Cardiff was on the wrong side of the football scores thanks to their former player Junior Hoilett on Championship weekend. Hoilett made 184 appearances for Cardiff, scoring 25 goals in the process. He was part of the team that got promoted to the Premier League in 2018 and was released this season. The loss meant that Cardiff have lost their last five games in the Championship as well as seven of the last eight in all competitions. The home side was greeted with boos at the final whistle a day after Joe Ralls celebrated a decade as a Cardiff player.
Cardiff’s Mick McCarthy: “I’ve no idea how we didn’t get a result because it’s the best performance we’ve had in weeks. It’s bitterly, bitterly disappointing. I can only control what I do on the pitch and what the team does.” he added. “That decision (about my future) is not up to me. I think that performance shows I certainly haven’t lost the dressing room. It shows we can get a response. The fans were excellent. Their anger was at me and I’m cool with that. They deserved something out of that game as much as we did.”
Reading’s Veljko Paunovic: “Junior is a player we have always liked. We would have brought him to the club earlier but for our financial situation. It was a very difficult game, but it’s a pleasant feeling to come through.” he added. “I am so proud of our performance, our team spirit, and the grit we showed. It was another clean sheet and although it wasn’t pretty, I think we should be very pleased with the progress this team is making.”
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