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Clarke: It Was A Game We Should Have Won

A late Conor McAleny equaliser cancelled out Pavel Pogrebnyak's strike to earn the visiting Bluebirds a hard-earned point. Here's what Steve Clarke had to say about the match.

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Another game where we couldn't put our chances away to see off the game, but Steve Clarke could see the positives from the performance. Pavel Pogrebnyak put the Royals 1-0 up in the early minutes of the first half, before Cardiff equalised in the 90th minute to see honours even at the Madejski Stadium.

Clarke told Reading F.C. Player, "Decent performance. I thought it was a game we should have won. You can get punished in the last few minutes when it's 1-0. There's always a risk that a ball in the box can fall to opposition, and that's what happened."

"But I thought today there was some good signs. We created a lot, especially in the second half. We were more on the front foot, and should have killed the game off. Eventually that's punished us but we take the positives from the game."

Nathan Ake made this debut for the Royals and had a good partnership with the returning Hope Akpan, Clarke added: "It's good to see him play in there, it's a position he's comfortable with. I thought we had good control in the middle of the park, I will also mention Hope who I thought was very good as well.

"We were well balanced, we're a little disappointed we allowed the three points to slip away, but we've got another one to the total."

The Royals now make the long journey up to Blackpool for our Tuesday evening fixture, another important game and three points is a must, the boss told GetReading reporter Charles Watts, "For us it's a point which has moved us further away (from the bottom three) so we'll take it and move on."