- English Football League - Championship
- Tuesday, January 28th 2020
- Madejski Stadium
James Crawley reports from Madejski Stadium
Report: Reading 0-1 Bristol City
Tuesday, January 28th 2020
Jamie Paterson struck his second City goal of the season, firing the Robins to a 1-0 victory over Reading and record a third consecutive win in the Sky Bet Championship.
The attacking midfielder was well placed to meet Niclas Eliasson’s cross – the winger now has 11 assists for 2019/20 – burying the ball past Rafael Cabral in the second half.
It had been a match of mostly half chances but the hosts threatened with some late pressure, only the woodwork and exceptional City defending thwarted the flurry of attacks from Mark Bowen’s side.
Yet City held on to record the win which lifts them to sixth in the Championship.
Lee Johnson made no changes to his starting XI as Josh Brownhill resumed his captaincy role in midfield, with Eliasson keeping his place after a match-winning display over Barnsley 10 days earlier.
The visiting supporters would have been forgiven to staying at home on one of the coldest nights of the year, yet they were out in their numbers to pack out the away end.
They were in fine voice too as they spurred City on under the Madejski lights. Famara Diédhiou bent a shot at Royals keeper Cabral, before Andreas Weimann rippled the side netting with a header in a bright start to this match.
Reading were able to block another Diédhiou shot after a teasing cross from Eliasson and Paterson headed wide before Reading soon threatened themselves.
The Royals looked for width with Jordan Obita but City dealt with the danger, though Dan Bentley made a smart stop to keep out a swerving strike from Jordan Swift.
The chances would go begging for either side after the interval, as both Ovie Ejaria and Diédhiou missed the target when, arguably, they should have scored. The first fell for the hosts when Obita's corner was knocked down by Michael Morrison at the back post where it dropped for Ejaria, but he lifted a shot over Bentley's crossbar from six yards. City couldn’t then capitalise on the break when Eliasson’s cross found Diédhiou, but the striker couldn’t keep the ball down.
However, City would score with their next attack only minutes later. Eliasson was again the threat down the right wing and his cross found Paterson in the box, who rolled the ball into the bottom left corner to open the scoring.
The goal looked to give the game the lift it needed and a second Robins goal would surely kill the contest.
Johnson made his first change of the evening with goalscorer Paterson making way for Callum O’Dowda and the Republic of Ireland international was almost on the scoresheet immediately, exchanging passes with Diédhiou before striking low into the body of Cabral.
City would have to throw their bodies on the line however, with countless blocks and last-minute challenges to keep Reading at arm’s length in the final 10 minutes.
The Royals thought they had equalised in the dying embers when Yakou Meite’s downward header spun off the post, Nathan Baker blocked the rebound and Ashley Williams was well positioned to head a Sone Aluko shot off the line.
Taylor Moore was introduced in injury time, replacing City’s assist wizard Eliasson, and with the extra defender City bravely held on for the win, with a second goal ultimately not needed.
Next up for City is a trip to QPR on Saturday (February 1st, 3pm KO).
- Tyler Blackett, John Swift, George Puscas
- Paterson (62')
- Niclas Eliasson, Jamie Paterson