Be there for Saturday’s encounter!Four wins, nine goals scored and none conceded… the last month has been productive for us in the Sky Bet Championship.
And on Saturday we welcome Bristol City to Madejski Stadium – a chance to make it five straight league victories for the first time in almost five seasons.
But not only that – it’s also a chance to make it five consecutive wins against the Robins at home! Bristol City have had to head back down the M4 empty-handed from their last four trips to our home.
Here’s a reminder of those last four home meetings with the Robins…
Reading 2-0 Bristol City – Sat 13th March 2010
A first-half brace by Gylfi Sigurdsson helped to allay relegation fears for the Royals when Bristol City came to town in the 2009/10 season.
Even before the Icelander opened the scoring in the 12th minute, he had already whistled a free-kick narrowly wide of the upright. But he headed Reading ahead as he met a Jobi McAnuff delivery, before winning and converting a penalty before the halfway stage in the first period.
Goalie Adam Federici had to be alert to tip an effort by Robins dangerman Jamal Campbell-Ryce around the post, as the visitors were unable to work their way back into the game.
Reading 4-1 Bristol City – Sun 26th December 2010
The following season, the Royals had to claw their way back from a goal behind to send the fans home happy on Boxing Day. Jon Stead, signed that summer from Ipswich, was on hand to nod in after a Steven Caulker effort hit the woodwork to open a lead for the Robins.
But at the other end, Jobi McAnuff was the one to strike in on the rebound after his first effort had struck the post, and then the Royals went ahead courtesy of Noel Hunt as compatriot Shane Long made a fine run and cross.
Long added two for himself after the interval, pushing the Royals to 7th in the Championship table in the festive period.
Reading 1-0 Bristol City – Sat 28th January 2012
This single-goal victory against the Robins kick-started a run of maximum points in eight straight games – and it was Jason Roberts’ debut strike that earned the win.
It was the striker, in his first outing in our hoops, that made the key contribution before the hour-mark – City defender Louis Carey was dismissed for a last-man challenge in the area on the former Blackburn man. He dusted himself down, stepped up from 12 yards… and scored, at the second time of asking, after David James stopped the first effort.
Before then, Albert Adomah had been denied a spectacular overhead-kick by stopper Adam Federici – and James saved a second penalty of the game by denying Jobi McAnuff from 12 yards. But one goal was enough, en route to promotion!
Reading 1-0 Bristol City – Sat 2nd January 2016
That record of consecutive wins looked like it was coming to an end last winter – 90 minutes of action had passed and neither team had been able to break the deadlock.
Frank Fielding had been living a charmed life between the sticks for the visitors – efforts before the break by Jake Cooper, Matej Vydra and Oliver Norwood all went close before the interval, while Orlando Sa and Danny Williams each had efforts blocked after the break.
Finally though, persistence paid. Vydra tracked back after losing the ball to regain possession – allowing the Royals to counter quickly and win it in stoppage-time through a well-placed Nick Blackman effort.
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