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Summary

  1. Cardiff fight back from 2-0 down to earn a point
  2. Cardiff now four points behind leaders Wolves
  3. Cardiff boss Neil Warnock sent from touchline by referee Steve Martin in second half
  4. Reading scored twice from set-pieces in first half

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By Felix Keith

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FT: Reading 2-2 Cardiff

Lee Tomlin celebrates
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So an end to both sides' winning runs, but a point certainly feels a whole lot better for Cardiff.

Thanks for following along with me this evening and please join us again on Friday when Championship leaders Wolves travel to Sheffield Wednesday looking to extend their lead.

In the meantime, stay safe in the snow.

FT: Reading 2-2 Cardiff

The late comeback from Cardiff means they stay second but cut Wolves' lead at the top of the Championship table to four points.

Reading, meanwhile, move up to 14th with a draw, but they're still 10 points off the play-offs.

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FT: Reading 2-2 Cardiff

Reading midfielder Dave Edwards tells Sky Sports:

"We're gutted. We were comfortable at the break. We knew there would be an onslaught in the second half.

"We didn't quite play our football in the second half and that's credit to Cardiff - they put us under a lot pressure.

"We're gutted we can't keep our run going. I believe we're one of the best sides in the league. If we want to reach the top six we need to win from those kinds of positions."

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Cardiff goalscorer Lee Tomlin tells Sky Sports:

"It just proves our character. We dig deep and that's what happens when you don't take your foot off the gas.

"It's a lot of effort for the travelling fans to come out in the cold and I'm glad we've rewarded them."

FULL-TIME

Reading 2-2 Cardiff

And that's the last action of a brilliant game, which Cardiff turned on its head.

Neil Warnock may have been sent to the stands, but his side showed character to come from 2-0 down and get a point. Joe Bennett and substitute Lee Tomlin with the goals.

Lee Tomlin celebrates
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Reading hit the post!

Reading 2-2 Cardiff

Wow. Dave Edwards stands up a cross to the back post, where Paul McShane rises and heads it onto the post.

Reading 2-2 Cardiff

Leandro Bacuna tries a long-throw, but Cardiff repel it. There's one minute left.

Reading 2-2 Cardiff

There are still three minutes of additional time to play. Can Cardiff complete a remarkable comeback?

GOAL - Reading 2-2 Cardiff

Lee Tomlin

Drama at the Madejski!

Sol Bamba hits the bar with a header, but it comes back for Lee Tomlin who hammers another shot into the underside of the bar, only for it to drop down over the line.

What a time for him to get his first goal for the club.

Lee Tomlin scores for Cardiff
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CLOSE!

Reading 2-1 Cardiff

Nearly the clincher for Reading. Dave Edwards strikes the side-netting from a corner.

SUBSTITUTION for Reading

Reading 2-1 Cardiff

Adrian Popa comes on for Sone Aluko. He joins Jon Dadi Bodvarsson up top for the Royals.

Reading 2-1 Cardiff

Reading survive. Lee Tomlin's chipped ball comes to Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who fires it back into the six-yard box, but it drops for Vito Mannone to gather.

YELLOW CARD - Bacuna (Reading)

Reading 2-1 Cardiff

Junior Hoilett skins Leandro Bacuna who brings him down and is booked. It's a dangerous place to give away a set piece too.

Reading 2-1 Cardiff

Reading are on the back foot now.

Cardiff are overloading the flanks and another cross falls to Joe Ralls. He fires in a powerful shot, but the Royals get a body in the way.

GOAL - Reading 2-1 Cardiff

Joe Bennett

Heavy pressure from Cardiff is rewarded with a deserved goal.

Reading can't clear the ball and Paul McShane's touch finds Joe Bennett who smashes in an unstoppable volley.

Game on.

Joe Bennett scores for Cardiff
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SUBSTITUTION for Cardiff

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Final change for Cardiff, with Liam Feeney on for Omar Bogle.

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

A shot on target with his first touch for Lee Tomlin, but it's a tame effort from the edge of the area and Reading goalkeeper Vito Mannone claims easily.

SUBSTITUTION for Cardiff

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Callum Paterson is replaced by Lee Tomlin for the closing stages. Can he work some magic and make the final minutes nervy for the hosts?

Warnock sent to the stands

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Neil Warnock chats to referee Steve Martin
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Referee Steve Martin gives a dubious free-kick against Callum Paterson and it's all too much for Neil Warnock.

He's been dismissed from the touchline.

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

It's all gone a bit quiet at the Madejski, which of course suits Reading just fine.

There's no Kenneth Zohore on the bench for Cardiff - he's still recovering from an injury - but Neil Warnock can call on Lee Tomlin if he fancies it.

