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Ahead of the start of the new season, Steve Morison suggested that supporters could look forward to seeing a different side to the one that flirted with a relegation battle in 2021-22.
With one game gone, Morison can claim to be living up to his word, Cardiff outfighting Norwich to prevail by the odd goal in a game which saw both teams have a man sent off.
Morison would have preferred not to have played 12 minutes of the closing stages at a player disadvantage, but it created a scenario where his players – new and old – needed to show a test of character.
They ultimately came through with flying colours, posting a result which has naturally increased expectations among a fanbase who want reassurance that last season was nothing more than a blip.
Nevertheless, Cardiff’s starting lineup last weekend featured as many as eight debutants, and it will take time for consistency to follow the energy and commitment which was provided against the Canaries.
Having praised his side for their second-half performance at Blackpool, Ince may opt to stick with the same Reading XI.
Shane Long is likely to be given longer to build up his fitness, resulting in another outing among the replacements.
Sam Hutchinson, Scott Dann, Femi Azeez and Lucas Joao all remain out on contention through injury.
Cardiff will be without Perry Ng due to the red card that he collected in the win over Norwich.
Curtis Nelson is expected to deputise in the middle of the backline, but Morison may select the remainder of the team which impressed last time out.
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Reading possible starting lineup:
Lumley; Yiadom, Holmes, McIntyre; Hoilett, Fornah, Hendrick, Guinness-Walker; Ince, Meite, Ejaria
Cardiff City possible starting lineup:
Allsop; Romeo, Nelson, Kipre, Collins; Wintle, Rinomhota; Ojo, Sawyers, O’Dowda; Watters