Reading fell to their second successive defeat of the Christmas period of Boxing Day, as the Royals were beaten 2-0 by high-flying Bristol City.
Jaap Stam’s side gave a good account of themselves at Ashton Gate against a side oozing with confidence, but second-half goals from Jamie Paterson and Lloyd Kelly ensured the points remained in the West Country.
Despite defeat, Stam will draw positives from the game, with his side matching their hosts for much of the game.
However the side from The Madejski Stadium now lie a massive fourteen points from the play-off places, with hopes of emulating last season’s playoff final defeat to Huddersfield Town fading rapidly.
The return of midfielder George Evans from injury in the fixture will have come as a massive boost to all associated with the club, with the former Manchester City trainee performing well on his return to the squad.
The 23-year-old made his first appearance since the 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Swansea City in September, and took to Twitter to declare his delight at his long-awaited return to action…
All the best with the comeback mate. Good to see you back out there ????????
— Shaun MacDonald (@ShaunMac20) December 27, 2017
Welcome back George, we’ve missed you!
— Steven Hansell (@steveyroyal) December 27, 2017
Yeah go on mate. Really make a name for yourself. Great player you are on that midfield. Great to see you back.
— David Andrews (@DavidAn89377764) December 27, 2017
Just glad too see you back out on the pitch George, hopefully this is the start of the up turn in form.
— Chris Hartley (@Chartley1983) December 27, 2017
Great to see you back have a great new year
— Johnny Hunt (@Huntyroyal) December 27, 2017
Need you in cdm instead of Van Den Berg ????????
— Christopher. (@HamlinBoi) December 28, 2017
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