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Neil Warnock
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Penny for this man's thoughts. Cardiff have 20 minutes left to get something out of this game.

They're pushing, but so far Reading are standing firm and repelling them.

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Close for Cardiff as Vito Mannone loses control of the ball following a Callum Paterson long-throw.

Omar Bogle robs him after a Sol Bamba header, but can't force the ball over the line.

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Madejski Stadium

Really impressive purpose and intent from Reading in this match still.

Sol Bamba at times looks like he's fighting a forlorn battle at the back for Cardiff as the Royals keep looking to exploit them on the break.

The Bluebirds have had their chances themselves going forwards, but you sense they're more likely to concede again first before getting it right in attack.

Neil Warnock, meanwhile, looks like he's tearing his hair out on the touchline.

Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge clears
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Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Reading are dominating now. Chris Gunter gets in on the overlap down the left-hand side, but the Welshman's cross is cut out by Sol Bamba with Yann Kermorgant waiting for a tap-in.

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Great play from Reading, with Liam Kelly getting in on the overlap and sending in a dangerous low cross that Lee Peltier has to be alert to clear.

Kelly is having an excellent game for the hosts.

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

All is not well in the Cardiff City goal. A hopeful punt forward is shepherded towards Neil Etheridge by Sol Bamba, but the Cardiff keeper hesitates before eventually hacking clear.

Leandro Bacuna fires way over the bar straight after.

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Cardiff have had much the better of the last 10 minutes, but Reading have held on to their two-goal lead.

Referee Steve Martin has a polite chat to Neil Warnock on the touchline. Funnily enough he's been quite vocal down there.

Neil Warnock
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CLOSE!

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

What a chance for Junior Hoilett!

The former Blackburn man gets on the end of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's cross, but heads into the ground and over the bar with Vito Mannone in no man's land.

YELLOW CARD - Kelly (Reading)

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Reading playmaker Liam Kelly goes into the referee's book. A frantic start to the second half in Berkshire.

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Neil Etheridge is a lucky man. The Cardiff keeper makes a hash of a back-pass, with the ball making its way to Liam Kelly via Dave Edwards.

To his credit the Bluebirds keeper gets down and saves, but it was a problem of his own making.

Reading still lead with those two first-half goals, the second of them scored by Modou Barrow, who looked quite pleased about it.

Modou Barrow celebrates
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CLOSE!

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Reading go straight up the other end, with Sone Aluko twisting and turning to get a shot off, but it goes narrowly over Neil Etheridge's crossbar.

Bright start to the second period.

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Reading goalkeeper Vito Mannone continues his good game, getting off his line very quickly to get the ball at the feet of Joe Ralls.

KICK-OFF

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Off we go again. Cardiff kick off looking for a way back into the game.

HT: Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Omar Bogle
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Things didn't go quite to plan for second-placed Cardiff in the first half.

Can they turn it around in the second 45 minutes? The teams are back out at the Madejski.

Next up...

Friday: Sheffield Wednesday v Wolves

Wolves players clap their supporters
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Our next EFL live text commentary is on Friday at 19:30 GMT, when leaders Wolves are back in action.

They go to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday, who have slipped 10 points below the play-off places.

Wolves will be enjoying the half-time scoreline in Berkshire, I'm sure...

Hull making fans for Nigel

Saturday's EFL round-up

Hull boss Nigel Adkins
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New Hull boss Nigel Adkins made a winning start, Portsmouth ruined Charlton's special day and snow affected the schedule.

Catch up with Saturday's EFL action here.

HT: Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Madejski Stadium

Reading are looking on song in this one, while Cardiff look anything but in tune.

It's a real surprise how easily Neil Warnock's men appear to have been knocked off course in this one after Callum Patterson's earlier unfortunate own goal.

Jaap Stam's side, however, seem to know what notes they need to play.

The Bluebirds need to come up with something a bit more melodic after the break to prevent Wolves remaining five points clear of them at the top.

HALF-TIME

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Dejected Cardiff players
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Not how you might have imagined a side like Reading would score two goals against the best defence in the Championship, but Jaap Stam won't mind one bit.

I expect Neil Warnock will be delivering a rousing half-time team talk now. His side look really out of sorts at set pieces.

As it stands, Reading will be claiming their third straight win and Wolves will be staying five points clear of Cardiff at the top.

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Sol Bamba can't get any power on a hooked attempt from a free-kick. Cardiff are going in two behind.

Reading 2-0 Cardiff

Joe Bennett is the unlucky man who has inadvertently directed Modou Barrow's shot in. But as it was already on target, I think Barrow can claim a sixth league goal of the season.

The former Swansea winger is Reading's top scorer this season.