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Middlesbrough   1 - 0   Cardiff

Middlesbrough 1-0 Cardiff

Middlesbrough 1-0 Cardiff

Julio Arca's first league goal for three years lifted Middlesbrough out of the Championship drop-zone to further dent Cardiff City's promotion hopes.

Bluebirds defender Gabor Gyepes fouled Boro striker Marvin Emnes and Arca sent David Marshall the wrong way with a left-footed penalty into the corner.

Craig Bellamy went close to a Cardiff equaliser but the Wales striker's shot shaved the crossbar and went over.

Michael Chopra then tested Boro keeper Jason Steele with a 20-yard effort.

Second-placed Cardiff had hoped to capitalise on Championship leaders Queen's Park Rangers' first defeat of the season at home to Watford on Friday night.

But, against a struggling Boro side who they had not lost to since 1984, Dave Jones' side continued their poor form.

They have now won just once in seven games, including last week's home draw to bottom club Preston.

Meanwhile, boss Tony Mowbray enjoyed only his third win since replacing Gordon Strachan on 26 October as Boro claimed their first victory in five games.

Cardiff were without Championship top scorer Jay Bothroyd but the hosts were minus suspended centre-half David Wheater. And Boro's backline were put under early pressure when Chris Burke went close.

But former Swansea loan striker Emnes was quickly proving to be Cardiff's nemesis again as he forced Cardiff keeper Marshall into a smart save before strike-partner Scott McDonald poked harmlessly wide.

Emnes was the man the scored the south Wales derby winner for Swansea at the Cardiff City Stadium last month - and again the Dutchman had the beating of the Cardiff back-line.

Cardiff boss Jones bemoaned bad defending from Gyepes to allow Emnes space to score in the derby - and it was Gyepes again that was undone by the striker.

The Hungarian hauled down Emnes just inside the box and referee Anthony Bates pointed to the spot.

Boro loss frustrates Cardiff

Gyepes protested his innocence but Argentine Arca worried little about that as he sent Marshall the wrong way to score his first league goal since September 2007.

Nicky Bailey's powerful drive was palmed away by Marshall as Boro looked for a second after the restart when Jones unleashed Chopra in a desperate bid to add much-needed impetus to Cardiff's attack.

And Bellamy fired a difficult first-time effort into the side-netting before clipping the top of the crossbar moments later with a fine drive.

Home keeper Steele then turned Chopra's chip to safety as Cardiff hoped to capitalise on the rest of the top five not winning either - but Boro held on for a morale-boosting victory , only their second home clean sheet this season.

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Saturday, 11 December 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Middlesbrough 1-0 Cardiff FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Arca (pen) 40

    Middlesbrough

    • 30 Steele
    • 02 Hoyte
    • 04 Bates
    • 24 Hines
    • 27 Bennett yellow card
    • 08 Thomson
    • 10 Bailey yellow card
    • 18 O'Neil
    • 20 Arca yellow card
    • 07 McDonald
    • 32 Emnes

    Substitutes

    • 21 Coyne,
    • 29 McMahon,
    • 17 Robson,
    • 37 Tavares,
    • 09 Boyd,
    • 11 Kink,
    • 22 Williams

    Cardiff

    • 01 Marshall
    • 02 McNaughton
    • 03 Naylor
    • 05 Hudson
    • 06 Gyepes yellow card
    • 07 Whittingham
    • 11 Burke
    • 20 Olofinjana
    • 21 Drinkwater (Chopra 51 yellow card)
    • 17 Keogh
    • 39 Bellamy

    Substitutes

    • 30 Santiago,
    • 31 Riggott,
    • 04 Rae,
    • 10 McPhail,
    • 23 Blake,
    • 27 Matthews,
    • 08 Chopra
    Ref: BatesAtt: 14,250
    MIDDLESBROUGH
    CARDIFF

