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Crystal Palace   1 - 0   Cardiff

Crystal Palace v Cardiff City

Crystal Palace 1-0 Cardiff City

Kagisho Dikgacoi's second-half strike eased Crystal Palace's Championship relegation worries at Selhurst Park as Cardiff City slipped to fourth.

Cardiff had a golden chance to score first but Peter Whittingham missed a penalty midway through the second half.

Whittingham hit the post from the spot after Palace defender David Wright was adjudged to have handled in the box.

But the home side took all three points with Dikgacoi's 82nd minute strike into the bottom left corner.

The result was a further blow to Dave Jones's men after they had lost 2-0 at home to Ipswich on Saturday but it was a massive boost to the Eagles' survival prospects.

Palace, unbeaten at home in 10 games, were largely dominant during the opening period and constantly forced the Bluebirds on to the back foot.

In the ninth minute, Palace threatened when Wright crossed dangerously and James Vaughan headed goalwards from 12 yards.

Bluebirds goalkeeper Stephen Bywater made a comfortable save and two minutes later Palace went close again when Vaughan's shot from six yards was on target but Bywater made a smart stop to turn the ball around the post.

Eagles frontman Vaughan went close again in the 15th minute when Dikgacoi flighted in a teasing cross but Vaughan could only send his header wastefully wide from 12 yards.

Jones disappointed at Palace coup

Cardiff eventually provided a riposte in the 28th minute when Jay Emmanuel-Thomas hit a 25-yard shot which Palace keeper Julian Speroni was able to save comfortably.

But the momentum remained largely with the home side and they fashioned another decent opening in the 33rd minute.

Neil Danns was afforded the time and space to strike a shot wide from 12 yards as the Bluebirds were again let off the hook.

The visitors, despite fielding three strikers in Jay Bothroyd, Michael Chopra and Craig Bellamy, struggled to make an impression on the visitors' goal.

In the 40th minute Bothroyd hit a 25-yard effort, which Anthony Gardner did superbly well to block.

Shortly after the restart, Emmanuel-Thomas also hit a shot from distance which Darren Ambrose did well to block as Cardiff began to up the tempo after their insipid first-half showing.

Bellamy also came more into the game but Gardner blocked the Welshman's cross as he tried to deliver a dangerous ball into the box.

Just before the hour mark, Emmanuel-Thomas did superbly well to hit a shot which Julian Speroni tipped around a post.

Cardiff's Kevin McNaughton then drilled a 25-yard shot just wide of Speroni's left-hand post and moments later they went closer still when midfielder Stephen McPhail fired goalwards from long range but Speroni did well to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Cardiff were now dominating but an inswinging corner from Bellamy was headed wastefully over the bar by Dekel Keinan.

In the 69th minute, Wright handled and Whittingham missed the target before Palace struck the decisive blow eight minutes from time.

Counago did well to find Dikgacoi and he fired home a right-footed shot into the corner from 12 yards.

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Crystal Palace 1-0 Cardiff FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Dikgacoi 82

    Crystal Palace

    • 01 Speroni
    • 02 Clyne
    • 03 Wright
    • 05 McCarthy yellow card
    • 29 Moxey
    • 31 Gardner
    • 07 Ambrose (Davis 85)
    • 08 Danns
    • 34 Dikgacoi yellow card
    • 09 Iversen (Counago 69)
    • 20 Vaughan (Scannell 89)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Price,
    • 04 Davis,
    • 10 Garvan,
    • 14 Scannell,
    • 16 Zaha,
    • 19 Easter,
    • 32 Counago

    Cardiff

    • 43 Bywater
    • 02 McNaughton
    • 05 Hudson
    • 12 Keinan yellow card
    • 14 Quinn
    • 07 Whittingham
    • 10 McPhail
    • 25 Emmanuel-Thomas (Parkin 84)
    • 08 Chopra (Burke 80)
    • 09 Bothroyd
    • 39 Bellamy

    Substitutes

    • 13 Brown,
    • 06 Gyepes,
    • 04 Rae,
    • 11 Burke,
    • 23 Blake,
    • 27 Matthews,
    • 16 Parkin
    Ref: RussellAtt: 12,549
    CRYSTAL PALACE
    CARDIFF

