Sheff Utd 0-2 Cardiff

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Sheff Utd   0 - 2   Cardiff

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Sheff Utd 0-2 Cardiff

Craig Bellamy inspired Cardiff City back into the Championship's top two at bottom club Sheffield United.

Bellamy curled in a brilliant opener from the left-hand side of the box before going close twice.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas added a second, heading in Chris Burke's right-wing cross from close-range to seal Cardiff's third successive win.

Matthew Lowton and Bjorn Helge Riise went close, but the Blades suffered a third consecutive defeat.

High-flying Cardiff dominated early possession and Bellamy almost put the visitors ahead in the 10th minute as the Bluebirds skipper cut in from the left-hand side.

But United keeper Steve Simonsen made a good one-handed save down to his left-hand side as Bellamy tried to fire low into the far corner.

And from an almost exact angle, Bellamy fired Cardiff into a deserved lead.

Whittingham's cute reverse pass caught United right-back Nyron Nosworthy square and the Wales international cut in from the left to whip the ball right-footed past a helpless Simonsen into the far corner.

Bellamy's ninth goal of the season, moments after Jay Bothroyd's flick from Chris Burke's corner was blocked on the line by Nosworthy, took a wicked deflection to leave Simonsen no chance.

The on-loan Manchester City striker's first goal in 11 games was the record 26th time the Bluebirds had broken the deadlock in a Championship game this season.

Bellamy almost doubled Cardiff's lead just before the half-hour, but Simonsen produced a fine save.

Burke's slick defence-splitting pass caught the frail United backline square but Bellamy's driven strike from just inside the area was brilliantly tipped around the post by the former Everton stopper.

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United had to battle for their only real opening of the first-half but Joe Mattock's 20-yard drive hit Bothroyd in the face instead of testing Cardiff keeper Stephen Bywater.

Bothroyd was up quickly, though, and was soon asking referee Mike Oliver for a penalty after his run into the penalty area was stopped by Matthew Lowton's challenge, but Bothroyd's solitary protest was in vain.

United are in serious danger of relegation to the third-tier, 22 years after leaving that division, and their pressing almost created a chance for Bjorn Helge Riise.

But the Norwegian striker could not extend his legs enough to nudge Stephen Quinn's low, left-wing cross into Bywater's goal.

Cardiff's pacey attackers relished United's need to go forward and the Bothroyd-Bellamy combination almost created a Bluebirds second on the stroke of half-time.

Bothroyd led a slick counter-attack, but from his deep cross from the left, Bellamy sent the shot whizzing over the crossbar.

Micky Adams' men upped the ante after the break and Lowton should have levelled, but the defender's free header from Riise's right-wing corner was easy for Bywater.

Cardiff top-scorer Bothroyd saved his side a goal with a superb last-ditch tackle as Daniel Bogdanovic was primed to pull the trigger from 12 yards.

United had chances as Riise was denied when put through by a last-gasp Kevin McNaughton tackle and Lowton missed another free header with just Bywater to beat.

But the hosts, who had failed to score in 18 of their 41 games this season, were left to rue missed opportunities as substitute Emmanuel-Thomas crashed in his second of the season soon after.

The on-loan Arsenal forward bulldozed in front of two covering defenders to head in Burke's teasing right-wing cross from inside the six yard box to seal their division-best 10th away win this season.

And Norwich's 2-2 at Watford means Cardiff leapfrog the Canaries back into the second automatic promotion place as Dave Jones' men bid for a top-flight return after a 49-year absence.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sheff Utd 0-2 Cardiff FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Bellamy 21
    • Emmanuel-Thomas 71

    Sheff Utd

    • 01 Simonsen
    • 03 Nosworthy (Montgomery 46)
    • 20 Mattock (Maguire 48)
    • 21 Lowry
    • 23 Collins
    • 34 Lowton yellow card
    • 08 Doyle
    • 28 Quinn
    • 38 Riise
    • 07 Henderson (Bent 78)
    • 10 Bogdanovic

    Substitutes

    • 13 Aksalu,
    • 22 Kozluk,
    • 40 Maguire,
    • 04 Montgomery,
    • 24 McAllister,
    • 19 Tonne,
    • 37 Bent

    Cardiff

    • 43 Bywater
    • 02 McNaughton
    • 03 Naylor (Blake 46)
    • 12 Keinan
    • 14 Quinn
    • 07 Whittingham
    • 10 McPhail (Emmanuel-Thomas 48)
    • 11 Burke
    • 20 Olofinjana
    • 09 Bothroyd
    • 39 Bellamy

    Substitutes

    • 22 Heaton,
    • 06 Gyepes,
    • 04 Rae,
    • 19 Koumas,
    • 23 Blake,
    • 25 Emmanuel-Thomas,
    • 27 Matthews
    Ref: OliverAtt: 18,230
    SHEFF UTD
    CARDIFF

