Shane Long and Tom Ince scored in their first home game of the season to help Reading produce one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Callum O’Dowda gave the visitors the lead as early as the 4th minute before Shane Long converted a penalty in the 27th minute. Tom Ince scored the game-winner for the hosts in the 63rd minute.
Reading’s Paul Ince: “I’m delighted with the win today. It’s probably an extension of the outstanding second half at Blackpool last week. I was disappointed at conceding the first goal. I’d told the lads that we needed to start fast and get the fans up. We gave a stupid free-kick away, didn’t mark a man and, before you know it, we’re 1-0 down. But this group of players, the core of it, just don’t give in. The response was brilliant. We got the penalty we deserved and, in the second half, we performed really well. This team has got so much togetherness.”
Cardiff’s Steve Morison: “I’m disappointed, we didn’t really turn up. It’s just so frustrating. You drop your level and you lose games of football. I think it is a very even league this season. Anyone could beat anyone. This has just happened but we’ll reflect on it over the weekend and go back and have a look at it. What was most frustrating for me was the attitude and mentality (of the players) rather than ability and what we did with the ball. We weren’t brave enough and I don’t think they had enough belief in themselves. Last week, we had all that stuff in abundance. But, at the end of the day, we’re all human beings. They’re allowed to have a bad day at the office. I just hope that those days are few and far between.”
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