Last time out: Middlesbrough 2-1 Cardiff City - Tuesday, 20th January 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City produced a spirited performance on Teeside, but a late Kenwyne Jones header was not enough to prevent Middlesbrough collecting all three points. The Bluebirds looked comfortable for large parts of the game at the Riverside, a stadium where Boro had mustered a ten game unbeaten run and had already picked up 25 League points. After being the better side for large parts of the first half and starting the second half the brighter of the two teams, the Bluebirds were undone by Patrick Bamford who gave Boro the lead. With their tails up, the advantage was doubled by Lee Tomlin, the midfielder scoring his third goal in two games. Kenwyne Jones’ header gave City the chance of fighting for a point in the 85th minute, but Middlesbrough stayed resilient to record a 2-1 victory.
Cardiff City: Moore, Brayford, Morrison, Turner, Connolly, Adeyemi (Ralls), Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Noone (Macheda), Harris, Revell (Jones). Subs Not Used: Wilson, Fabio, John, Le Fondre.
Last time out: Fulham 2-1 Reading – Saturday, 17th January 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Bryan Ruiz scored a dramatic winner in the third minute of injury time as Fulham beat Reading at Craven Cottage. Alex Kacaniklic put Fulham ahead, calmly scoring from the edge of the box following Scott Parker's drilled pass. Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak headed in Oliver Norwood's corner to level, with only his second of the season. But it was Fulham who moved further away from the relegation zone when Ruiz headed home from close range.
Reading: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Hector, Obita, McCleary, Williams, Norwood, Robson-Kanu, Cox (Blackman), Pogrebnyak (Mackie). Subs Not Used: Kelly, Guthrie, Karacan, Andersen, Cooper.
LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING
2014/15: Friday 21st November, Championship: Cardiff City 2-1 Reading
Cardiff City recorded a fifth-successive home victory under the Friday night lights as they saw off the visiting Reading 2-1. The Bluebirds broke the deadlock midway through the first half when Peter Whittingham’s fierce corner kick delivery was turned into his own net by Royals centre-back Alex Pearce.
It continued to be a nightmare evening for Pearce as, with half time looming, he hauled down his former teammate Adam Le Fondre for a City spot-kick. The challenge earned the defender a red card and saw the score-line doubled, as Whittingham dispatched the resultant penalty with consummate ease. The Royals set up a nervy finale when Michael Hector drove a low shot through Marshall with ten minutes remaining, but City held strong to secure all three points.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Connolly (Fábio), Turner, S Morrison, Brayford, Noone (Daehli), Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Pilkington, Le Fondre, Macheda (Jones). Subs Not Used: Manga, Adeyemi, R Morrison, Moore.
Reading: Federici, Kelly, Gunter, Pearce, Hector, Norwood, Williams (Taylor), Robson-Kanu (Blackman), Obita, Murray, Cox (McCleary). Subs Not Used: Andersen, Cummings, Cooper, Tshibola.
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