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  • Date:19 Nov 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:20,361
  • Kebe (76) Kebe (76)
  • Whittingham (1) Hudson (69)
Goal!

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93:50 +3.50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Turner by Mathieu Manset. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

93:02 +3.02

David Marshall fouled by Mathieu Manset, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

92:36 +2.36

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, David Marshall makes a save.

92:11 +2.11

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joseph Mills, clearance by Ben Turner.

91:57 +1.57

The ball is swung over by Jem Karacan, blocked by Don Cowie.

91:15 +1.15

Shot from a long way out by Aron Gunnarsson goes wide of the left-hand post.

90:44 +0.44

Short corner taken by Peter Whittingham.

90:25 +0.25

Don Cowie takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.

90:08 +0.08

Centre by Jimmy Kebe, clearance made by Ben Turner.

89:10

Stephen McPhail concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikele Leigertwood. Anthony Gerrard is brought on as a substitute for Craig Conway. Free kick taken by Joseph Mills.

86:43

Jem Karacan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. Hal Robson-Kanu on for Adam Le Fondre. Stephen McPhail restarts play with the free kick.

84:00

Aron Gunnarsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. Free kick taken by Jobi McAnuff.

83:35

Noel Hunt crosses the ball, save made by David Marshall.

80:54

Stephen McPhail joins the action as a substitute, replacing Filip Kiss.

80:32

Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, Peter Whittingham manages to make a clearance.

77:41

Jem Karacan challenges Craig Conway unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Jem Karacan for unsporting behaviour. Peter Whittingham delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Adam Federici makes a save.

76:53

Jimmy Kebe finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Reading 1-2 Cardiff.Assist on the goal came from Jem Karacan.

75:15

The referee blows for offside against Kenny Miller. Kaspars Gorkss takes the direct free kick.

73:20

Shaun Cummings goes off and Mathieu Manset comes on.

72:36

Shaun Cummings fouled by Craig Conway, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.

71:02

Inswinging corner taken by Joseph Mills, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.

70:40

The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe, Mark Hudson manages to make a clearance.

69:09

Shaun Cummings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. Peter Whittingham sends in a cross, Mark Hudson grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 0-2 Cardiff.Assist on the goal came from Peter Whittingham.

65:06

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Joseph Mills played to the near post, Kaspars Gorkss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Marshall. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

64:26

Joseph Mills takes the inswinging corner, Filip Kiss manages to make a clearance.

64:11

The ball is crossed by Don Cowie, save by Adam Federici.

63:50

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Craig Conway, Kaspars Gorkss manages to make a clearance.

63:34

Kenny Miller takes a shot. Jem Karacan gets a block in.

62:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Andrew Taylor. Andrew Taylor takes the free kick.

62:13

Unfair challenge on Kaspars Gorkss by Kenny Miller results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.

57:41

Inswinging corner taken by Joseph Mills from the right by-line, David Marshall makes a save.

55:46

Unfair challenge on Peter Whittingham by Jimmy Kebe results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.

55:22

The ball is crossed by Jimmy Kebe, clearance by Ben Turner.

54:04

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joseph Mills.

53:27

Corner taken left-footed by Joseph Mills from the right by-line to the near post, Peter Whittingham makes a clearance.

53:11

Jem Karacan takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.

52:17

The ball is sent over by Andrew Taylor.

51:11

Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, clearance made by Mark Hudson.

50:48

Joseph Mills takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Filip Kiss.

50:30

Jem Karacan has a drilled shot. Blocked by Aron Gunnarsson.

50:15

Don Cowie sends in a cross, clearance by Kaspars Gorkss.

49:10

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

47:38 +2.38

Don Cowie crosses the ball, blocked by Kaspars Gorkss.

46:08 +1.08

Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, save by David Marshall.

46:01

Corner from the right by-line taken by Peter Whittingham, Jimmy Kebe manages to make a clearance.

45:49 +0.49

Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, Adam Le Fondre takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Turner.

45:49

Shot by Aron Gunnarsson. Mikele Leigertwood gets a block in.

44:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Peter Whittingham. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Peter Whittingham, save made by Adam Federici.

43:31

Mikele Leigertwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. Andrew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

42:52

Craig Conway is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Cummings.

