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Cardiff 0-0 Leicester

Leicester striker Darius Vassell hit the crossbar in injury-time as the Foxes and Cardiff's second meeting in four days ended goalless.

Cardiff had defeated Leicester in the Carling Cup but Vassell could not quite snatch revenge with his late header.

Substitute Rob Earnshaw had earlier cleared a header off the line from Leicester's Lee Peltier.

Rudy Gestade had Cardiff's best chance in the second half but his shot was blocked by Matt Mills.

The Foxes remain unbeaten away from home in the league but with just three wins in eight Championship fixtures, while Cardiff have not lost in eight matches.

As expected both teams bore little resemblance to the sides that contested the midweek Carling Cup fixture, which Cardiff had won 7-6 on penalties.

The Welsh team's line-up showed eight changes, while defender Matt Mills was the only player to retain his place in Leicester's starting XI.

However, it took the new-look teams time to settle and the opening 15 minutes was a tame affair, although it was the visitors who had the better of the few early opportunities.

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Mills' header from a free-kick failed to trouble David Marshall and the Cardiff keeper later dealt comfortably with Peltier's weak shot from close range.

Vassell caused problems with a surging run into the Cardiff area. The Bluebirds failed to clear the ball, which ended at the feet of Andy King, whose volley from the edge of the box flew wide of Marshall's left post.

Cardiff, who had created little up until then, were forced into a change on 24 minutes, with Earnshaw replacing the injured Craig Conway.

Earnshaw was in the thick of the action almost immediately, but he dwelled too long when in space in the Foxes box and Leicester were able to clear the danger.

The Wales striker then showed his defensive qualities when he superbly cleared Peltier's header off the line following Richie Wellens' corner.

Cardiff had by now settled into the game and Don Cowie was denied by Schmeichel before Peter Whittingham's long-range effort nearly caught out the keeper.

Both sides looked evenly matched, with Leicester's Mills firing across the six-yard box from a knock-down and King once again going close.

The Bluebirds were forced to make their second change of the half on 41 minutes when substitute Earnshaw left the field with an injury to be replaced by Rudy Gestade.

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This was the first time this season the Bluebirds had failed to score at Cardiff City Stadium

It got worse for Cardiff, who made their third substitution at the break as Welsh international Darcy Blake replaced captain Mark Hudson.

Despite that, Malky Mackay's team enjoyed a sustained period of pressure after the restart and Whittingham's shot was blocked by Sol Bamba before Kenny Miller fired over the bar.

They were awarded a free-kick when Gestade was felled by Yuki Abe on the edge of the penalty area, but Whittingham could only find the side netting.

Leicester too could not take advantage when they were awarded a free-kick, with Paul Konchesky's effort saved by Marshall, who also tipped over Wellens' resultant corner.

A storming run down the right wing by full-back Kevin McNaughton created an opportunity for Gestade, but Mills did well to block the Frenchman's shot.

Cardiff's performance was in stark contrast to their first-half display and they were looking the likelier of the two sides to score.

Whittingham in particular was looking dangerous but he sliced an effort wide from outside the penalty area on 70 minutes and after that miss it was the visiting side who were on top.

Vassell and Andy King both went close before Vassell wasted a glorious chance in stoppage-time when his header from eight-yards struck the crossbar.

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Sunday, 25 September 2011

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cardiff 0-0 Leicester FT
(HT 0-0)

      Cardiff

      • 01 Marshall
      • 02 McNaughton
      • 05 Hudson (Blake 46)
      • 06 Gerrard
      • 18 Naylor
      • 04 Kiss
      • 07 Whittingham
      • 08 Cowie yellow card
      • 11 Conway (Earnshaw 25) (Gestede 43)
      • 17 Gunnarsson
      • 09 Miller

      Substitutes

      • 29 Parish,
      • 23 Blake,
      • 10 Earnshaw,
      • 15 Gestede,
      • 20 Mason

