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Late Bellamy strike rescues point for Cardiff

Dave Jones was a relieved Cardiff boss after Craig Bellamy's last-gasp free-kick rescued a crucial Championship point from in the 2-2 home draw with Reading. The Royals looked to have sealed the win when they regained the lead in added time only for Bellamy to level from 30 yards.

Jones said: "I don't think we got going until we scored. In the second half, we drove forward and should have scored a second before they did as we were much the better side. But it was two poor goals to give away and we allowed them to get in front."

He added: "In my book, it was a free-kick in the last minute but we were penalised a lot during the game when we couldn't understand why.

"There is still a lot of football to be played this season and we would have liked a win but we've gained a point against another top team."

Reading boss Brian McDermott was frustrated with the amount injury time played.

McDermott said: "I don't know where those seven minutes came from at the end of the game after the referee signalled that only four would be added on.

"Our goal came in the 92nd minute and it was quite bizarre that Cardiff's equaliser came in the 97th minute and I still don't know how the referee came up with all that added time.

"When we made it 2-1, I thought we had it won but then the referee came in with a massive decision to award a free-kick. I have seen it again and still can't understand why he gave that decision."

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