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Reading FC 1-1 Cardiff City: Instant Reaction

Bluebirds hit back to snatch a point at the Madejski Stadium to maintain their Championship promotion dreams.

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FA Cup quarter-finalists Reading were unable push away from the relegation zone as Championship rivals Cardiff claimed a draw, which did little to help their own efforts to reach the play-offs.

Sub Garath McCleary handed the Royals the lead before half time, when he chested the ball down and fired through a crowd.

But they allowed Cardiff to snatch a point when Lex Immers headed home after good work by Sammy Ameobi.

Eighth-bottom Reading are eight points clear of the bottom three with nine games left, including a game in hand away to Middlesbrough.

Keep an eye out for our full report and player ratings from our match reporter.