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Bristol City 1-1 Reading: Robins' play-off hopes dealt a blow by Royals

Bristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill's sixth goal of the season was his second in three games
Bristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill's sixth goal of the season was his second in three games

Championship play-off contenders Bristol City dropped two points after being forced to come from behind to draw with relegation battlers Reading.

Yakou Meite put Reading ahead on 48 minutes when he met Andy Rinomhota's set-piece inside the six-yard box with a right-footed finish into the bottom right corner.

But City levelled on 72 minutes when substitute Niclas Eliasson crossed from the left to the far post for Josh Brownhill to beat Emiliano Martinez with a downward header for his second goal in three games.

Reading, who are now five points clear of trouble prior to the afternoon fixtures, are unbeaten in three games, having beaten Brentford either side of their draws at leaders Norwich and at Ashton Gate.

Sixth-placed City could drop out of the play-off positions later in the day, if either Middlesbrough or Derby County win.

The Robins now go to Hillsborough on Monday to face Sheffield Wednesday, while Reading host another promotion-chasing side West Bromwich Albion.

Lee Johnson's side may have a big doubt over injury-riddled midfielder Korey Smith, who was stretchered off in pain on 29 minutes following a heavy collision with on-loan Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria.

Smith, who has played just six times this season, was out until late March before returning for two games, but he then missed the next three.

Yakou Meite was also denied by a brilliant first-half save from home keeper Max O'Leary prior to hitting his fifth goal in as many games
Yakou Meite was also denied by a brilliant first-half save from home keeper Max O'Leary, prior to hitting his fifth goal in as many games, to the acclaim of Reading's 2,000 away fans

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson:

"Korey has gone for x-rays on an area around his ankle and it is just a case of keeping everything crossed. If it's no more than bruising he might not be out for that long.

"But, if there is a crack in the bone, we are looking at a lay-off well beyond the end of the season. We all feel for him because he has had wretched luck with injuries.

"To be honest I am not feeling negative in the slightest. e played well and the lads worked their socks off. At times we just lacked that bit of quality with our final pass but I couldn't ask any more of them.

"Three of our last four games are away and there will be people eager to write us off. I don't mind that. Our form on our travels has been good and we are playing without fear.

Reading boss Jose Gomes:

"It's great when you see work on the training ground pay off in a game. We practised that free-kick first with just the players involved two days before the game and then with the whole team the following day.

"Everyone expects Ovie to shoot when he receives the ball and the whole move depends on the accuracy of his pass to Andy, which was perfect.

"It is a good point for us against a team who were 3-0 up on West Bromwich Albion in the first 20 minutes. They have good offensive players and play a lot of direct balls into the box.

"I don't know how many points we will need to be safe because there are so many surprise results in the Championship. If we start thinking about targets we may lose our focus on the next game."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 24O'Leary
  • 22Kalas
  • 5WrightSubstituted forEliassonat 60'minutes
  • 4Webster
  • 32Hunt
  • 7SmithSubstituted forWalshat 29'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 8Brownhill
  • 3Dasilva
  • 14WeimannSubstituted forTaylorat 79'minutes
  • 9Diedhiou

Substitutes

  • 6Baker
  • 10Taylor
  • 12Walsh
  • 15Watkins
  • 17Kelly
  • 19Eliasson
  • 45Palmer

Reading

  • 26Martínez
  • 2Gunter
  • 3Yiadom
  • 19Miazga
  • 6Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 16Baker
  • 18EjariaSubstituted forMcIntyreat 73'minutes
  • 21MeiteSubstituted forOliveiraat 64'minutes
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forMcClearyat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Baldock
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Harriott
  • 22Oliveira
  • 28Walker
  • 43Loader
  • 46McIntyre
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
23,309

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamReading
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 1, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Reading 1.

Liam Walsh (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Famara Diedhiou.

Attempt saved. Nélson Oliveira (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary following a fast break.

Jay Dasilva (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Liam Walsh.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

Attempt missed. Adam Webster (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Walsh with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Modou Barrow.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Bristol City).

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Matty Taylor replaces Andreas Weimann.

Jay Dasilva (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Foul by Liam Walsh (Bristol City).

Lewis Baker (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Bristol City).

Emiliano Martínez (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Niclas Eliasson with a cross.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tom McIntyre.

Foul by Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City).

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Tom McIntyre replaces Ovie Ejaria.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 1, Reading 1. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Niclas Eliasson with a cross.

Foul by Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City).

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Baker (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nélson Oliveira replaces Yakou Meite.

Foul by Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City).

Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich432512687533487
2Sheff Utd432410971393282
3Leeds432571170442682
4West Brom4322101184582676
5Aston Villa431915979582172
6Middlesbrough431813124536967
7Bristol City421812125647966
8Derby421713126152964
9Preston431612156459560
10Hull43179176362160
11Sheff Wed431515135457-360
12Swansea42178175957259
13Nottm Forest431415145654257
14Blackburn431511175965-656
15Brentford431413166759855
16Stoke431119134148-752
17QPR43139215167-1648
18Birmingham431317136056447
19Reading431015184864-1645
20Wigan431112204763-1645
21Millwall421013194760-1343
22Rotherham43816194976-2740
23Bolton4388272974-4532
24Ipswich43416233372-3928
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