Match Report: 2010/2011 Season

19 October 2010: CHAMPIONSHIP
Reading: -
Bristol City: Haynes (28 mins).
Half Time: 1-0.

Attendance: 13,519.

Pos Team P Pts GD
10 Leeds 12 17 -2
11 READING 12 16 +3
12 Millwall 12 16 +1
Reading: Federici, Mills, Harte (Howard, 61), Griffin, Khizanishvili, McAnuff, Kebe (Robson-Kanu, 79), Karacan, Armstrong, Hunt, Long (Church, 75). Subs not used: Pearce, Cummings, Antonio, McCarthy.
Bristol City: James, Fontaine, McAllister, Carey, Caulker, Campbell-Ryce (Rose, 84), Elliott, Johnson, Adomah, Stead (Clarkson, 89), Haynes (Cisse, 75). Subs not used: Gerken, Pitman, Stewart, Ribeiro.
Reading: Hunt.
Bristol City: Carey.
Ref: C Sarginson

We played well for a 2 minute spell in the second half when we played the ball on the deck and managed about 10-15 successful passes ending with a decent chance on goal. Why the oxf*rd didn't we carry on like that, it looked like the way to beat them to me. Lethargic performance from too many of the players.

Actually managed to get to this away game and was impressed by the number of fans there. I thought good support given what was going on the pitch. Support was loud at the beginning but as the game went on it became clear that everyone found it very difficult to sound positive and to cheer every move, when the play it is so bad and depressing. What can you say when the ball bounces off the players, or the player air-kicks it. The City crosses were going back and forth across our goal at one stage, with no clearance and I did think there might have been more than one goal in it. On our attacking side we couldn't get crosses in the right zone at all and when we did, they had tall defenders that had no trouble. There were also several times a Reading player had the ball where you felt he should just run with it, at their goal and see what happens, try a shot or get brought down. But like the old days of watching England, he would just pass side-ways. The few times that they tried a positive pass combination the final ball seemed to be misplaced or bounce off our player. Generally frustrating to watch.

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Bristol City won for the first time at Ashton Gate this season but remain at the bottom of the Championship table. The Robins went into the game with just one league win to their name, but a first-half half-volley from Danny Haynes saw them past Reading. Former England goalkeeper David James played a large part, frustrating the visitors from Berkshire all night. The highlight was a superb second-half stop to deny Royals forward Noel Hunt, starting for the first time in a year. Having lost just one of five away league games before this match, Reading were looking to move into the play-off places with a win. They started confidently, with Shane Long showing good pace early on but City almost went ahead against the run of play when Albert Adomah's solo run and cross found Jon Stead, but his powerful strike came back off the underside of the bar. Both sides were competing fiercely, but the hosts edged ahead in the 28th minute when a ball to the far post was headed back across goal by Adomah. Stead saw his ambitious overhead kick blocked by Matt Mills, but the ball fell kindly for Haynes to hammer home his first goal of the season. James was then called upon in the second half and showed the class that made him England's number one, tipping the ball to safety from Hunt's header after the Royals had strung together a series of passes for Andy Griffin to cross.
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