A look back out our most recent Bristol City visitsSaturday marks the first time in almost four years that we have travelled to Bristol City – an early-season win in the 2011/12 season helped us to the Championship title, but that is the last time the Royals supporters have filled the away end at Ashton Gate.
This was a regular fixture a few years ago – we face the Robins home and away in the Championship every season between 2008 and 2011, and we revisit those four most recent fixtures, starting with the most recent…
Bristol City 2-3 Reading
Tuesday 27th September 2011
The omens hadn’t been good for us in the early stages of the season – four straight league defeats between August and September had taken Reading into the relegation zone after six fixtures. Albert Adomah and Brett Pitman had the home side in complete control at the hour-mark in this midweek trip to Bristol, but Jobi McAnuff and Adam Le Fondre struck in quick succession to level things up. Mathieu Manset won it for Reading by flicking the ball beyond David James in the fourth added minute – the Royals went on to win the Championship title that year by a single point.
Bristol City 1-0 Reading
Tuesday 19th October 2010
A Tuesday-night trip the previous season had been less fruitful for the Royals. The Robins, who were bottom of the table (even after winning the points that evening), had stopper David James to thank for making a string of impressive stops to frustrate the Royals that evening. In particular an eye-catching stop to deny Noel Hunt after the break made it clear it wasn’t going to be Reading’s night. The only goal of the game came just before the half-hour mark – Jon Stead saw an overhead-kick blocked by Matt Mills, but Danny Haynes followed up on the volley.
Bristol City 1-1 Reading
Saturday 19th December 2009
It was almost the same story the year before, but for our late equalising goal. The Robins, who were heading into the New Year in the top half of the table, went ahead after merely 13 minutes – Nicky Maynard drew a foul in the box from Jay Tabb, allowing Peter Hartley to convert a penalty in typically emphatic fashion. Reading were knocking on the door all game, but it wasn’t until the first minute of stoppage time at the end of the game that sub Simon Church popped up to slot in a late equaliser. Already on a yellow, the striker picked up a second booking for his celebrations, ruling him out of the Boxing Day game against Swansea.
Bristol City 1-4 Reading
Saturday 1st November 2008
One of six matches in the 2008/09 campaign that saw Reading score four or more in a game – and home boss Gary Johnson admitted that the Royals had been ‘like a knife through butter at times’ against the Robins defence. The game wasn’t even 15 minutes old before Kevin Doyle coolly opened the scoring, with Noel Hunt doubling the tally minutes later. Doyle’s second, soon after the restart, made it three and Kalifa Cisse rounded off Reading’s goalscoring in the 54th minute. The home fans that stuck around were rewarded by seeing a stoppage-time consolation from Trinidadian international Stern John.