      Leicester

      • 01 Schmeichel
      • 02 Peltier
      • 03 Konchesky yellow card
      • 05 Mills
      • 06 Bamba yellow card
      • 10 King
      • 19 Wellens yellow card
      • 22 Abe
      • 26 Fernandes (Johnson 74)
      • 13 Vassell
      • 20 Beckford (Shclupp 72)

      Substitutes

      • 21 Weale,
      • 04 Pantsil,
      • 17 Johnson,
      • 23 Danns,
      • 27 Shclupp
      Ref: HaywoodAtt: 21,154
      CARDIFF
      LEICESTER

      Possession

      • Cardiff 46%
      • Leicester 54%

      Attempts on target

      • Cardiff 7
      • Leicester 8

      Attempts off target

      • Cardiff 4
      • Leicester 6

      Corners

      • Cardiff 4
      • Leicester 4

      Fouls

      • Cardiff 16
      • Leicester 13
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:29 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
      • 90:00+3:30 Andy King challenges Kevin McNaughton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
      • 90:00+3:15 Centre by Lee Peltier, Darius Vassell takes a shot.
      • 90:00+2:48 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Anthony Gerrard misses to the left of the goal.
      • 90:00+1:49 Kevin McNaughton restarts play with the free kick.
      • 90:00+1:49 Booking Richie Wellens is shown a yellow card.
      • 90:00+1:45 Richie Wellens concedes a free kick for a foul on Filip Kiss.
      • 90:00+0:57 Strike from close range by Andy King clears the bar.
      • 88:21 Foul by Filip Kiss on Richie Wellens, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Paul Konchesky.
      • 86:54 Darius Vassell produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
      • 86:30 The ball is swung over by Paul Konchesky, Filip Kiss manages to make a clearance.
      • 83:17 Filip Kiss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Konchesky. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Paul Konchesky from left wing, clearance by Darcy Blake.
      • 82:49 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 81:29 Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Peter Whittingham.
      • 81:29 Booking Booking for Souleymane Bamba.
      • 81:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson by Souleymane Bamba.
      • 79:10 Corner taken by Richie Wellens from the right by-line, clearance made by Rudy Gestede.
      • 76:52 Peter Whittingham delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 76:52 Booking Paul Konchesky goes into the book.
      • 76:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Konchesky on Kevin McNaughton.
      • 76:13 Unfair challenge on Michael Johnson by Filip Kiss results in a free kick. Souleymane Bamba takes the free kick.
      • 74:54 Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 74:54 Booking Don Cowie is shown a yellow card.
      • 74:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy King by Lee Naylor.
      • 73:03 Substitution Michael Johnson on for Gelson Fernandes.
      • 73:03 Shot from a long way out by Lee Naylor goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 72:22 Foul by Jeffery Schlupp on Darcy Blake, free kick awarded. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
      • 71:13 Substitution Jeffery Schlupp is brought on as a substitute for Jermaine Beckford.
      • 70:16 Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
      • 67:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Beckford by Lee Naylor. Free kick taken by Matt Mills.
      • 66:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Filip Kiss on Andy King. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.
      • 64:23 Foul by Aron Gunnarsson on Andy King, free kick awarded. Matt Mills takes the direct free kick.
      • 63:28 Paul Konchesky takes a shot from 30 yards. Save by David Marshall.
      • 62:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Aron Gunnarsson. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.
      • 61:12 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line played to the near post.
      • 60:27 Kevin McNaughton fouled by Jermaine Beckford, the ref awards a free kick. David Marshall takes the free kick.
      • 59:38 The ball is sent over by Lee Naylor.
      • 58:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Naylor by Yuki Abe. Lee Naylor takes the direct free kick.
      • 57:31 Rudy Gestede takes a shot. Matt Mills gets a block in.
      • 56:13 The ball is delivered by Lee Peltier, clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.
      • 55:13 Foul by Darcy Blake on Jermaine Beckford, free kick awarded. Paul Konchesky restarts play with the free kick.
      • 54:59 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kenny Miller. Souleymane Bamba restarts play with the free kick.
      • 51:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy King by Aron Gunnarsson. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Paul Konchesky, save by David Marshall. Corner taken by Richie Wellens, save made by David Marshall. Outswinging corner taken by Richie Wellens, Foul by Darius Vassell on David Marshall, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
