Cardiff City 0-1 Reading: Junior Hoilett scores Royals winner against former club


Junior Hoilett scores
Junior Hoilett’s strike ensured Cardiff are now winless in 12 games against Reading since November 2015

Reading increased the pressure on Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy with a 1-0 win that consigned the Bluebirds to a fifth successive defeat.

Winger Junior Hoilett, who played 184 games for Cardiff, thumped Reading ahead with their only shot on target.

Cardiff pushed hard for an equaliser but could not find a way past Luke Southwood as Ryan Giles hit the post.

The Royals’ win sees them rise to ninth with Cardiff 20th, just two points above the relegation zone.

McCarthy – who was jeered by his own supporters as the Bluebirds were thrashed by West Bromwich Albion in midweek – made four changes to his side for a game where he was sure to be scrutinised, including a recall for goalkeeper Alex Smithies, while striker Kieffer Moore also returned.

Reading manager Veljko Paunovic made two changes to his team from the defeat at Derby, with skipper Liam Moore recalled and Hoilett lining up against his former club, as did midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

A first half short on incident and intensity from both sides in front of a relatively sparse crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium hardly set pulses racing, but it certainly underlined the fragility of the hosts who conceded from the only shot they faced.

The Bluebirds had a good grip on the game until Curtis Nelson’s poor clearance found Hoilett in space on 38 minutes.

The Canada forward drilled the ball across Smithies with a precise finish that found the bottom corner, although he opted not to celebrate against the club and manager that released him in the summer.

Cardiff might have led by then, but goalkeeper Southwood clawed away Mark McGuinness’ header, while Aden Flint missed a golden chance to equalise, firing over with Southwood beaten when the keeper failed to claim a cross.

The hosts came close just after the interval when Sam Bowen’s shot was blocked, while Giles’ shot from distance forced Southwood to save in a second half that was all Cardiff.

The hosts kept pushing and felt they should have had a penalty in the 65th minute, but Andy Yiadom just beat Kieffer Moore to the ball, before Joe Ralls’ shot was tipped behind by Southwood.

Substitute Rubin Colwill forced Southwood into another save and Marlon Pack curled wide as the Bluebirds threw all they had at Reading, with Colwill curling wide deep into stoppage time.

Ten minutes of added on time only added to the Royals’ nerves as Giles’ cross struck the crossbar with Southwood stranded, but the visitors held on to secure a smash-and-grab win that secured consecutive away league victories against Cardiff for the first time since October 1988.

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Cardiff City

  1. Squad number25Player nameSmithies

  2. Squad number2Player nameMcGuinness

  3. Squad number5Player nameFlint

  4. Squad number16Player nameNelson

  5. Squad number30Player nameBrown

  6. Squad number21Player namePack

  7. Squad number8Player nameRalls

  8. Squad number26Player nameGiles

  9. Squad number37Player nameBowen

  10. Squad number7Player nameBacuna

  11. Squad number10Player nameMoore

  1. Squad number6Player nameVaulks

  2. Squad number19Player nameCollins

  3. Squad number27Player nameColwill

Reading

  1. Squad number22Player nameSouthwood

  2. Squad number17Player nameYiadom

  3. Squad number6Player nameMoore

  4. Squad number28Player nameLaurent

  5. Squad number21Player nameBaba Rahman

  6. Squad number19Player nameTom Dele-Bashiru

  7. Squad number15Player nameDrinkwater

  8. Squad number23Player nameHoilett

  9. Squad number10Player nameSwift

  10. Squad number14Player nameEjaria

  11. Squad number47Player namePuscas

  1. Squad number24Player nameDann

  2. Squad number39Player nameClarke

Line-ups

Cardiff

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Smithies
  • 2McGuinnessBooked at 90mins
  • 5Flint
  • 16Nelson
  • 30Brown
  • 21PackBooked at 32mins
  • 8RallsBooked at 37minsSubstituted forVaulksat 79′minutes
  • 26Giles
  • 37BowenSubstituted forCollinsat 79′minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forColwillat 61′minutes
  • 10Moore

Substitutes

  • 1Phillips
  • 3Bagan
  • 6Vaulks
  • 19Collins
  • 27Colwill
  • 29M Harris
  • 38Ng

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Southwood
  • 17YiadomSubstituted forClarkeat 80′minutes
  • 6Moore
  • 28Laurent
  • 21Baba
  • 19Dele-Bashiru
  • 15Drinkwater
  • 23Hoilett
  • 10Swift
  • 14Ejaria
  • 47PuscasSubstituted forDannat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 24Dann
  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 35Ehibhationham
  • 36Osorio
  • 38Stickland
  • 39Clarke
  • 41Bristow

Referee:
Thomas Bramall

Attendance:
18,400

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