Cardiff City host Reading tonight in the npower Championship Play-Off semi-final second leg, looking to reach Wembley for the second season in succession.

The first leg ended goalless, with goalscoring opportunities few and far between but now the sides are just 90 minutes away from facing Swansea City in the final for a place in the Barclays Premier League.

Cardiff have lost just four times at home this season against Swansea City, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough and Player of the Season Kevin McNaughton believes composure is the key: "We always knew we were going to get a tough battle against Reading at the Madejski Stadium to be honest with you," he told

"It was a hard fought draw for sure, but I think we would probably have settled for that at the beginning of the game knowing we could then take them back to Cardiff with things level.

"Composure will be key. I think both teams were a bit edgy on Friday, neither having played their proper game.

"There was a lot of direct football and trying to feed off scraps - whoever is the most composed on Tuesday will have the best chance of pushing through to the final."

Reading were knocked out at this stage of the Play-Offs two years ago so they also know all about the disappointmentbutManager Brian McDermott is taking this game like any other, as he told

"In the Play-Offs there's a lot of hype, every game is a big occasion, but our philosophy is always just to win the next game.

"I was listening to Roberto Martinez the other day, he was talking about not playing the occasion and that's a very good point. You have to play the game, not the occasion.

"I enjoyed the first game and I'm determined to enjoy the next one. I wasn't frightened of losing, I was trying to win. That's how we play, you could see that, we were on the front foot.

"It was a tough game with two committed sides, a fourth draw in four games between us. It was a tough, tough game, but the play-offs are always tight. It wasn't free flowing but it was intriguing."


So far all three meetings between the two sides this season have ended all square but something will have to give over the next 90 minutes.

The first match came in November at the Madejski Stadium when Jay Bothroyd's 77th minute strike cancelled out Noel Hunt's early opener.

The return match at the Cardiff City Stadium, at the beginning of February, saw two goals scored deep in injury time.

Mikele Leigertwood opened the scoring for the visitors before Bothroyd equalised just after the restart. Mathieu Manset, on as a second half substitute for the Royals, thought he'd given his side all three points when he scored his first goal for the club. But there was still time for Craig Bellamy to equalise seven minutes into injury time.

The third and final meeting obviously came on Friday night in Reading when neither side could break the deadlock.

Historically there is nothing to separate these sides either, with both teams having won 19 of the 55 meetings, while 18 have ended all square.

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