42:36

The ball is sent over by Jimmy Kebe, clearance by Ben Turner.

41:32

Noel Hunt fouled by Mark Hudson, the ref awards a free kick. Joseph Mills restarts play with the free kick.

40:50

Joseph Mills crosses the ball.

39:52

The ball is delivered by Don Cowie, clearance by Mikele Leigertwood.

38:44

Unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton by Noel Hunt results in a free kick. Mark Hudson restarts play with the free kick.

38:19

Craig Conway sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Ben Turner misses to the left of the goal.

36:51

Adam Le Fondre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Marshall. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.

36:07

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joseph Mills, save by David Marshall.

34:51

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Mark Hudson gets a block in.

34:26

Corner taken by Joseph Mills, save made by David Marshall.

32:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joseph Mills by Mark Hudson. Booking for Mark Hudson. Direct free kick taken by Jobi McAnuff.

32:01

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Peter Whittingham gets a block in.

31:39

Craig Conway delivers a pass corner to short, save by Adam Federici.

28:48

Unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Don Cowie results in a free kick. Joseph Mills takes the free kick.

26:40

Mark Hudson takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.

26:07

Unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Shaun Cummings results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.

25:04

The offside flag is raised against Adam Le Fondre. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.

24:38

Craig Conway is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jobi McAnuff.

23:49

Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line to the near post, Close range headed effort by Noel Hunt misses to the right of the goal.

23:02

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff, Alex Pearce takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Conway.

20:53

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jimmy Kebe. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.

19:19

Joseph Mills takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Peter Whittingham makes a clearance.

19:12

Centre by Jobi McAnuff, Andrew Taylor makes a clearance.

18:39

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.

16:11

The ball is swung over by Noel Hunt.

15:27

Aron Gunnarsson sends in a cross, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.

14:14

The ball is swung over by Adam Le Fondre, clearance made by Kevin McNaughton.

12:05

Corner taken by Joseph Mills.

11:48

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Ben Turner gets a block in.

10:43

The ball is sent over by Jimmy Kebe, Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.

8:54

Joseph Mills fouled by Aron Gunnarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jobi McAnuff.

8:42

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Kevin McNaughton gets a block in.

8:33

Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball.

7:13

Peter Whittingham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe. Peter Whittingham is booked. Jobi McAnuff produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

5:16

Corner from left by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff.

4:41

Corner taken by Joseph Mills, save by David Marshall.

4:32

A cross is delivered by Joseph Mills.

2:57

Jimmy Kebe challenges Andrew Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Taylor takes the free kick.

1:58

Goal scored by Peter Whittingham from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Reading 0-1 Cardiff.

1:34

Craig Conway takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.

Match Preview

Options for Royals Reading will have a fully-fit squad to choose from against Cardiff as they bid to record back-to-back home victories. Several Royals players, including Adam Federici, Mikele Leigertwood and Hal Robson-Kanu returned from international duty unscathed. Simon Church missed Wales' 4-1 win over Norway with a knock while Jem Karacan (ankle) withdrew from the Turkey Under-23 squad. But the duo have returned to training and will be available to manager Brian McDermott. Meanwhile winger Jimmy Kebe, who announced he excepts to leave the club in January or over the summer, will hope to keep Robson-Kanu out of the starting line-up again. McDermott's side entered the international break on a high after beating Birmingham 1-0 at the Madejski Stadium. Reading were unbeaten in four meetings against the Bluebirds last season which included their play-off semi-final victory. Goalkeeper David Marshall is set to return to Cardiff's starting XI. The Bluebirds stopper came off at half-time in the 3-0 victory over Derby due to illness and the 26-year-old did not feature against Crystal Palace. But he looks set to return in place of Tom Heaton as Malky Mackay's side aim to extend their unbeaten run to six matches. Midfielder Stephen McPhail could also return to the squad after missing out against the Eagles for personal reasons. The only absentee for Mackay will be striker Rudy Gestede, who has a hamstring strain. Welsh central defender Darcy Blake may have to make do with a place on the bench once more despite featuring regularly for his country.

