The FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Reading 1-1 Cardiff City: Championship sides to replay after early goals

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Highlights: Reading 1-1 Cardiff City

Reading and Cardiff will meet in a replay neither side particularly want after the 10-men of Reading held firm.

Defender Sol Bamba inexplicably missed an open goal from close range as the Bluebirds chased a second half winner.

The Welsh side led early through Callum Paterson but Yakou Meite equalised within three minutes.

Cardiff pushed for a winner after Tom McIntyre was sent off for a second yellow card and should have led when Bamba headed wide.

The occasion was marred for the Bluebirds by a first-half public address announcement warning their supporters against making "homophobic or racist chants".

It is understood the announcement was made "due to two isolated incidents", resulting in complaints.

The draw ensures the two sides will meet three times in nine days. The replay is on Tuesday, 4 February but they will also face each other in the Championship next Friday.

Both managers opted for heavy rotation with a Championship play-off berth their ultimate aim - the hosts made 11 changes from their midweek draw at Nottingham Forest, while Cardiff made seven switches of their own.

It gave the contest an unpredictability that was evident in a frenetic start where both sides scored in the first seven minutes.

The Bluebirds have a rotten recent record at Reading, where they have won on only two of their past 13 visits, but they made a fast start when Paterson slammed home from close range after Aden Flint headed on Josh Murphy's teasing cross.

Reading were level inside 180 seconds as the experienced Charlie Adam's floated ball created space for Meite to slot home from close range, with Cardiff forlornly appealing for an offside flag that never arrived in a contest without the use of a video assistant referee.

It was a poignant moment for Meite, who celebrated by unveiling a T-shirt honouring his father, who died recently.

Yakou Meite
Yakou Meite took his Reading shirt off when celebrating his goal, revealing a message that said "Je t'aime papa", in tribute to his late father

Neither side was able to maintain the tempo but the Bluebirds should have regained their lead when striker Robert Glatzel struck the side-netting from a narrow angle after rounding goalkeeper Sam Walker.

Meite then missed an equally big chance to put the Royals in front, overrunning the ball when clean through and allowing Alex Smithies to smother at his feet. At the other end, Gavin Whyte floated the ball just wide, while Will Vaulks was also off target with a couple of efforts from distance.

Reading had the ball in the net just past the half-hour mark when Smithies failed to hold Sone Aluko's drive and Meite swept home from close range, but was ruled offside.

The second period never matched the first in terms of the intensity and the fluency was hampered further by a long delay as Reading captain Matt Miazga was carried off with a serious looking ankle injury.

Cardiff did miss an excellent chance with 20 minutes remaining when Walker was able to smother to deny Glatzel from close range.

After McIntyre's red card, the Bluebirds should have capitalised, but Bamba missed an open goal from just a yard or so after the ball was cut back with goalkeeper Walker beaten.

Manager reaction

Reading manager Mark Bowen: "I think Neil is the same as me in that we didn't want a replay.

"A lot of teams throughout the leagues get stretched by replays, but we have to dust ourselves down and go again.

"There was a thought Yakou wouldn't feature, he lost his dad this time last week and it has been a brutal week for him.

"I've kept in contact all week and he made clear to me after the funeral on Wednesday that he wanted to play.

"I'm hopeful today has helped him in his recovery. He is in our thoughts. He only arrived back in the country yesterday."

Cardiff City manager Neil Harris told BBC Sport Wales: "Avoiding replays hasn't gone to plan for us has it?

"We deserved to win the game over the course of 90 minutes.

"We had enough chances, first and second half; we put a lot of balls in the box and had clear-cut chances.

"But we weren't clinical enough. Sometimes in the cup you need to settle for a draw away from home.

"I couldn't believe Sol Bamba's miss… and he will be frustrated, he played really well."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Walker
  • 22HoweBooked at 90mins
  • 5MiazgaSubstituted forOshoat 66'minutes
  • 16McIntyreBooked at 81mins
  • 27Richards
  • 12McCleary
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 26Adam
  • 19MeiteBooked at 9mins
  • 23Aluko
  • 15LoaderSubstituted forHouseat 74'minutesSubstituted forBurleyat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 32East
  • 34Osho
  • 36Medford-Smith
  • 42Burley
  • 45House
  • 46Dorsett
  • 48Boyce-Clarke

Cardiff

  • 12Smithies
  • 7Bacuna
  • 22Bamba
  • 5Flint
  • 3Bennett
  • 8RallsSubstituted forPackat 30'minutes
  • 6Vaulks
  • 11MurphySubstituted forHoilettat 78'minutes
  • 20Whyte
  • 9Glatzel
  • 13Paterson

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 4Morrison
  • 15Pack
  • 16Nelson
  • 21Richards
  • 33Hoilett
  • 40Sang
Referee:
Marc Edwards
Attendance:
12,798

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home5
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Cardiff City 1.

Andre Burley (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Teddy Howe.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Teddy Howe.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Andre Burley.

Attempt missed. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Gabriel Osho.

Booking

Teddy Howe (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Teddy Howe (Reading).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Gavin Whyte (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Gabriel Osho.

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Andre Burley replaces Ben House.

Attempt missed. Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Tom McIntyre (Reading) for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom McIntyre (Reading).

Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

Gabriel Osho (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. David Junior Hoilett replaces Josh Murphy.

Attempt saved. Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Gabriel Osho.

Foul by Sone Aluko (Reading).

Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Ben House replaces Danny Loader.

Attempt missed. Danny Loader (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Gavin Whyte (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Marlon Pack (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Gabriel Osho replaces Matt Miazga because of an injury.

Teddy Howe (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Cardiff City).

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