Adam Federici - 7
Our Australian keeper had little do between the posts Saturday afternoon, did what he needed to do and couldn't do much about the goal.
Jordan Obita - 6
The 21 year-old left-back looked comfortable when up against the pace of the Welsh opposition. Going forward Obita managed a few crosses and exchanged some decent passes but otherwise he was a little isolated on the left flank.
Michael Hector - 7
Hector played solidly in another decent performance from the youngster. His partnership with Alex Pearce was a little shaky but his command of the defence was apparent once more. I noticed he wasn't bad running forward either as he passed a few Cardiff players on a number of occasions. Hector also saw a header crash against the crossbar in the second half.
Alex Pearce - 6
Pearce, whose contract is coming to an end soon, had a shaky performance at the heart of the Royals' defence. He was awkward on the ball yet did make a few impressive tackles and decent interceptions.
Chris Gunter - 7
Gunter, yet again, gave a top-quality performance which showed us why he deserved his contract extension in midweek. The Welshman had good interceptions and was influential going forward with McCleary.
Hal Robson-Kanu - 6
The winger showed some good skill on the ball but ultimately lacked killer instinct in front of goal with his display nowhere near as good as in FA Cup games against Derby, Cardiff and Bradford. He was replaced in the second half by Nick Blackman.
Hope Akpan - 7
The former Crawley midfielder settled well in to a much-changed Reading midfield alongside debutant Nathan Ake. Akpan showed some promise in possession and made no noticeable mistakes. An admirable performance.
Nathan Ake - 8
To put it simply; my man-of-the-match. Chelsea's young central midfielder made his full debut for Reading after signing an initial one-month loan with the Berkshire side earlier this week. He commanded the game well and quickly settled into a solid partnership with Hope Akpan. His clever passing and amazing technical ability when in possession gave many Reading fans a lot to talk about on the journey home.
Garath McCleary - 7
The Jamaican's pace forced numerous Cardiff mistakes and created a couple of chances. It was his knockdown that gained himself an assist for Pavel Pogrebnyak's goal. Replaced late on in the tie by Oli Norwood.
Jamie Mackie - 7
Once again, the frontman on loan from Forest was tireless in his attempts to infiltrate the Bluebird's defence. He didn't stop running until he was replaced by debutant loanee Kwesi Appiah late in the second-half.
Pavel Pogrebnyak - 8
Our big Russian scored his third goal in two games and was constantly pestering the Cardiff defence. Yet again he never gave the opposition time on the ball and set a decent attacking precedent for the rest of the Royals' side to follow.
Oliver Norwood - 5
Didn't have much of an impact on the game, having come on for Garath McCleary in the 74th minute.
Kwesi Appiah - 7
The striker on loan from Crystal Palace made his debut for Reading coming off the bench and looked really sharp. His rapid pace enabled him to create some chances for his new teammates and even a couple he perhaps should've scored himself. A promising display from the youngster.
Nick Blackman - NA
Only on for five minutes so goes ungraded.