It was far from glamorous but Reading fought hard in South Wales and grabbed all three points thanks to Yann Kermorgant's goal a minute from the end.
Tyler Blackett and Liam Moore were included for debuts by Jaap Stam, with Blackett in for Obita at left-back and Moore replacing the injured John Swift, with Joey van den Berg moving into the midfield.
Reading dominated possession from the onset yet barely managed an effort in the first period, with a Yann Kermorgant blocked effort about the closest they came in a 45 minutes that didn't see them register a shot on target. Cardiff meanwhile kept Al-Habsi a bit busier, though there was relatively little to pick between the two teams. The main talking point of the first half came midway through it, as Roy Beerens thought he'd been hauled back illegally by Lee Peltier when through on goal, only for the referee to wave away the protests.
Into the second-half and Reading slowly began to look more dangerous in front of goal, with Beerens having a glorious chance to get us in front, only to fluff his opportunity from eight yards out. Danny Williams and Kermorgant also had openings but then a minute from time, they finally made a breakthrough as substitute Obita crossed for Kermorgant to fire home.
1-0 it finished and it's a fantastic way to go into the International break.
Hugh will be along with a full match report and ratings later this weekend so stay tuned for that.
Reading: Al-Habsi, Blackett (Obita), McShane, Moore, Gunter, Van den Berg, Evans (Quinn), Williams, Beerens, McCleary, Kermorgant
Points Change on 2015/16 (52): +1
Points Change on 2005/06 (106): -3
Points Change on 1997/98 (42): +6
Projected Points Total: 64