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Cardiff   2 - 2   Reading

Highlights - Cardiff 2-2 Reading

Cardiff 2-2 Reading

A last-gasp Craig Bellamy stunner saved Cardiff City an unlikely Championship point in their promotion push with a draw against defiant Reading.

Mikele Leigertwood gave Reading the lead as his 25-yard strike deflected past Cardiff keeper Tom Heaton.

Jay Bothroyd levelled as the striker capitalised on keeper Adam Federici's poor kick to score his 17th this term.

Mathieu Manset seemed to have given Reading the win before Bellamy's free-kick goal six minutes into added time.

It was a cometh the hour moment for the Cardiff captain who lashed home his eighth goal of the season from 30 yards to rescue his side what could prove to be a vital point.

Cardiff, who dropped to fifth after failing to win at home for their fourth successive league game, looked set to rue their missed chances when Reading looked to have stolen the points when Manset scored in the second minute of added time.

Both Bellamy and Mark Hudson had hit the woodwork for a Cardiff side that has only won four games in their last 14 in the league - while Chris Burke and Peter Whittingham also missed glorious chances.

Jones reflects on hard-fought draw

Bellamy hit the bar after Jem Karacan fouled Bothroyd 25 yards from goal and the on-loan Manchester City man stepped up to whip a superb free-kick over the wall and past Federici only to see the ball thump off the crossbar.

Long was then replaced by Noel Hunt after struggling for a few minutes - but Reading reacted positively and took the lead in the 21st minute.

Jimmy Kebe twisted inside left-back Lee Naylor before cutting the ball back to the edge of the area.

Leigertwood arrived late to drill in a low shot which took a huge deflection off defender Paul Quinn to wrong foot Heaton and find the corner.

Bellamy tested Federici with a low shot from the edge of the area as Cardiff looked to respond before Federici reacted well to claw a header off the line.

Michael Chopra came off the bench at half-time and his side were level within three minutes of the restart.

Federici made a mess of a straight-forward drop-kick clearance and the ball fell to the feet of Bothroyd just inside his own half.

And the England international strode into the area, shrugged off covering Matthew Mills to round the hapless Australian goalkeeper and pass the ball into an empty net.

Bothroyd's 17th goal of the season showed why Cardiff were so desperate to fend off January transfer window bids from the Premier League and keep their talismanic goal-scorer.

Chopra was looking lively after his introduction and dragged a shot wide on the turn as the hosts pushed on for a winner.

And they came desperately close when Hudson floated a header onto the crossbar and Chopra saw his follow-up bravely blocked by Ian Harte.

Harte then flashed a free-kick across the face of goal before Cardiff substitute Chris Burke wasted a great chance.

Returning hero Aaron Ramsey, back at Cardiff on loan from Premier League giants Arsenal, beat his man and thumped in a low shot which Federici beat away to the penalty spot.

Burke arrived quickly but could not adjust his feet quickly enough as he slapped a shot over the bar.

Manset, a January signing from League Two strugglers Hereford, came off the bench to score his first Championship goal when Hunt crossed from the right for a tap in.

Bellamy's late, late show - from a debatable free-kick - was sublime as the Wales striker curled the ball past Federici from 30 yards out to earn Cardiff a point and Reading their 12th league draw this season.

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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cardiff 2-2 Reading FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Bothroyd 48
  • Bellamy 90+7
  • Leigertwood 21
  • Manset 90+2

Cardiff

  • 22 Heaton
  • 02 McNaughton
  • 03 Naylor
  • 05 Hudson yellow card
  • 14 Quinn
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 20 Olofinjana (Chopra 46 yellow card)
  • 24 Ramsey
  • 25 Emmanuel-Thomas (Burke 76)
  • 09 Bothroyd (Parkin 85)
  • 39 Bellamy

Substitutes

  • 01 Marshall,
  • 12 Keinan,
  • 11 Burke,
  • 19 Koumas,
  • 23 Blake,
  • 08 Chopra,
  • 16 Parkin

Reading

  • 01 Federici
  • 02 Griffin
  • 05 Mills yellow card
  • 16 Ingimarsson
  • 23 Harte
  • 04 Karacan
  • 08 Leigertwood
  • 11 McAnuff yellow card
  • 14 Kebe
  • 09 Long (Hunt 18 yellow card)
  • 18 Church (Manset 71)

