Meite scores, Olise helps in Studying's defeat by Birmingham Metropolis


The Ivory Coast international and the Nigerian striker delivered impressive performances for the Madejski Stadium team

Yakou Meite found the backbone of the network while Michael Olise assisted in Reading's 2-1 defeat by Birmingham City in Thursday's championship game.

Ivory Coast international Meite got his 11th league start and took the opportunity to improve his record, combining well with Olise in the encounter.

Reading started the game inconspicuously, so that Birmingham City could take the lead in the fourth minute through Lukas Jutkiewicz.

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Nigerian striker Olise prepared Meite in the 35th minute with a beautiful pass for the Madejski Stadium.

Harlee Dean scored the match-winning goal for Birmingham City in the 72nd minute.

Meite played 70 minutes before being replaced by George Puscas, struck three shots and made 17 touches on the ball.

The center forward has now scored seven goals and provided an assist in 16 championship games this season.

Olise was on parade throughout the game while fellow countryman Ovie Ejaria was introduced to the game for Josh Laurent in the 71st minute

Olise had 84 touches on the ball, made two vital passes and hit two shots as part of his contribution to the encounter.

The 19-year-old Nigerian striker has scored five goals and made 10 assists in 37 games across all competitions.

In the defeat, Reading fell to sixth place in the championship after scoring 61 points in 37 games.

Meite and Olise will hope to help the Royals get back to winning ways when they face Queens Park Rangers in their next league game on Saturday.

Olise was promoted to Reading's first team in 2019 and has performed noticeably for the team.

The striker also previously worked for Manchester City and Chelsea's youth setup before joining forces with the Royals in 2016.

Olise is eligible to play for the Nigerian national team through his father and has also qualified for France and England.


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