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Sheff Utd   3 - 4   Cardiff

Sheffield United v Cardiff City

Sheff Utd 3-4 Cardiff City

Cardiff went second in the Championship in a dramatic, action-packed game.

Jay Bothroyd seized on a rebound to put Cardiff ahead, but Mark Hudson's back-header let Darius Henderson equalise.

Peter Whittingham's penalty restored Cardiff's lead after Matthew Kilgallon fouled Bothroyd, only for Henderson to strike again with a looping header.

Whittingham sealed the win, converting a flick-on then poking in his hat-trick, only for James Harper's late goal to give the Blades forlorn hope.

Even after Harper struck in the 90th minute to make it 4-3, there was still time for the home side to carve out another chance and they thought they had equalised.

But Stephen Quinn's effort was ruled out for off-side, much to Cardiff's relief as they leap-frogged West Bromwich Albion to become Newcastle's main Championship challengers.

The Bluebirds came close in the first minute when Adam Matthews' lofted free-kick was headed out to Anthony Gerrard, only for the centre-half to drill his shot wide from the edge of the area.

United had an opportunity of their own soon after, but Gerrard was on hand to clear Morgan's goal-bound strike after goalkeeper David Marshall had flapped at Kyle Walker's cross.

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Cardiff thought they had taken the lead in the 18th minute when Bothroyd headed home another Matthews free-kick, but the linesman's flag had already gone up for offside.

Following a scrappy passage of play the game then exploded into life with a spell of four goals in six minutes at the end of the opening period.

Cardiff went in front in the 41st minute following a farcical mix-up in the United defence.

Bothroyd had the simple task of beating Bennett from four yards after Chris Morgan's clearance had struck Harper on the backside.

There was initial confusion as the linesman flagged for offside against Bothroyd, but referee Trevor Kettle correctly awarded the goal as the ball had reached the Cardiff striker via an opposition player.

United levelled almost immediately as Glen Little's cross was headed back towards his own keeper by Hudson, but fell invitingly short for Henderson to slot home.

The visitors regained the lead in the 45th minute, Whittingham making no mistake from the penalty spot after Henderson had hauled down Bothroyd.

Remarkably the Blades equalised again in the subsequent three minutes of stoppage time.

Marshall made a fine initial save to keep out Ched Evans' close-range header but the Scotland international was powerless to prevent Henderson heading home the rebound.

But Cardiff were back in front for a third time on the hour, as Matthews' long throw was flicked into the path of Whittingham who thumped home from close range.

United boss Blackwell brought on new signing Henri Camara as his side looked to rescue at least a point.

But although Kilgallon and Keith Treacy had chances to equalise, the Bluebirds remained a constant threat on the break and added a sensational fourth late on when Whittingham rounded off a slick passing move.

Harper did stab home an injury-time consolation for the Blades, before Quinn's late strike was chalked off to the disappointment of the disgruntled home support.


Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell:

"Things are tough at the moment, but the squad players that came in gave me a great shift and I can't knock them.

"It was a good performance and on another day it would have been enough to get us a point.

"It's tough when you are losing your experienced players and until we get them back it will be tough.

"But I think we deserved more than we got out of the game, that's for sure and the players showed terrific spirit to keep coming back."

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones:
"The first half was a bit crazy... so I'm sure Kevin [Blades boss Blackwell] will be disappointed with his defending as much as I am with ours.

Cardiff boss praises Whittingham

"I just felt every time we got our noses in front we went and did something stupid.

"But our fourth goal today you won't see many better, our moving, our passing, our crispness and the finish.

"And well deserved for Whitts [Whittingham] to get his hat-trick... it was a tough game."

