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  • Date:17 May 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Cardiff City Stadium
  • Attendance:24,081
( agg 0 - 3 )
  • Long (27) Long - pen (44)
    McAnuff (83)
Goal!

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92:18 +2.18

Kevin McNaughton fouled by Zurab Khizanishvili, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Bywater takes the indirect free kick.

92:06 +2.06

Andy Griffin concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Whittingham. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.

91:40 +1.40

Foul by Jason Koumas on Andy Griffin, free kick awarded. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick. Jason Koumas goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

89:25

(Reading) makes a substitution, with Jay Tabb coming on for Jem Karacan.

88:21

Shot from deep inside the area by Noel Hunt clears the crossbar.

86:43

Simon Church on for Shane Long.

85:40

Dekel Keinan challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.

84:12

Corner taken left-footed by Chris Burke, Headed effort from inside the area by Darcy Blake misses to the right of the target.

83:02

Goal scored by Jobi McAnuff from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Cardiff 0 (0)-(3) 3 Reading.

79:17

Effort from inside the area by Noel Hunt misses to the left of the target.

78:27

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Kevin McNaughton gets a block in. Corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line, Seyi Olofinjana makes a clearance.

76:35

The offside flag is raised against Shane Long. Shane Long goes into the book for dissent. Stephen Bywater restarts play with the free kick.

72:09

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Burke from the right by-line, Header on goal by Darcy Blake from just inside the area goes over the target.

68:59

Corner taken by Andy Griffin, Ian Harte takes a shot. Save by Stephen Bywater.

67:47

(Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Adam Matthews coming on for Jlloyd Samuel.

66:24

Seyi Olofinjana concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikele Leigertwood. Ian Harte shoots direct from the free kick.

64:38

The ball is swung over by Kevin McNaughton, Jon Parkin takes a shot. Adam Federici gets a block in.

64:09

Darcy Blake fouled by Noel Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin McNaughton restarts play with the free kick.

63:32

(Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Jon Parkin coming on for Michael Chopra.

61:20

Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.

60:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Darcy Blake. Direct free kick taken by Darcy Blake.

59:18

Jason Koumas on for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

57:43

Effort from inside the area by Jobi McAnuff misses to the left of the target.

55:38

Close range effort by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas goes wide of the left-hand post.

55:09

Noel Hunt produces a shot from inside the six-yard box and hits the post.

52:21

Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.

51:56

Mikele Leigertwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd. Jay Bothroyd takes the direct free kick.

51:05

Jlloyd Samuel fouled by Noel Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Bywater takes the indirect free kick.

50:12

Dekel Keinan fouled by Shane Long, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.

49:36

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas produces a left-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

48:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darcy Blake on Ian Harte. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

46:20 +1.20

The offside flag is raised against Shane Long. Stephen Bywater takes the indirect free kick.

46:02

Shot from just outside the box by Darcy Blake misses to the left of the target.

45:44 +0.44

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

45:32

Andy Griffin handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Kevin McNaughton.

42:43

Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line, Foul by Dekel Keinan on Noel Hunt, Penalty awarded. Dekel Keinan receives a caution. Placed penalty scored by Shane Long. Cardiff 0 (0)-(2) 2 Reading.

42:24

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Blocked by Dekel Keinan.

40:12

Jobi McAnuff concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Burke. Kevin McNaughton crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Adam Federici.

35:27

Foul by Noel Hunt on Seyi Olofinjana, free kick awarded. Stephen Bywater takes the free kick.

30:58

Noel Hunt is ruled offside. Jlloyd Samuel restarts play with the free kick.

30:37

Michael Chopra takes a shot. Blocked by Zurab Khizanishvili.

29:29

Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.

28:52

The ball is crossed by Darcy Blake.

28:43

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

27:29

Shane Long gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Cardiff 0 (0)-(1) 1 Reading.

26:31

Shane Long challenges Darcy Blake unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin McNaughton.

24:36

Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the right by-line to the near post, Jay Bothroyd makes a clearance.

22:29

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the left by-line, Dekel Keinan takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.

22:09

Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Zurab Khizanishvili gets a block in.

20:07

The offside flag is raised against Jay Bothroyd. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.

17:33

Michael Chopra takes a shot. Matt Mills gets a block in.

16:07

Michael Chopra has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

12:40

Shot by Seyi Olofinjana. Zurab Khizanishvili gets a block in.

12:16

Corner taken short by Chris Burke.

5:07

Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.

5:01

Centre by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Matt Mills gets a block in.

1:51

Close range effort by Shane Long misses to the right of the goal.

