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Steve Chambers

A sporting all-rounder, who loves everything from horse racing to football, and cricket to rugby league.  Victorious in the sports round on my only TV appearance on Eggheads!

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10:32
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Ruiter Praises Sunderland Defenders After Goalless Draw With Wolves
Steve Chambers
The Sportsman Reporter
Robbin Ruiter heaped praise on his Sunderland teammates at the weekend, as the struggling Black Cats managed to grab a gutsy goalless draw with high-flying…
22:18
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Cardiff Strike Late To Bag 2-2 Draw With Reading
Steve Chambers
The Sportsman Reporter
Cardiff City scored two goals in the last ten minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw with Reading in a pulsating Championship contest at the Madejski…
21:54
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Tomlin Equalises Late On

Amazing scenes at the Madejski Stadium, as Lee Tomlin equalises for Cardiff City in injury time.

Sol Bamba's head clatters off the crossbar, and falls to Tomlin, who rifles a shot which hits the bar, but this time it bounces down behind the line, and the comeback is complete.

Three minutes to go of injury time.

Could we have a winner?

21:45
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Bennett Scores For Cardiff

Cardiff aren't done yet.

A sublime volley from left-back Joe Bennett hands the visitors a glimmer of hope, as we head into the last seven minutes of the match.

Reading fail to clear a cross, and the ball rebounds to Bennett, who sweetly strikes the ball past Mannone.

Cardiff are sure to throw everything at Reading in the closing stages here.

21:39
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Cardiff Huffing And Puffing, As Warnock Is Dismissed

Cardiff are struggling to land any sort of blow on Reading, and to add insult to injury referee Steve Martin, who had earlier spoken to disgruntled Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock, has decided to send the Cardiff boss to the stands.

Much to the enjoyment of the Madejski Stadium crowd.

As Warnock departs, the mercurial Lee Tomlin is on for Callum Paterson.

21:28
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Reading Back In Control

Reading have been able to withstand Cardiff's early attacking onslaught, and the home side have now regained the initiative, with the Bluebirds struggling to maintain possession of the ball.

Unsurprisingly, Neil Warnock is getting vocal on the touchline with referee Steve Martin having already had a word with the passionate veteran manager.

21:17
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Hoilett Misses A Sitter

Junior Hoilett is the latest Cardiff player to have a chance, and this time it's a golden opportunity, but he somehow heads wide.

The ball came in from the left wing, and Hoilett was left unmarked, but as he set himself, the on-rushing Mannone in the Reading goal does enough to take Hoilett's mind off the header, and with the goal open he heads wide.

Huge chance.

21:13
Football
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Helter Skelter Start To Second Half

It's a superb start to the second half at the Madejski Stadium with both sides having notable chances to score.

Firstly, Vito Mannone in the Reading goal snaffles a through ball from Mendez-Laing, while down the other end, Sone Aluko shoots just over the bar, as he looks to hand Reading a third.

Stam will certainly want his side to shut up shot defensively, but Cardiff are showing some significant attacking intent.

Fascinating.

21:06
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Back Under Way At Madejski

The teams are back out at the Madejski.

Can Cardiff bounce back after a disappointing first half, or will Reading hold their advantage.

Reading lead 2-0.

20:49
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Reading Lead 2-0 At Half-Time

Having held the upper hand in the first 15 minutes, it's Cardiff's defensive frailties that have seen Reading head into the break with a 2-0 lead.

A Callum Paterson own goal was followed by a late Modou Barrow goal, and it's Neil Warnock that will have to galvanise his side for the second half, while Jaap Stam can head into the changing rooms with a significant spring in his step, as his Reading side have blossomed as the game has progressed.

20:45
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Barrow Doubles Reading's Lead

It's 2-0 to Reading at the Madejski, as Modou Barrow shoots from 25 yards, and the ball bounces through a host of bodies, and goes past Neil Etheridge.

Cardiff are able to clear a corner, but the ball fell to Barrow outside the box, and his low left foot shot is touched by Joe Bennett, and it wrong foots Etheridge, and it's Stam's men that will head into half-time with a two-goal advantage.

20:36
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Morrison Replaced By Peltier

Neil Warnock is forced to make a substitute as former Reading player and Cardiff captain Sean Morrison is replaced by Lee Peltier, as we head into the final ten minutes of the first.

Ever-present under Warnock, Morrison is one of the key men for Cardiff, so that is a huge blow for the Bluebirds, who have only had a Junior Hoillett chance go wide in the last 15 minutes.

20:29
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Reading Growing In Stature

Since taking the lead Reading have been a completely different side, with some smart passing by the Royals causing Cardiff problems.

It's Neil Warnock's job now to try and get his side back on the ball, and try and regain the initiative, after dominating before that calamitous own goal for Paterson.

Cracking game.

20:19
Football
football
Reading Lead Through Pateron OG

Just as I say it's Cardiff looking dominant, a glaring error by the Welsh side hands Reading the lead.

A corner is whipped in by Liam Kelly, but as the Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge comes to collect, it's Callum Paterson that jumps in front of him, and the full-back can only deflect the ball into the unmanned net.

A surprise lead for Reading, but Jaap Stam won't care one iota how his side get in front.

20:15
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football
Cardiff On Top

Second-placed Cardiff have made the brighter start, and the long throws of Callum Paterson are causing the Reading rearguard trouble.

A rocket throw from Paterson was flicked on by Reading defender Paul McShane, but Omar Bogle fails to react, and the ball gets caught in his feet, and the Royals get the ball away.

A chance for Bogle, who makes his first start since being sent off against Bristol City several weeks ago.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is the next to have a chance, but having created some space on the left-hand side of the six-yard box, he strikes the ball straight at Vito Mannone.

Bright start for the visitors.

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