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Saturday, 24 October 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sheff Utd 3-4 Cardiff FT
(HT 2-2)
  • Henderson 43
  • Henderson 45+3
  • Harper 90+4
  • Bothroyd 41
  • Whittingham (pen) 45+1
  • Whittingham 60
  • Whittingham 85

Sheff Utd

  • 13 Bennett
  • 05 Morgan
  • 06 Kilgallon
  • 16 Taylor (Stewart 33)
  • 34 Walker yellow card
  • 15 Harper
  • 25 Little (Cotterill 62)
  • 27 Treacy
  • 28 Quinn
  • 07 Henderson
  • 09 Evans yellow card (Camara 67)

Substitutes

  • 23 Bunn,
  • 19 Stewart,
  • 21 Davies,
  • 02 France,
  • 12 Williamson,
  • 11 Cotterill,
  • 37 Camara

Cardiff

  • 01 Marshall
  • 03 Kennedy
  • 05 Hudson
  • 15 Gerrard
  • 27 Matthews
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 10 McPhail (Rae 74)
  • 11 Burke (McCormack 79)
  • 16 Ledley yellow card
  • 08 Chopra yellow card
  • 09 Bothroyd

Substitutes

  • 20 Enckelman,
  • 14 Quinn,
  • 24 Comminges,
  • 04 Rae,
  • 18 Taiwo,
  • 26 Feeney,
  • 44 McCormack
Ref: KettleAtt: 25,021
SHEFF UTD
CARDIFF

