Left-back gives match reaction to Bluebirds stalemateReading left-back Andrew Taylor felt that a share of the points with his former side Cardiff on Saturday wasn’t a fair reflection on a game where Reading created plenty of chances and restricted the visitors to few.
Garath McCleary’s terrific volley was almost followed in the second period by a first goal in Royals colours by Taylor, whose half-volley just squirmed past the post. Simon Cox also had a very late chance to give Reading a winner, but couldn’t quite get over Ola John’s high cross.
“Overall we were probably the team that looked most likely to score a goal,” reflected Taylor. “Until their goal, I don’t think they caused us too many problems. We could have been 2-0 up at half-time if Ola had been able to take his chance.
“Unfortunately that’s the way it’s going at the minute. We showed a bit of character after their goal to carry on and create more chances, but it just wasn’t to be today.
“I should have done better with my shot really – I’m a bit disappointed! It would have been nice to get a goal, especially against my old team, but more importantly it would probably have given us the three points.
Cardiff’s goal had its contentious elements – within a minute of coming on, it appeared that Sammy Ameobi had hand-balled before hitting a deflected effort against the post, which in turn allowed Lex Immers to follow in.
Then at the other end, Taylor’s low cross struck the arm of Matthew Connolly, before a left-footed inswinger by Garath McCleary also struck an outstretched arm in the box. None of the decisions went Reading’s way.
“I had a word with Conns when he blocked my cross, and he said he hand-balled it!” said Taylor. “But it’s tight and the games are quick – it is difficult for the referees and linesmen to see all these decisions.
“I’m sure if it had been in our box we would have been saying it wasn’t a penalty. You get some, you don’t get others.
“In my opinion it looked like [Ameobi] hand-balled to control it; but then every that happened after it sort of summed up our season really. The shot is deflected, hits the post, and drops straight to their guy. But we didn't let our heads dropped too much - we kicked on and tried to score another goal.”
Now Reading have a fortnight away from first-team action; the defender is glad that the team signed off this stint of games with a good showing.
“We’ve got to take the positives – it was a disappointing night on Tuesday [against Brighton] and we didn’t really get going. We have put in a better performance today; of course, we would have liked to take the three points.
“But we created a lot more chances, and being at home we wanted to get the crowd off their seats. We can take the positives and move on – there’s nine games left, and we’ll see how many of them we can win.”