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Cardiff 2-1 Bristol City

Bristol City striker Lee Trundle is challenged by Cardiff defender Roger Johnson
Roger Johnson scored his seventh goal of the season

Gary Johnson was sent from the dug-out as Bristol City's Championship title hopes were controversially dented by a Peter Whittingham-inspired Cardiff.

Roger Johnson's first-half header broke the deadlock from Whittingham's left-wing free-kick before Dele Adebola headed a leveller in the 73rd minute.

Bristol City's Steve Brooker then had a goal ruled out but a minute later, the hosts won it from the penalty spot.

Whittingham needed two attempts to score after Stephen McPhail was fouled.


Cardiff City boss Dave Jones:
"It certainly was a full-blooded, ding-dong derby match.

"We had a couple of situations where we out-numbered them and we didn't take advantage. Then we lost our shape trying to get a second goal and we let them back into the game.

"Brooker's effort, though, was off-side but our fight showed that our semi-final against Barnsley at Wembley is the furthest thing from our mind.

"My players know that no-one is guaranteed a place in that game unless their performances are of a consistently high standard."

Bristol City boss Gary Johnson:
"I was sent off for trying to get the ball back into play. The fourth official was holding on to the ball too long and all I did was try to grab it off him.

"It was a difficult afternoon all-round for us - because one minute we thought we had won it and then a few minutes later we conceded a penalty and went behind.

"We have to get over it. There are six games left for us to obtain the points we need for promotion."


Cardiff: Enckelman, Blake, Loovens, Johnson, Capaldi, Whittingham (Ramsey 81), Rae, McPhail, Ledley, Thompson, Parry.
Subs Not Used: Oakes, Purse, Feeney, Sinclair.

Booked: Thompson.

Goals: Johnson 44, Whittingham 81.

Bristol City: Basso, Orr, Carey, Elliott, McAllister, McIndoe, Carle (Skuse 74), Vasko (Fontaine 46), Sproule (Brooker 69), Trundle, Adebola.
Subs Not Used: Weale, Byfield.

Booked: Orr.

Goals: Adebola 73.

Att: 16,458

Ref: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).




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