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Reading 2-1 Cardiff City

Yann Kermorgant scores with a free-kick
Yann Kermorgant's free-kick was his second winning goal against Cardiff this season

Reading reclaimed third place in the Championship with a hard-fought victory over Cardiff City.

Joe Ralls hit the post from 18 yards for the visitors before John Swift swept Reading in front from Garath McCleary's neat back-heel.

Cardiff soon levelled when Ralls tucked home from the penalty spot after Liam Moore tripped Sean Morrison.

But Yann Kermorgant fired in the winner direct from a free-kick after he was fouled by Sol Bamba.

Reading's victory lifts them back above Leeds and leaves Jaap Stam's team six points behind the two automatic promotion places.

The home side dominated the game in terms of possession but Cardiff, who remain 16th after this loss, always carried a threat and registered more attempts on goal than their hosts.

After the Royals went in front for the second time, home goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi tipped over Junior Hoilett's free-kick and clawed away Kermorgant's sliced attempted clearance.

Kadeem Harris also clipped an effort across the face of goal for the Bluebirds but Reading held on.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"The teams around us are close so it's good to keep the momentum going and keep winning games.

"Cardiff kept us going until the end. We knew what their qualities were and how they played. We saw them a couple of times.

"They tried to stop us playing at the start by getting everyone compact and not giving us the space to get through.

"We didn't make the right choices always. We needed to move the ball more from side to side, to wear out Cardiff."

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock:

"I wouldn't have swapped too many players on the different sides today but we've lost the game.

"I know the style I want, we want to excite people, and I don't think we're far away from being a very good side."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 5McShane
  • 16MooreBooked at 45mins
  • 4van den BergSubstituted forBlackettat 41'minutes
  • 12McCleary
  • 23Williams
  • 38Kelly
  • 8SwiftSubstituted forEvansat 55'minutes
  • 2Gunter
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 7BeerensSubstituted forObitaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Evans
  • 9Mendes
  • 11Obita
  • 14Samuel
  • 19Meite
  • 24Blackett
  • 31Jaakkola

Cardiff

  • 1McGregor
  • 15HalfordSubstituted forKennedyat 77'minutes
  • 4Morrison
  • 14BambaBooked at 8mins
  • 2Peltier
  • 8RallsSubstituted forWhittinghamat 89'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 6Richards
  • 33Hoilett
  • 37Healey
  • 26ZohoreSubstituted forK Harrisat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Whittingham
  • 11Noone
  • 12John
  • 16Connolly
  • 23Kennedy
  • 24K Harris
  • 28Murphy
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
18,558

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home8
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Cardiff City 1.

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Rhys Healey (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Morrison with a headed pass.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Danny Williams.

Attempt blocked. Rhys Healey (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham replaces Joe Ralls.

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Attempt missed. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt blocked. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Matthew Kennedy replaces Greg Halford.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jordan Obita replaces Roy Beerens.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson with a cross.

Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

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

Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Junior Hoilett with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Attempt saved. Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Liam Kelly (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Kenneth Zohore because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Paul McShane (Reading) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Liam Kelly with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Greg Halford.

Attempt missed. Rhys Healey (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 2, Cardiff City 1. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton27186343182560
2Newcastle27191754213358
3Reading2816484137452
4Leeds28163939271251
5Huddersfield2715483230249
6Sheff Wed2713683126545
7Barnsley28135104741644
8Norwich28134114740743
9Derby2712782721643
10Preston2811893835341
11Fulham271010744321240
12Birmingham2891093138-737
13Aston Villa2781272827136
14Ipswich2898112934-535
15Brentford2796123435-133
16Cardiff2896133243-1133
17QPR2896132739-1233
18Wolves2788113437-332
19Nottm Forest2886143847-930
20Burton2877142838-1028
21Bristol City2783163539-427
22Wigan2767142432-825
23Blackburn2767143244-1225
24Rotherham2844202761-3416
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