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Reading   4 - 1   Bristol City

Reading v Bristol City

Highlights - Reading 4-1 Bristol City

Reading continued their push for the play-off places as they overturned an early deficit to see off Bristol City.

The visitors grabbed the opener when Jon Stead headed in but Jobi McAnuff levelled for Reading after David James tipped his header on to the post.

Noel Hunt tapped in before the break following a fine cross from Shane Long to give the Royals a vital lead.

Long converted Alex Pearce's through-ball to make it three before securing his brace from Hal Robson-Kanu's pass.

After four consecutive home draws it was a crucial three points for Reading as they moved to within one point of Coventry in sixth place.

It had all looked so different on 15 minutes as the Robins took the lead when defender Steven Caulker's cute lob rebounded off the crossbar into the path of Stead who nodded in.

The hosts began to wake up and keeper James had to be alert to deny Jem Karacan before the equaliser arrived on the half-hour with McAnuff sweeping into the net on the second attempt after his header had come back off the woodwork.

606: DEBATE

Reading grabbed the all-important second goal two minutes before the interval and it was all thanks to a fine run by Long with the Irish winger crossing for compatriot Hunt to bundle in the ball.

Long continued to be a nuisance and grabbed a deserved goal when he slotted the ball past James following good work from Pearce.

The Royals dominated in the final stages as City pushed hard to get back into the game but the points were made safe in the last minute when Long picked up a pass from Robson-Kanu to fire past James.

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Reading 4-1 Bristol City FT
(HT 2-1)
  • McAnuff 31
  • Hunt 43
  • Long 66
  • Long 89
  • Stead 15

Reading

  • 01 Federici
  • 02 Griffin
  • 05 Mills
  • 26 Pearce
  • 33 Armstrong yellow card
  • 04 Karacan
  • 08 Leigertwood
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 14 Kebe (Robson-Kanu 80)
  • 09 Long
  • 10 Hunt

Substitutes

  • 41 McCarthy,
  • 15 Khizanishvili,
  • 23 Harte,
  • 17 Antonio,
  • 19 Robson-Kanu,
  • 20 Howard,
  • 18 Church

Bristol City

  • 01 James
  • 03 McAllister (Nyatanga 49)
  • 05 Stewart yellow card
  • 19 Ribeiro
  • 36 Caulker yellow card
  • 07 Elliott yellow card
  • 14 Skuse yellow card
  • 27 Adomah
  • 35 Rose yellow card (Campbell-Ryce 82)
  • 30 Stead
  • 34 Pitman (Haynes 76)

Substitutes

  • 12 Gerken,
  • 22 Nyatanga,
  • 08 Johnson,
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce,
  • 21 Cisse,
  • 09 Clarkson,
  • 11 Haynes
Ref: FriendAtt: 19,293
READING
BRISTOL CITY

