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Bristol City 0 - 2 Reading: Instant Reaction

The Royals bounce back from their Derby defeat.

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Reading starting XI: Bond, Gunter, Obita, McShane, Hector, Norwood, Quinn, Williams, McCleary, Blackman, Vydra.

Reading subs: Al-Habsi, Tshibola, Piazon, Hurtado, Cooper, Cox, John.

Bristol City starting XI: Fielding, Ayling, Moore, Flint, Williams, Bryan, K.Smith, Pack, Freeman, Wilbraham, Kodjia.

Bristol City subs: Hamer, Little, Wagstaff, Reid, Robinson, Burns, Agard.

First half

Reading started the first half at their rampaging best, as Nick Blackman continued his fine run of form by scoring a powerful effort in the ninth minute of the game.

Things improved as The Royals' lead doubled, when the returning Garath McCleary scored in the 13th minute with a shot from 30-odd yards.

The first half continued in much the same vein, with Steve Clarke's men on top and comfortable, with McCleary's poor decision making the reason they didn't end the half with three.

Second half

Reading started the second half in much the same way they finished the first: on top and finding space time and time again.

There was a moment of panic as Bond dropped a corner in the 59th minute after clattering into Blackman, but fortunately there was nobody there to take advantage.

Blackman then missed a chance to make it three in the 78th minute, blazing over from 12 yards. Piazon, who came on as a substitute, then set Blackman up again but the in-form forward again missed his chance.

Today was the day Peruvian winger Paolo Hurtado would make his debut, moments before an Agard cracker from distance was remarkably kept out.

That at would be the last of the action, Clarke's team bouncing back well from the Derby defeat in midweek.

Check back on The Tilehurst End for full match report and player ratings.