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Cardiff   1 - 1   Preston

Cardiff 1-1 Preston

Cardiff 1-1 Preston

Andy Keogh rescued an unlikely point for Cardiff City in injury time to deny bottom club Preston a shock victory.

Preston thought they had done enough to secure their third away win of the season when on-loan Michael Tonge fired home a free kick.

Cardiff pressed for an equaliser and Gabor Gyepes saw a late header cleared off the Preston line.

But Keogh popped up to salvage a draw after Seyi Olofinjana headed down Peter Whittingham's cross.

It spared Cardiff a third straight defeat, as well as losing their third consecutive game on home soil, while denying Preston their first win in seven attempts.

The omens did not look good for the Bluebirds when they lost top scorer Jay Bothroyd to an eighth-minute hamstring injury, a problem he expects will keep him out for a week.

But to North End's credit, particularly in the first half, it was difficult to tell at times which side were fighting relegation and which competing for promotion.

Jones feisty after Preston draw

Bothroyd's replacement Keogh almost proved his worth immediately, doing well to lay off the ball for Craig Bellamy to fire narrowly wide as the hosts started to turn the screw.

But the Lilywhites survived the early pressure and fought their way back into contention, before taking a shock lead through Tonge in the 26th minute.

Mark Hudson brought down Darel Russell on the edge of the penalty area and Tonge stepped up to drill a low free-kick past the helpless David Marshall, who was starting his first game since late September after Tom Heaton sustained a training ground injury in midweek.

Matters quickly went from bad to worse for Cardiff manager Dave Jones who then lost centre-back Darcy Blake to injury.

The hosts had certainly gone off the boil and the remainder of the first half was an evenly-matched affair, with the score line only really threatened by two half-chances for Bellamy.

Cardiff started the second half with the same attacking mentality as they did the first, with full-back Kevin McNaughton forcing a fine stop from Andy Lonergan who was matching everything thrown at him.

Michael Chopra was introduced in a bid to provide spark in attack but, with the hosts piling on the pressure, they were struggling to break down a resilient Preston rearguard.

Solid defending and a spot of good fortune was certainly the order of the day for the visitors in the second half, with Bellamy - at the centre of most things for Cardiff - unable to find a breakthrough.

Billy Jones cleared off the line from Gyepes in injury time but, with Preston seemingly heading for victory, it was left for Keogh to shatter their hopes with a diving header.

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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cardiff 1-1 Preston FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Keogh 90+4
  • Tonge 26

Cardiff

  • 01 Marshall
  • 02 McNaughton
  • 03 Naylor yellow card
  • 05 Hudson yellow card
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 10 McPhail (Chopra 57 yellow card)
  • 11 Burke
  • 20 Olofinjana
  • 23 Blake (Gyepes 26)
  • 09 Bothroyd (Keogh 8)
  • 39 Bellamy

Substitutes

  • 30 Santiago,
  • 06 Gyepes,
  • 04 Rae,
  • 21 Drinkwater,
  • 27 Matthews,
  • 08 Chopra,
  • 17 Keogh

Preston

  • 01 Lonergan
  • 05 Brown
  • 19 Jones
  • 23 De Laet
  • 29 Cort
  • 15 Barton
  • 20 Russell
  • 24 Pugh
  • 28 Tonge yellow card
  • 16 Hume yellow card (Davidson 87)
  • 26 Parkin (Parry 90+3)

Substitutes

  • 25 Arestidou,
  • 02 Morgan,
  • 03 Davidson,
  • 37 McLaughlin,
  • 10 Nicholson,
  • 14 Mayor,
  • 17 Parry
Ref: DeadmanAtt: 21,151
CARDIFF
PRESTON

