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Match Previews

Match Preview: Reading vs. Cardiff City

The Bluebirds are back on the road as they head to the Madejski Stadium…

10 December 2017

Cardiff City travel to Reading on Monday evening as they look to extend their impressive form following four straight victories.

Reading return home, unbeaten in their last four games – with their latest victory coming on the road against Sunderland.

What to expect from the Royals…

Jaap Stam’s side currently occupy 14th place in the table, having registered seven wins as we approach the halfway stage of the season.

The Royals are 17 points behind the Bluebirds, having suffered play-off heartache against Huddersfield Town in their last campaign. However, they are just nine points off the top six, and have secured impressive wins over Derby County and Barnsley recently.

Stam has a number of attacking talents within his ranks including Modou Barrow. The Gambian international is currently top of Reading’s goal-scoring charts with five goals.

A familiar name to Bluebirds fans, Yann Kermogant has an impressive 21 league goals in 65 games since his move from Bournemouth in 2016, and boasts a wealth of experience having made over 460 appearances in his professional career.

In the hot seat…

Jaap Stam played for the likes of Manchester United, Ajax, AC Milan and Lazio during an esteemed playing career.

After hanging up his boots in 2007, he became interim manager at Dutch side FC Zwolle. He later took the job as assistant at his beloved Ajax, and also worked as assistant at Jong Ajax in 2014.

After two years in that role he took over as manager at Reading, leading them to the play-offs in his first season in charge.

Previous meetings…

The first meeting between the two sides came in the famous year of 1927, as City eased past the Royals 3-0 in the FA Cup Semi-Finals at Molineux. City, of course, went on to lift the trophy with a 1-0 win over Arsenal in the final.

City’s last victory over Monday’s opponents came in 2015, as goals from Kenwyne Jones and Matthew Connolly secured a 2-0 victory for the Bluebirds.

Club connections…

Skipper Sean Morrison made 45 appearances for Reading in a three-year spell, before making the move to South Wales in 2014. The 26 year-old is just nine matches away from 150 games as a Bluebird.

Reading captain Chris Gunter is also a familiar face in South Wales, as he graduated from the City Academy before going on to make 33 appearances for the Club. The 28 year-old has been with the Royals since 2012, playing over 200 games.

Other players to play for both clubs include Greg Halford, Adam le Fondre, Andrew Taylor and Jobi McAnuff.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Reading 2-2 Cardiff City

City fight back from two goals down at the Madejski Stadium...

11 December 2017

Lee Tomlin’s injury-time strike completed a dramatic comeback as Cardiff City came from two goals down to secure a crucial point away at Reading.

City, lining up in their lime green away shirt, had a chance to take the lead before the 15-minute mark, as Loïc Damour’s reverse pass found Nathaniel Mendez-Laing on the left. The winger showed a trademark turn of pace, breezing past his marker before seeing his powerful strike saved.

However, the Bluebirds’ chances were dealt a blow just two minutes later. Callum Paterson rose at the near post to get his head to a corner, and a defensive mix-up saw the ball find the far side of the net.

The hosts were attempting to play the ball out from the back, and were nearly caught out when Omar Bogle stole in and found Junior Hoilett, who was brought down. The resulting free-kick eventually led to a good opportunity as Hoilett himself headed just over.

City skipper Sean Morrison was forced off with just over half an hour played, as Lee Peltier came on to deputise. Neil Warnock’s men almost equalised minutes later, as Joe Ralls’ long distance half-volley was parried by Vitor Mannone, before Mendez-Laing’s follow-up was also saved.

The Royals then doubled their advantage five minutes before the interval. After the ball was cleared from the City box, Modou Barrow smashed it goalwards and a cruel deflection took it past Neil Etheridge.

Warnock’s men showed intent to fight back after the break, with Mendez-Laing and Ralls combining for an early opportunity, which Mannone dealt with.

The Bluebirds were twice unfortunate not to pull one back after catching the hosts out at the back. First, Hoilett’s header bounced inches over the bar when it looked destined for the back of the net, before Bogle nearly capitalised on a poor back-pass.

Peltier had to be on hand to clear a low Reading cross which flashed across the six-yard box, but at the other end, City were creating more opportunities.

Sol Bamba saw his close-range header spilled by Mannone, with the ball eventually cleared off the line, before Joe Bennett fired over from the edge of the box. Neil Warnock was then sent to the stands by referee Steve Martin, following complaints over several officiating decisions.

However, the Bluebirds finally found a route back into the game when Bennett fired a superb volley into the back of Mannone’s net, with seven minutes remaining.

And the game then reached its dramatic climax as City completed the fightback with a last-ditch equaliser. After Bamba’s header hit the woodwork, substitute Lee Tomlin rifled a volley against the underside of the bar.

With the help of goal-line technology, the goal was awarded to give the Bluebirds a crucial leveller in the final minutes of the game.

While Paul McShane saw a late header hit the post, the final whistle then blew, with City’s battling comeback seeing them go four points clear of third place in the Sky Bet Championship table.

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Ticket News

Away Days - Ticket Update: Reading vs. Cardiff City

11 December 2017

Monday, 11th December 2017 at the Madejski Stadium. KO: 8:00pm.

Ticket Update

  • Over 1,200 away tickets sold currently.
  • Cardiff City FC Ticket Office will sell until 1pm today.
  • Reading FC will be selling on the night.
  • Fans will be able to purchase over the phone on 0118 968 1313 from 2pm onwards and then from 6:30pm at the South Stand Ticket Office between gates 9 and 10.
  • The South Stand Ticket Office accepts cash and card sales.
  • Tickets will be sold for the following prices at the Madejski Stadium: £25 for adults, £16 for 65 & over, £13 for 18-24yrs, and £8 for 17 & under.

Original Ticket Allocation

Available to current Season Ticket Holders and Gold Members from Cardiff City FC Ticket Office only.

Seating Ticket Prices:

Adults: £20.00

Seniors (65 & over): £13.00

18-24yrs: £10.00

17yrs & under: £5.00

Tickets on sale:

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