 1 - 1
  • Reading
  • 19/12/2009
  • Reading
  • 0 - 2
  • Bristol City
  • 21/02/2009
  • Bristol City
  • 1 - 4
  • Reading
  • 01/11/2008
  • Bristol City
  • 1 - 2
  • Reading
  • 29/04/1995

Top Scorers

Reading

  • JB Kebe 4
  • I Harte 3
  • N Hunt 3
  • S Church 3
  • M Mills 2
  • S Long 2
  • J Karacan 2
  • J McAnuff 1
  • A Pearce 1
  • H Robson-Kanu 1
  • M Antonio 1

Bristol City

  • J Stead 5
  • M Elliott 3
  • B Pitman 3
  • A Adomah 3
  • D Clarkson 2
  • J McAllister 1
  • D Stewart 1
  • D Haynes 1
  • S Caulker 1

Goals

Reading

    • Total goals 53
    • Goals per game 30
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) Period 81-90 mins

Bristol City

    • Total goals 47
    • Goals per game 24
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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