Possession

  • Reading 56%
  • Bristol City 44%

Attempts on target

  • Reading 9
  • Bristol City 4

Attempts off target

  • Reading 6
  • Bristol City 5

Corners

  • Reading 4
  • Bristol City 0

Fouls

  • Reading 8
  • Bristol City 15
  • Final Result
  • 92:45 The referee ends the match.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+0:19 Christian Ribeiro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu. Free kick taken by Hal Robson-Kanu.
  • 88:14 Assist by Hal Robson-Kanu.
  • 88:14 GOAL - Shane LongReading 4 - 1 Bristol City Shane Long finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 4-1 Bristol City.
  • 85:58 Christian Ribeiro challenges Hal Robson-Kanu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Armstrong takes the direct free kick.
  • 85:37 The ball is sent over by Lewin Nyatanga.
  • 83:09 Effort from a long way out by Shane Long goes wide right of the goal.
  • 81:06 Substitution Jamal Campbell-Ryce comes on in place of Danny Rose.
  • 80:59 The ball is swung over by Danny Rose, blocked by Andy Griffin.
  • 79:18 Jobi McAnuff fouled by Danny Rose, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 79:18 Substitution Hal Robson-Kanu joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jimmy Kebe.
  • 79:18 Booking The referee shows Danny Rose a yellow card.
  • 75:36 Substitution Brett Pitman leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Haynes.
  • 74:27 Danny Rose concedes a free kick for a foul on Noel Hunt. Noel Hunt produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 72:59 Foul by Danny Rose on Andy Griffin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
  • 71:07 Marvin Elliott takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
  • 69:45 Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, save made by David James.
  • 65:40 Assist on the goal came from Alex Pearce.
  • 65:40 GOAL - Shane LongReading 3 - 1 Bristol City Goal scored by Shane Long from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 3-1 Bristol City.
  • 64:23 Brett Pitman fouled by Alex Pearce, the ref awards a free kick. Cole Skuse takes the free kick.
  • 62:39 Andy Griffin produces a cross, Shane Long takes a shot. Save by David James.
  • 62:22 A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, clearance by Damion Stewart.
  • 61:39 Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by David James.
  • 59:42 The ball is crossed by Danny Rose.
  • 54:52 Steven Caulker challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jobi McAnuff takes the free kick.
  • 54:52 Booking The referee shows Steven Caulker a yellow card.
  • 53:29 Effort from the edge of the box by Mikele Leigertwood goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 52:28 Christian Ribeiro challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Noel Hunt produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Jonathan Stead gets a block in.
  • 51:34 Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, Christian Ribeiro manages to make a clearance.
  • 49:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Danny Rose. Andy Griffin takes the free kick.
  • 49:16 The ball is sent over by Jem Karacan, clearance made by Steven Caulker.
  • 48:03 Substitution Lewin Nyatanga on for Jamie McAllister.
  • 46:10 Albert Adomah sends in a cross, save by Adam Federici.
  • 45:24 Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, Close range effort by Shane Long misses to the left of the target.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:09 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+2:58 Shane Long crosses the ball, save by David James.
  • 45:00+0:52 Shane Long challenges Danny Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie McAllister takes the free kick.
  • 44:31 Shot from long distance by Marvin Elliott goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 42:57 The assist for the goal came from Shane Long.
  • 42:57 GOAL - Noel HuntReading 2 - 1 Bristol City Noel Hunt grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Reading 2-1 Bristol City.
  • 42:23 Foul by Damion Stewart on Jimmy Kebe, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
  • 42:23 Booking Damion Stewart is given a yellow card.
  • 40:24 Jem Karacan takes a shot. Save made by David James. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line, save by David James.
  • 40:07 Chris Armstrong sends in a cross, Christian Ribeiro manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:25 Jobi McAnuff takes the inswinging corner, Jonathan Stead manages to make a clearance.
  • 38:50 Jobi McAnuff takes the outswinging corner, save made by David James.
  • 38:42 The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe, Danny Rose gets a block in.
  • Correction - 37:48 Jem Karacan crosses the ball.
  • 37:48 The ball is swung over by Jem Karacan.
  • 36:32 Jimmy Kebe crosses the ball, Jamie McAllister gets a block in.
  • 34:59 Cole Skuse concedes a free kick for a foul on Jem Karacan. Chris Armstrong restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:59 Booking Cole Skuse is shown a yellow card.
  • 33:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Ribeiro on Jobi McAnuff. Free kick taken by Mikele Leigertwood.
  • 33:09 Brett Pitman takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
  • 30:15 GOAL - Jobi McAnuffReading 1 - 1 Bristol City Jobi McAnuff finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 1-1 Bristol City.
  • 29:46 Damion Stewart concedes a free kick for a foul on Noel Hunt. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:15 Marvin Elliott takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.
  • 26:35 Chris Armstrong delivers the ball, Marvin Elliott gets a block in.
  • 25:28 Danny Rose has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
  • 24:53 The ball is crossed by Shane Long, David James makes a save.
  • 23:19 Foul by Albert Adomah on Noel Hunt, free kick awarded. Jobi McAnuff takes the free kick.
  • 22:04 Jobi McAnuff has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 21:40 Marvin Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Free kick taken by Jem Karacan.
  • 21:40 Booking Marvin Elliott goes into the book.
  • 18:43 Chris Armstrong challenges Albert Adomah unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Caulker takes the direct free kick.
  • 18:43 Booking Chris Armstrong receives a yellow card.
  • 17:42 Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff, clearance made by Steven Caulker.
  • 15:41 Danny Rose fouled by Jem Karacan, the ref awards a free kick. David James takes the free kick.
  • 14:20 The assist for the goal came from Albert Adomah.
  • 14:20 GOAL - Jonathan SteadReading 0 - 1 Bristol City Jonathan Stead finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Reading 0-1 Bristol City.
  • 13:18 Albert Adomah crosses the ball, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Jonathan Stead goes wide right of the goal.
  • 12:31 Shot by Brett Pitman. Blocked by Alex Pearce.
  • 11:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Rose on Jimmy Kebe. Jimmy Kebe restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:35 Christian Ribeiro sends in a cross.
  • 8:08 Shot by Noel Hunt from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 7:52 Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Damion Stewart gets a block in.
  • 6:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Ribeiro by Noel Hunt. Jamie McAllister restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:21 The assistant referee signals for offside against Noel Hunt. Steven Caulker takes the free kick.
  • 3:52 The ball is crossed by Danny Rose.
  • 3:39 Jonathan Stead crosses the ball.
  • 2:59 Foul by Chris Armstrong on Albert Adomah, free kick awarded. Jamie McAllister restarts play with the free kick.
  • 1:02 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 headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 0:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Pearce on Jonathan Stead. Direct free kick taken by Brett Pitman.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 22 26 44
2 Cardiff 22 15 40
3 Leeds 23 4 39
4 Swansea 23 5 37
5 Norwich 22 5 36
6 Coventry 23 2 34
7 Reading 22 10 33
8 Burnley 21 7 32
9 Nott'm Forest 20 7 30
10 Derby 22 6 30
11 Watford 21 5 30
12 Doncaster 21 -2 30
13 Millwall 22 3 29
14 Portsmouth 21 1 29
15 Hull 22 -3 29
16 Barnsley 21 -5 29
17 Leicester 23 -7 29
18 Ipswich 22 -5 27
19 Bristol City 22 -9 26
20 Sheff Utd 22 -12 25
21 Middlesbrough 22 -11 21
22 Crystal Palace 22 -16 21
23 Scunthorpe 20 -12 20
24 Preston 21 -14 19



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