Reading FC slipped further into mid-table obscurity yesterday afternoon, as Jaap Stam’s side fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to high-flying Bristol City.
The Royals kept their in-form hosts at bay until the second period, when goals from Jamie Paterson and Lloyd Kelly ensured the Robins moved into the automatic promotion places, following Cardiff City’s home defeat to Fulham.
Stam’s side held their own for large swathes of the game, and travelling fans will have been disappointed to leave Ashton Gate with nothing, having given a good account of themselves on the day.
The Dutchman shared his supporters’ frustration, but was impressed by his side’s efforts.
“We created two opportunities, with one a very big one. We needed to finish that one off,” Stam told the club’s official site.
“There were not a lot of chances for both sides.
“Both teams worked very hard.
“Our boys worked very hard to do well and stay in the game.”
Defeat for Reading will have come as an expected blow to many fans, with Bristol City flying-high and playing some remarkable football under Lee Johnson’s this term.
The sting of defeat to struggling Burton Albion at The Madejski before Christmas will have been the much bigger blow from the period, with back-to-back defeats severely halting Stam’s side’s progression towards the playoff places.
A postseason appearance now appears extremely unlikely, and many will fear that their side could spend the rest of the season looking over their shoulders, rather than ahead towards the playoff-chasing pack.
Defeat to Barnsley this weekend could be the final nail in the coffin.
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