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Flying the nest to beat the Bluebirds

5 November 2015

Our past visits to the Welsh capital

Steve Clarke's side travel to the Welsh capital this weekend looking to return to winning ways against a side who could leapfrog the Royals with a victory on Saturday.

A Reading victory would bring the two teams level historically, currently City have beaten Reading on 22 occasions, while the Royals have 21 victories to their name - and the teams have contested 19 draws in total - one of which came when the Bluebirds visited Madejski Stadium last April.

In Cardiff last season, Reading fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat thanks to an Alex Pearce own goal and a Peter Whittingham penalty - after Pearce had dragged ex-Royal Adam Le Fondre to the ground in the box to receive his marching orders on the stroke of half-time. However, Reading did win in Wales last season...

Cardiff City 1-2 Reading
Saturday 24th January 2015

Having seen off Huddersfield in the Third Round of the FA Cup last season, Steve Clarke's side tripped to Cardiff earlier this year and emerged victorious despite conceding the lead to Kenwyne Jones' first half header from a Peter Whittingham corner.

Oliver Norwood equalised when he fired in a 20-yard free-kick to turn the last half an hour into a proper cup tie, which Reading always looked like winning. And so it proved when Hal Robson-Kanu brilliantly swept Jordan Obita's cross past Simon Moore to score an 88th minute winner. Ironically, it would be a win that helped the Royals equal their own record in the competition by reaching the semi-final stages for the first time since 1927 - when Cardiff themselves had halted the Bisuitment one hurdle before the final.

Cardiff City 0-3 Reading
Tuesday 17th May 2011

What a performance to send Reading to Wembley! Brian McDermott's Royals spoilt the party in Wales by denying Cardiff City a trip down Wembley way to face arch rivals Swansea City in the Championship play-off final four years ago - a 3-0 second leg win in Cardiff secured the Royals' path to the Final.

Republic of Ireland international striker Shane Long put the visitors in front after 28 minutes with a well-taken 20-yard chip over City keeper Stephen Bywater and Longy doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Dekel Keinan had brought down skipper Matt Mills. Jobi McAnuff sealed the win with a solo effort to behold and the 'We are going to Wembley' flags were unfurled!

Cardiff City 2-5 Reading
Saturday 8th April 2006

Two weeks earlier, Steve Coppell's Royals had sealed promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history. A week earlier, they had strolled to the title with a 5-0 win over Derby County at Madejski Stadium. And, refusing to let their foot off the gas, the unstoppable record-breaking Reading side struck five more at Ninian Park to put City to the sword.

James Harper diverted in a cross to open the scoring, before Dave Kitson struck home a second and Glenn Loovens directed the ball past his own goalkeeper to hand the visitors an unassailable advantage. Cameron Jerome and Paul Parry both scored from Jason Koumas crosses, but Kevin Doyle's late header and Harper's second meant the record points total was still well and truly on.

Cardiff City 3-0 Reading
Saturday 26th March 1927

Not all away days against Cardiff have gone our way. Back in 1927, Reading reached the semi-final of the FA Cup for the first and - until this year - only time in their history, meeting Cardiff City at Molineux.

The Royals, who had fought their way to the final four from Round One of the competition, were soundly beaten in the semi-final - 3-0 on the day itself - and Cardiff would go on to win the competition thanks to Hughie Ferguson's winner against Arsenal.

Walsall 3-2 Reading
Sunday 27th May 2001

And not all visits to Cardiff have ended happily for Royals fans. Reading travelled to the Millennium Stadium in 2001 to face Walsall in the play-off final, but Alan Pardew's men were denied a place in the second tier when a Tony Rougier own goal cruelly brought the teams level in extra time.

Darren Byfield won it for the Saddlers that day after Jamie Cureton and Martin Butler had twice given Reading the lead.

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