      • 51:00 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham played to the near post, clearance made by Andy King.
      • 50:09 Handball by Kenny Miller. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
      • 49:45 Souleymane Bamba challenges Rudy Gestede unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin McNaughton.
      • 48:21 Yuki Abe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rudy Gestede. Peter Whittingham shoots direct from the free kick.
      • 45:48 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Blocked by Souleymane Bamba. Don Cowie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Andy King.
      • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
      • 45:01 Substitution (Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Darcy Blake coming on for Mark Hudson.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+2:02 It is the end of the first-half.
      • 45:00+1:26 Peter Whittingham decides to take the corner short.
      • 45:00+0:05 Rudy Gestede is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 41:02 Peter Whittingham produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Andy King gets a block in.
      • 41:02 Substitution Robert Earnshaw goes off and Rudy Gestede comes on.
      • 41:02 The referee gives a free kick against Souleymane Bamba for handball.
      • 40:24 Kenny Miller is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 37:20 Unfair challenge on Lee Peltier by Robert Earnshaw results in a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
      • 36:39 Andy King has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
      • 35:19 Unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson by Andy King results in a free kick. Aron Gunnarsson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 34:10 Foul by Anthony Gerrard on Jermaine Beckford, free kick awarded. Paul Konchesky crosses the ball, Shot by Matt Mills from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
      • 32:56 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 31:57 Paul Konchesky produces a cross.
      • 30:28 Unfair challenge on Yuki Abe by Kenny Miller results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richie Wellens.
      • 29:11 Don Cowie takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 26:32 Yuki Abe has an effort at goal. Anthony Gerrard gets a block in. Gelson Fernandes takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Hudson. Corner from the right by-line taken by Richie Wellens, Lee Peltier takes a shot. Robert Earnshaw makes a clearance.
      • 24:43 Substitution Robert Earnshaw replaces Craig Conway.
      • 21:48 The ball is crossed by Richie Wellens, Anthony Gerrard manages to make a clearance.
      • 21:42 The ball is crossed by Yuki Abe, Aron Gunnarsson manages to make a clearance.
      • 19:21 A cross is delivered by Jermaine Beckford, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance. Andy King has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
      • 16:55 Richie Wellens fouled by Filip Kiss, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
      • 16:05 The referee blows for offside against Kenny Miller. Matt Mills restarts play with the free kick.
      • 12:28 Lee Peltier takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save.
      • 11:39 Aron Gunnarsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Beckford. Direct free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
      • 9:57 Mark Hudson concedes a free kick for a foul on Darius Vassell. Richie Wellens takes the free kick. Matt Mills takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save.
      • 9:22 Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. David Marshall makes a comfortable save.
      • 8:44 Paul Konchesky crosses the ball.
      • 7:24 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Souleymane Bamba.
      • 6:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Beckford on Kevin McNaughton. Kevin McNaughton takes the free kick.
      • 5:55 The ball is swung over by Yuki Abe, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.
      • 1:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Beckford on Filip Kiss. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
      • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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      25 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

      Championship table snapshot

      As it stood on 25 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Southampton 8 10 19
      2 Middlesbrough 8 8 18
      3 Derby 8 7 18
      4 West Ham 8 9 17
      5 Brighton 8 6 17
      6 Cardiff 8 3 13
      7 Hull 8 -1 13
      8 Blackpool 8 2 12
      9 Leicester 8 0 12
      10 Leeds 8 1 11
      11 Peterborough 8 3 10
      12 Crystal Palace 8 0 10
      13 Ipswich 8 -5 10
      14 Portsmouth 8 -1 9
      15 Reading 8 -1 8
      16 Birmingham 7 -2 8
      17 Barnsley 8 -2 8
      18 Nott'm Forest 8 -5 8
      19 Watford 8 -4 7
      20 Millwall 8 -5 7
      21 Burnley 7 -4 6
      22 Coventry 8 -4 6
      23 Bristol City 8 -6 6
      24 Doncaster 8 -9 4

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