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Cardiff City 0-1 Reading

Cardiff City goalkeeper Ben Wilson is beaten by a shot from Yann Kermorgant
Cardiff City goalkeeper Ben Wilson is beaten by a shot from Yann Kermorgant

Reading snatched a late victory at Cardiff City as Yann Kermorgant's goal settled a scrappy encounter.

The hosts had the better chances in a stuttering first half, with Lex Immers twice heading over.

Although both sides squandered opportunities after the break, the game looked destined to end goalless.

But Kermorgant seized on a loose ball in the Cardiff box and struck an emphatic half-volley to seal Reading's first away win of the season.

It was a rare moment of quality in an otherwise forgettable meeting between two sides who struggled to play with any fluency.

The most significant event of the day for Cardiff was their omission of goalkeeper David Marshall ahead of a £5m move to Hull.

His successor, Ben Wilson, almost gifted Reading victory midway through the second half as he dropped the ball in the Bluebirds' box, but Roy Beerens' scuffed shot was cleared off the line.

Paul Trollope's side mustered some promising chances - Immers and Sean Morrison both missing with free headers - but their toothless attacking display prompted boos from the home crowd at the final whistle.

Cardiff manager Paul Trollope:

"I'm really frustrated. We prepared really well and created enough chances, especially in the first period, to be in front.

"We controlled the game and coped well with their game to limit them to a few chances. But you need to score goals in football and we should have been ahead.

"We had three very, very good chances from headers and didn't take them and then conceded that late goal that felt like a real sucker-punch.

"We thought we had this one in the palm of our hands at half-time and that we would go on to win. But not taking those chances came back to haunt us so we need to improve that."

Reading boss Jaap Stam:

"I'm very proud of the players and how they reacted and the passion they put into this game.

"They are learning a different style of play but I told them if they keep believing, working hard and are patient then eventually we will start winning games.

"We were up against a physically strong side who don't give away much space to pass. They pressed us high up and were winning back balls in midfield and had chances in front of goal.

"We kept our patience and picked it up in the second half. We controlled the game and created chances late on."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 30Wilson
  • 2PeltierSubstituted forEcuele Mangaat 31'minutes
  • 4Morrison
  • 16Connolly
  • 6Richards
  • 24K Harris
  • 8Ralls
  • 7Whittingham
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forNooneat 83'minutes
  • 10ImmersSubstituted forGounongbeat 56'minutes
  • 13Pilkington

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 9Gounongbe
  • 11Noone
  • 20Le Fondre
  • 21Amos
  • 25Huws
  • 29Ajayi

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 16Moore
  • 24BlackettSubstituted forObitaat 82'minutes
  • 4van den Berg
  • 6EvansSubstituted forQuinnat 63'minutes
  • 12McCleary
  • 23Williams
  • 7Beerens
  • 18Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 8Swift
  • 9Mendes
  • 11Obita
  • 15Harriott
  • 21Quinn
  • 30Watson
  • 31Jaakkola
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
15,013

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamReading
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Reading 1.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jazz Richards (Cardiff City).

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 0, Reading 1. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Paul McShane (Reading) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Noone replaces Aron Gunnarsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jordan Obita replaces Tyler Blackett.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

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

Offside, Reading. Joey van den Berg tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington with a cross.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joey van den Berg with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Joey van den Berg (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jazz Richards.

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).

Attempt blocked. Roy Beerens (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Stephen Quinn replaces George Evans.

George Evans (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

Foul by Roy Beerens (Reading).

goal

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15Reading521258-37
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