Cardiff recovered from going down early as they produced one of the comeback football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Lucas Joao put the hosts ahead in the seventh minute before Alfie Doughty equalized in the 59th minute. Just when it looked like Reading would salvage a point in their relegation scrap, Will Vaulks came off the bench to score in the 85th minute. The result meant that Reading’s four-match unbeaten run came to an end.
Reading interim manager Paul Ince: “We should have been 3-0 up at half-time. We had two great chances when we were 1-0 up. Had we taken those, it could have made the game a little bit easier for us. A bit more comfortable. We’re not just talking about chances, we’re talking about golden chances. We need to be more ruthless. As I said to the lads at half-time, we played really well in the first 45 minutes. But when you get chances like that, you’ve got to take them. Then you make the afternoon a lot more comfortable for you. In the second half, we suddenly decided to drop deep. I’m not really sure why we decided to do that. We needed a few leaders to get people up the park.”
Cardiff’s Steve Morison: “You’re not safe until you’re mathematically safe but we are now so its job is done. We’re not going to go up and we’re not going to go down. That’s a nice feeling. “We had a good reaction from the start of the game. I asked them to carry out a certain way of playing and they did that from start to finish. When we went in at half-time, I said to them: ‘Well done’. There was absolutely nothing wrong from the first half apart from the Reading goal.”
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