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3 things we learnt from Reading’s 2-0 win at Bristol City



Reading continued their decent form this weekend as they toppled Bristol City 2-0 in a dominant display at Ashton Gate. 

Garath McCleary netted a 30-yard strike in his first appearance of the season for Reading

Garath McCleary netted a 30-yard strike in his first appearance of the season for Reading

The Royals took the lead early on through the in-form Nick Blackman for his fifth goal of the season, as he fired his shot into the bottom corner – the assist going to American international Danny Williams.

Garath McCleary then doubled the lead four minutes later in his first start of the season, as he smashed in a staggering goal from 30-yards out into the bottom left corner – a stunning goal that has now become a regularity for the 28-year-old.

The away side then continued to dominate throughout the game, and created plenty of chances, whilst only allowing the Robins to trouble Jonathan Bond but a handful of times.

It boosts the Royals up to sixth, within the play-off place, while Steve Cotterill’s side tumble into the relegation zone.

Here’s three things we learnt from this afternoon’s Championship encounter:

1) Robins fans should be worried by their defence

Bristol City have conceded the joint most goals not only in the Championship, but the joint most out of all 92 teams in the Football League as well. This comes as a surprise, considering it’s already just under half the goals they shipped during the entirety of last season.

This really should be a worry for Robins fans, especially considering they’ve already bought in Nathan Baker and Liam Moore on loan to boost their defensive options. Perhaps in this league, the five at the back just doesn’t work, and maybe a rigid four, with two full-backs rather than wing backs might make the Robins tougher to beat.

2) Garath McCleary could be in for a fine season

It was only his first start for the Royals today, but after starring in Jamaica’s international escapades over the summer, McCleary looks back to his old, lethal self after a sub-par season last year.

Ask Reading fans who they’re favourite player is, and a large percentage would say Garath McCleary.

He’s the sort of player every fan likes. He’s got flare, pace, what I call man beatability. On top of that, he has a knack for scoring some quite astounding goals, most notably an unbelievable strike on the final day of last season against Burnley at the Madejski Stadium.

He looks back to his old self now, which really puts fear into most Championship back-lines, as a number of players begin to show top form for Reading this year.

3) Michael Hector is back to his best

Many named Michael Hector the man-of-the-match this afternoon, following his £4 million move to reigning Premier League Champions Chelsea, before immediately being loaned back to the Berkshire club.

He was a rock at the back for Reading, making some excellent challenges and interceptions, and looked all round like a top-flight centre back, as he kept out one of the leagues most lethal forwards in Jonathan Kodjia.

Bristol City and Reading fans… do you agree? Is the Robins defence a real concern? Is McCleary one of, if not the, best winger in the division? How bright is Michael Hector’s future? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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