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Four memorable meetings with the Bluebirds

18 March 2016

Four clashes with Cardiff that will live long in the memory...

This weekend sees Reading welcome Cardiff to Madejski Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship, with the Royals looking to get back to winning ways at home.

Over the years there have been some matches to remember with the Bluebirds and ahead of Saturday we’ve picked out four that Royals fans will look back on fondly…

Cardiff City 1-2 Reading
FA Cup 4th Round
Saturday 24th January 2015

After seeing off Huddersfield town in the third round of the competition, the Royals travelled to Cardiff looking to progress in what would turn out to be their most successful ever year in the FA Cup.  

Despite conceding the lead through a Kenwyne Jones' first half header from a Peter Whittingham corner, Reading did not lie down. Ollie 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.

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 Biscuitmen one hurdle before the final.

Cardiff City 0-3 Reading
Npower Championship Play-off Semi Final
Tuesday 17th May 2011

After a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the play-off semi-final at Madejski Stadium, Brian McDermott's Royals had a tough task when they faced Cardiff in Wales, bidding to reach Wembley. Reading however delivered a high calibre performance winning the tie a 3-0 win in Cardiff securing the Royals' path to the Final.

Shane Long put the visitors in front after 28 minutes with a well-taken 20-yard chip over City keeper Stephen Bywater and the Irishman then doubled the lead from the penalty spot to put the Royals in the driving seat after Dekel Keinan had brought down skipper Matt Mills. Jobi McAnuff sealed the win with a superb solo effort firing home to set up a clash with Swansea in London.

Reading 1-1 Cardiff
Coca-Cola Championship
Friday 26th December 2008

Despite only earning a draw, this will be remembered as one of the Royals most memorable battles with Cardiff, thanks to Adam Federici. The Goalkeeper was an unlikely hero for the home side as he fired home five minutes into injury time when coming forward for a corner.

In a tight game Cardiff thought they had secured a win when Michael Chopra found the net on the 89th minute.  In an act of desperation, it seemed, Federici left his goal to go up for an injury-time corner and dramatically shot home so save a point for the Royals.
Reading 5-1 Cardiff
Coca-Cola Championship
Monday 2nd January 2006

In Reading’s most famous of all seasons, this emphatic victory saw the Royals stretch their lead at the top of the Championship table to ten points. It was actually the Bluebirds that started the game the better when Alan Lee had an opportunity for the visitors, but after that the Royals did not look back.

A quick break from the Royals saw Glen Little whip in a cross from wide to find Steve Sidwell in the centre who headed home to put the Blue and White hoops in front.

Ibrahima Sonko doubled the lead with another header just after the half hour mark to give Reading a 2-0 at half time. Dave Kitson added a third shortly after the break, but Cameron Jerome's 20-yard effort on 62 minutes gave Cardiff hope.

The Royals made sure of the result when Sidwell netted his second header of the afternoon, and Kitson then scored his brace to make it five from the penalty spot, as Reading powered on to their record breaking points total.

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