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Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2 – match report:

Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2: Bostwick and Gayle seal hard-fought win at Bluebirds' fortress


17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012



17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012

Table-topping Cardiff had their perfect record in home npower Championship matches ruined by struggling Peterborough today.

The Bluebirds had won all 10 league matches at the Cardiff City Stadium this season but were stunned by a Posh side who had failed to win in eight.

Michael Bostwick put the struggling visitors ahead after 22 minutes with a superb long-range effort and on-loan Dagenham striker Dwight Gayle netted the second two minutes after the interval.

In it goes: Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal

In it goes: Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal


Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton (Gunnarsson 51), Turner, Connolly, Taylor, Whittingham, Cowie (Mutch 53), Conway (Gestede 64), Noone, Helguson, Bellamy.

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Kim, Mason, Lappin.

Booked: Connolly, Helguson, Cowie, Turner.

Goal: Gestede 89.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Zakuani, Bostwick, Knight-Percival (Alcock 68), Tomlin, Rowe (Brisley 83), Newell (Ferdinand 82), Little, Thorne, Boyd, Gayle.

Subs Not Used: Day, Swanson, McCann, Gordon-Hutton.

Booked: Bostwick, Knight-Percival, Zakuani, Tomlin.

Goals: Bostwick 22,Gayle 47.

Attendance: 22,073

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

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Rudy Gestede's late goal ensured a nervy finish for Darren Ferguson's team, but they held on for three crucial points.

The result saw Cardiff's lead at the
summit reduced to two points, while Peterborough climbed off the bottom
ahead of Sheffield Wednesday's visit to Barnsley.

The hosts thought they had taken the
lead after just four minutes when Heidar Helguson headed home from Craig
Bellamy's free-kick, but it was ruled out for offside.

Peterborough began to grow into the
game after a nervy start and Tommy Rowe's industry down the left wing
created a chance for George Boyd, but his left-footed strike was well
held by David Marshall.

They went even closer to breaking the
deadlock moments later as Ben Turner was forced to acrobatically clear
Boyd's deflected effort off the line.

Cardiff failed to heed the warnings and fell behind midway through the half.

Posh capitalised on the dubious award of a free-kick, Boyd rolling it to Bostwick, who rifled in from 20 yards.

Bellamy attempted to muster an
immediate response but after expertly controlling a loose ball on the
edge of the box, he pulled his effort just wide.

The Welshman threatened again soon
after, latching onto Craig Conway's superb pass before cutting the ball
back for Craig Noone, who could only find the gloves of Robert Olejnik
with his shot.

But having failed to make the most of
their dominance in the latter stages of the first half, the hosts fell
behind early in the second.

Lee Tomlin fed Gayle and he raced
through, slotting coolly past Marshall to make it four goals in three
matches and the first time this season Cardiff have conceded more than
one goal in their own backyard.

Gayle was afforded space to try and double his tally after 63 minutes but his low powerful shot was tipped wide by Marshall.

A clearly out-of-sorts Cardiff outfit
struggled to mount any meaningful response, though Helguson perhaps
should have done better with Bellamy's cross, fluffing wide when well

The Icelandic striker then outmuscled
Gabriel Zakuani to carve out a shooting opportunity, only to hook just
wide from inside the box.

Gayle should have put the game beyond
doubt but somehow contrived to fire straight at Marshall from four
yards, and Cardiff ensured a tense finish for the visitors when Gestede
turned in Turner's flick on.

But, despite six minutes of stoppage time, there was to be no sting in the tail.

Hull 2 Ipswich 1 – match report

Hull 2 Ipswich 1: Jewell near brink after Proschwitz makes his marks



16:44 GMT, 20 October 2012

Nick Proschwitz's brace for Hull City pushed his side into to the npower Championship play-off spots with a 2-1 win against Ipswich Town at the KC Stadium.

The visitors survived a barrage of City chances in the first half to take the lead on 29 minutes through Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

But Ipswich were pegged back by Proschwitz's first club goal on 73 minutes, set up by fellow summer signing Ahmed Elmohamady.

Blow: Paul Jewell's side lost despite leading for much of the game

Blow: Paul Jewell's side lost despite leading for much of the game

Match facts

Hull: Amos, Rosenior (Mclean 62), McKenna, Faye (Chester 70), Dawson, Elmohamady, McShane, Olofinjana (Proschwitz 70), Quinn, Simpson, Aluko.

Subs Not Used: Oxley, Evans, Cooper, Townsend.

Goals: Proschwitz 74, 90.

Ipswich: Henderson, Edwards, Chambers, Higginbotham, Cresswell, Emmanuel Thomas, Wellens, Reo-Coker, Murphy (Drury 80), Campbell (Chopra 75),Martin (Mohsni 71).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Scotland, Hyam, Smith.

Booked: Murphy, Wellens, Henderson, Drury.

Goals: Emmanuel-Thomas 29.

Att: 15,983

Ref: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)

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The German striker's effort sparked a
flurry of chances for the hosts, but it was Proschwitz himself who
ensured three points with an injury-time header to give City a second
successive win.

City had a point to prove at the KC
stadium – having lost their last two home games – and they showed their
intentions in the fifth minute when Sone Aluko's corner was met by Paul
McShane, whose shot needed a scrambled clearance from Ipswich.

Aluko was gifted City's best chance
on goal after 16 minutes when defender Danny Higginbotham slipped in the
Ipswich box. However, with just keeper Stephen Henderson to beat, Aluko
fired well over.

It was City's game to dominate as
Ipswich only had a Lee Martin shot saved easily by keeper Ben Amos to
show for their early efforts.

Henderson was kept busy at the other
end by the Tigers and he needed to be quick to collect Aluko's
through-ball with Jay Simpson rushing on.

Emmanuel-Thomas then gave the visitors the lead against the run of play.

A quickly taken free-kick on the
right saw the 21-year-old given the chance to jink his way into the box
and, with no City defenders closing him down, fire into the bottom

Emmanuel-Thomas almost made it two
for the visitors, who were growing in confidence, only for Liam Rosenior
to make a last-ditch tackle to deny the shot before Daryl Murphy headed
over from a corner just before the break.

City came out firing in the second
half with two early chances, as Abdoulaye Faye's looping header was
tipped over by Henderson before Andy Dawson's long-range effort whizzed
narrowly over.

Ipswich retaliated through Martin and Nigel Reo-Coker, both of whom tested Amos with strong shots.

City brought on Aaron McLean just
after the hour mark followed by a double substitution with Proschwitz
and James Chester taking the field, and the hosts at last found vigour.

Stephen Quinn headed wide from Elmohamady's cross before Simpson fed Mclean on the right, who shot straight at Henderson.

The pressure yielded rewards on 73
minutes as Elmohamady found space on the right-hand byline to cross low
for Proschwitz, who made no mistake from point-blank range.

City should have been ahead on 84
minutes, only for Quinn's long-range effort to strike the bar before
Proschwitz shot hopelessly over from six yards.

But the German made amends in
dramatic style by meeting Elmohamady's cross in almost the final minute
of injury time to power the winner past Henderson.