Possession

  • Cardiff 57%
  • Preston 43%

Attempts on target

  • Cardiff 13
  • Preston 3

Attempts off target

  • Cardiff 11
  • Preston 6

Corners

  • Cardiff 10
  • Preston 3

Fouls

  • Cardiff 8
  • Preston 20
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:15 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+3:18 The assist for the goal came from Seyi Olofinjana.
  • 90:00+3:18 GOAL - Andrew KeoghCardiff 1 - 1 Preston Andrew Keogh scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Cardiff 1-1 Preston.
  • 90:00+2:28 Substitution Jon Parkin leaves the field to be replaced by Paul Parry.
  • 90:00+1:13 Andrew Keogh produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
  • 90:00+0:32 Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Burke, Gabor Gyepes gets a header at goal, Billy Jones gets a block in.
  • 87:27 Booking Michael Tonge booked.
  • 86:38 Substitution Iain Hume goes off and Callum Davidson comes on.
  • 85:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton by Iain Hume. Free kick taken by Kevin McNaughton.
  • 84:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Tonge by Andrew Keogh. Free kick taken by Billy Jones.
  • 83:41 Chris Burke produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 83:10 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Andy Lonergan makes a save.
  • 82:55 Seyi Olofinjana produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Adam Barton gets a block in.
  • 81:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Brown on Craig Bellamy. Free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
  • 80:59 Effort from the edge of the area by Michael Chopra goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 78:05 Foul by Billy Jones on Andrew Keogh, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Bellamy, clearance made by Ritchie De Laet.
  • 76:13 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Craig Bellamy goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 75:52 The referee blows for offside. David Marshall takes the free kick.
  • 75:00 Unfair challenge on Danny Pugh by Michael Chopra results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
  • 75:00 Booking Michael Chopra receives a caution.
  • 74:07 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 73:47 Shot from 20 yards by Craig Bellamy. Wayne Brown gets a block in.
  • 72:37 Inswinging corner taken by Danny Pugh.
  • 68:01 Foul by Adam Barton on Michael Chopra, free kick awarded. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
  • 66:52 Michael Tonge concedes a free kick for a foul on Seyi Olofinjana. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
  • 66:14 The offside flag is raised against Iain Hume. Indirect free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 65:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabor Gyepes by Iain Hume. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
  • 65:27 Booking Iain Hume booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 64:01 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Leon Cort gets a block in.
  • 62:43 Michael Tonge takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Andrew Keogh makes a clearance.
  • 60:38 Chris Burke takes a shot. Leon Cort gets a block in.
  • 58:31 Shot from just outside the box by Craig Bellamy misses to the left of the target.
  • 58:00 Foul by Iain Hume on Gabor Gyepes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 56:16 Substitution Michael Chopra on for Stephen McPhail.
  • 55:21 Shot from outside the box by Jon Parkin goes wide right of the target.
  • 54:54 Craig Bellamy decides to take the corner short.
  • 54:40 Shot by Craig Bellamy. Save by Andy Lonergan.
  • 54:10 Danny Pugh takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
  • Correction - 52:50 Lee Naylor fouled by Jon Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.
  • 52:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Parkin on Lee Naylor. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 52:09 Inswinging corner taken by Iain Hume from the left by-line, Andrew Keogh makes a clearance.
  • 51:43 Shot from 20 yards by Kevin McNaughton. Andy Lonergan makes a save.
  • 49:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen McPhail on Darel Russell. Leon Cort restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Parkin on Lee Naylor. Lee Naylor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:31 Stephen McPhail fouled by Jon Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen McPhail.
  • 47:55 Peter Whittingham produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
  • 47:09 Peter Whittingham takes a short corner.
  • Correction - 46:20 The referee blows for offside against Jon Parkin. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Hudson.
  • 46:20 The offside flag is raised against Jon Parkin. Mark Hudson takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:01 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+0:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Iain Hume by Lee Naylor. Danny Pugh restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:57 Booking Lee Naylor shown a yellow card.
  • 44:19 Short corner taken by Chris Burke.
  • 44:07 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Wayne Brown gets a block in.
  • 43:52 Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot.
  • 43:36 Andrew Keogh fouled by Leon Cort, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
  • 43:07 Danny Pugh is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:31 Inswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham, Andy Lonergan makes a save.
  • 41:15 Craig Bellamy has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save made by Andy Lonergan.
  • 39:53 Effort on goal by Chris Burke from 12 yards. Blocked by Ritchie De Laet.
  • 38:31 Ritchie De Laet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Whittingham. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
  • 37:05 Unfair challenge on Darel Russell by Mark Hudson results in a free kick. Michael Tonge fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 37:05 Booking Mark Hudson goes into the book.
  • 34:46 Peter Whittingham produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
  • 32:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Iain Hume. Kevin McNaughton crosses the ball in from the free kick, Darel Russell manages to make a clearance.
  • 30:57 Unfair challenge on Iain Hume by Gabor Gyepes results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Billy Jones.
  • 29:03 Handball by Jon Parkin. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 27:29 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Mark Hudson misses to the right of the target.
  • 26:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ritchie De Laet on Chris Burke. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham, clearance made by Leon Cort.
  • 26:21 Michael Tonge challenges Peter Whittingham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Naylor takes the direct free kick.
  • 25:53 Substitution Gabor Gyepes on for Darcy Blake.
  • 25:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darel Russell by Mark Hudson.
  • 25:22 GOAL - Michael TongeCardiff 0 - 1 Preston Michael Tonge finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 0-1 Preston.
  • 24:16 Darel Russell has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 23:21 Danny Pugh concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bellamy. Mark Hudson takes the free kick.
  • 20:15 Effort on goal by Michael Tonge from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 17:05 Craig Bellamy produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 16:29 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Leon Cort makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 15:38 Andrew Keogh is caught offside. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 15:38 Andrew Keogh is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 14:16 Unfair challenge on Michael Tonge by Lee Naylor results in a free kick. The ball is swung over by Wayne Brown, Jon Parkin takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.
  • 13:35 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy to the near post, clearance by Adam Barton.
  • 12:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seyi Olofinjana by Jon Parkin. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:01 Danny Pugh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton. David Marshall takes the free kick.
  • 8:32 Craig Bellamy has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 8:01 Unfair challenge on Stephen McPhail by Michael Tonge results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen McPhail.
  • 7:19 Substitution Andrew Keogh is brought on as a substitute for Jay Bothroyd.
  • 7:05 Shot from just outside the box by Danny Pugh misses to the right of the target.
  • 6:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Pugh on Kevin McNaughton. Free kick taken by Mark Hudson.
  • 4:59 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line, save made by Andy Lonergan.
  • 4:40 Jay Bothroyd has a drilled shot. Save by Andy Lonergan.
  • 2:36 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan.
  • 2:03 Effort from deep inside the area by Michael Tonge misses to the right of the target.
  • 0:28 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Leon Cort.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 19 26 41
2 Cardiff 20 14 37
3 Swansea 20 10 36
4 Norwich 20 6 33
5 Coventry 20 5 33
6 Leeds 20 1 32
7 Derby 20 9 30
8 Burnley 19 7 29
9 Nott'm Forest 19 4 27
10 Watford 20 3 27
11 Millwall 20 3 27
12 Doncaster 19 1 27
13 Reading 19 6 26
14 Barnsley 19 -5 26
15 Portsmouth 19 -1 25
16 Leicester 20 -8 25
17 Ipswich 20 -7 24
18 Bristol City 19 -6 23
19 Hull 19 -6 22
20 Sheff Utd 19 -11 22
21 Scunthorpe 20 -12 20
22 Crystal Palace 20 -13 20
23 Middlesbrough 20 -11 18
24 Preston 20 -15 16


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