Formation:442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

Formation: 451Manager: Malky Mackay

Cardiff

  • Adam Federici
  • Shaun Cummings
  • Alex Pearce
  • Kaspars Gorkss
  • Joseph Mills
  • Jimmy Kebe
  • Jem Karacan
  • Mikele Leigertwood
  • Jobi McAnuff
  • Adam Le Fondre
  • Noel Hunt
  • SUBS
  • Mikkel Andersen
  • Simon Church
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Mathieu Manset
  • Ian Harte

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Match Report

Whittingham stunners inspires Bluebirds Peter Whittingham's stunning second-minute strike set the tone as Cardiff secured their fifth win in six outings in all competitions with a 2-1 victory at Reading. Whittingham beat home stopper Adam Federici from fully 25 yards for his sixth goal of the season, less than 120 seconds into the match, to hand the Bluebirds the advantage. And after the visitors soaked up long periods of Royals pressure as the Berkshire outfit went in search of an equaliser, Mark Hudson doubled their lead on 70 minutes to consolidate their place in the npower Championship play-offs - despite Jimmy Kebe's late consolation. Cardiff, looking to extend a run of five games unbeaten, shot out of the blocks and took an early lead after just two minutes. Reading thought they had survived an early attack, after Federici made saves from Craig Conway and Kenny Miller, but the in-form Whittingham picked up possession 25 yards from goal, spotted Federici off his line and produced a sensational dipping lob to put his side ahead. The hosts rallied quickly and had two penalty shouts turned down by referee Darren Sheldrake in the first 10 minutes, before Noel Hunt's effort was deflected wide for a corner by Cardiff centre-back Ben Turner after he was played through on goal after 16 minutes. Reading went close again five minutes later, as Adam Le Fondre's deft flick found Hunt in space once more but Cardiff keeper David Marshall was equal to the Irishman's effort, palming the forward's attempt to safety. Hunt continued to be at the heart of the home side's best chances throughout the opening period, and went close with a header from Jobi McAnuff's corner. After their early goal, Cardiff found clear-cut opportunities hard to come by, with Hudson's tame shot easily saved by Federici, but the visitors still went into the break a goal to the good. Reading thought they had levelled 10 minutes into the second half, after Kebe ghosted in at the back post to tap home McAnuff's floated cross. But just as the Malian was pulling away, the linesman's offside flag cut the celebrations short. The Royals dominated the initial stages of the second period and Jem Karacan saw his effort pushed wide by Marshall, as the hosts struggled to convert territory and possession into that all-important equaliser. With the intensity down on that of the first half, chances were few and far between for either side, but with 20 minutes remaining Cardiff grabbed their second of the afternoon. Whittingham's free-kick found the unmarked Hudson at the near post and the centre-back guided his shot past Federici. Reading pulled a goal back after 77 minutes, when Kebe nodded Karacan's cross past Marshall, but it was too little too late for the Royals - who slumped to their first home defeat since September 10.

Form Guide

    WDDDLW
  • Reading
  • VS
  • Cardiff
  • DLWDWW

Last Meetings

  • Cardiff
  • 2 - 2
  • Reading
  • 01/02/2011
  • Reading
  • 1 - 1
  • Cardiff
  • 10/11/2010
  • Cardiff
  • 0 - 0
  • Reading
  • 10/04/2010
  • Reading
  • 0 - 1
  • Cardiff
  • 16/09/2009
  • Reading
  • 1 - 1
  • Cardiff
  • 26/12/2008
  • Cardiff
  • 2 - 2
  • Reading
  • 25/11/2008

Top Scorers

Reading

  • A Le Fondre 4
  • M Manset 3
  • N Hunt 2
  • S Church 2
  • J McAnuff 1
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • J Karacan 1
  • H Robson-Kanu 1

Cardiff

  • K Miller 5
  • R Earnshaw 3
  • D Cowie 3
  • P Whittingham 3
  • AE Gunnarsson 3
  • J Mason 2
  • M Hudson 1
  • A Taylor 1
  • C Conway 1
  • A Gerrard 1
  • R Gestede 1
  • F Kiss 1
  • J Ralls 1

Goals

Reading

    • Total goals 31
    • Goals per game 16
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 81-90 mins

Cardiff

    • Total goals 44
    • Goals per game 29
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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