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Cardiff Fans Verdict: Resilient Royals Force A Replay

How the fans reacted to some of the key talking points from another FA Cup draw - this time against Cardiff City.

A youthful-looking Reading team managed to secure a replay, after being subjected to a barrage of Cardiff attacks in the second half. This was especially when Tom McIntyre put a taint on an impressive personal performance, by getting himself sent ten minutes from time.

Bowen made 11 changes from the team that picked up a point at Forest in midweek, and with the Bristol City game on the near horizon, it’s no surprise that the gaffer made those changes. However, what was a surprise was the fact that no key players were named amongst the substitutes.

The bench had an average age of under 20 years old, which made the defending in the last ten minutes even more impressive, finishing the game with Howe, Osho, Burley and Richards as our back four.

Here’s how the fans reacted to some of the key talking points, and there were mixed feelings after the game. Most were impressed with the character shown, but some lamented another game being added to an already packed schedule...

Yakou Meite

After it was revealed that the Ivorian sadly lost his father last weekend, Meite returned to the team on Saturday afternoon and managed to grab himself a goal. As predicted, this was a truly poignant moment.

Meite was clearly emotional during his celebrations. During his celebration, he took his shirt off which displayed a message about the passing of his father. The referee booked him for removing his shirt - surely that law needs to be looked at?

Some things are just more important than football - and this is one of them. The support and love for Yakou was evident on social media after the game...

Forcing a replay

Fans were in two minds regarding a draw, as it isn’t really ideal for us to be playing another fixture. However, the team that played on Saturday against Cardiff (as they did in the replay against Blackpool), showed Bowen and the fans that they won’t lie down and will still put in a valiant performance.

Maybe we weren’t very effective going forward against the Bluebirds, especially in the second half, but the youngsters on the pitch showed a lot of resilience and fight to make sure they didn’t concede again after McIntyre’s red card. Despite this, they do have Sol Bamba to thank for that.

Here’s the best of the fans’ reactions to the Royals setting up yet another replay...

Chanting from the away end

For the second time within the space of a week, a Reading game was interrupted for apparent racist and homophobic chanting coming from supporters. Last week it was Millwall, and this time it was allegedly a section of the Cardiff City fans.

It’s hard to make judgements and opinions when everybody is saying different things on social media regarding the incident. However, what you can say is that if there was actual racist and homophobic chanting, there is no room for that kind of thing anywhere in football or society in general.

It was an incident that once again highlighted an ever-growing flaw within in the beautiful game that needs to be eradicated as soon as possible. This is something the fans wholeheartedly agreed with after the game...

Conclusion

We’re in the hat, and that’s better than being out of the competition I guess. It will be the same team that will play in the replay, I’m sure of that. I’m also sure they will all give a very good account of themselves, ensuring that they stand up for themselves and be counted.

The facts regarding the incident in the first half will become clear over the coming days. Whatever happens or happened though, there is no room for that anywhere in society and the people at the top need to do something. As soon as possible please.

URZ!