The FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Cardiff City 1-2 Reading

Hal Robson-Kanu struck a late winner as Reading beat fellow Championship side Cardiff in the FA Cup fourth round.

The home side built up a spell of pressure before taking the lead when a Peter Whittingham corner was headed in by striker Kenwyne Jones.

Reading were frustrated by Cardiff until Oliver Norwood equalised when he fired in a 20-yard free-kick.

Robson-Kanu had a header excellently saved before he swept in a shot to secure Reading's progress.

There were a smattering of boos from the home crowd at the final whistle as Reading avenged a 2-1 league defeat in Cardiff in November.

Going into the tie, both of these sides had endured faltering campaigns which had left them in the bottom half of the Championship.

Reading were the first to threaten when Nathaniel Chalobah found fellow midfielder Norwood, but his first-time shot from just outside the area flew over.

The home side responded with a Jones shot being palmed wide by goalkeeper Adam Federici before they turned their growing threat into a goal when Jones nodded in.

Cardiff held their rivals at arm's length until they conceded a free-kick and paid the price when Norwood beat keeper Simon Moore with a low effort.

Royals boss brought on Robson-Kanu and it proved an inspired substitution as he latched on to Jordan Obita's cross to score.

Cardiff manager Russell Slade:

"I would have probably walked out myself if I'd been in the crowd for the second period. It was dire.

"There's going to be ups and downs, but it's a bad day for us and it looks as if we've taken a step in the wrong direction.

"I take all the responsibility for the players performing at that level. We were devoid of ideas and energy and it's probably the worst 45 minutes since I've been here."

Reading boss Steve Clarke:

"Everyone will think it has opened up a little bit, especially with Man City and Chelsea going out.

"But you can't get carried away. I'll just look forward to the draw and see who we get."

Line-ups

Cardiff

Formation 4-4-2

  • 33Moore
  • 3da Silva
  • 36Morrison
  • 6TurnerBooked at 25minsSubstituted forConnollyat 43'minutes
  • 4Malone
  • 40K HarrisSubstituted forMachedaat 85'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 32mins
  • 11NooneBooked at 67mins
  • 9Jones
  • 29RevellSubstituted forAdeyemiat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12John
  • 14Macheda
  • 16Connolly
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 21Ralls
  • 42Wilson
  • 45O'Sullivan

Reading

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Federici
  • 2GunterSubstituted forKellyat 35'minutes
  • 5Pearce
  • 15Hector
  • 11Obita
  • 12McCleary
  • 6NorwoodSubstituted forCooperat 89'minutes
  • 14Chalobah
  • 23Williams
  • 22BlackmanSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 82'minutes
  • 7PogrebnyakBooked at 66mins

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 9Robson-Kanu
  • 10Cox
  • 21Karacan
  • 25Taylor
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
11,750

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamReading
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Reading 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Reading 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Jake Cooper replaces Oliver Norwood.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Cardiff City 1, Reading 2. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita following a set piece situation.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Scott Malone (Cardiff City).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Fabio.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Federico Macheda replaces Kadeem Harris.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stephen Kelly (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.