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Mikele Leigertwood fouled by Stephen McPhail, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jobi McAnuff, Peter Whittingham makes a clearance.
Rudy Gestede produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Mikele Leigertwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Ralls. Andrew Taylor takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Adam Le Fondre. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Whittingham. Indirect free kick taken by David Marshall.
(Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Anthony Gerrard coming on for Ben Turner. (Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Stephen McPhail coming on for Kenny Miller.
Rudy Gestede takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Harte.
Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.
Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Miller. Mikele Leigertwood shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Rudy Gestede takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
Kenny Miller takes a shot. Comfortable save by Adam Federici.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kaspars Gorkss on Kenny Miller. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham from right channel.
Foul by Andrew Taylor on Adam Federici, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Andrew Taylor takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
Corner from right by-line taken by Ian Harte.
Rudy Gestede joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Mason.
Kenny Miller is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Effort on goal by Jobi McAnuff from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Jobi McAnuff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson. Free kick taken by Aron Gunnarsson.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Darcy Blake, save made by Adam Federici.
Joe Ralls takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.
Outswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Don Cowie.
Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, Header from close range by Noel Hunt misses to the right of the goal.
Jem Karacan concedes a free kick for a foul on Aron Gunnarsson. Jem Karacan is booked. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham from left channel, save made by Adam Federici.
Unfair challenge on Ben Turner by Noel Hunt results in a free kick. David Marshall takes the free kick.
Darcy Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Jobi McAnuff. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Noel Hunt goes wide of the left-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Don Cowie results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Kenny Miller gets a block in.
Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff, David Marshall makes a save.
Noel Hunt takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Hudson.
Jobi McAnuff scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 3-1 Reading.Assist by Jobi McAnuff.
Noel Hunt is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
The official flags Joe Mason offside. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.
Joe Ralls takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Kenny Miller finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 3-0 Reading.The assist for the goal came from Peter Whittingham.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Ian Harte, clearance made by Darcy Blake.
Joe Ralls takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line to the near post, Peter Whittingham makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Don Cowie from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Adam Federici.
Jobi McAnuff has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Joe Mason. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Darcy Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Noel Hunt. Free kick crossed by Ian Harte, Mark Hudson gets a block in. Alex Pearce takes a shot. Don Cowie gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Alex Pearce by Joe Mason results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Foul by Noel Hunt on David Marshall, free kick awarded. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny Miller on Adam Federici. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line played to the near post, Peter Whittingham manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Aron Gunnarsson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Cardiff 2-0 Reading.Assist by Peter Whittingham.
Joe Mason takes a shot. Ian Harte gets a block in. Corner taken by Don Cowie from the left by-line, clearance made by Mikele Leigertwood.
The referee blows for offside against Noel Hunt. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Joe Mason gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-0 Reading.Assist on the goal came from Kenny Miller.
Headed effort from inside the area by Noel Hunt misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Noel Hunt on Mark Hudson. David Marshall takes the free kick.
Jem Karacan produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line played to the near post, Peter Whittingham makes a clearance.
Joe Mason takes a shot. Kaspars Gorkss gets a block in.
Shot from just outside the box by Peter Whittingham misses to the left of the goal.
McNaughton in Bluebirds frame
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay may be boosted by the return of Kevin McNaughton for the visit of Reading.
McNaughton limped off after just 18 minutes of the draw at Watford on Boxing Day with a calf injury and, as a result, was sidelined for the trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
However, even if the defender is passed fit, he may have to be content with a place among the substitutes after Darcy Blake filled the right-back role at the City Ground.
Mackay may stick with the same formation for the second successive match, meaning Rudy Gestede and Joe Mason will continue to join Saturday's match-winner Kenny Miller, who has eight goals this season, in a three-man attack.
Craig Conway may have to settle for a place on the bench again alongside fellow midfielder Stephen McPhail and striker Robert Earnshaw.
Reading boss Brian McDermott is unlikely to make changes for the trip.
The Royals saw off Ipswich on Saturday to claim their fourth consecutive league victory and McDermott is set to retain those players for the clash with Malky Mackay's fellow high-flyers.
If McDermott does decide to make changes, he may strengthen his defence by promoting the experienced Ian Harte from the substitutes' bench.
Striker Adam Le Fondre made way for Noel Hunt during the second half and may drop to the bench, while Hal Robson-Kanu will again have to settle for a place among the substitutes after returning to the squad against Paul Jewell's side following injury.
Midfielder Brian Howard returned to the club following the end of his loan spell at Millwall and is unlikely to feature.
Bluebirds break Royals' resilience
Cardiff made a mockery of Reading's previously outstanding defensive record away from home to win 3-1 and extend their unbeaten run in the npower Championship to three matches.
Reading had only conceded nine goals in 11 games on the road in the league this term prior to kick-off at the Cardiff City Stadium, but three strikes in the first 36 minutes put the game beyond the visiting Royals.
Joe Mason, Aron Gunnarsson and Kenny Miller gave the dominant Bluebirds a three-goal lead in a frantic opening 45 minutes in south Wales as Reading failed to deal with Cardiff's five-man midfield.
Jobi McAnuff handed the visitors a sniff of a comeback just before the break but, despite having the better of territory and possession in the second period, the Berkshire side could not break through again.
Noel Hunt wasted two good chances for the Royals and McAnuff fired over when well placed as manager Brian McDermott's side lost for the first time in five matches.
And in the end only three good saves from Adam Federici prevented Reading from conceding more in the final 20 minutes.
Cardiff started brightly and were a whisker away from taking the lead in the third minute.
Peter Whittingham skipped away from the Reading midfield and unleashed a shot from the edge of the area which skidded inches wide.
The visitors quickly retaliated, with Noel Hunt seeing his effort following Simon Church's corner blocked en route to goal and Jem Karacan scooping a shot high and wide when the loose ball fell to the midfielder 18 yards out.
But it was the home side who took the advantage through Mason after 13 minutes. The former Plymouth man drove down the right flank, cut inside on to the edge of the box and, after momentarily losing possession, found the time and space to bury the ball beyond Federici.
The goal was only the 10th Reading had conceded away from home in the league this season, but just six minutes later the Royals let in an 11th.
Whittingham delivered a corner from the right and Gunnarsson nodded past Federici.
Cardiff were rampant, as Reading struggled to cope with their hosts' impressive five-man midfield.
A rare foray from the visitors into Bluebirds territory after 26 minutes could only result in McAnuff firing wide of the left-hand post.
And five minutes later the Royals were lucky not find themselves further behind as Joe Ralls sprinted clean through after being played in by Whittingham, but the midfielder tamely shot straight at Federici.
In the end, however, it did not take long for Cardiff to put themselves out of sight.
Miller latched on to Whittingham's pass to finish beyond Federici for his 11th goal of the campaign.
An action-packed first half ended with McAnuff slotting Jimmy Kebe's cross past David Marshall to give Reading hope, and the away side started the second period on the front foot with Hunt shooting wide after neat interplay between the Irishman and Church.
Hunt went close again after 57 minutes, nodding Ian Harte's inswinging corner wide at the near post.
The Royals continued to press Cardiff hard in pursuit of a comeback and Adam Le Fondre's deflected shot looped into Marshall's arms.
But despite their second-half dominance it was their hosts who almost grabbed the fifth goal of a pulsating encounter, with Federici denying Ralls' effort which was destined for the top corner.
McAnuff blazed over from range with 15 minutes left when the Reading skipper should have done better while Federici prevented both Miller and Rudy Gestede from finding the net with exceptional stops late on.
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