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Bristol City Take All Three Points

09 September 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

The disappointment of losing to a late goal is always hard to take, but even more so when expectations had been raised by a good away performance at Birmingham and new additions to the squad. Typically Reading enjoyed a lot of possession throughout, but a well organised City pressed high up the pitch from the kick-off denying Reading time and space all over the pitch. Ultimately though, it was poor finishing and good goalkeeping which prevented the Royals from taking anything from this game.

In their best spell just after the interval, new signing Bodvarsson wasted two excellent opportunities to give them the lead. City 'keeper Fielding made excellent saves from Kelly in the first half and Bacuna in the second. As so often happens in football Reading were punished for their inability to convert chances into goals. With six minutes to go the Reading defence failed to deal with a high ball into the box and it fell to Flint who drilled it goalwards low and hard, and although Manone got a hand to it the ball trickled agonising just inside the post. Reading never looked likely to find a way through the City defence in the closing stages and City left with the points.
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Discussion On This Story:

 Snowflake Royal

» 09 Sep 2017 16:38

Well that was fuvking annoying. Comments to follow.

First a note on Bristol. I thought tactically they were excellent. They played the high press v. well and totally disrupted our game. If they could pass or shoot we'd have been in danger of a drubbing due to the many stupid mistakes we made.

I don't think they actually forced that many mistakes from us though. They all seemed self inflicted and apart from that I thought we coped with the high press well.

Mannone 6 maybe should have done better on the goal, I'd like to see it again. Looked very awkward on the ball.
Gunter 5 predictably average negative performance capped with a game losing error.
Blackett 8 I actually thought he had one of his best games.
Moore 5 shambles of a match, he was all over the place.
McShane 8 very solid and commanding, not the best with the ball and goes back a bit too often, but he's trying to avoid a fuk up
Berg 8 I thought he covered brilliantly and helped bring the ball out well
Kelly 7 good game until injured but not quite that magic moment
Bacuna 7 pretty good on the whole
Barrow 5 looked dangerous but too often final ball or decision was poor. An absolute clusterfuk defensively, can't believe brizzle didn exploit it.
Aluko 6 lots of great skill, no end product, first appearance though
Bodvarsson 5 ran the defence well, decent hold up play, looked like he should have had a nailed on hattrick.

McCleary ok
Edwards I like the look of him but the game was a mess buly the time he got on
Beerens no time, no chance good to have him fit.

Plenty to be positive about, just three or four players with horrendous off days. The system looks very positive, just got to get that integration of new players right.

 Hound

» 09 Sep 2017 17:00

Highly annoying result, but slightly predictable with all the optimism in the build up
Worst thing is we now have a week to stew on it before the next (tough) game

 CountryRoyal

» 09 Sep 2017 17:16

Meh. We don't need a goal scorer...etc etc

TBH it was always going to happen. :lol: No reason to worry, frustrating losing at home but not the end of the world.

 genome

» 09 Sep 2017 17:23



Just goes to show how differently people see games. I remember Moore making two brilliant goal-saving tackles and one great block to stop a City striker going through on goal. Also thought Blackett, while he had some nice moments, was a bit too casual. He had a decent game, but nowhere near an 8 for me.

 Sutekh

» 09 Sep 2017 17:26

Barrow. Absolute class, needs to work on his defensive understanding but that's no surprise seeing he's just joined a new club

Bodvarsson :lol:

Aluko did ok but just why did Reading buy him?

Referee. Utterly awful.

Now 3 points away from the bottom 3 and no midweek game like the teams below.

On the upside, Kermorgant is one week nearer playing again.

 FiNeRaIn

» 09 Sep 2017 17:29

Well, no one saw this coming by signing like 4 midfielders and no solid strikers. :lol:

 windermereROYAL

» 09 Sep 2017 17:31

Felt we got a head of steam going midway through the 2nd half. only to have it snuffed out by Stams baffling substitutions.

 tmesis

» 09 Sep 2017 17:43



He hits shots like he has shopping trolley wheels for feet.

 Esteban

» 09 Sep 2017 17:45

Would have won that 3-0 on another day. Bristol did well tactically, but rarely caused us problems. Striker or not, 8 yards out with the whole goal to aim at, you have to score.

Aluko played well and will improve as he learns the system. Barrow put in similar performances when he first joined and was excellent today. He needs to be more disciplined with his defending though.

The way in which we effortlessly switched from 4 to 5 at the back was good, there was good movement up front, the wide play was good and we defended well for the most part.

I enjoyed our performance for 85 minutes, we'll play worse than that and win games.

 genome

» 09 Sep 2017 17:47

The seat slamming is back too by the way. :roll:

 CountryRoyal

» 09 Sep 2017 17:53



Already?

Fcuk it I'm staying out here :lol:

 Crowbar6753

» 09 Sep 2017 18:00

We need to play this passing game at a higher tempo otherwise its not effective at all. We had that 5-10 min spell early in the second half where we tore them to shreds with high tempo slick passing and we were unlucky not to score. We also need to be more clinical, the lack of a clinical striker hurt us today, Dadi is great at running around and closing down but he aint no striker....and this will come back to haunt us, i would prefer to Sam Smith given a go upfront.


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