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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!

Live Commentary

94mins

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

94mins

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

93mins

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

93mins

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

92mins

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

92mins

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

91mins

Short corner taken by Peter Whittingham.

91mins

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

91mins

Centre by Jimmy Kebe, clearance made by Ben Turner.

90mins

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.

87mins

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.

84mins

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

84mins

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

81mins

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

81mins

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

78mins

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.

77mins

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.

76mins

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

74mins

Shaun Cummings goes off and Mathieu Manset comes on.

73mins

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

72mins

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

71mins

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

70mins

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.

66mins

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.

65mins

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

65mins

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

64mins

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

64mins

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

63mins

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

63mins

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

58mins

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

56mins

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

56mins

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

55mins

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

54mins

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

54mins

Jem Karacan takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.

53mins

The ball is sent over by Andrew Taylor.

52mins

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

51mins

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

51mins

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

51mins

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

50mins

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

48mins

Don Cowie crosses the ball, blocked by Kaspars Gorkss.

47mins

Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, save by David Marshall.

47mins

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

46mins

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

46mins

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

45mins

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.

44mins

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

43mins

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

43mins

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

42mins

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

41mins

Joseph Mills crosses the ball.

40mins

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

39mins

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

39mins

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

37mins

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

37mins

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

35mins

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

35mins

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

33mins

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

33mins

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

32mins

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

29mins

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

27mins

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

27mins

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

26mins

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

25mins

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

24mins

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.

24mins

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

21mins

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

20mins

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

20mins

Centre by Jobi McAnuff, Andrew Taylor makes a clearance.

19mins

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.

17mins

The ball is swung over by Noel Hunt.

16mins

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

15mins

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

13mins

Corner taken by Joseph Mills.

12mins

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

11mins

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

9mins

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

9mins

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

9mins

Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball.

8mins

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.

6mins

Corner from left by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff.

5mins

Corner taken by Joseph Mills, save by David Marshall.

5mins

A cross is delivered by Joseph Mills.

3mins

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

2mins

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

2mins

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

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