Reading 2-3 Bristol City: Andi Weimann double earns first win for Robins


Andi Weimann celebrated his first goals for City since returning from knee surgery in the win at Reading
Andi Weimann celebrated his first goals for Bristol City since returning from knee surgery

Bristol City claimed their first Championship win since March as they survived a late Reading rally.

Nigel Pearson’s Robins were 2-0 up inside 14 minutes after Chris Martin headed on for Andi Weimann to score the opener before the big target man then found the net himself.

Femi Azeez quickly pulled one back only for Weimann to restore City’s lead early in the second half with a neatly-taken finish.

But the visitors then had to survive 13 minutes after Reading skipper Liam Moore made it 3-2 late on before they could celebrate their first victory since 13 March – a winless run in all competitions going back 15 games.

City had so far picked up just one point this season after following a 1-1 at home to promoted Blackpool on the first day with a 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough.

But they made a great start when Martin headed on and Weimann’s header found the top left corner.

It was the Austrian’s first goal of the season – and his first since returning from nine months out following surgery on his anterior cruciate knee ligament.

Reading captain Liam Moore's second goal in three games gave the Royals hope of snatching a result
Reading captain Liam Moore’s second goal in three games gave the Royals hope of snatching a result

On 14 minutes, Cameron Pring then headed on for Chris Martin to score from close range but Reading got one back five minutes later when Ethan Bristow created an opening for Azeez.

He found the top left corner with a shot from the right side of the six-yard box for his second goal in successive games.

City restored their two-goal cushion seven minutes after the break when Alex Scott squared from the right and Weimann jinked his way around the keeper to tuck the ball away from six yards.

On 81 minutes, John Swift set up Moore, who found the bottom corner for his second goal in three games.

But the Royals, who recovered from an opening-day 3-2 defeat at Stoke to beat Preston 2-1 on Saturday, could find no further way through.

Line-ups

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 17Yiadom
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 5McIntyre
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 28Laurent
  • 30Azeez
  • 10Swift
  • 41BristowSubstituted forDele-Bashiruat 45′minutes
  • 47PuscasSubstituted forClarkeat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Holmes
  • 16Tetek
  • 19Dele-Bashiru
  • 22Southwood
  • 32Camara
  • 37Leavy
  • 39Clarke

Bristol City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bentley
  • 2Simpson
  • 22Kalas
  • 5Atkinson
  • 3Dasilva
  • 6JamesBooked at 90mins
  • 10KingSubstituted forMassengoat 51′minutes
  • 36ScottSubstituted forPalmerat 67′minutes
  • 14Weimann
  • 16PringSubstituted forBakerat 77′minutes
  • 9Martin

Substitutes

  • 12O’Leary
  • 15Bakinson
  • 17Baker
  • 21Wells
  • 26Vyner
  • 42Massengo
  • 45Palmer

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