Substitutes

  • 41 McCarthy,
  • 15 Khizanishvili,
  • 24 Cummings,
  • 07 Tabb,
  • 19 Robson-Kanu,
  • 10 Hunt,
  • 45 Manset
Ref: WardAtt: 21,405
CARDIFF
READING

Possession

  • Cardiff 61%
  • Reading 39%

Attempts on target

  • Cardiff 10
  • Reading 5

Attempts off target

  • Cardiff 5
  • Reading 3

Corners

  • Cardiff 9
  • Reading 3

Fouls

  • Cardiff 16
  • Reading 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+7:19 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+6:27 Mikele Leigertwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Parkin.
  • 90:00+6:27 GOAL - Craig BellamyCardiff 2 - 2 Reading Craig Bellamy finds the net with a goal from a long way out to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 2-2 Reading.
  • 90:00+5:37 Booking The referee shows Michael Chopra a yellow card for dissent.
  • 90:00+5:22 Booking Jobi McAnuff receives a caution.
  • 90:00+4:19 Booking Matt Mills booked.
  • 90:00+3:14 Noel Hunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Naylor. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton. Jobi McAnuff challenges Aaron Ramsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:02 Matt Mills fouled by Jon Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:02 Assist on the goal came from Noel Hunt.
  • 90:00+1:02 GOAL - Mathieu MansetCardiff 1 - 2 Reading Mathieu Manset grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-2 Reading.
  • 90:00+0:10 Headed effort from inside the area by Mathieu Manset misses to the left of the target.
  • 88:38 The offside flag is raised against Michael Chopra. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.
  • 88:22 Jon Parkin fouled by Matt Mills, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
  • 87:47 Centre by Jimmy Kebe, Mark Hudson manages to make a clearance.
  • 87:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ivar Ingimarsson by Jon Parkin. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 86:48 The official flags Jimmy Kebe offside. Tom Heaton takes the indirect free kick.
  • 85:57 Noel Hunt is penalised for a handball. Lee Naylor takes the direct free kick. Jon Parkin concedes a free kick for a foul on Ivar Ingimarsson. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
  • 85:57 Booking Noel Hunt is cautioned.
  • 84:59 Substitution Jon Parkin replaces Jay Bothroyd.
  • 83:12 Ian Harte produces a cross, Lee Naylor makes a clearance.
  • 81:53 The ball is sent over by Peter Whittingham, Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
  • 81:38 The ball is crossed by Chris Burke, clearance made by Ivar Ingimarsson.
  • 81:22 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
  • 79:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Naylor by Mathieu Manset. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
  • 78:17 Mathieu Manset is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lee Naylor takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:40 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici. Shot from deep inside the area by Chris Burke clears the bar.
  • 75:44 Substitution Chris Burke is brought on as a substitute for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
  • 75:07 The ball is sent over by Andy Griffin, Header from deep inside the area by Noel Hunt goes over the bar.
  • 73:59 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas fouled by Mikele Leigertwood, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 73:36 The ball is sent over by Noel Hunt, clearance made by Lee Naylor.
  • 72:47 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line, Adam Federici makes a save.
  • 71:28 The ball is delivered by Craig Bellamy, Ivar Ingimarsson makes a clearance.
  • 71:09 A cross is delivered by Craig Bellamy, clearance by Ivar Ingimarsson.
  • 70:04 Substitution Simon Church goes off and Mathieu Manset comes on.
  • 69:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Bothroyd on Ian Harte. Direct free kick taken by Ivar Ingimarsson.
  • 67:53 Andy Griffin concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bellamy. Lee Naylor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Ivar Ingimarsson. Free kick taken by Jay Bothroyd.
  • 66:56 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, clearance by Paul Quinn.
  • 66:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Lee Naylor. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ian Harte, Jay Bothroyd makes a clearance.
  • 65:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ivar Ingimarsson by Jay Bothroyd. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 63:12 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici. Inswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy, clearance made by Mikele Leigertwood. Jobi McAnuff fouled by Mark Hudson, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 63:12 Booking Mark Hudson goes into the referee's book.
  • 61:36 Inswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, clearance made by Noel Hunt.
  • 60:21 Centre by Jimmy Kebe, blocked by Peter Whittingham. Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line, clearance by Mark Hudson.
  • 59:23 Unfair challenge on Simon Church by Aaron Ramsey results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Mills.
  • 58:46 Corner taken by Craig Bellamy, save made by Adam Federici.
  • 58:06 Paul Quinn delivers the ball, Mark Hudson takes a shot. Michael Chopra takes a shot. Blocked by Ivar Ingimarsson. Peter Whittingham takes the inswinging corner, Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.
