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Cardiff City 2-1 Reading

Cardiff players celebrate after Reading player Alex Pearce's own goal
Cardiff's win moves them up to 11th in the table with 26 points from 18 games

Cardiff moved to within three points of the Championship play-off places courtesy of a win over 10-man Reading.

It was a miserable night for Royals defender Alex Pearce, whose own goal gave the home side the lead.

The 26-year-old was then sent off for a trip on Adam Le Fondre in the box that allowed Peter Whittingham to double City's advantage from the penalty spot.

Michael Hector's late strike gave the 10 men of Reading hope of a point but Cardiff held on for the victory.

The win is the Bluebirds' second in five games and their fifth in a row at home.

The Royals remain without an away win since a 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough on 30 August, with them losing six of the last seven on the road.

They were always up against it from the moment Pearce was shown a straight red for his foul on Le Fondre just before half-time.

The Royals already trailed after Pearce had accidentally deflected Whittingham's cross into his own net, and the Cardiff midfielder made the away side's task even harder by firing his spot-kick past Adam Federici.

However, Nigel Adkins' side battled back and were rewarded when Hector's low drive found its way into the goal through the legs of home goalkeeper David Marshall in the 81st minute.

But Cardiff, assisted by their numerical advantage, were able to see out the remainder of the game to move up to 11th in the Championship table, three places and five points ahead of their opponents.

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 16ConnollySubstituted forda Silvaat 76'minutes
  • 36Morrison
  • 6Turner
  • 2Brayford
  • 19PilkingtonBooked at 41mins
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7Whittingham
  • 11NooneSubstituted forDaehliat 69'minutes
  • 10Le Fondre
  • 14MachedaSubstituted forJonesat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3da Silva
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 9Jones
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 20Daehli
  • 33Moore
  • 38Morrison

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 15Hector
  • 5PearceBooked at 45mins
  • 2Gunter
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forBlackmanat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Norwood
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 41minsSubstituted forTaylorat 72'minutes
  • 11Obita
  • 20Murray
  • 10CoxSubstituted forMcClearyat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12McCleary
  • 18Tshibola
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Cummings
  • 25Taylor
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
20,643

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamReading
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Reading 1.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Reading).

Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Cardiff City. David Marshall tries a through ball, but Anthony Pilkington is caught offside.

Booking

Nick Blackman (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Nick Blackman (Reading) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Federico Macheda.

Jake Taylor (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Turner (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Federico Macheda with a headed pass.

Glenn Murray (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Turner (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Turner (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Adam Federici.

Attempt saved. Mats Daehli (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Federico Macheda (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fabio.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 2, Reading 1. Michael Hector (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Taylor following a corner.

Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Fabio.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Fabio replaces Matthew Connolly.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jake Taylor replaces Daniel Williams.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Mats Daehli replaces Craig Noone.

Offside, Cardiff City. Matthew Connolly tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Michael Hector.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Stephen Kelly.

Attempt missed. John Brayford (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Glenn Murray (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Brayford (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Craig Noone following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby1795333161732
2Bournemouth1794433161731
3Middlesbrough1794426121431
4Brentford189452624231
5Ipswich178632517830
6Watford1785430191129
7Blackburn177642724327
8Charlton176922018227
9Wolves177642222027
10Norwich177552519626
11Cardiff187562322126
12Nottm Forest176742623325
13Sheff Wed174941214-221
14Reading186392329-621
15Leeds175572024-420
16Huddersfield175572531-620
17Fulham185492833-519
18Millwall174671924-518
19Rotherham174671524-918
20Brighton173861720-317
21Bolton1752102027-717
22Wigan173771822-416
23Birmingham173771429-1516
24Blackpool1714121129-187
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