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Reading 1-1 Cardiff City

Lex Immers
Lex Immers comes close to giving Cardiff an early lead

Cardiff City fought back to snatch a point at Reading and maintain their Championship promotion aspirations.

Garath McCleary, who came off the bench to replace Hal Robson-Kanu, put Reading ahead with a fine first-half volley.

However, Cardiff hit back in the second period when Lex Immers converted a header after fine work by Sammy Ameobi.

Cardiff remain seventh in the table, three points off the play-off places, while Reading slipped to 17th, eight points above the drop zone.

Robson-Kanu's thigh injury soured the afternoon for the hosts and Wales, who have two international friendlies this week.

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Brian McDermott on Reading v Cardiff

In a first period where both sides matched each other shot for shot, Cardiff paid the price for a failure to convert their chances.

The Bluebirds were initially in the ascendancy, but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping prevented them from taking the lead.

A mix-up in the eighth minute saw Anthony Pilkington pinch the ball off the toes of Tom Lawrence as he shaped to shoot, before Immers almost turned home from close range.

The hosts grew in confidence as Cardiff continued to squander their best moments and Craig Noone rattled the crossbar with a first-half header.

Reading took the lead when replacement McCleary chested the ball down and fired through a crowd after five minutes of sustained Royals pressure.

Stuart O'Keefe
Stuart O'Keefe shoots for Cardiff

It was tough on Cardiff's stand-in goalkeeper Simon Moore who had done brilliantly to maintain parity when he denied Yann Kermogant a one-on-one after Ola John's through ball.

John was pulling the strings for Cardiff and missed an excellent chance on the stroke of half-time to double the Royals advantage, missing the target when he dragged his effort wide.

The hosts stayed on the front foot after the interval, with ex-Cardiff man Andrew Taylor almost on the scoresheet.

However, the introduction of substitute Ameobi paid instant dividends for Cardiff, the on-loan Newcastle man wriggling free and teeing up Immers who finished from close range with a header.

Both sides finished the contest looking to find a winner, Reading dominating possession and Cardiff a threat on the counter-attack.

Reading are now 12 games without a win against Cardiff in the league.

Reading manager Brian McDermott: "I just can't believe the referee has missed the Ameobi handball for Cardiff's goal.

"It's a nailed-on handball. He nearly caught it. You've got to see that, it was a big decision.

"The margins are very small and you need the officials to get things right at the big moments. Unfortunately, that didn't happen today.

"The reaction was good from the players (after the 1-0 midweek defeat at Brighton) and we felt that we deserved to win this game."

Cardiff manager Russell Slade: "Lex has been terrific. He's contributed in terms of scoring but also in terms of performance and the energy he gives us.

"He's fitted in really well and his understanding of what is required as an individual and collectively is very good.

"We looked a bit fragile at the back at times but started to grab hold of the game in the second half.

"We got level and I thought we managed the game a lot better than we had done."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 35Cooper
  • 3A Taylor
  • 23Williams
  • 8Hector
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forMcClearyat 22'minutes
  • 21QuinnSubstituted forCoxat 79'minutes
  • 20JohnBooked at 45mins
  • 29KermorgantSubstituted forVydraat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 6Norwood
  • 7Vydra
  • 11Obita
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 31Cox

Cardiff

  • 21Moore
  • 2Peltier
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 16ConnollyBooked at 63mins
  • 28Malone
  • 11NooneSubstituted forAmeobiat 65'minutes
  • 22O'KeefeSubstituted forGunnarssonat 65'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 37Lawrence
  • 27Immers
  • 13PilkingtonBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 3Fabio
  • 4Morrison
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 30Wilson
  • 38Ameobi
  • 39Saadi
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
17,407

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Cardiff City 1.

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from very close range is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ola John with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a headed pass.

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matej Vydra (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lex Immers (Cardiff City).

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

Booking

Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Offside, Reading. Simon Cox tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Simon Cox replaces Stephen Quinn.

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lex Immers (Cardiff City).

Foul by Matej Vydra (Reading).

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Reading. Stephen Quinn tries a through ball, but Andrew Taylor is caught offside.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Simon Moore.

Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Cardiff City 1. Lex Immers (Cardiff City) header from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Sammy Ameobi replaces Craig Noone.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson replaces Stuart O'Keefe.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Matej Vydra replaces Yann Kermorgant.

Attempt saved. Ola John (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Taylor.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ola John.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Reading).

goal

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5Derby381713851351664
6Sheff Wed381614856362062
7Cardiff38151494941859
8Ipswich381610124644258
9Birmingham371511114135656
10Preston381314113635153
11QPR381215114743451
12Wolves381212144651-548
13Leeds371114123745-847
14Blackburn381113143736146
15Nottm Forest381113143436-246
16Huddersfield38129175253-145
17Reading371112144243-145
18Brentford37127184859-1143
19Bristol City381110174058-1843
20Rotherham38116214462-1839
21Fulham38814165764-738
22MK Dons38910193251-1937
23Charlton38711203469-3532
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