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Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Brian Howard, Close range header by Matt Mills goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner from left by-line taken by Brian Howard.
The ball is sent over by Ian Harte, clearance by Lee Naylor.
Centre by Ian Harte, Darcy Blake makes a clearance.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save made by Tom Heaton.
Chris Burke takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jason Koumas.
A cross is delivered by Andy Griffin, save made by Tom Heaton.
Hal Robson-Kanu delivers the ball, clearance by Peter Whittingham.
Daniel Drinkwater concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Jay Bothroyd crosses the ball.
Unfair challenge on Michael Chopra by Ian Harte results in a . Daniel Drinkwater is brought on as a substitute for Michael Chopra.
Ian Harte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Chopra. Michael Chopra leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Drinkwater. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Jay Tabb, Darcy Blake makes a clearance.
Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball, Darcy Blake gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard from the left by-line.
The ball is sent over by Andy Griffin, clearance by Mark Hudson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Griffin on Jason Koumas. Direct free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
Brian Howard takes a shot. Mark Hudson gets a block in.
Jay Bothroyd finds the net with a goal from 35 yards to to the top right corner of the goal. Reading 1-1 Cardiff.Assist by Michael Chopra.
Jem Karacan takes a shot. Blocked by Darcy Blake.
Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff, Lee Naylor manages to make a clearance.
Brian Howard takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Hudson.
(Reading) makes a substitution, with Hal Robson-Kanu coming on for Noel Hunt.
Inswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line. Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham.
The ball is sent over by Michael Chopra, Andy Griffin manages to make a clearance.
Michael Chopra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
Ian Harte crosses the ball, clearance by Darcy Blake.
Jay Tabb comes on in place of Simon Church.
Simon Church takes a shot. Save made by Tom Heaton.
Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Darcy Blake. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Lee Naylor, clearance by Matt Mills.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Zurab Khizanishvili. Direct free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
The ball is swung over by Jason Koumas, clearance made by Zurab Khizanishvili.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Brian Howard on Jay Bothroyd. Lee Naylor restarts play with the free kick.
Jason Koumas takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.
Effort from deep inside the area by Chris Burke misses to the left of the target.
(Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Jason Koumas coming on for Stephen McPhail.
Michael Chopra has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Shane Long delivers the ball, Tom Heaton makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Simon Church, save by Tom Heaton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Brian Howard. Jay Bothroyd restarts play with the free kick.
Lee Naylor challenges Jem Karacan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matt Mills takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Brian Howard from the left by-line.
Jobi McAnuff produces a cross, Noel Hunt takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Matthews.
The referee blows for offside. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Shane Long produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Jobi McAnuff, clearance made by Mark Hudson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Harte on Chris Burke. Stephen McPhail takes the direct free kick.
Booking for Zurab Khizanishvili.
Shot from just outside the box by Chris Burke misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Jay Bothroyd on Brian Howard, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Jem Karacan delivers the ball.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Simon Church. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard, Corner taken by Brian Howard, Seyi Olofinjana makes a clearance. Clearance made by Seyi Olofinjana.
Ian Harte delivers the ball, clearance by Darcy Blake.
Foul by Jobi McAnuff on Lee Naylor, free kick awarded. Lee Naylor restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Ian Harte, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.
Matt Mills fouled by Jay Bothroyd, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Effort from the edge of the area by Jobi McAnuff goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken by Chris Burke from the left by-line.
Foul by Zurab Khizanishvili on Chris Burke, free kick awarded. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
Foul by Zurab Khizanishvili on Chris Burke, free kick awarded. Peter Whittingham takes the direct free kick.
Chris Burke takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
Zurab Khizanishvili concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Bothroyd. Peter Whittingham takes the direct free kick.
Noel Hunt has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Jay Bothroyd produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Effort from the edge of the box by Michael Chopra goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Simon Church is caught offside. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Shane Long, Effort on goal by Simon Church from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal. Ian Harte takes a shot. Mark Hudson gets a block in.
Foul by Ian Harte on Chris Burke, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
Shot from just outside the area by Simon Church misses to the left of the target.
Jobi McAnuff delivers the ball, Darcy Blake makes a clearance.
Jay Bothroyd is ruled offside. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Jobi McAnuff produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Brian Howard delivers the ball, Tom Heaton makes a comfortable save.
