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Scunthorpe   1 - 1   Cardiff

Scunthorpe v Cardiff

Scunthorpe 1-1 Cardiff

Peter Whittingham rescued Championship play-off chasers Cardiff City a point at Scunthorpe with a late leveller.

The Championship top-scorer's long-range shot deflected over keeper Josh Lillis in the final ten minutes as the winger scored his 16th of the season.

Northern Ireland midfielder Michael O'Connor's 11th minute 20-yard free-kick had given the hosts an early lead.

Cardiff had one cleared off the line as Michael Chopra and Jay Bothroyd went close before Whittingham's equaliser.

Scunthorpe look set to celebrate three successive wins for the first time this season before the deflected 20-yarder from former England under-21 international with eight minutes remaining.

Cardiff drop to fifth in the Championship following their third consecutive draw, as rivals Swansea leapfrog the Bluebirds in the table thanks to their 1-0 win over Leicester.

O'Connor's second of the season in the 11th minute had given the Iron hope of moving away from the Championship drop-zone.

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The 22-year-old made Cardiff pay after Anthony Gerrard was penalised for handball on the edge of his own penalty area.

Nigel Adkins' side looked composed in the first period as O'Connor and Gary Hooper had shots blocked and Gerrard cleared a chance off the line.

But following the break, the Bluebirds improved and Kevin McNaughton's low driven cross was turned goal-wards by Bothroyd before the effort was cleared off the line.

Cardiff missed a great opportunity to level just after the hour as Gerrard's close-range header from Ross McCormack's teasing free-kick went over the bar from inside the six-yard box.

Chopra missed a chance before Whittingham's leveller which deflected off Martyn Woolford.

Then Scottish international striker McCormack was denied his first goal of the season - and a Cardiff winner - with four minutes remaining as his shot was well saved by Lillis.

Scunthorpe had to hold on for a valuable point in their fight for survival as Cardiff stuttered to a draw to consolidate their play-off position.


Scunthorpe United manager Nigel Adkins said:
"We lost 4-0 at Cardiff on the opening day of the season so this result shows just how far we have developed since then.

"I thought we played some excellent football in the first half and it was a great finish from O'Connor that put us in front.

"We are an honest hardworking team who played good football on what was a difficult pitch.

"We nearly got the second goal we needed with the shot that was cleared off the line and then Cardiff go down the opposite end and equalise with a really lucky deflection.

"But we can hold our heads up high, this was another good result for us."

Cardiff manager Dave Jones

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones said:

"I've just told my players that I'm proud of them because of the injuries and illnesses we've suffered this week.

"It it has been touch and go with a lot of them because some of them should not have played but we needed them - and they dug deep. Scunthorpe are difficult to beat at home with a good record - and it was a battle.

"There was things in the first half I wasn't happy with in the first-half as we were a little sloppy on the ball but it probably took one or two of them until the second half to get their second wind.

"It has been difficult to get a team out so I'm proud of my players."

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Saturday, 16 January 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Scunthorpe 1-1 Cardiff FT
(HT 1-0)
  • O'Connor 11
  • Whittingham 82

Scunthorpe

  • 22 Lillis
  • 03 Williams
  • 06 Byrne
  • 15 Mirfin
  • 02 Wright
  • 04 Togwell
  • 11 Thompson
  • 16 Woolford (McCann 78)
  • 18 O'Connor yellow card
  • 09 Hayes
  • 10 Hooper

Substitutes

  • 23 Slocombe,
  • 05 Milne,
  • 21 Picton,
  • 07 Sparrow,
  • 08 McCann,
  • 14 Forte,
  • 17 May

Cardiff

  • 01 Marshall
  • 02 McNaughton
  • 05 Hudson
  • 15 Gerrard
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 11 Burke (McCormack 63)
  • 16 Ledley
  • 27 Matthews
  • 28 Wildig
  • 08 Chopra yellow card
  • 09 Bothroyd yellow card

Substitutes

  • 20 Enckelman,
  • 06 Gyepes,
  • 14 Quinn,
  • 12 Capaldi,
  • 18 Taiwo,
  • 26 Feeney,
  • 44 McCormack
Ref: MathiesonAtt: 5,032
SCUNTHORPE
CARDIFF

Possession

  • Scunthorpe 50%
  • Cardiff 50%

Attempts on target

  • Scunthorpe 7
  • Cardiff 9

Attempts off target

  • Scunthorpe 8
  • Cardiff 7

Corners

  • Scunthorpe 6
  • Cardiff 5

Fouls

  • Scunthorpe 17
  • Cardiff 9
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:57 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+2:10 Corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by David Mirfin misses to the left of the goal.
  • 90:00+1:15 Substitution Jonathan Forte replaces Gary Hooper.
  • 89:10 David Mirfin concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Chopra. Ross McCormack crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 88:38 The assistant referee signals for offside against Grant McCann. Indirect free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 87:06 Foul by Paul Quinn on Gary Hooper, free kick awarded. Grant McCann takes the free kick.
  • 86:47 Ross McCormack has an effort at goal. Save by Josh Lillis.
  • 84:51 Substitution Paul Quinn comes on in place of Adam Matthews.
  • 84:51 Substitution Matthew Sparrow on for Sam Togwell.
  • 84:22 Booking The referee books Jay Bothroyd for unsporting behaviour.
  • 84:01 Foul by Jay Bothroyd on Grant McCann, free kick awarded. Cliff Byrne takes the free kick.
  • 81:41 GOAL - Peter WhittinghamScunthorpe 1 - 1 Cardiff Peter Whittingham scores a goal from just outside the area high into the middle of the goal. Scunthorpe 1-1 Cardiff.
  • 80:39 Paul Hayes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Gerrard. Kevin McNaughton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 79:59 Kevin McNaughton crosses the ball, clearance made by Cliff Byrne.
  • 78:24 Corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann, clearance made by Mark Hudson. Shot by Sam Togwell. Clearance by Mark Hudson. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann from the left by-line.
  • 78:03 Michael O'Connor takes a shot. Mark Hudson makes a clearance.
  • 76:57 Substitution Martyn Woolford leaves the field to be replaced by Grant McCann.
  • 76:57 The referee blows for offside against Ross McCormack. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
  • 76:02 Kevin McNaughton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 76:02 Booking The referee cautions Michael Chopra for dissent.
  • 75:58 Booking Michael O'Connor goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 75:12 Michael O'Connor challenges Michael Chopra unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 74:34 The official flags Jay Bothroyd offside. Indirect free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
  • 73:36 Unfair challenge on Sam Togwell by Joe Ledley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
  • 71:43 The referee blows for offside against Jay Bothroyd. Josh Lillis takes the indirect free kick.
  • 69:31 Effort from 20 yards by Jay Bothroyd. David Mirfin gets a block in. Ross McCormack takes the inswinging corner, clearance by David Mirfin.
  • 68:33 Joe Ledley produces a drilled left-footed shot from 35 yards that went over the bar.
  • 67:44 Unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Garry Thompson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Gerrard.
  • 66:21 Michael Chopra has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 65:36 Martyn Woolford concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Whittingham. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
  • 63:54 Foul by Andrew Wright on Ross McCormack, free kick awarded. A cross is delivered by Ross McCormack, Anthony Gerrard has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
  • 62:57 Substitution Ross McCormack comes on in place of Chris Burke.
  • 61:59 The ball is swung over by Kevin McNaughton, save made by Josh Lillis.
  • 60:20 Outswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Anthony Gerrard goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 60:09 The ball is sent over by Adam Matthews, Cliff Byrne makes a clearance.
  • 59:51 Foul by Gary Hooper on Anthony Gerrard, free kick awarded. Anthony Gerrard takes the free kick.
  • 59:13 Shot from outside the area by Jay Bothroyd misses to the left of the goal.
  • 57:57 Effort from inside the area by Andrew Wright misses to the right of the goal.
  • 55:45 The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Chopra. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
  • 53:58 Garry Thompson delivers the ball, Sam Togwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:16 Adam Matthews sends in a cross, Michael O'Connor manages to make a clearance.
  • 51:56 The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, Cliff Byrne manages to make a clearance.
  • 50:51 Unfair challenge on Sam Togwell by Michael Chopra results in a free kick. Josh Lillis takes the direct free kick.
  • 50:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Wright by Michael Chopra. Andrew Wright restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Whittingham on Andrew Wright. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael O'Connor from right wing, save made by David Marshall. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael O'Connor, clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.
  • 49:00 Garry Thompson delivers the ball, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.
