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Cardiff   1 - 0   Scunthorpe

Cardiff 1- 0 Scunthorpe

Cardiff 1-0 Scunthorpe

Cardiff City left it late to see off Championship strugglers Scunthorpe but moved into second place thanks to Seyi Olofinjana's 85th-minute winner.

Wasted chances seemed set to cost the Bluebirds dear until Jason Koumas whipped over a fine left-foot cross.

Replacement striker Jon Parkin, on for Craig Bellamy, rose well to head back across goal for Olofinjana to nod home.

Bobby Grant nearly equalised in injury time but Cardiff goalkeeper Tom Heaton was alert to palm the ball away.

On-loan Arsenal youngster Jay Emmanuel-Thomas made his third start for the Bluebirds but Peter Whittingham missed out with a dead leg.

Cardiff got just rewards - Jones

Scunthorpe made two changes to the side that was thumped 5-1 at home to Hull last weekend, with on-loan Chelsea defender Ben Gordon coming in for Andrew Wright and Josh Wright replacing Bobby Grant in midfield.

Cardiff dominated the opening exchanges and in the sixth minute a cross by Paul Quinn was greeted by a firm header from Jay Bothroyd which flew wide.

The hosts threatened again in the 12th minute when Emmanuel-Thomas drilled in an 18-yard shot which missed the target.

Bothroyd then hit a free-kick from 35 yards which Scunthorpe's Sam Togwell did well to clear.

In the 21st minute a dangerous cross by Bellamy was cleared by Michael Nelson as the hosts sought to make the breakthrough.

Six minutes later, the hosts went close again when Emmanuel-Thomas hit a fierce shot from 20 yards which Josh Lillis did well to parry clear.

Bellamy, who scored the winning goal in last weekend's derby win at Swansea, then warmed Lillis' hands before Olofinjana had a shot blocked by Nelson.

Cardiff threatened within eight minutes of the restart when Andy Hughes fouled Emmanuel-Thomas and Bothroyd's free-kick flew narrowly over the crossbar.

Moments later Aaron Ramsey hit a shot from six yards which Eddie Nolan blocked and moments later Cardiff made a tactical switch as Chris Burke replaced Emmanuel-Thomas.

In the 59th minute, Bellamy crossed dangerously and Michael Chopra headed goalwards from 12 yards but the effort lacked power and Lillis saved comfortably.

Olofinjana enjoys goal success

Kevin McNaughton and Burke both shot wide as the Bluebirds struggled to make their opportunities pay.

Scunthorpe failed to create many opportunities themselves but they showed enough quality in defence to suggest they could hold on for a precious point to aid their relegation struggle, and Iron striker Joe Garner saw a 25-yard shot go narrowly wide.

However, the hosts finally made the breakthrough with five minutes remaining when Koumas swung in a fine cross.

Parkin climbed well at the far post and the ball reached Olofinjana who swooped to head into the top corner from 12 yards out.

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Saturday, 12 February 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cardiff 1-0 Scunthorpe FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Olofinjana 85

    Cardiff

    • 22 Heaton
    • 02 McNaughton
    • 05 Hudson
    • 12 Keinan
    • 14 Quinn
    • 20 Olofinjana
    • 24 Ramsey
    • 25 Emmanuel-Thomas (Burke 59)
    • 08 Chopra (Koumas 67)
    • 09 Bothroyd
    • 39 Bellamy (Parkin 79)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Marshall,
    • 06 Gyepes,
    • 10 McPhail,
    • 11 Burke,
    • 19 Koumas,
    • 23 Blake,
    • 16 Parkin

    Scunthorpe

    • 22 Lillis
    • 03 Gordon
    • 14 Nelson
    • 21 Nolan
    • 28 Reid
    • 04 Togwell
    • 10 Hughes
    • 16 Wright (Grant 87)
    • 31 Duffy (Collins 71)
    • 19 Miller
    • 33 Garner yellow card (Ibrahim 82)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Slocombe,
    • 12 Raynes,
    • 02 Wright,
    • 18 Collins,
    • 20 Ibrahim,
    • 17 Grant
    Ref: CrossleyAtt: 21,604
    CARDIFF
    SCUNTHORPE

