Neil Harris is able to relax a little after a hectic transfer deadline day, when he unveiled two new signings, allowed full-back Lee Peltier to leave the Bluebirds and battled against the Royals.

The result means Cardiff City have suffered only one defeat in their last 12 fixtures – in all competitions – although eight of those have been drawn, while the lone loss was 6-1 at Queens Park Rangers.

Albert Adomah and Dion Sanderson are Cardiff’s latest arrivals, while manager Harris now prepares his team for a third clash with Reading in 11 days; this time an FA Cup replay at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday.

Winger Adomah is cup-tied having already played for Nottingham Forest in the cup, but Sanderson is available.

Harris was clearly upset after his team failed to beat Reading in the SkyBet Championship clash on Friday, saying: “We were the only team that deserved to win it.

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“I’m extremely disappointed. The atmosphere was good, certainly in the second half when we were on the front foot and played well. Our supporters got behind us.

“We changed things in the second half, and I was really pleased with the lads and how they adapted. We forced the ball into a lot of good areas.”

Faced with a 3-5-2 formation, the boss made two half-time substitutions, sending on Leandro Bacuna and Danny Ward.

“Reading changed their shape, which was a surprise,” said Harris. “Even in the first half they only had three shots and it was disappointing to be behind at half-time. But we had to adapt and we made those adjustment to our shape.

“That allowed us to get a higher press, and with two out-and-out strikers to run the channels we caused some more problems.

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“Four points from a possible six is an okay return, but we’d loved to have had six. We’ve had a tough run of fixtures over the last six weeks, both in terms of schedule and opponents.

“Now we have a run of fixtures coming up which we need to win if we’re going to have a chance of the play-offs.

“Tuesday’s cup tie presents an opportunity for other players, especially those who didn’t start tonight. Some of those lads need a chance to play, and they’ll have a chance. It’s an opportunity to freshen up on Tuesday.”

Former Wales international Mark Bowen is Reading’s manager and he said: “Cardiff is a difficult place and it was a difficult game, which shows with the home record Cardiff have got.

“They ask questions of you for 90 minutes, put balls in good areas and you have to stand up to the challenge. All in all it was a battle of a game and from my point of view we can demand more quality and a cool head.

“It was a hard-earned point.”

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Former Aston Villa and Bristol City player Adomah, aged 32, has started in only five Forest Championship matches this season and he comes in on loan with winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing ruled out for the season with a knee injury.

Sanderson, a 20-year-old Wales defender, has joined Cardiff with right-back Peltier now at West Brom, having agree a loan move by ‘mutual agreement’.

‘Pelts’ joins the Baggies until the end of this season. He has been with Cardiff for five years and made more than 160 league and cup appearances.

“Sometimes you just have to say thank you, well done for what you’ve done here and good luck to new challenges that might be seen as a great opportunity,” said Harris.

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“I’m not a manager who wants to stand in people’s way for those opportunities. Family will always come first for me. Football will always be second.

“It’s hugely important, yes, but opportunity and family life is always key.”

Yakou Meite fired Reading ahead after eight minutes on Friday, while Callum Paterson equalised with his fifth goal of the season 20 minutes from the end. Paterson and substitute Ward had team up in a two-man Cardiff attack by then and the Royals came under increasing pressure.

City are unbeaten in their last seven fixtures in all competitions, but have drawn 13 of their 30 league matches this season and must start turning those close battles into wins if they are to challenge for a play-offs place.