Match Preview

Bellamy in race against clock Cardiff will make a late decision on the fitness of talisman Craig Bellamy ahead of the club's play-off semi-final second leg at home to Reading. Bellamy, one of three players manager Dave Jones is waiting on, was forced off after just 17 minutes of Friday's goalless first leg nursing a hamstring strain. Jones said: "We'll leave it as late as possible, he's still got a chance and we'll look at him on Tuesday. He came off as quickly as he could get off so we'll just wait and see." As always, Jones is remaining coy regarding the identity of his two other injury concerns. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton went into the Madejski Stadium clash carrying a groin strain, but was named among the substitutes and could well be one of those still struggling, with Paul Quinn possibly the other after he came off in the 85th minute to be replaced by Lee Naylor. Jones made two changes for the first leg from the final day draw at Burnley, with midfield pair Mark Hudson and Jason Koumas relegated to the bench in favour of Darcy Blake and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Reading have added Jimmy Kebe to their squad. The Malian winger has missed the last five games with a thigh strain, but has a chance of featuring and will travel as the Royals look to book a place at Wembley. The sides fought out a tense 0-0 draw in Friday night's first leg and manager Brian McDermott - who played for Cardiff - will also hand a late fitness test to Hal Robson-Kanu. Robson-Kanu has stood in for Kebe in recent weeks, but sustained a hamstring problem last Friday night and will be assessed on the day of the game. Midfielder Mikele Leigertwood shook off an ankle knock to play in the first leg and Noel Hunt will again partner Shane Long in attack. Long has scored 21 Championship goals this season, but has not netted in his last five appearances.

Formation:442Manager: Dave Jones

Cardiff

Formation: 442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

  • Stephen Bywater
  • Kevin McNaughton
  • Dekel Keinan
  • Jlloyd Samuel
  • Darcy Blake
  • Peter Whittingham
  • Chris Burke
  • Seyi Olofinjana
  • Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
  • Michael Chopra
  • Jay Bothroyd
  • SUBS
  • Tom Heaton
  • Lee Naylor
  • Gavin Rae
  • Mark Hudson
  • Jon Parkin
  • Jason Koumas
  • Adam Matthews

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Match Report

Long sends Royals to showpiece finale Shane Long's 24th and 25th goals of the season proved his most priceless as Reading convincingly saw off Cardiff with a 3-0 win that sets up a Wembley date with Swansea in the npower Championship play-off final. The sought-after striker's brace denied the chance of a south Wales showdown on May 30 and instead means Swans boss Brendan Rodgers will come up against the club he represented as a player, youth-team coach and then manager for a short-lived six-month spell in 2009, when he was replaced by the ever impressive Brian McDermott. After a tight goalless semi-final first leg last Friday, a touch of class or a defensive gaffe was always likely to separate the two sides - and unfortunately for Cardiff it was the latter on both occasions in the first half. A disastrous sequence of events presented the first to Long who converted his lobbed finish with aplomb, before Bluebirds centre-back Dekel Keinan - also partly at fault in the opener - foolishly tugged back Royals skipper Matt Mills to present the Irishman with his second from the penalty spot. Cardiff wasted chances to get back in the game immediately after the restart while Noel Hunt hit a post for the visitors, and it was left for Jobi McAnuff to wrap matters up late on. Reading are now 90 minutes away from the Barclays Premier League and an estimated #90million windfall but the 49-year wait continues for Cardiff, who lost to Blackpool in last year's final, and will see this season as a huge missed opportunity with the riches on offer, leaving manager Dave Jones' future in doubt. How the Bluebirds could have done with hometown hero and talisman Craig Bellamy at the Cardiff City Stadium to add that missing bit of quality. But the hamstring strain sustained early on at the Madejski Stadium ruled him out, while influential Reading duo Jimmy Kebe and Hal Robson-Kanu also failed late fitness tests. As you would expect on home soil, the onus was on Cardiff to force the issue and they did that in the opening 15 minutes with Mills twice called up to deny Michael Chopra with timely blocks. The deadlock was seriously threatened for the first time midway through the half as Jay Bothroyd's 20-yard strike was deflected narrowly wide by Zurab Khizanishvili with Adam Federici rooted to the spot. But out of nowhere it was Reading who drew first blood in the tie courtesy of a poor piece of defending. Keinan's attempted back pass struck Kevin McNaughton on the back of the head, taking the pace off the ball, and the onrushing Stephen Bywater could only see his attempted clearance unknowingly hit the hand of Long, who duly sent a perfect 20-yard lob into the empty net. The home support clamoured for a penalty as Andy Griffin pressured Seyi Olofinjana but referee Howard Webb rightfully dismissed the appeals. And the World Cup final referee got it spot on again in the 44th minute as Keinan foolishly tugged at the arm of Mills from McAnuff's corner, leaving Long to send Bywater the wrong way with the resulting penalty. On-loan Arsenal wide man Jay Emmanuel-Thomas wasted two great openings to reduce the arrears within 10 minutes of the restart, chances which came in between Hunt hitting a post from Long's cross with the goal gaping. Bluebirds boss Jones introduced Jason Koumas and Jon Parkin in the hope of changing things, and the latter headed a chance just wide. Hunt then fired across goal when he really should have put the outcome beyond doubt, but that was left for McAnuff in the 84th minute as he waltzed through the Cardiff defence. The goal signalled Cardiff's dejected home support to leave in their droves while Reading's away contingent were left planning a trip to Wembley.M

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