11 December 2017
Two goals in seven minutes from Cardiff rescued a dramatic draw to stay within four points of Championship leaders Wolves.
It was a very poor first-half performance from Cardiff, as Reading went 2-0 up. The first was a Callum Paterson own goal, as there was a lack of communication from goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, with Paterson heading in from a corner.
The second also came following a corner. After a corner had been cleared to the edge of the box, Mo Barrow fired at goal, with the ball deflected off a City player past Etheridge.
Cardiff were much better in the second half. Reading had a couple of chances, but it was mostly Cardiff. Junior Hoilett should’ve scored after Nathaniel Mendez-Laing had crossed the ball into him but, he headed the ball into the ground and over the bar.
Omar Bogle, who didn’t play too well, twice failed to finish off chances in the penalty area. It looked as if it wasn’t going to be City’s day and it was going to be Reading’s day.
But, we came back in the last 10 minutes. In the 83rd minute, Joe Bennett volleyed in excellently to set up a tense finish.
And in stoppage time, Lee Tomlin’s shot just crept over the line after hitting the underside of the bar after Sol Bamba’s header had hit the bar. It showed great character to come back from two goals down after a very poor first half.
It had looked like being a forgettable night for Cardiff when manager Neil Warnock was sent to the stands by referee Steve Martin with 13 minutes remaining, having shown his frustration on one occasion too many. But, Warnock was very angry about it after the game.
City remain second, four points off leaders Wolves. Reading climb to 14th after extending their unbeaten run to five games.
Next up for the Bluebirds are Hull City at home next Saturday, the 16 December. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways.