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Cardiff   1 - 1   Sheff Utd

Cardiff 1-1 Sheff Utd

Cardiff 1-1 Sheff Utd

Jay Bothroyd rescued Cardiff City a point in their Championship opener against 10-man Sheffield United.

Cardiff's Michael Chopra had a goal ruled out for offside before Welshman Ched Evans returned to his home-land to fire United ahead in the 24th minute.

But within 10 minutes Matthew Lowton was red-carded for the visitors after a challenge on Kevin McNaughton.

Cardiff failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage until Bothroyd tapped in a Chopra cross on the hour.

Kevin Blackwell's side showed disciplined organisation and a stubborn resilience to take a well-earned point from their visit to one of the division's top-scorers last season despite being down to 10 men for almost a third of the game.

And United had goalkeeper Steve Simonsen and some poor Cardiff attack play to thank as the boys from Bramall Lane fought out the first draw of the Championship season.

Ched Evans celebrates his goal
Ched Evans is congratulated by his team-mates after his goal

Cardiff were just relieved to be playing competitive football again after a season of frustration dominated by a transfer embargo, only lifted on Friday, financial uncertainty and a boardroom shift due to the club's new Malaysian investors.

And the Bluebirds were desperate to shake off any potential emotional hangover from their Championship play-off final defeat to Blackpool at Wembley - and missing out on Premier League promotion - just over two months ago.

Chopra, their star striker who has been the subject of a transfer enquiry from Championship rivals Ipswich Town, thought he had give Cardiff's fans the perfect tonic with a goal in the 13th minute.

But it proved unlucky for Bluebirds boss Dave Jones as Chopra, who dashed onto Peter Whittingham's lovely reverse pass to score, was ruled to be offside although replays showed he was clearly onside.

Cardiff's frustrations deepened with United took the lead against the run of play 10 minutes later when Wales international Evans rammed the ball past Cardiff keeper David Marshall.

Evans should have been awarded a penalty as he was fouled by Cardiff defender Gabor Gypes but the 21-year-old stayed alert as the loose ball off Mark Hudson found Leon Britton and the new signing's cute reverse pass was drilled home.

Dave Jones admits Cardiff 'lacked sharpness' in their 1-1 draw with Sheffield United

It was a timely boost for Evans, scoring his third goal in two visits to Cardiff, ahead of Wales' friendly against Luxembourg on Wednesday as national team boss John Toshack was watching the young striker closely from the stand.

But United were dealt a blow when Lowton, making only his third league appearance, was dismissed by referee Peter Walton for a reckless high challenge on McNaughton.

Cardiff were restricted to long-range efforts by a well-drilled United defensive plan and the home side's frustrations seemed to boil over when Chopra and sub Ross McCormack had an on-the-pitch disagreement over a misplaced Chopra pass in the second-half.

But Chopra's tenacity paid off in the 62nd minute as a typical run down the channels paid off when Simonsen's charge from his line left the United goal exposed.

Kevin Blackwell accepts Matthew Lowton dismissal

Chopra, on the right of the penalty area, skipped past Simonsen and kept his cool to pick out Bothroyd who showed great composure to volley side-footed past three covering United defenders to level.

Simonsen quickly made amends for his rush of blood to the head as the experienced former Everton keeper saved a flurry of long-range shots from McCormack and Burke, tipping them both around the post.

And he pulled off an even better save to deny Chopra from the edge of the area, diving at full length to palm away his shot, as United held on.

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Sunday, 8 August 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cardiff 1-1 Sheff Utd FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Bothroyd 62
  • Evans 24

Cardiff

  • 01 Marshall
  • 02 McNaughton
  • 05 Hudson
  • 06 Gyepes
  • 04 Rae (McCormack 54)
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 11 Burke
  • 21 Drinkwater
  • 23 Blake
  • 08 Chopra
  • 09 Bothroyd yellow card

Substitutes

  • 22 Heaton,
  • 15 Gerrard,
  • 27 Matthews,
  • 44 McCormack

Sheff Utd

  • 01 Simonsen
  • 05 Morgan
  • 06 Ertl
  • 16 Taylor
  • 34 Lowton red card
  • 04 Montgomery
  • 08 Britton (Kozluk 68)
  • 28 Quinn
  • 09 Evans yellow card (Bogdanovic 68)
  • 17 Cresswell
  • 18 Ward yellow card (Yeates 87)

Substitutes

  • 13 Aksalu,
  • 22 Kozluk,
  • 11 Yeates,
  • 30 James,
  • 10 Bogdanovic,
  • 31 Chapell
Ref: WaltonAtt: 20,573
CARDIFF
SHEFF UTD

Possession

  • Cardiff 58%
  • Sheff Utd 42%

Attempts on target

  • Cardiff 7
  • Sheff Utd 2

Attempts off target

  • Cardiff 4
  • Sheff Utd 1

Corners

  • Cardiff 11
  • Sheff Utd 4

Fouls

  • Cardiff 11
  • Sheff Utd 8
  • Final Result
  • 95:21 The referee starts the match.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:01 Attacking throw-in by Rob Kozluk (Sheff Utd).
  • 90:00+4:45 Attacking throw-in by Rob Kozluk (Sheff Utd).
  • 90:00+4:32 Attacking throw-in by Rob Kozluk (Sheff Utd).
  • 90:00+3:54 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Peter Whittingham, save made by Steve Simonsen.
  • 90:00+3:12 Chris Burke takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Johnny Ertl.
  • 90:00+3:01 Kevin McNaughton delivers the ball, clearance by Chris Morgan.
  • 90:00+1:44 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 90:00 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 89:25 Attacking throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 89:05 Goal kick taken short by David Marshall (Cardiff).
  • 88:08 Attacking throw-in by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff).
  • 86:48 Substitution Mark Yeates joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Ward.
  • 86:05 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 85:53 Peter Whittingham takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
  • 84:38 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
  • 84:01 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 82:48 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 82:25 Shot by Chris Burke from 18 yards. Rob Kozluk gets a block in.
  • 81:25 Centre by Chris Burke, Ross McCormack takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 81:03 Jamie Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Darcy Blake. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
  • 80:22 Defending throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
  • 79:40 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 77:44 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 77:29 Booking Jamie Ward receives a caution for time wasting.
  • 77:03 Michael Chopra takes a short corner.
  • 76:46 Shot from 20 yards by Chris Burke. Save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 76:08 Shot by Darcy Blake from 20 yards. Steve Simonsen makes a comfortable save.
  • 75:28 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
  • 75:00 Gabor Gyepes challenges Daniel Bogdanovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Quinn restarts play with the free kick.
  • 74:27 Peter Whittingham takes a short corner.
  • 74:08 Shot by Michael Chopra. Fantastic save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 73:41 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 73:32 Ross McCormack produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 73:04 Short corner taken by Ross McCormack from the left by-line.
  • 72:53 Shot from 20 yards from Ross McCormack. Save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 72:32 Kevin McNaughton sends in a cross, clearance made by Chris Morgan.
  • 72:17 The ball is crossed by Chris Burke, Chris Morgan manages to make a clearance.
  • 71:57 Peter Whittingham crosses the ball, clearance by Nick Montgomery.
  • 71:46 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
  • 71:41 Chris Burke produces a cross, clearance made by Johnny Ertl.
  • 71:19 The assistant referee signals for offside against Daniel Bogdanovic. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
  • 70:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nick Montgomery by Peter Whittingham. Jamie Ward takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 69:19 Attacking throw-in by Rob Kozluk (Sheff Utd).
  • 69:19 Attacking throw-in by Jamie Ward (Sheff Utd).
  • 68:33 The ball is swung over by Darcy Blake, save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 68:01 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 67:02 Substitution Ched Evans leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Bogdanovic.
  • 67:02 Substitution Rob Kozluk on for Leon Britton.
  • 64:41 Jay Bothroyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.
  • 64:15 Goal kick taken short by David Marshall (Cardiff).
  • 63:19 Chris Burke takes the inswinging corner, Steve Simonsen makes a comfortable save.
  • 61:35 Assist on the goal came from Michael Chopra.
  • 61:35 GOAL - Jay BothroydCardiff 1 - 1 Sheff Utd Jay Bothroyd finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Cardiff 1-1 Sheff Utd.
  • 59:41 The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, comfortable save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 58:53 Nick Montgomery produces a cross.
  • 58:39 Defending throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
  • 57:33 Attacking throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 56:47 Attacking throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 56:33 Defending throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 56:16 Defending throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 56:03 Goal kick taken short by David Marshall (Cardiff).
  • 55:53 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
  • 55:20 Attacking throw-in by Jamie Ward (Sheff Utd).
  • 54:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Simonsen by Jay Bothroyd. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:30 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 53:25 Substitution Ross McCormack on for Gavin Rae.
  • 52:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Whittingham on Jamie Ward. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
  • 51:51 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
  • 51:48 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
  • 51:44 Attacking throw-in by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff).
  • 51:21 Defending throw-in by Jamie Ward (Sheff Utd).
  • 51:00 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • Correction - 50:19 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Mark Hudson misses to the right of the target.
  • 50:19 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) to far post, header by Mark Hudson (Cardiff) from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
  • 49:55 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
  • 48:12 Kevin McNaughton challenges Leon Britton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Stephen Quinn, Gabor Gyepes manages to make a clearance.
  • 48:00 Attacking throw-in by Jamie Ward (Sheff Utd).
  • 47:05 Attacking throw-in by Chris Burke (Cardiff).
  • 46:20 Defending throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
  • 45:41 Unfair challenge on Michael Chopra by Nick Montgomery results in a free kick. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:25 Attacking throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 45:02 Defending throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:47 Attacking throw-in by Jamie Ward (Sheff Utd).
  • 45:00+3:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Andy Taylor. Peter Whittingham crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Steve Simonsen.
  • 45:00+2:33 Attacking throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 45:00+1:01 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
  • 45:00+0:37 Attacking throw-in by Jamie Ward (Sheff Utd).
  • 45:00 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 44:53 The referee blows for offside. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 44:25 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Burke.
  • 43:53 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
  • 43:35 Attacking throw-in by Richard Cresswell (Sheff Utd).
  • 41:13 Richard Cresswell challenges Kevin McNaughton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 40:42 Attacking throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 40:06 Defending throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 39:36 Attacking throw-in by Jamie Ward (Sheff Utd).
  • 39:21 Attacking throw-in by Jamie Ward (Sheff Utd).
  • 38:46 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jay Bothroyd. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
  • 38:10 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
  • 37:53 Attacking throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 37:18 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 36:29 Direct free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 36:29 Booking The referee cautions Ched Evans for unsporting behaviour.
  • 36:24 Booking Jay Bothroyd receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 34:37 Sent off Matthew Lowton receives a red card.
  • 34:21 Matthew Lowton concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McNaughton.
  • 33:53 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 32:53 Chris Morgan concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Bothroyd. Peter Whittingham shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 32:16 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
  • 31:50 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward from the right by-line, Header on goal by Richard Cresswell from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 31:33 Volleyed left-footed shot by Jamie Ward. David Marshall makes a fantastic save.
  • 30:53 Attacking throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 30:20 The ball is crossed by Jay Bothroyd, save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 29:43 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 29:13 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke.
  • 28:51 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Matthew Lowton manages to make a clearance.
  • 28:46 Darcy Blake sends in a cross, clearance by Johnny Ertl.
  • 27:23 Nick Montgomery fouled by Daniel Drinkwater, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Johnny Ertl.
  • 26:40 The ball is delivered by Darcy Blake, clearance by Nick Montgomery.
  • 23:53 Leon Britton provided the assist for the goal.
  • 23:53 GOAL - Ched EvansCardiff 0 - 1 Sheff Utd Ched Evans fires in a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Cardiff 0-1 Sheff Utd.
  • 23:08 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 23:01 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 22:22 The ball is crossed by Darcy Blake, Steve Simonsen makes a comfortable save.
  • 22:13 Attacking throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 21:38 Foul by Jay Bothroyd on Johnny Ertl, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.
  • 20:59 Defending throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 20:11 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 19:26 Andy Taylor challenges Chris Burke unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Hudson takes the direct free kick.
  • 18:48 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 17:38 Defending throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 17:12 The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, Steve Simonsen makes a comfortable save.
  • 16:59 Attacking throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 16:41 Attacking throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 15:08 Defending throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 14:12 Attacking throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 14:01 Defending throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 13:49 Defending throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 13:22 Defending throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 13:00 Attacking throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 12:11 Michael Chopra concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Ertl. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.
  • 11:32 Defending throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 11:12 Attacking throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 10:17 Unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton by Ched Evans results in a free kick. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
  • 9:45 Defending throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 9:18 Attacking throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 8:28 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
  • 7:54 Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Quinn from the right by-line.
  • 7:25 Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward from the left by-line, David Marshall makes a save.
  • 6:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Jay Bothroyd.
  • 6:36 Attacking throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 6:09 Attacking throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 4:17 Foul by Daniel Drinkwater on Stephen Quinn, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jamie Ward from left channel, Darcy Blake makes a clearance.
  • 3:37 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 3:15 Defending throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 2:50 Defending throw-in by Andy Taylor (Sheff Utd).
  • 2:28 Attacking throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 2:15 Attacking throw-in by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
  • 1:44 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
  • 1:26 Defending throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
  • 0:51 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
  • 0:08 Unfair challenge on Chris Morgan by Jay Bothroyd results in a free kick. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 8 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 1 4 3
2 Millwall 1 3 3
3 Ipswich 1 2 3
4 Coventry 1 2 3
5 Doncaster 1 2 3
6 Hull 1 2 3
7 Crystal Palace 1 1 3
8 Watford 1 1 3
9 Derby 1 1 3
10 Scunthorpe 1 1 3
11 Burnley 1 1 3
12 Cardiff 1 0 1
13 Sheff Utd 1 0 1
14 Leicester 1 -1 0
15 Norwich 1 -1 0
16 Leeds United 1 -1 0
17 Reading 1 -1 0
18 Nottm Forest 1 -1 0
19 Middlesbrough 1 -2 0
20 Portsmouth 1 -2 0
21 Preston 1 -2 0
22 Swansea 1 -2 0
23 Bristol City 1 -3 0
24 Barnsley 1 -4 0


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