    Possession

    • Cardiff 64%
    • Scunthorpe 36%

    Attempts on target

    • Cardiff 11
    • Scunthorpe 2

    Attempts off target

    • Cardiff 10
    • Scunthorpe 3

    Corners

    • Cardiff 10
    • Scunthorpe 0

    Fouls

    • Cardiff 5
    • Scunthorpe 9
    • Final Result
    • 94:22 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:18 Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.
    • 90:00+2:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Collins on Kevin McNaughton. Direct free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
    • 90:00+1:58 Jon Parkin takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis.
    • 90:00+0:22 Bobby Grant has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save made by Tom Heaton. Andy Hughes takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.
    • 87:31 The referee penalises Bobby Grant for handball. Tom Heaton takes the indirect free kick.
    • 86:42 Substitution Bobby Grant on for Josh Wright.
    • 86:09 The ball is swung over by Eddie Nolan, clearance by Paul Quinn.
    • 84:21 Assist by Jason Koumas.
    • 84:21 GOAL - Seyi OlofinjanaCardiff 1 - 0 Scunthorpe Seyi Olofinjana finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Cardiff 1-0 Scunthorpe.
    • 83:03 The offside flag is raised against Jay Bothroyd. Indirect free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
    • 81:45 Substitution Joe Garner leaves the field to be replaced by Abdisalam Ibrahim.
    • 81:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Joe Garner. Direct free kick taken by Jason Koumas.
    • 81:21 Booking Joe Garner is booked.
    • 80:41 Chris Burke takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Michael Nelson gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jason Koumas, clearance by Josh Wright.
    • 80:13 Paul Quinn sends in a cross. Jason Koumas takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Eddie Nolan manages to make a clearance.
    • 79:48 Aaron Ramsey produces a cross, clearance made by Paul Reid.
    • 79:40 Centre by Seyi Olofinjana, Paul Reid manages to make a clearance.
    • 78:32 Substitution Jon Parkin on for Craig Bellamy.
    • 76:50 Centre by Chris Burke, save by Josh Lillis.
    • 75:36 Centre by Mark Hudson, Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis. Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Miller on Kevin McNaughton. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
    • 75:00 A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, clearance by Eddie Nolan.
    • 74:21 Joe Garner has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 73:55 Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Reid.
    • 72:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dekel Keinan by Lee Miller. Aaron Ramsey takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:29 Centre by Chris Burke, clearance made by Eddie Nolan.
    • 70:53 Substitution (Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Michael Collins coming on for Mark Duffy.
    • 70:40 Effort on goal by Craig Bellamy from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 70:17 Corner taken short by Craig Bellamy, The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, clearance by Paul Reid.
    • 70:07 Craig Bellamy delivers the ball, clearance made by Sam Togwell.
    • 68:42 Chris Burke has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 68:35 The ball is sent over by Paul Quinn.
    • 66:50 Substitution Jason Koumas replaces Michael Chopra.
    • 65:51 The referee blows for offside against Joe Garner. Tom Heaton takes the indirect free kick.
    • 64:43 Shot from just outside the area by Kevin McNaughton misses to the right of the target.
    • 64:05 The ball is swung over by Mark Duffy, Paul Quinn makes a clearance.
    • 61:53 Effort on goal by Chris Burke from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 61:32 Lee Miller is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.
    • 58:55 Craig Bellamy sends in a cross, Michael Chopra takes a shot. Josh Lillis makes a save.
    • 58:07 Ben Gordon has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
    • 58:07 Substitution Chris Burke on for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
    • 57:10 Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Blocked by Eddie Nolan. Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Eddie Nolan.
    • 52:54 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas fouled by Andy Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Jay Bothroyd from the free kick.
    • 51:06 Centre by Mark Duffy, clearance made by Mark Hudson.
    • 49:38 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Paul Reid makes a clearance.
    • 48:40 Dekel Keinan challenges Lee Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Nelson.
    • 46:11 Jay Bothroyd is caught offside. Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:04 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+0:16 Joe Garner is ruled offside. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
    • 44:35 Craig Bellamy has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 42:05 Michael Chopra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Gordon. Ben Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:05 Short corner taken by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from the right by-line, Centre by Aaron Ramsey.
    • 38:49 Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Nelson.
    • 35:53 Jay Bothroyd sends in a cross, save made by Josh Lillis.
    • 35:23 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis.
    • 34:50 The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Miller. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
    • 31:32 Seyi Olofinjana gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Hughes. Direct free kick taken by Andy Hughes.
    • 29:36 Effort from 20 yards by Eddie Nolan. Save by Tom Heaton.
    • 27:55 Kevin McNaughton fouled by Joe Garner, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Ramsey restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 26:26 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Josh Lillis makes a save. Shot by Michael Chopra from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 26:26 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Save made by Eddie Nolan. Michael Chopra produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 21:46 Mark Hudson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Miller. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Duffy, clearance by Seyi Olofinjana.
    • 21:14 The offside flag is raised against Michael Chopra. Josh Lillis takes the indirect free kick.
    • 20:33 A cross is delivered by Craig Bellamy, Michael Nelson manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Craig Bellamy, clearance by Michael Nelson.
    • 19:16 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ben Gordon. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
    • 18:12 Corner taken by Craig Bellamy played to the near post, clearance by Eddie Nolan.
    • 18:00 The ball is swung over by Joe Garner, Kevin McNaughton makes a clearance.
    • 15:07 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Eddie Nolan.
    • 13:59 Paul Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Seyi Olofinjana. Jay Bothroyd has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, clearance made by Sam Togwell.
    • 11:36 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
    • 7:10 Craig Bellamy takes a corner.
    • 5:46 Paul Quinn sends in a cross, Headed effort from the edge of the area by Jay Bothroyd goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 4:14 The ball is crossed by Ben Gordon.
    • 3:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Ramsey on Joe Garner. Josh Lillis takes the direct free kick.
    • 2:46 Paul Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Chopra. Paul Quinn takes the free kick. Michael Chopra fouled by Sam Togwell, the ref awards a free kick. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 12 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 30 31 59
    2 Cardiff 30 14 54
    3 Norwich 31 10 54
    4 Swansea 31 11 53
    5 Nott'm Forest 28 16 52
    6 Leeds 31 10 52
    7 Leicester 31 1 48
    8 Burnley 30 9 46
    9 Millwall 31 9 46
    10 Hull 31 4 45
    11 Watford 29 10 43
    12 Reading 30 11 42
    13 Barnsley 31 -8 41
    14 Coventry 31 -3 39
    15 Ipswich 29 -2 38
    16 Doncaster 29 -7 37
    17 Derby 30 -3 35
    18 Portsmouth 30 -5 35
    19 Bristol City 31 -11 35
    20 Middlesbrough 30 -5 33
    21 Crystal Palace 31 -21 31
    22 Sheff Utd 30 -21 28
    23 Scunthorpe 28 -25 24
    24 Preston 29 -25 21


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