    Possession

    • Sheff Utd 41%
    • Cardiff 59%

    Attempts on target

    • Sheff Utd 6
    • Cardiff 10

    Attempts off target

    • Sheff Utd 6
    • Cardiff 6

    Corners

    • Sheff Utd 7
    • Cardiff 6

    Fouls

    • Sheff Utd 5
    • Cardiff 11
    • Final Result
    • 94:18 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:34 Jay Bothroyd concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Doyle. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+2:37 Stephen Quinn takes a shot. Save by Stephen Bywater.
    • 90:00+2:17 The ball is delivered by Bjorn Helge Riise, Dekel Keinan manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:25 The assistant referee flags for offside against Marcus Bent. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.
    • 89:28 Shot from deep inside the area by Matthew Lowton goes over the bar.
    • 89:03 Corner taken by Bjorn Helge Riise from the right by-line played to the near post, Seyi Olofinjana makes a clearance.
    • 87:10 A cross is delivered by Bjorn Helge Riise, Marcus Bent takes a shot. Save by Stephen Bywater.
    • 86:38 Effort on goal by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 86:10 The ball is swung over by Michael Doyle.
    • 85:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Seyi Olofinjana on Matthew Lowton. Free kick crossed by Stephen Quinn, clearance by Kevin McNaughton.
    • 83:26 Shot from just outside the box by Daniel Bogdanovic misses to the right of the goal.
    • 83:21 Darcy Blake delivers the ball.
    • 81:36 The ball is crossed by Bjorn Helge Riise.
    • 80:01 Stephen Quinn fouled by Craig Bellamy, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.
    • 78:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Lowry on Craig Bellamy. Direct free kick taken by Dekel Keinan.
    • 77:05 Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Marcus Bent coming on for Darius Henderson.
    • 76:47 Daniel Bogdanovic takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
    • 76:32 A cross is delivered by Stephen Quinn, Seyi Olofinjana makes a clearance.
    • 74:57 Chris Burke fouled by Michael Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.
    • 73:53 Daniel Bogdanovic delivers the ball, save made by Stephen Bywater.
    • 73:42 Centre by Daniel Bogdanovic, Seyi Olofinjana manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:01 Matthew Lowton produces a cross, save by Stephen Bywater.
    • 70:33 Assist by Chris Burke.
    • 70:33 GOAL - Jay Emmanuel-ThomasSheff Utd 0 - 2 Cardiff Jay Emmanuel-Thomas finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Sheff Utd 0-2 Cardiff.
    • 69:45 The ball is delivered by Matthew Lowton.
    • 68:51 Outswinging corner taken by Stephen Quinn from the left by-line.
    • 68:41 The ball is swung over by Matthew Lowton, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas gets a block in.
    • 66:03 Nick Montgomery delivers the ball, Darius Henderson produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
    • 65:52 Matthew Lowton decides to take the corner short.
    • 65:43 Bjorn Helge Riise takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin McNaughton.
    • 65:05 Corner taken by Chris Burke, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Dekel Keinan goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 64:55 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Harry Maguire gets a block in.
    • 64:22 Foul by Matthew Lowton on Jay Bothroyd, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kevin McNaughton.
    • 64:22 Booking Caution for Matthew Lowton.
    • 63:52 Corner taken right-footed by Bjorn Helge Riise, save by Stephen Bywater.
    • 58:37 The ball is swung over by Stephen Quinn, Kevin McNaughton makes a clearance.
    • 57:41 Shot from just outside the box by Matthew Lowton goes over the bar.
    • 57:31 A cross is delivered by Stephen Quinn, clearance by Darcy Blake.
    • 57:13 Chris Burke sends in a cross, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.
    • 55:17 Shane Lowry sends in a cross, Darcy Blake makes a clearance.
    • 54:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Whittingham on Nick Montgomery. Shane Lowry takes the direct free kick.
    • 52:53 The offside flag is raised against Bjorn Helge Riise. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.
    • 51:49 The referee blows for offside against Daniel Bogdanovic. Direct free kick taken by Darcy Blake.
    • 50:59 Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Quinn from the right by-line, Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Save by Stephen Bywater.
    • 49:44 Seyi Olofinjana has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 49:26 The ball is swung over by Chris Burke, clearance by Neill Collins.
    • 49:04 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Nick Montgomery.
    • 47:54 Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Harry Maguire coming on for Joe Mattock.
    • 47:17 Headed effort from close range by Darius Henderson goes wide left of the target.
    • 47:17 Substitution Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is brought on as a substitute for Stephen McPhail.
    • 46:37 Craig Bellamy concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Montgomery. Shane Lowry restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:38 The ball is sent over by Bjorn Helge Riise.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • 45:01 Substitution Lee Naylor leaves the field to be replaced by Darcy Blake.
