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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:00 28th January 2012

Report: Roberts wins it for Royals

Reading 1 (Roberts 58)
Bristol City 0


A debut goal from Jason Roberts gave Reading all three points at home to Bristol City and moved the Royals up to fourth in the table.

Reading created the better chances in a tight game, and Roberts won a second half penalty that saw Louis Carey sent off, which was perhaps a touch harsh. Roberts took the spot kick himself, and David James saved, but our new striker was on hand to bundle home the rebound, Reading's 4000th home League goal.

Albert Adomah then hit the corner of post and bar for City, who played a full part in the game, and James made a second penalty save, superbly denying Jobi McAnuff after sub Tomasz Cywka was fouled. It was in truth a great penalty from our skipper and a great save, although he was perhaps off his line.

So all in all it was a professional display from Brian McDermott's side, and an excellent way to end an exciting week at Madejski Stadium.

Reading (4-4-2): Federici; Cummings, Griffin, Gorkss, Pearce; Karacan, Tabb, Antonio (Cywka 82), McAnuff (c); Hunt, Roberts (Church 78)
Subs: Andersen, Harte, Le Fondre
Booked: Hunt (timewasting 90)

Bristol City (4-3-3): James; Foster, McGivern (Maynard 86), Carey (c), Nyatanga; Cisse (Kilkenny 88), Pearson, Skuse; Bolasie (Wilson 60), Adomah, Wood
Subs: Gerken, Pitman
Booked: Pearson (foul 41)
Sent off: Carey (professional foul 58)

Attendance: 17,825 (1,720 away)

Starting XI team news:
Reading made three changes; Jason Roberts handed a debut up front alongside Noel Hunt. Andy Griffin came in at left back for Ian Harte, while Jobi McAnuff replaced the injured Hal Robson-Kanu. Jimmy Kebe missed out with a knee problem so Michail Antonio kept his place. Newboy Tomasz Cywka was on the bench.

Royals

First half:
Within seconds of kick off Noel Hunt was down for two minutes of treatment, but was thankfully OK to continue. Chris Wood then had a decent headed chance but Adam Federici palmed over.

With ten minutes on the clock Jason Roberts had his first chance to get a run at the City defence, turning nicely down the left, getting away from two men to create a chance for Michail Antonio that was blocked. It was a promising moment.

Moments later Antonio had an effort blocked from a nice Noel Hunt cross, then Roberts' follow-up was blocked for a corner.

Hunt then played a glorious ball across for Jobi McAnuff, but the skipper steered his header just wide.

Roberts, Antonio and Hunt were linking well, and from Roberts' flick Antonio put in a great cross - and Hunt slid in but it was just wide. It was a chance.

Then City had an opportunity, Federici making another good save from Albert Adomah and McAnuff defending well to scramble away amid some bodies.

City's crosses were dangerous.

Another nice Antonio cross caused problems for the home defence, and Roberts looked to be being held by Louis Carey in the box but nothing was given. Roberts then had a sniff of goal from McAnuff's cross but didn't get his connection right.

City were having decent possession, but Reading were more incisive and Kaspars Gorkss hit a cracking volley on the turn from 25 yards just a couple of feet over the bar.

Inside injury time Hunt went down in the box following a challenge in the back - again nothing doing by referee Mr Miller. For the second time, physio Luke Anthony was on to treat him.

David James then failed to gather a corner, and it dropped for Jem Karacan on the edge of the box but his half volley was over the top - a decent opportunity that he couldn't keep down so we went into half time goalless.

Royals

Second half:
Just like in the first half, Wood had a great headed chance early in the period, but it was straight at Federici. Karacan then had a header at goal but it was also straight into James' arms.

On 54 minutes McAnuff hit a decent strike that bounced off James and was hacked clear.

But Reading soon had the lead. Roberts was hauled to the ground by Carey, who was sent off for the offence. Perhaps a touch harsh.

Roberts took the penalty himself, and it was not a great spot kick as James saved - but Roberts stumbled home the rebound off the post for a debut goal.

Soon afterwards Roberts almost had a second but his volley was over - then he volleyed another one a foot wide on the turn.

Despite City having ten men we had to be wary of their threat, and Albert Adomah almost capitalised on space inside the area but thankfully his effort smacked the corner of post and bar.

It remained a tight affair in the closing stages, and City had the odd spell but without a real chance.

Tomas Cywka was thrown on for a debut, and made a great impact by winning a penalty after cutting in from the right. With Roberts having been subbed, McAnuff stepped up and James made a superb save - although it would be interesting to see if he was off his line.

James then denied McAnuff with another super save as the game ticked into injury time.

The game was much more open than we would have liked in the last moments - but we saw proceedings out for a very important three points.

    Data provided by Press Association