    Possession

    • Middlesbrough 49%
    • Cardiff 51%

    Attempts on target

    • Middlesbrough 5
    • Cardiff 5

    Attempts off target

    • Middlesbrough 4
    • Cardiff 8

    Corners

    • Middlesbrough 4
    • Cardiff 7

    Fouls

    • Middlesbrough 6
    • Cardiff 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:40 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+4:50 A cross is delivered by Lee Naylor, Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Kevin McNaughton goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 90:00+4:31 The offside flag is raised against Marvin Emnes. Mark Hudson takes the indirect free kick.
    • 90:00+3:10 Seyi Olofinjana produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 90:00+3:03 Centre by Andrew Keogh, clearance by Matthew Bates.
    • 90:00+2:35 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
    • 90:00+1:08 Michael Chopra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Julio Arca. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:41 Centre by Marvin Emnes, David Marshall makes a save.
    • 89:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Bailey on Lee Naylor. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.
    • 89:53 Booking Nicky Bailey is shown a yellow card.
    • 87:19 Gary O'Neil has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 86:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Whittingham on Julio Arca. Joe Bennett takes the free kick.
    • 84:11 Chris Burke produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
    • 83:40 Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Gary O'Neil makes a clearance.
    • 83:32 The ball is crossed by Craig Bellamy, blocked by Justin Hoyte.
    • 83:02 Corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Andrew Keogh.
    • 81:17 Booking Joe Bennett receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 80:37 Booking Michael Chopra is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 80:24 Michael Chopra concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Steele. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
    • 79:06 The offside flag is raised against Marvin Emnes. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
    • 78:08 Craig Bellamy sends in a cross. Kevin McNaughton sends in a cross, Jason Steele makes a save.
    • 76:17 Unfair challenge on Justin Hoyte by Michael Chopra results in a free kick. Seb Hines restarts play with the free kick.
    • 73:53 Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Mark Hudson gets a block in.
    • Correction - 73:05 Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner.
    • 73:05 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy.
    • 72:51 Michael Chopra produces a cross, Jason Steele makes a save.
    • 72:45 Centre by Lee Naylor, Julio Arca makes a clearance.
    • 70:30 Craig Bellamy takes a shot.
    • 70:09 Gary O'Neil sends in a cross.
    • 68:28 Craig Bellamy produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 67:01 Booking Julio Arca goes into the book.
    • 64:02 The ball is sent over by Nicky Bailey, Gary O'Neil has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
    • 63:22 Marvin Emnes fouled by Mark Hudson, the ref awards a free kick. Gary O'Neil crosses the ball in from the free kick, Kevin McNaughton manages to make a clearance.
    • 62:23 Lee Naylor delivers the ball.
    • 62:10 The ball is delivered by Andrew Keogh, Joe Bennett makes a clearance.
    • 61:05 Julio Arca challenges Kevin McNaughton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Peter Whittingham, clearance by Julio Arca.
    • 59:48 Unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Julio Arca results in a free kick. Peter Whittingham sends in a cross, Chris Burke takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Chopra.
    • 58:25 A cross is delivered by Kevin McNaughton.
    • 56:06 Craig Bellamy takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Seyi Olofinjana misses to the right of the target.
    • 55:53 Peter Whittingham produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 55:41 The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, Nicky Bailey makes a clearance.
    • 54:29 Michael Chopra concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Thomson. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:54 Justin Hoyte takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save.
    • 52:52 Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Justin Hoyte manages to make a clearance.
    • 50:49 The ball is delivered by Gary O'Neil, clearance made by Mark Hudson.
    • 50:05 Gary O'Neil takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save made by David Marshall.
    • 50:05 Substitution Michael Chopra joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daniel Drinkwater.
    • 48:52 Gary O'Neil takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Shot by Nicky Bailey. Save by David Marshall.
