Cardiff City 0-1 Reading

27 Aug

Cardiff City goalkeeper Ben Wilson is beaten by a shot from Yann Kermorgant


Cardiff City goalkeeper Ben Wilson is beaten by a shot from Yann Kermorgant

Reading snatched a late victory at Cardiff City as Yann Kermorgant’s goal settled a scrappy encounter.

The hosts had the better chances in a stuttering first half, with Lex Immers twice heading over.

Although both sides squandered opportunities after the break, the game looked destined to end goalless.

But Kermorgant seized on a loose ball in the Cardiff box and struck an emphatic half-volley to seal Reading’s first away win of the season.

It was a rare moment of quality in an otherwise forgettable meeting between two sides who struggled to play with any fluency.

The most significant event of the day for Cardiff was their omission of goalkeeper David Marshall ahead of a £5m move to Hull.

His successor, Ben Wilson, almost gifted Reading victory midway through the second half as he dropped the ball in the Bluebirds’ box, but Roy Beerens’ scuffed shot was cleared off the line.

Paul Trollope’s side mustered some promising chances – Immers and Sean Morrison both missing with free headers – but their toothless attacking display prompted boos from the home crowd at the final whistle.

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Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Reading 1.

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Reading 1.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jazz Richards (Cardiff City).

Goal! Cardiff City 0, Reading 1. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Paul McShane (Reading) because of an injury.

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City).

Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Noone replaces Aron Gunnarsson.

Substitution, Reading. Jordan Obita replaces Tyler Blackett.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Roy Beerens (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Offside, Reading. Joey van den Berg tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington with a cross.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joey van den Berg with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Joey van den Berg (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jazz Richards.

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).

Attempt blocked. Roy Beerens (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Substitution, Reading. Stephen Quinn replaces George Evans.

George Evans (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

Foul by Roy Beerens (Reading).

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