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FA Cup fourth round: Reading win 2-1 at Cardiff to make last 16

Hal Robson-Kanu scored a late winner as Reading came from behind to win 2-1 at Cardiff and claim a place in the FA Cup fifth round.

Wales international Robson-Kanu, on as an 82nd minute substitute, swept home Jordan Obita's cross six minutes later after Oliver Norwood had cancelled out Kenwyne Jones' first-half header for the Bluebirds.

Cardiff had beaten Reading 2-1 at home when the two sides met in the Sky Bet Championship in November, but much has changed for both clubs since.

Steve Clarke succeeded Nigel Adkins as Reading manager in December and Russell Slade has overseen the great Cardiff clear-out, with John Brayford the latest to depart as Sheffield United announced the capture of their former defender close to kick-off.

Reading began brightly with Norwood firing over and Nathaniel Chalobah's shot being pushed out to safety by home goalkeeper Simon Moore.

Cardiff failed to muster a single shot in the opening quarter with Reading's only moment of anxiety caused by a Peter Whittingham free-kick which drifted wide of an unmanned back post.

But the Bluebirds suddenly burst into life when Alex Revell fed his strike partner Jones and the Trinidadian's smart turn allowed him the space to test Adam Federici from 20 yards.

Jones was not to be denied, though, as moments later he lost his marker from a Whittingham corner and planted a firm header well beyond Federici's reach for his 12th goal of the season and his sixth in the last eight games.

Moore reacted quickly to deny Pavel Pogrebnyak twice in the same Reading attack but the contest meandered its way to half-time with minimal quality on show.

Reading had to force the pace and Norwood's deflected drive within two minutes of the re-start brought a fingertip save from Moore.

The Royals were firmly in the ascendancy but some decent approach play was being betrayed by a final pass going astray.

But they deservedly levelled when former Royal Sean Morrison went into the back of Pogrebnyak just outside the edge of the area and Norwood dispatched a stunning free-kick for his first Reading goal.

Obita had a low drive saved by Moore and Craig Noone mishit a couple of shooting opportunities but the game appeared destined for a Madejski Stadium replay until Robson-Kanu scored, just as had done at this ground for his country against Cyprus in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

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  • FA Cup fourth round: Reading win 2-1 at Cardiff to make last 16

  • Hal Robson-Kanu scored a late winner as Reading came from behind to win 2-1 at Cardiff and claim a place in the FA Cup fifth round.

  • FA Cup: Reading manager Steve Clarke savours success at Cardiff

  • Reading manager Steve Clarke savoured the winning feeling at Cardiff after Reading came from behind for a 2-1 FA Cup win.

  • Transfer news: Royston Drenthe's time at Reading over

  • Royston Drenthe has left Sky Bet Championship club Reading and signed for Turkish side Kayseri Erciyesspor.

  • Transfer news: Reading take Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah on loan

  • Reading have signed Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah on loan until the end of the season.

  • Tanner signs for AFC Wimbledon

  • AFC Wimbledon have signed rookie Reading striker Craig Tanner on loan until the end of the season.

  • Transfer news: Slovenian defender Jure Travner makes Reading move

  • Reading have completed the short-term signing of Slovenian left-back Jure Travner.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Reading manager Steve Clarke limited to loan deals

  • Reading boss Steve Clarke admits he will be restricted to bringing in players on loan this month.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Reading manager Steve Clarke targets FA Cup boost

  • Reading boss Steve Clarke has targeted an FA Cup run to raise spirits at the Madejski Stadium.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Bryan Ruiz grabs late 2-1 win for Fulham against Reading

  • Bryan Ruiz struck a stoppage-time winner to give Fulham a 2-1 home victory over Reading at Craven Cottage and arrest their run of three Sky Bet Championship defeats.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Manager Kit Symons says Bryan Ruiz is committed to Fulham

  • Fulham manager Kit Symons insists Bryan Ruiz is fully committed to the club despite the fact the midfielder could walk away for free this summer.

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