    • 45:01 Substitution Nick Montgomery comes on in place of Nyron Nosworthy.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:17 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+1:28 The ball is crossed by Jay Bothroyd, Craig Bellamy produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 45:00+1:16 The ball is sent over by Joe Mattock, clearance made by Lee Naylor.
    • 45:00+1:11 A cross is delivered by Bjorn Helge Riise, Kevin McNaughton makes a clearance.
    • 45:00+0:56 A cross is delivered by Bjorn Helge Riise, Seyi Olofinjana manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:00+0:43 Short corner worked by Bjorn Helge Riise.
    • 45:00+0:35 Stephen Quinn crosses the ball, blocked by Paul Quinn.
    • 43:36 The ball is sent over by Daniel Bogdanovic, Paul Quinn makes a clearance.
    • 43:28 The ball is sent over by Stephen Quinn.
    • 42:34 Centre by Stephen Quinn, save made by Stephen Bywater.
    • 39:01 The ball is sent over by Craig Bellamy.
    • 37:42 The ball is swung over by Peter Whittingham, Shot on goal by Chris Burke from just inside the area goes over the target.
    • 37:16 The ball is delivered by Michael Doyle, save by Stephen Bywater.
    • 34:18 Lee Naylor takes a shot. Neill Collins gets a block in.
    • 33:50 The ball is crossed by Daniel Bogdanovic, clearance by Kevin McNaughton.
    • 33:14 Centre by Stephen Quinn, clearance made by Dekel Keinan.
    • 32:45 Effort from 20 yards by Joe Mattock. Jay Bothroyd gets a block in.
    • 31:00 Foul by Darius Henderson on Kevin McNaughton, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.
    • 27:01 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the left by-line, Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot. Save made by Steve Simonsen.
    • 26:49 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a save.
    • 26:14 The ball is delivered by Joe Mattock.
    • 24:57 The ball is sent over by Peter Whittingham, clearance made by Neill Collins.
    • 24:44 Joe Mattock sends in a cross, save made by Stephen Bywater.
    • 23:17 Foul by Shane Lowry on Dekel Keinan, free kick awarded. Stephen Bywater takes the free kick.
    • 22:50 Foul by Dekel Keinan on Darius Henderson, free kick awarded. Michael Doyle restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:07 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Burke.
    • 20:16 Peter Whittingham provided the assist for the goal.
    • 20:16 GOAL - Craig BellamySheff Utd 0 - 1 Cardiff A goal is scored by Craig Bellamy from just inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 0-1 Cardiff.
    • 19:32 The ball is crossed by Bjorn Helge Riise.
    • 17:58 Chris Burke takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Jay Bothroyd produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 17:31 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Burke from the right by-line played to the near post, Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Blocked by Nyron Nosworthy.
    • 17:18 Peter Whittingham crosses the ball, Chris Burke takes a shot. Joe Mattock gets a block in.
    • 16:43 The ball is crossed by Peter Whittingham, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:54 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.
    • 15:35 Bjorn Helge Riise takes a shot. Dekel Keinan gets a block in.
    • 14:54 Shot by Seyi Olofinjana from 25 yards. Save by Steve Simonsen.
    • 14:28 Centre by Stephen Quinn, Kevin McNaughton manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:09 Kevin McNaughton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn. Free kick crossed right-footed by Bjorn Helge Riise, Dekel Keinan makes a clearance.
    • 12:15 Nyron Nosworthy fouled by Craig Bellamy, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Mattock.
    • 10:39 Unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Lee Naylor results in a free kick. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 10:18 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a save.
    • 10:18 Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.
    • 10:13 Centre by Paul Quinn.
    • 7:07 The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, clearance made by Shane Lowry.
    • 6:57 Centre by Chris Burke, Matthew Lowton makes a clearance.
    • 6:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Lee Naylor. Nyron Nosworthy takes the free kick.
    • 5:20 The ball is swung over by Stephen Quinn.
    • 4:59 Corner taken short by Stephen Quinn.
    • 3:48 The ball is delivered by Peter Whittingham, clearance by Shane Lowry.
    • 0:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Bothroyd on Nyron Nosworthy. Michael Doyle takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 12 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 41 38 82
    2 Cardiff 41 21 72
    3 Norwich 41 18 71
    4 Swansea 41 19 70
    5 Reading 41 24 69
    6 Leeds 41 10 64
    7 Nott'm Forest 41 11 63
    8 Millwall 41 13 61
    9 Leicester 41 4 60
    10 Hull 41 4 60
    11 Watford 41 11 57
    12 Burnley 40 0 57
    13 Ipswich 41 1 56
    14 Portsmouth 41 -3 55
    15 Bristol City 41 -5 54
    16 Barnsley 41 -11 50
    17 Coventry 41 -4 49
    18 Middlesbrough 40 -7 49
    19 Derby 41 -7 48
    20 Doncaster 41 -21 45
    21 Crystal Palace 41 -22 43
    22 Scunthorpe 41 -40 37
    23 Preston 41 -23 36
    24 Sheff Utd 41 -31 35

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