    Possession

    • Crystal Palace 40%
    • Cardiff 60%

    Attempts on target

    • Crystal Palace 4
    • Cardiff 6

    Attempts off target

    • Crystal Palace 2
    • Cardiff 3

    Corners

    • Crystal Palace 3
    • Cardiff 5

    Fouls

    • Crystal Palace 5
    • Cardiff 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:15 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+4:43 Chris Burke has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 90:00+4:10 Pablo Counago is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.
    • 90:00+2:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Parkin on Anthony Gardner. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:59 Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Sean Scannell coming on for James Vaughan.
    • 86:20 Jay Bothroyd is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 84:14 Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Claude Davis coming on for Darren Ambrose.
    • 83:57 Substitution Jon Parkin replaces Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
    • 82:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Vaughan by Dekel Keinan. David Wright takes the free kick.
    • 82:48 Booking Dekel Keinan booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 81:06 Assist by Pablo Counago.
    • 81:06 GOAL - Kagisho DikgacoiCrystal Palace 1 - 0 Cardiff Kagisho Dikgacoi scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 1-0 Cardiff.
    • 79:46 Substitution Chris Burke comes on in place of Michael Chopra.
    • 79:02 Corner crossed in by Darren Ambrose.
    • 75:39 Handball decision goes against Jay Bothroyd. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 73:18 Handball decision goes against Kagisho Dikgacoi. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
    • 73:18 Booking The referee shows Kagisho Dikgacoi a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 71:52 James Vaughan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.
    • 71:18 Neil Danns fouled by Paul Quinn, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Ambrose delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
    • 69:00 Booking Patrick McCarthy is shown a yellow card.
    • Correction - 68:38 Penalty missed wide right by Peter Whittingham.
    • Correction - 68:38 Handball decision goes against David Wright.
    • Correction - 68:38 Substitution Steffen Iversen goes off and Pablo Counago comes on.
    • 68:38 Penalty taken by Peter Whittingham and missed.
    • 68:38 Nathaniel Clyne is adjudged to have handled the ball.
    • 68:38 Substitution Pablo Counago comes on in place of Steffen Iversen.
    • 66:05 Foul by Neil Danns on Kevin McNaughton, free kick awarded. Peter Whittingham produces a cross, Mark Hudson takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
    • 64:43 Corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line to the near post, Header from deep inside the area by Dekel Keinan goes over the bar.
    • 64:37 The ball is crossed by Craig Bellamy, Nathaniel Clyne gets a block in.
    • 63:27 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line, clearance by Anthony Gardner.
    • 63:10 Stephen McPhail takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a save.
    • 61:35 Shot from outside the area by Kevin McNaughton misses to the left of the target.
    • 60:25 Dekel Keinan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Vaughan. Darren Ambrose takes the direct free kick.
    • 58:57 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line to the near post, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:37 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
    • 57:36 Peter Whittingham challenges Darren Ambrose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anthony Gardner takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:00 Neil Danns is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.
    • 56:09 Nathaniel Clyne produces a cross, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.
    • 54:02 Jay Bothroyd fouled by Patrick McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Bellamy.
    • 52:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton by Neil Danns. Stephen Bywater takes the direct free kick.
    • 51:08 A cross is delivered by Stephen McPhail, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance.
    • 49:48 The ball is swung over by Craig Bellamy, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
    • 48:46 James Vaughan is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mark Hudson.
    • 48:24 The ball is delivered by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
    • 47:02 Corner taken by Paul Quinn from the right by-line played to the near post, David Wright makes a clearance.
    • 46:45 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Darren Ambrose gets a block in.
    • 46:26 The ball is crossed by Peter Whittingham, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:10 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Hudson on James Vaughan. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Darren Ambrose from left wing, clearance made by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
    • 43:37 The official flags James Vaughan offside. Stephen Bywater restarts play with the free kick.
    • 43:21 Dean Moxey crosses the ball, Dekel Keinan makes a clearance.
    • 43:07 Kagisho Dikgacoi sends in a cross, clearance by Mark Hudson.
    • 40:09 Dekel Keinan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Vaughan. Direct free kick taken by David Wright.
    • 39:01 Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Anthony Gardner gets a block in.
    • 38:18 Stephen McPhail delivers the ball, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.
    • 35:23 Neil Danns concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McNaughton. Dekel Keinan takes the free kick.
    • 34:55 James Vaughan takes a shot. Save made by Stephen Bywater.
    • 32:31 Shot by Neil Danns from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 29:46 The ball is crossed by James Vaughan, clearance by Dekel Keinan.
    • 27:05 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni.
    • 24:57 Foul by Mark Hudson on James Vaughan, free kick awarded. Dean Moxey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:33 Jay Bothroyd is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 19:30 The ball is delivered by Kevin McNaughton, Dean Moxey makes a clearance.
    • 18:30 The offside flag is raised against Michael Chopra. Free kick taken by Anthony Gardner.
    • 16:15 The offside flag is raised against James Vaughan. Stephen Bywater restarts play with the free kick.
    • 14:19 Kagisho Dikgacoi produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by James Vaughan misses to the right of the goal.
    • 13:30 The ball is swung over by Darren Ambrose.
    • 10:49 Corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose.
    • 10:32 James Vaughan takes a shot. Save by Stephen Bywater.
    • 8:46 David Wright produces a cross, James Vaughan takes a shot. Save by Stephen Bywater.
    • 7:57 Peter Whittingham is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
    • 6:26 Neil Danns concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McNaughton. Kevin McNaughton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:26 Darren Ambrose crosses the ball, Mark Hudson manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:57 Corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the left by-line, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas makes a clearance.
    • 3:09 James Vaughan crosses the ball.
    • 1:56 A cross is delivered by Craig Bellamy, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
    • 1:23 Craig Bellamy decides to take a short corner.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 8 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 36 35 70
    2 Swansea 36 17 63
    3 Norwich 36 13 63
    4 Cardiff 36 14 61
    5 Leeds 36 11 60
    6 Nott'm Forest 36 14 59
    7 Burnley 34 12 56
    8 Reading 36 17 54
    9 Hull 36 3 52
    10 Leicester 36 -2 52
    11 Watford 35 9 50
    12 Millwall 36 8 50
    13 Portsmouth 36 1 50
    14 Bristol City 36 -4 47
    15 Barnsley 36 -10 46
    16 Ipswich 35 0 45
    17 Doncaster 36 -17 43
    18 Coventry 35 -7 41
    19 Derby 36 -6 40
    20 Middlesbrough 35 -9 40
    21 Crystal Palace 36 -21 38
    22 Scunthorpe 35 -27 34
    23 Sheff Utd 36 -24 32
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