  • 48:05 The ball is sent over by Garry Thompson, Adam Matthews makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor, Aaron Wildig manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:46 Garry Thompson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:11 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+0:04 Peter Whittingham produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 43:36 The referee gives a free kick against Jay Bothroyd for handball. Josh Lillis takes the free kick.
  • 43:00 The referee blows for offside. David Marshall takes the free kick.
  • 40:30 Paul Hayes produces a mishit right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by David Marshall.
  • 40:01 Curled right-footed shot by Michael Chopra. Blocked by David Mirfin.
  • 37:42 Cliff Byrne challenges Jay Bothroyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Adam Matthews.
  • 34:38 Effort from deep inside the area by Martyn Woolford misses to the right of the target.
  • 34:14 The ball is delivered by Garry Thompson, Gary Hooper has an effort at goal. Mark Hudson gets a block in.
  • 33:05 Sam Togwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd. Peter Whittingham crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Josh Lillis.
  • 32:42 Effort on goal by Michael O'Connor from 25 yards. Save by David Marshall.
  • 31:25 Foul by Andrew Wright on Jay Bothroyd, free kick awarded. Kevin McNaughton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Cliff Byrne.
  • 29:52 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the right by-line to the near post.
  • 28:56 Shot from 20 yards by Jay Bothroyd. David Mirfin gets a block in. Aaron Wildig produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Sam Togwell gets a block in. Shot by Jay Bothroyd. Save by Josh Lillis.
  • 28:07 Martyn Woolford challenges Chris Burke unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:19 Foul by Peter Whittingham on Andrew Wright, free kick awarded. Michael O'Connor crosses the ball in from the free kick, Chris Burke manages to make a clearance.
  • 26:39 Gary Hooper fouled by Mark Hudson, the ref awards a free kick. Cliff Byrne restarts play with the free kick.
  • 25:14 A cross is delivered by Joe Ledley, comfortable save by Josh Lillis.
  • 24:28 A cross is delivered by Chris Burke.
  • 23:48 Cliff Byrne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Kevin McNaughton from left channel, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:33 Michael Chopra takes a shot. David Mirfin gets a block in. Chris Burke takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Josh Lillis.
  • 21:57 Effort on goal by Gary Hooper from 12 yards. Anthony Gerrard gets a block in. The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 21:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Garry Thompson on Kevin McNaughton. Kevin McNaughton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 20:55 Effort from 25 yards by Sam Togwell.
  • 20:21 Shot by Michael Chopra. Save by Josh Lillis.
  • 20:13 Mark Hudson sends in a cross, Cliff Byrne makes a clearance.
  • 20:04 Adam Matthews crosses the ball, clearance made by Sam Togwell.
  • 19:36 Chris Burke delivers the ball, Marcus Williams gets a block in.
  • 17:41 Jay Bothroyd is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
  • 16:13 Kevin McNaughton fouled by Andrew Wright, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin McNaughton takes the free kick.
  • 15:47 Sam Togwell delivers the ball.
  • 14:31 Martyn Woolford has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
  • 13:36 Foul by Gary Hooper on Anthony Gerrard, free kick awarded. David Marshall takes the free kick. Jay Bothroyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cliff Byrne. Direct free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
  • 12:18 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Burke.
  • 11:26 A cross is delivered by Adam Matthews, clearance made by Sam Togwell. Aaron Wildig takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Michael O'Connor makes a clearance.
  • 10:20 GOAL - Michael O'ConnorScunthorpe 1 - 0 Cardiff Michael O'Connor scores a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 1-0 Cardiff.
  • 9:23 The referee penalises Anthony Gerrard for handball.
  • 8:52 A cross is delivered by Garry Thompson, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.
  • 7:24 The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, Sam Togwell manages to make a clearance.
  • 6:43 Unfair challenge on Mark Hudson by Paul Hayes results in a free kick. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.
  • 5:18 Paul Hayes has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 4:06 Effort from the edge of the area by Garry Thompson goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 3:51 Martyn Woolford crosses the ball, clearance made by Kevin McNaughton.
  • 3:08 A cross is delivered by Michael O'Connor, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.
  • 2:26 The ball is swung over by Martyn Woolford, Adam Matthews gets a block in. Michael O'Connor takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Jay Bothroyd manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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