  • 57:36 Craig Bellamy takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Mikele Leigertwood.
  • 54:30 The referee blows for offside against Michael Chopra. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 51:26 Paul Quinn produces a cross, clearance made by Mikele Leigertwood.
  • 50:13 The ball is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, clearance made by Kevin McNaughton.
  • 47:51 GOAL - Jay BothroydCardiff 1 - 1 Reading A goal is scored by Jay Bothroyd from close range low into the middle of the goal. Cardiff 1-1 Reading.
  • 46:55 Simon Church gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Hudson. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:51 Craig Bellamy decides to take a short corner.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • 45:01 Substitution Michael Chopra joins the action as a substitute, replacing Seyi Olofinjana.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:22 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+1:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Church on Kevin McNaughton. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+1:13 Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
  • 45:00+0:22 Ian Harte challenges Jay Bothroyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 43:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ivar Ingimarsson by Jay Bothroyd. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
  • 43:26 The ball is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, clearance made by Mark Hudson. Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
  • 41:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jobi McAnuff on Craig Bellamy. Lee Naylor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Seyi Olofinjana on Jem Karacan. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
  • 38:29 A cross is delivered by Craig Bellamy, save by Adam Federici.
  • 37:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Harte on Peter Whittingham. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.
  • 36:22 Jay Bothroyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Griffin. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
  • 35:12 Andy Griffin delivers the ball, save by Tom Heaton.
  • 33:26 Corner from the left by-line taken by Craig Bellamy, Jem Karacan makes a clearance.
  • 33:14 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Ian Harte gets a block in.
  • 32:27 Mark Hudson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ivar Ingimarsson. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
  • 31:35 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Blocked by Ivar Ingimarsson. Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line, clearance made by Ivar Ingimarsson.
  • 29:59 Jay Bothroyd crosses the ball, Ivar Ingimarsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 29:49 Jay Bothroyd produces a cross, Andy Griffin manages to make a clearance.
  • 27:15 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
  • 25:26 Simon Church challenges Mark Hudson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.
  • 24:05 The assistant referee flags for offside against Noel Hunt. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
  • 23:21 The assistant referee signals for offside against Craig Bellamy. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
  • 22:10 Short corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, The ball is delivered by Jem Karacan, Jay Bothroyd manages to make a clearance. The ball is sent over by Noel Hunt, save made by Tom Heaton.
  • 20:55 The assist for the goal came from Jimmy Kebe.
  • 20:55 GOAL - Mikele LeigertwoodCardiff 0 - 1 Reading A goal is scored by Mikele Leigertwood from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 0-1 Reading.
  • 19:42 Foul by Jay Bothroyd on Ivar Ingimarsson, free kick awarded. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
  • 19:22 Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save made by Tom Heaton.
  • 17:16 Substitution Shane Long goes off and Noel Hunt comes on.
  • 13:53 Unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Jem Karacan results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Craig Bellamy from the free kick,
  • 12:50 Effort from just outside the area by Peter Whittingham goes over the target.
  • 12:10 The referee blows for offside against Simon Church. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
  • 9:35 The offside flag is raised against Simon Church. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
  • 8:50 Peter Whittingham takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 5:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Lee Naylor. Direct free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
  • 3:52 Mark Hudson concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
  • 2:55 A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, clearance made by Seyi Olofinjana.
  • 2:25 Lee Naylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 1 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 29 30 56
2 Norwich 29 10 51
3 Swansea 29 11 50
4 Nott'm Forest 27 15 49
5 Cardiff 28 12 48
6 Leeds 29 7 46
7 Watford 27 13 43
8 Reading 28 13 42
9 Millwall 29 8 42
10 Leicester 29 -4 42
11 Burnley 28 6 40
12 Barnsley 29 -5 40
13 Hull 29 -1 39
14 Doncaster 27 -4 37
15 Coventry 29 -3 36
16 Derby 28 -1 34
17 Ipswich 27 -5 34
18 Middlesbrough 28 -3 33
19 Bristol City 29 -13 32
20 Portsmouth 28 -7 31
21 Crystal Palace 29 -21 28
22 Sheff Utd 28 -18 27
23 Scunthorpe 26 -20 24
24 Preston 27 -20 21


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