Possession

  • Sheff Utd 51%
  • Cardiff 49%

Attempts on target

  • Sheff Utd 9
  • Cardiff 8

Attempts off target

  • Sheff Utd 10
  • Cardiff 5

Corners

  • Sheff Utd 9
  • Cardiff 7

Fouls

  • Sheff Utd 10
  • Cardiff 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:51 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+5:29 The referee blows for offside against Stephen Quinn. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 90:00+4:59 Kyle Walker takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.
  • 90:00+3:46 GOAL - James HarperSheff Utd 3 - 4 Cardiff James Harper finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 3-4 Cardiff.
  • 90:00+1:38 Ross McCormack challenges Keith Treacy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Quinn has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, David Marshall makes a save.
  • 90:00+0:19 The official flags Jay Bothroyd offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Bennett.
  • 89:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Stewart by Anthony Gerrard. Stephen Quinn takes the free kick.
  • 88:26 Jay Bothroyd fouled by James Harper, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 87:57 Henri Camara produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 87:31 Shot by Keith Treacy from 20 yards. David Marshall makes a save.
  • 87:13 The ball is swung over by Jordan Stewart, Joe Ledley manages to make a clearance.
  • 84:37 Assist by Jay Bothroyd.
  • 84:37 GOAL - Peter WhittinghamSheff Utd 2 - 4 Cardiff Goal scored by Peter Whittingham from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 2-4 Cardiff.
  • 83:34 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Peter Whittingham, Anthony Gerrard produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 83:22 The ball is swung over by Jay Bothroyd, Chris Morgan gets a block in.
  • 81:57 Keith Treacy fouled by Gavin Rae, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from David Cotterill from the free kick.
  • 80:58 Outswinging corner taken by David Cotterill, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.
  • 80:27 Keith Treacy takes a shot. Mark Kennedy gets a block in.
  • 79:58 Booking Kyle Walker is cautioned.
  • 79:52 Booking Michael Chopra goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 79:08 Centre by Jay Bothroyd.
  • Correction - 78:06 Substitution Ross McCormack joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Burke.
  • 77:50 Substitution (Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Ross McCormack coming on for Chris Burke.
  • 76:52 David Cotterill decides to take a short corner.
  • 76:14 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill, Matthew Kilgallon has a volleyed shot. Blocked by Jay Bothroyd.
  • 76:06 The ball is swung over by Keith Treacy, Mark Hudson gets a block in.
  • 73:07 Substitution Gavin Rae is brought on as a substitute for Stephen McPhail.
  • 72:50 The ball is swung over by Keith Treacy, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.
  • 71:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Jay Bothroyd. David Cotterill takes the free kick.
  • 69:30 Centre by David Cotterill, Effort from deep inside the area by Henri Camara clears the bar.
  • 68:37 Corner from right by-line taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 68:05 Corner from the left by-line taken by Peter Whittingham, Stephen Quinn manages to make a clearance.
  • 67:23 Volleyed left-footed shot by Michael Chopra. Jordan Stewart gets a block in.
  • 66:50 Substitution Henri Camara is brought on as a substitute for Ched Evans.
  • 66:25 Effort on goal by Ched Evans from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 65:26 David Cotterill crosses the ball, clearance made by Mark Hudson.
  • 64:26 Stephen McPhail challenges Kyle Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kyle Walker from right wing, Anthony Gerrard manages to make a clearance.
  • 64:12 Jordan Stewart sends in a cross, clearance made by Joe Ledley.
  • 61:22 Substitution David Cotterill replaces Glen Little.
  • 60:41 Corner taken right-footed by Glen Little to the near post, clearance by Jay Bothroyd.
  • Correction - 59:09 Anthony Gerrard provided the assist for the goal.
  • 59:09 Jay Bothroyd provided the assist for the goal.
  • 59:09 GOAL - Peter WhittinghamSheff Utd 2 - 3 Cardiff Peter Whittingham gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 2-3 Cardiff.
  • 58:05 Jordan Stewart is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 56:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Morgan on Jay Bothroyd. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 55:57 Outswinging corner taken by Glen Little, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.
  • 55:46 The ball is delivered by Kyle Walker, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.
  • 55:00 Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Ian Bennett makes a save.
  • 54:23 The official flags Ched Evans offside. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
  • 52:56 Outswinging corner taken by Glen Little, Effort on goal by Matthew Kilgallon from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 50:56 Effort on goal by Michael Chopra from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 50:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ched Evans on Adam Matthews. Adam Matthews takes the free kick.
  • 50:10 Michael Chopra takes a shot. Matthew Kilgallon gets a block in.
  • 48:49 Jay Bothroyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Morgan. Ian Bennett takes the direct free kick.
  • 48:27 The ball is delivered by Keith Treacy.
  • 47:21 Corner taken right-footed by Glen Little, Close range header by Matthew Kilgallon goes over the crossbar.
  • 46:21 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jay Bothroyd. Free kick taken by Ian Bennett.
  • 46:02 Joe Ledley takes a shot. Ian Bennett makes a save.
  • 45:29 The ball is crossed by Keith Treacy, Mark Kennedy manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:11 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+2:40 Assist on the goal came from Ched Evans.
  • 45:00+2:40 GOAL - Darius HendersonSheff Utd 2 - 2 Cardiff Darius Henderson grabs a headed goal from close range. Sheff Utd 2-2 Cardiff.
  • 45:00+1:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Harper by Peter Whittingham. Kyle Walker takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+0:03 GOAL - Peter WhittinghamSheff Utd 1 - 2 Cardiff Penalty taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham and scored. Sheff Utd 1-2 Cardiff.
  • Correction - 44:21 Matthew Kilgallon gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd.
  • 44:21 Unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Chris Morgan results in a Penalty.
  • 42:55 Chris Morgan provided the assist for the goal.
  • 42:55 GOAL - Darius HendersonSheff Utd 1 - 1 Cardiff Darius Henderson finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-1 Cardiff.
  • 40:50 Assist by Anthony Gerrard.
  • 40:50 GOAL - Jay BothroydSheff Utd 0 - 1 Cardiff Jay Bothroyd fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 0-1 Cardiff.
  • 39:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Quinn on Stephen McPhail. Stephen McPhail restarts play with the free kick.
  • 39:14 Effort on goal by Ched Evans from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 37:28 The ball is swung over by Jordan Stewart, save made by David Marshall.
  • 36:42 Unfair challenge on Mark Hudson by Darius Henderson results in a free kick. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.
  • 35:40 Shot by Ched Evans from a long way out goes over the target.
  • 33:43 The official flags Michael Chopra offside. Ian Bennett takes the free kick.
  • 32:02 Substitution Jordan Stewart joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Taylor.
  • 29:51 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the right by-line, Foul by Mark Hudson on Chris Morgan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ian Bennett.
  • 28:28 Booking Ched Evans goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 27:53 Ched Evans challenges Mark Hudson unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.
  • 26:08 Foul by Darius Henderson on Stephen McPhail, free kick awarded. Mark Hudson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 25:04 Centre by Keith Treacy, save made by David Marshall.
  • 22:51 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jay Bothroyd. Ian Bennett takes the free kick.
  • 20:27 Mark Kennedy produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 20:00 Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Stephen Quinn makes a clearance.
  • 19:53 Centre by Mark Kennedy, clearance by Matthew Kilgallon.
  • 18:32 Ched Evans is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 17:55 Jay Bothroyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Morgan. Ian Bennett takes the free kick.
  • 17:22 Keith Treacy handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Adam Matthews restarts play with the free kick.
  • 17:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Bennett by Anthony Gerrard. Free kick taken by Ian Bennett.
  • 16:12 Corner from the left by-line taken by Peter Whittingham, Mark Hudson takes a shot.
  • 16:04 A cross is delivered by Joe Ledley, clearance made by Matthew Kilgallon.
  • 15:20 Shot from outside the area by Ched Evans misses to the left of the goal.
  • 15:07 The ball is sent over by Glen Little, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.
  • 14:24 Foul by Chris Burke on Keith Treacy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ian Bennett.
  • 13:04 Andy Taylor produces a cross, Mark Kennedy makes a clearance.
  • 12:13 The ball is crossed by Michael Chopra, save by Ian Bennett.
  • 10:47 Outswinging corner taken by Keith Treacy, Matthew Kilgallon takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save.
  • 10:39 A cross is delivered by Glen Little, Anthony Gerrard manages to make a clearance.
  • 10:20 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Save by Ian Bennett.
  • 8:11 Booking Joe Ledley is cautioned.
  • 7:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Treacy by Joe Ledley. Glen Little takes the direct free kick.
  • 7:36 The ball is sent over by Mark Kennedy, clearance by Andy Taylor.
  • 6:21 The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker, clearance made by Mark Kennedy.
  • 5:00 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Peter Whittingham, save by Ian Bennett.
  • 4:50 Centre by Jay Bothroyd, James Harper gets a block in.
  • 4:15 Keith Treacy takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.
  • 3:45 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Glen Little from the right by-line, Adam Matthews manages to make a clearance.
  • 3:27 The ball is sent over by Keith Treacy, clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.
  • 2:48 Jay Bothroyd is ruled offside. Ian Bennett takes the free kick.
  • 2:07 Peter Whittingham fouled by Kyle Walker, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen McPhail restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:47 Anthony Gerrard has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 0:18 Ched Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Matthews. Adam Matthews takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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Championship results

