‘Top display... Aggressive...’ - Bristol City player ratings as two key men stand out in dramatic Reading draw

How the Bristol City players fared in their 1-1 draw against Championship rivals Reading

Tommy Conway’s first-half strike wasn’t enough for Bristol City as a second-half Lucas Joao header saw Reading earn a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate.

The Scotsman fired home a left-footed shot moments before halftime on his first league appearance since New Year’s Day, as Yakou Meite came the closest for the visitors in the first period.

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Joe Lumley got down well to prevent Anis Mehmeti from extending the Robins’ lead in the second half, and Joao’s header from a set piece evaded Max O’Leary as the game ended all square.

Nigel Pearson’s remain in 14th, while the Royals also stay in 18th place - with a six-point deduction looming.

Player ratings:

Max O’Leary – 7

Got caught in no man’s land for the equalising goal, but generally did well in coming for crosses against a big, aggressive side and showed positive distribution with the ball.

George Tanner – 8

Got forward more than usual and put in some excellent crosses from the right-hand side. Made the pass from the edge of the area for Conway’s opener and was tenacious when out of possession. Top display.

Zak Vyner – 6

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Was beaten with Tyrese Fornah’s ball over the top for Meite’s golden opportunity and the French-Ivorian striker got the better of Vyner out wide later in the first half, but the defender responded well and made a vital clearance to deny Meite minutes before Conway’s opener.

Cam Pring – 7

Was assured playing out of position again up against two physical strikers, aggressive when needed and reliable on the ball.

Jay Dasilva – 6

Got forward well down the left flank and linked up well with Mehmeti, another well-rounded performance.

Matty James – 6

Kept the play flowing in the middle of the park, often went unnoticed but was an important figure. Went off injured late on which will be a worry. Booked.

Omar Taylor Clarke – 7

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Looked composed in the middle of the park and continues to take senior football in his stride. Booked.

Andi Weimann – 6

Was aggressive down the right-hand side. Hit a good volley in the first half that was cleared by Andy Carroll but lacked end product with some of his crosses.

Tommy Conway – 7

Took his goal well with a quick left-footed finish past Lumley and looked sharp on his return from injury. Played 60 minutes in the no.10 role and was a threat.

Nahki Wells – 7

Was dangerous all match and caused Joe Lumley to rush out of his area a few times. Always full of running and an important cog in the City machine.

Anis Mehmeti – 7

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Showed some moments of quality and had a sublime first touch from a Cam Pring diagonal pass, before he slid a good through ball to Wells. Was in and out of the game a little. Booked.

Andy King (subbed on for Taylor-Clarke, 59’) – 6

Came on to control the tempo of the match but couldn’t effectively.

Harry Cornick (subbed on for Conway, 59’) – 6

Put himself about up top but couldn’t link up with Wells.

Sam Bell (subbed on for James, 88’) - N/A

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