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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

Live Reporting

By Felix Keith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    FT: Reading 2-2 Cardiff

    Lee Tomlin celebrates

    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.

  2. Post update

    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.

  3. Reaction

    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."

  4. Reaction

    FT: Reading 2-2 Cardiff

    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."

  5. 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
  6. 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.

  7. Post update

    Reading 2-2 Cardiff

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

  8. Post update

    Reading 2-2 Cardiff

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

  9. 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
  10. CLOSE!

    Reading 2-1 Cardiff

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

  11. SUBSTITUTION for Reading

    Reading 2-1 Cardiff

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

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. 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
  16. SUBSTITUTION for Cardiff

    Reading 2-0 Cardiff

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

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. 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?

  19. Warnock sent to the stands

    Reading 2-0 Cardiff

    Neil Warnock chats to referee Steve Martin

    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.

  20. Post update

    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.