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Cardiff City 0-0 Reading

Cardiff City 0-0 Reading

Kenneth Zohore unleashes a shot as Cardiff strive to break through a stubborn Reading rearguardCardiff City secured automatic promotion to the Premier League despite drawing at home to Reading, thanks to Fulham's defeat at Birmingham.The Bluebirds dominated their tense encounter but were frustrated by the Royals.However, Fulham's loss - their first of 2018 in the Championship - brought relief and pure euphoria to the Welsh side.
And Reading joined in the celebrations, with the draw sealing their survival.The real scenes of jubilation, however, belonged to the home side, with Cardiff's fans streaming on to the pitch to mob their players as soon as the final whistle blew.Manager Neil Warnock had said winning a record eighth promotion would be his "greatest achievement" - and it is no wonder, considering the Bluebirds were second from bottom and in disarray when he was appointed in October 2016.Despite working with modest means, the veteran manager signed resourcefully to assemble a group of players in whom he instilled a tireless work ethic and bloody-minded will to win.The style of play may not always be aesthetically pleasing but, with a robust structure and sheer refusal to relent, this is a Cardiff team whose spirit mirrors that of their manager and supporters.
Tense for both sides
The Bluebirds started the day second in the Championship table, one point ahead of third-placed Fulham. Cardiff only needed to match Fulham's result at Birmingham to secure promotion.For Reading, meanwhile, there was still the danger of relegation, which raised the stakes for both sides and fed a cacophonous atmosphere inside a sold-out Cardiff City Stadium bathed in sunshine.The tension was palpable and, although the hosts sought to keep their fate in their own hands with a strident start to the game, the mutual sense of apprehension meant there were few early scoring opportunities.
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'Hey ho, it's better than the Championship!' - Cardiff boss Neil Warnock on PL promotion
However, the anxiety soon eased thanks to events elsewhere. Reading's fans were the first to celebrate, chanting "We are staying up" after discovering both their chief relegation rivals, Barnsley and Burton, were losing.And those cheers were soon drowned out when news of Birmingham's opening goal against Fulham was met with an almighty roar from the home supporters.
Wild celebrations
It was something of a reprieve for Cardiff, who were dominating possession and territory but unable to carve open their obdurate opponents.Junior Hoilett curled one effort narrowly wide and then had an appeal for a penalty rejected after he fell under a challenge from Tiago Ilory.Again, the home nerves jangled but, again, Birmingham calmed them by doubling their lead against Fulham.The second half followed the same pattern: Cardiff the aggressors, trying but failing to force their way through; their frustration tempered by the scoreline at St Andrew's.That was to prove enough, with Che Adams' goal for Birmingham sealing Fulham's 3-1 defeat and sparking pandemonium in the Cardiff City Stadium stands and a premature pitch invasion from some supporters.They took their seats for the closing moments and when the final whistle eventually went, the wild celebrations could begin in earnest as Cardiff toasted their return to the Premier League for the first time since 2014.
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Cardiff
25Etheridge
2Peltier
4Morrison
14Bamba
3Bennett
18Paterson
8Ralls
21Bryson
19Mendez-Laing
10ZohoreSubstituted forMadineat 86'minutes
33HoilettBooked at 58mins[/i]Substituted forWardat 78'minutes
Substitutes
5Ecuele Manga
6Richards
13Pilkington
24Grujic
28Murphy
29Ward
44Madine
Reading
1Mannone
20Abiola Delfim Almeida IloriSubstituted forKellyat 34'minutes
3ElphickBooked at 27mins[/i]
6Moore
2Gunter
19Bacuna
4van den Berg
16Edwards
14AlukoSubstituted forMcShaneat 84'minutes
23BodvarssonSubstituted forKermorgantat 70'minutesBooked at 74mins[/i]
17Barrow
Substitutes
5McShane
8Evans
10Swift
18Kermorgant
27Martin
31Jaakkola
38Kelly
Referee:Robert MadleyAttendance:32,478
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Home TeamCardiffAway TeamReadingPossessionHome54%Away46%ShotsHome15Away1Shots on TargetHome3Away0CornersHome4Away2FoulsHome16Away11
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Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Reading 0.
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Posted at 90'+8' Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Reading 0.Posted at 90'+7' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 90'+5' Delay in match (Cardiff City). Video Review.Posted at 90'+4' Foul by Gary Madine (Cardiff City).Posted at 90'+4' Joey van den Berg (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90'+3' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 90' Delay in match Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) because of an injury.Posted at 90' Delay in match Yann Kermorgant (Reading) because of an injury.Posted at 89' Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gary Madine with a headed pass.Posted at 88' Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).Posted at 88' Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 88' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Joey van den Berg.Posted at 88' Attempt missed. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.Posted at 87' Jamie Ward (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 87' Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).
Substitution
Posted at 86' Substitution, Cardiff City. Gary Madine replaces Kenneth Zohore.
Substitution
Posted at 84' Substitution, Reading. Paul McShane replaces Sone Aluko.Posted at 83' Attempt missed. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Ralls.Posted at 83' Attempt blocked. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Bennett.Posted at 81' Hand ball by Jamie Ward (Cardiff City).Posted at 79' Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Bennett.
Substitution
Posted at 78' Substitution, Cardiff City. Jamie Ward replaces David Junior Hoilett.Posted at 78' Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 78' Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).Posted at 76' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 75' Delay in match Liam Moore (Reading) because of an injury.
Booking
Posted at 74' Yann Kermorgant (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 74' Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 74' Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).Posted at 72' Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).Posted at 72' Sone Aluko (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution
Posted at 70' Substitution, Reading. Yann Kermorgant replaces Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.Posted at 68' Attempt missed. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a corner.Posted at 68' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Chris Gunter.Posted at 67' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 67' Delay in match David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) because of an injury.Posted at 64' Offside, Cardiff City. Sean Morrison tries a through ball, but Kenneth Zohore is caught offside.Posted at 63' Foul by Craig Bryson (Cardiff City).Posted at 63' Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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