Chris Burke sends in a cross, Header from close range by Stephen McPhail clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Noel Hunt. Adam Matthews takes the free kick.
Seyi Olofinjana is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Seyi Olofinjana fouled by Zurab Khizanishvili, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Goal scored by Noel Hunt from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 1-0 Cardiff.Assist on the goal came from Simon Church.
Zurab Khizanishvili fouled by Jay Bothroyd, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The referee gets the second half started.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Same again for the Royals
Reading manager Brian McDermott will pick from an unchanged squad for the home clash with Cardiff on Wednesday night.
McDermott has no new injury or suspension problems as his side look to bounce back from Saturday's 3-1 defeat at QPR and keep pace with the play-off contenders.
The Royals are without winger Jimmy Kebe again due to the knee injury that has forced him to miss the previous two games and Icelandic midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson, sidelined since mid-September with a hamstring injury, is still out.
Strikers Noel Hunt and Simon Church are both pushing for recalls after starting on the substitutes' bench in recent weeks, but Shane Long was the first man to score from open play against QPR at Loftus Road this season and will expect to retain his place.
Jay Bothroyd returns to the Cardiff squad for the trip.
The Championship's 10-goal top scorer missed Sunday's derby defeat to Swansea through suspension having been booked five times this season.
Bothroyd is set to partner Michael Chopra in attack while Craig Bellamy could sit out to rest his knee.
Bellamy, who has started the last four games, also took a whack on the shin on Sunday.
Winger Chris Burke is pushing to return after his surprise omission at the weekend while Manchester United loanee Danny Drinkwater will be checked over having made his first appearance in two months following a thigh injury.
Defender Paul Quinn (knee) remains in the treatment room.
Bothroyd makes point for Bluebirds
Jay Bothroyd's controversial equaliser rescued a 1-1 draw for Cardiff and denied a brave Reading outfit all three points.
The Bluebirds had an opportunity to go top of the npower Championship with a win at the Madjeski Stadium but in the end they were forced to settle for a point.
Bothroyd, who had cut a rather forlorn figure in his return to the Cardiff line-up, saw his long-range strike come back off the underside of the bar though referee Andy D'Urso adjudged that the ball had crossed the line.
The goal cancelled out Noel Hunt's strike early on and in an end-to-end match, a draw was perhaps a fair result.
Cardiff were looking to bounce back from their defeat to local rivals Swansea on Saturday and boss Dave Jones opted to make five changes to his team.
The most notable of which saw the Championship's top scorer Bothroyd return to the starting line-up following a suspension in favour of the rested Craig Bellamy.
Royals manager Brian McDermott made two changes from the side that was beaten by QPR at the weekend with Simon Church and Hunt replacing Jay Tabb and Hal Robson-Kanu.
And it was those two players who combined to put the hosts in front in the fifth minute.
Church rode the challenges of several Cardiff defenders down the right channel before whipping a cross to the far post which Hunt was able to poke home.
The Bluebirds' Seyi Olofinjana thought he had equalised when he drilled the ball past Adam Federici but the Nigerian international had already been flagged offside.
Church had an opportunity to double his side's lead as Shane Long pulled the ball back to his fellow striker but the Welshman's drilled effort from 12 yards was magnificently saved by Tom Heaton.
Church might have been made to rue that miss but Michael Chopra spurned a glorious chance to draw Cardiff level.
The former Newcastle man managed to get in between the Reading defenders but when he found himself one-on-one with Federici, he fired wide.
On the stroke of half-time, Cardiff launched a rapid counter-attack and when Chopra squared the ball across the six yard box, Olofinjana looked certain to score with the goal at his mercy but he was superbly tackled by Royals defender Andy Griffin.
After the interval, the lively Long had a chance to put Reading further in front but his 20-yard lob went narrowly over the bar.
At the other end, Cardiff's best chance of the match came when Chris Burke cut inside on the right and dribbled the ball into the area but he struck wide.
The Bluebirds, galvanised by this chance, went to enjoy a good spell of pressure and they were rewarded for their efforts in contentious circumstances 13 minutes from time.
Chopra picked out strike partner Bothroyd and his 35-yard strike went in off the underside of the bar.
Reading were adamant that the ball had not crossed the line, nevertheless the goal stood.
Burke's 20-yard strike nearly won it for Cardiff at the death but Federici produced a fine save to ensure the spoils were shared.
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