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Reading 0-1 Bristol City

Aden Flint
Centre-back Aden Flint netted five goals for Bristol City last season

Aden Flint's late strike, in his first start of the season, gave Bristol City a narrow victory at Reading.

The defender, the subject of numerous bids in the transfer window and played just twice in August, beat keeper Vito Mannone with six minutes left.

Sone Aluko enjoyed a lively debut for the hosts at the Madejski Stadium, twice shooting narrowly wide of Frank Fielding's far post in the second half.

Flint's goal gave City their second Championship win of the season.

The hosts had the better of the first half with Fielding forced into a brilliant save as he tipped Leandro Bacuna's strike round the post.

With the last goalless draw between the two sides back in 1929, substitute Dave Edwards almost broke the deadlock for Reading on his debut, but was just too high from Aluko's pinpoint cross.

Jamie Paterson was sent clear but could only shoot wide as the away side wasted their best chance to open the scoring.

However, Flint made the Royals pay as his volley ended their 15-match unbeaten home run.

Reading manager Jaap Stam: "Everyone needs to take responsibility when you make that pass or when you are in front of goal and when you get that ball.

"We had plenty of opportunities to score and that's what it's all about. It's a cliche but if you don't finish them off yourself, the opposition eventually scores and that's it.

"We knew what City are like - they're a good side - and they didn't want to let us play and get into our comfort zone.

"That's what they did at times and they did it well. It was harsh that we lost, especially as it was at home."

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson: "You want your best available squad to work with and obviously Aden is an established Championship player.

"I've had a very honest and open relationship with him leading up to the closing of the transfer window and, to be fair to him, he's never thrown his toys out of the pram.

"I was really pleased with the performance. It was great to have an international break before so that we could really prepare for this game.

"It's about getting the players' mindsets right, to be confident and not fearful of the opposition. And I thought we did that today. I'm really chuffed."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 6Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 19Bacuna
  • 4van den BergBooked at 32mins
  • 38KellySubstituted forEdwardsat 63'minutes
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forMcClearyat 69'minutes
  • 23BödvarssonSubstituted forBeerensat 77'minutes
  • 14Aluko

Substitutes

  • 7Beerens
  • 8Evans
  • 12McCleary
  • 16Edwards
  • 20Ilori
  • 22Clement
  • 31Jaakkola

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 26Vyner
  • 4Flint
  • 6BakerBooked at 41mins
  • 3Bryan
  • 11O'DowdaSubstituted forPackat 89'minutes
  • 8Brownhill
  • 7Smith
  • 20Paterson
  • 9DiedhiouSubstituted forLekoat 70'minutes
  • 14Reid

Substitutes

  • 5Wright
  • 15Steele
  • 18Woodrow
  • 19Eliasson
  • 21Pack
  • 23Magnusson
  • 45Leko
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
18,650

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Bristol City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Bristol City 1.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

Foul by Roy Beerens (Reading).

Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Zak Vyner (Bristol City).

Attempt saved. Roy Beerens (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Callum O'Dowda.

David Edwards (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bobby Reid (Bristol City).

Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zak Vyner (Bristol City).

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Bristol City 1. Aden Flint (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Paterson following a set piece situation.

Foul by David Edwards (Reading).

Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Baker (Bristol City).

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).

Jonathan Leko (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Roy Beerens replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Delay in match Joe Bryan (Bristol City) because of an injury.

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonathan Leko (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jonathan Leko replaces Famara Diedhiou.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Modou Barrow.

Attempt saved. David Edwards (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. David Edwards replaces Liam Kelly because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Liam Kelly (Reading) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bobby Reid.

Attempt missed. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

Attempt saved. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tyler Blackett.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds64201221014
3Wolves641184413
4Ipswich6402108212
5Sheff Utd640275212
6Middlesbrough631273410
7Derby6312107310
8QPR631287110
9Bristol City62318629
10Sheff Wed62317529
11Preston62313219
12Nottm Forest6303911-29
13Fulham61415417
14Hull6213121207
15Barnsley62138807
16Reading621356-17
17Norwich6213712-57
18Aston Villa613279-26
19Millwall61238715
20Sunderland6123610-45
21Birmingham611437-44
22Burton6114414-104
23Brentford603359-43
24Bolton6024413-92
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