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Reading 1-1 Cardiff City

Reading 1-1 Cardiff
Everton loanee Conor McAleny has scored twice for Cardiff since arriving in February

FA Cup semi-finalists Reading were unable ease to any lingering relegation fears as Championship rivals Cardiff claimed a last-minute draw.

Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak handed the Royals an early lead when he nudged in Garath McCleary's knockdown.

But they allowed Cardiff to snatch a point when Conor McAleny blasted in a shot from Aron Gunnarsson's neat pass.

Sixth-bottom Reading are nine points clear of the bottom three with seven games left.

The Berkshire club have the benefit of an extra match left to play over the rest of the bottom eight.

Reading, who face Arsenal in the FA Cup last four at Wembley on 18 April, have impressed in the cup, but have been unable to replicate their form in the second tier.

They had won only two of their previous nine league matches, losing six of them, before hosting Cardiff at Madejski Stadium.

However, they made a positive start when Pogrebnyak guided McCleary's header past away keeper David Marshall for his third goal in two matches.

Captain Alex Pearce almost doubled their lead by rising to meet McCleary's corner, only to see opposing centre-back Michael Hector block his header.

The Welsh club started the match in 14th position after an inconsistent season, but arrived on the back of a three-match unbeaten streak.

However, Russell Slade's men barely threatened until Everton loanee McAleny's late intervention lifted them above Leeds into 13th.

Reading boss Steve Clarke:

"The FA Cup is not on the agenda, I'm just talking about the league. I thought we played well enough to get the three points.

"It's a game that we should have finished off long before they equalised.

"When you go into the last five minutes and it's only 1-0, you always leave yourselves vulnerable. But it's a point further away from the bottom three.

"We've got seven league games left and we've set ourselves a little points tally. I'm not telling you what it is but we're now a point on the way to that tally."

Cardiff manager Russell Slade:

"All in all, it was a very tight game,. We started well enough but our marking for the goal was disappointing.

"I thought we grew into the game and we kept going. We stayed in it and it was really worth it when we got that late goal.

"We want to try to keep the momentum going until the end of the season. And I think we're achieving that at the moment.

"We'd like to finish the season strongly. We're now more consistent and resilient."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 5Pearce
  • 15Hector
  • 11Obita
  • 12McClearySubstituted forNorwoodat 74'minutes
  • 43Aké
  • 16Akpan
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forBlackmanat 85'minutes
  • 19MackieSubstituted forAppiahat 68'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak

Substitutes

  • 6Norwood
  • 20Aiyegbeni
  • 21Karacan
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Knight
  • 31Andersen
  • 44Appiah

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2PeltierSubstituted forMaloneat 84'minutes
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 36Morrison
  • 3Fabio
  • 11Noone
  • 7Whittingham
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 21RallsSubstituted forKennedyat 65'minutes
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forMasonat 65'minutes
  • 15McAleny

Substitutes

  • 4Malone
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 24Mason
  • 30Kennedy
  • 33Moore
  • 39Gabbidon
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
17,953

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Cardiff City 1.

Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Cardiff City 1. Conor McAleny (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Substitution

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

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

Foul by Nathan Aké (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Scott Malone replaces Lee Peltier.

Foul by Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City).

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Matthew Kennedy (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Mason.

Conor McAleny (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Aké (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Conor McAleny (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Oliver Norwood replaces Garath McCleary.

Michael Hector (Reading) hits the bar with a header from very close range following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Attempt saved. Kwesi Appiah (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak with a cross.

Matthew Kennedy (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Aké (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Kwesi Appiah replaces Jamie Mackie.

Offside, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Matthew Kennedy replaces Joe Ralls.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Joe Mason replaces Eoin Doyle.

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Attempt saved. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Conor McAleny (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eoin Doyle.

Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City).

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

Hand ball by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Jamie Mackie (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough40229960303075
2Bournemouth402111883414274
3Norwich402110977433473
4Watford402271180483273
5Brentford402161368531569
6Derby4019111071452668
7Ipswich4019111060441668
8Wolves4019111058461268
9Nottm Forest401512136356757
10Blackburn401512135450457
11Charlton401315124952-354
12Sheff Wed401315123741-454
13Cardiff401313144951-252
14Leeds401410164350-752
15Birmingham391214134556-1150
16Bolton401210184758-1146
17Brighton401015154347-445
18Huddersfield401112174968-1945
19Reading39129184362-1945
20Fulham40127215172-2143
21Rotherham40913184162-2140
22Millwall40812203565-3036
23Wigan40811213553-1835
24Blackpool40412243179-4824
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