    • 48:13 Kevin McNaughton concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Bennett. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary O'Neil from left channel, Seyi Olofinjana makes a clearance.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:39 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+0:53 Andrew Keogh takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Bennett. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Peter Whittingham, save by Jason Steele.
    • 43:08 Kevin McNaughton delivers the ball, save made by Jason Steele.
    • 42:21 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Matthew Bates makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 39:04 The ball is crossed by Joe Bennett, Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes by Gabor Gyepes. Assist on the goal came from Marvin Emnes.
    • 39:04 A cross is delivered by Joe Bennett, Gabor Gyepes concedes a Penalty for a foul on Marvin Emnes.
    • 39:04 GOAL - Julio ArcaMiddlesbrough 1 - 0 Cardiff Julio Arca scores a penalty. Middlesbrough 1-0 Cardiff.
    • 38:02 Booking Gabor Gyepes is cautioned.
    • 37:11 Julio Arca crosses the ball. The ball is sent over by Justin Hoyte, clearance by Mark Hudson.
    • 36:22 A cross is delivered by Gary O'Neil, Kevin McNaughton manages to make a clearance.
    • 35:22 Peter Whittingham is ruled offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 33:40 The assistant referee signals for offside against Marvin Emnes. Mark Hudson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:40 The assistant referee flags for offside against Marvin Emnes. Gabor Gyepes takes the free kick.
    • 32:35 Gary O'Neil takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.
    • 31:07 Scott McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Seyi Olofinjana. Lee Naylor crosses the ball in from the free kick. Craig Bellamy is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
    • 28:09 Effort from inside the six-yard box by Scott McDonald goes wide right of the goal.
    • 24:15 Joe Bennett crosses the ball, clearance by Lee Naylor.
    • 23:00 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Gabor Gyepes misses to the left of the goal.
    • 22:33 Unfair challenge on Lee Naylor by Gary O'Neil results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
    • 21:59 The ball is sent over by Chris Burke.
    • 20:33 Mark Hudson concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott McDonald. Direct free kick taken by Scott McDonald. Joe Bennett crosses the ball, Effort from inside the area by Scott McDonald misses to the right of the target.
    • 19:23 Peter Whittingham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott McDonald. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Bates.
    • 18:14 The ball is delivered by Julio Arca.
    • 17:32 The ball is crossed by Lee Naylor, Seb Hines manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:41 Chris Burke produces a cross.
    • 13:44 Marvin Emnes takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save.
    • 12:38 Chris Burke takes a shot. Blocked by Seb Hines.
    • 10:59 Joe Bennett sends in a cross, Peter Whittingham gets a block in. Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McNaughton on Joe Bennett. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary O'Neil, clearance made by Kevin McNaughton.
    • 9:40 A cross is delivered by Marvin Emnes, save by David Marshall.
    • 7:57 Gary O'Neil crosses the ball, Daniel Drinkwater manages to make a clearance.
    • 7:26 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Daniel Drinkwater.
    • 5:46 Scott McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bellamy. Craig Bellamy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
    • 4:49 Chris Burke takes a shot. Blocked by Seb Hines. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy played to the near post, Scott McDonald manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:03 Kevin McNaughton produces a cross, clearance by Joe Bennett.
    • Correction - 2:59 Marvin Emnes fouled by Gabor Gyepes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kevin Thomson, clearance made by Andrew Keogh.
    • 2:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabor Gyepes on Marvin Emnes. Kevin Thomson takes the free kick.
    • 1:11 Centre by Chris Burke, blocked by Joe Bennett.
    • 0:26 Lee Naylor produces a cross, blocked by Gary O'Neil.
    • 0:13 A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, clearance by Seb Hines.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 11 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 20 24 41
    2 Cardiff 21 13 37
    3 Swansea 21 10 37
    4 Leeds 21 2 35
    5 Coventry 21 5 34
    6 Norwich 21 4 33
    7 Derby 21 7 30
    8 Watford 21 5 30
    9 Burnley 20 6 29
    10 Barnsley 20 -4 29
    11 Millwall 21 3 28
    12 Portsmouth 20 1 28
    13 Leicester 21 -4 28
    14 Reading 20 6 27
    15 Nott'm Forest 19 4 27
    16 Doncaster 20 -3 27
    17 Bristol City 20 -4 26
    18 Ipswich 21 -8 24
    19 Hull 20 -6 23
    20 Sheff Utd 20 -12 22
    21 Middlesbrough 21 -10 21
    22 Crystal Palace 21 -13 21
    23 Scunthorpe 20 -12 20
    24 Preston 21 -14 19


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