24 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Barnsley 2-3 Bristol City R
Coventry 0-0 West Brom R
Crystal Palace 1-1 Nottm Forest R
Derby 2-4 QPR R
Newcastle 2-1 Doncaster R
Peterborough 3-0 Scunthorpe R
Plymouth 1-1 Ipswich R
Preston 2-2 Middlesbrough R
Sheff Utd 3-4 Cardiff R
Swansea 0-0 Blackpool R

Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 24 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 14 12 27
2 Cardiff 14 15 26
3 West Brom 14 11 25
4 Middlesbrough 14 7 24
5 Bristol City 14 4 24
6 QPR 13 12 23
7 Blackpool 14 6 23
8 Preston 14 3 23
9 Nottm Forest 14 3 23
10 Leicester 13 4 21
11 Watford 14 1 21
12 Swansea 14 -1 19
13 Sheff Utd 14 -2 17
14 Crystal Palace 13 -2 17
15 Coventry 14 -4 17
16 Scunthorpe 14 -7 17
17 Sheff Wed 14 -1 16
18 Doncaster 14 -2 14
19 Derby 14 -8 14
20 Barnsley 14 -9 14
21 Peterborough 14 -6 11
22 Reading 13 -11 10
23 Plymouth 14 -13 9
24 Ipswich 14 -12 8


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