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Cardiff 1 Barnsley 1 – match report: Stephen Foster equaliser denies Bluebirds

Cardiff 1 Barnsley 1: Last-minute equaliser stuns hosts, but Bluebirds remain on track for Premier League

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Andrew Gwilym, Press Association

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21:08 GMT, 9 April 2013

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21:08 GMT, 9 April 2013

Stephen Foster grabbed a dramatic last-gasp equaliser to earn Barnsley a valuable point and hold up Cardiff's promotion push.

The hosts had looked set to move a step closer to the Barclays Premier League when centre-half Ben Turner guided home Kim Bo-Kyung's corner just before the hour mark.

The Welsh side also hit the post through Craig Bellamy, but they were punished for failing to capitalise on their dominance when Foster's deflected shot trickled over the line with what was effectively the last kick of the match.

Late drama: Foster is mobbed (middle) after scoring the equaliser for Barnsleyequaliser for Barnsley

Late drama: Foster is mobbed (middle) after scoring the equaliser for Barnsley

Match facts

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Turner, Barnett, Taylor, Smith (Conway 80), Kim (Whittingham 68), Gunnarsson, Mutch, Bellamy, Mason Mason (Helguson 58).

Subs not used: Lewis, Gestede, Noone, Nugent.

Booked: Gunnarsson, Barnett.

Scorer: Turner 59.

Barnsley: Steele, Wiseman, Hassell, Foster, Kennedy, Mellis (Dagnall 70) , Dawson, O'Brien (Cywka 61) , Perkins, Harewood (Scotland 67) , O'Grady.

Subs: Alnwick, Scotland, Dagnall, Jones, Cywka, Rose, Patterson.

Booked: O'Grady.

Scorer: Foster 90.

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex)

Attendance: 22,584.

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Despite the setback, Cardiff's
promotion still appears a formality as they now lead third-placed
Watford by nine points with five games remaining.

Barnsley, though, will not care about
spoiling the party after stealing a point which moves them two clear of
the drop zone, despite being penned in their own half for much of the
game.

The tone of the contest was set
during a confident start from the hosts, which saw Tommy Smith, Bellamy
and Aron Gunnarsson all got away shots on goal, although Luke Steele was
only required to save the first of those efforts.

Bellamy came close to rewarding the
bright opening in the 18th minute – Steele diverting his shot against
the post after the Wales international retrieved Smith's fizzing ball
across the box.

Barnsley were happy to drop deep and
look to hit on the break, but it took almost half an hour for them to
threaten the Cardiff goal; Marlon Harewood had the ball in the net but
was correctly called back for offside.

Jordan Mutch, Kim and Gunnarsson were
enjoying the run of midfield, and Steele made an excellent save to tip
the former Birmingham man's stinging drive round the post.

The midfield trio linked beautifully
again on 37 minutes, and it took a brave Foster block to deny Gunnarsson
as he prepared to pull the trigger.

The extent of Cardiff's dominance was
such it appeared a case of when, not if, they would open the scoring,
but the Tykes gave them a real scare early in the second half.

The Bluebirds were slow to react to a
short corner and Bobby Hassell just failed to make a telling contact
with David Perkins' pin-point cross.

Cardiff responded to the wake-up call
and a lovely touch from Mutch set up Kim for the Korean to fire across
goal, while Leon Barnett could not adjust in time after Steele punched
poorly in his own six-yard box.

Going up Cardiff will hope they can still gain promotion with the remaining five games

Going up Cardiff will hope they can still gain promotion with the remaining five games

Going up Cardiff will hope they can still gain promotion with the remaining five games

Going up Cardiff will hope they can still gain promotion with the remaining five games

The pressure had to tell, and the goal finally came from an unlikely source.

Kim whipped a dangerous corner into
the six-yard box and Turner stuck out a leg to guide the ball just
inside the post for his first goal of the season.

The lead was almost doubled three
minutes later. Mutch had a shot blocked by Hassell, while Barnett and
Gunnarsson had efforts cleared off the line from the resulting corner.

With a single-goal lead, Cardiff were
far from out of sight, and Harewood spurned Barnsley's best chance of
the night with a tame effort from Stephen Dawson's astute pass.

Substitute Heidar Helguson wasted a
wonderful chance to wrap up the three points in stoppage time, and it
proved costly as Foster's shot took a big deflection to leave David
Marshall stranded and level the scores.

Watford 0 Cardiff 0 – match report

Watford 0 Cardiff 0: Zola's men lose ground on Hull after goalless draw against leaders

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18:37 GMT, 6 April 2013

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18:45 GMT, 6 April 2013

Watford lost ground in the race for automatic promotion as they were held to a goalless draw by npower Championship leaders Cardiff at Vicarage Road.

Following their 1-0 win over second placed Hull on Tuesday, Gianfranco Zola's side failed to keep pace with their rivals following a frustrating evening.

The point for City leaves them requiring a maximum of seven points from their remaining six games as they take a step closer to the Barclays Premier League.

Promotion chasers: Watford and Cardiff played out a 0-0 draw in a top-of-the-table clash at Vicarage Road

Promotion chasers: Watford and Cardiff played out a 0-0 draw in a top-of-the-table clash at Vicarage Road

MATCH FACTS

Watford: Almunia, Doyley, Cassetti, Ekstrand, Abdi, Battocchio (Hogg 51), Chalobah, Briggs, Anya, Deeney, Vydra (Forestieri 60).

Subs Not Used: Bond, Yeates, Pudil, Thompson, Geijo.

Booked: Cassetti.

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly (McNaughton 10), Turner, Barnett, Taylor, Kim, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Conway (Smith 69), Mason (Gestede 56), Bellamy.

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Whittingham, Cowie, Helguson.

Booked: Gunnarsson, Mutch.

Att: 15,550

Ref: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).

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Zola made two changes to the side
that edged past promotion rivals Hull on Tuesday. Former Arsenal
goalkeeper Manuel Almunia returned between the posts while stalwart
defender Lloyd Doyley was also recalled.

The Bluebirds made just one change
following their 3-0 win against lowly Blackburn over the Easter weekend.
Striker Joe Mason came in to replace the injured Fraizer Campbell.

Malky Mackay's preparations suffered a
huge blow 10 minutes into the game though when Kevin McNaughton was
forced to replace Matthew Connolly at the back.

However, they started the brighter of
the two sides and Bo-kyung Kim soon forced Almunia into a fine save as
he blocked a low effort with his feet.

Craig Conway then fired just wide from the edge with the hosts struggling for a response as they waited for a chance to counter.

Cardiff came closer still as Ben Turner headed over the top before Zola's gameplan began to pay dividends.

On the up Cardiff are five points clear of Hull with a game in hand while Watford sit third in the table

On the up Cardiff are five points clear of Hull with a game in hand while Watford sit third in the table

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Top-scorer Matej Vydra nodded down
for strike partner Troy Deeney but he inexplicably blazed his strike
over the bar from no more than 10 yards.

The Hornets penned their opponents
deep in their own half and with the game bubbling nicely things
threatened to boil over on the touchline.

Zola's assistant, Giancarlo
Corradini, had to be pulled away by the little Italian after clashing
with Mackay as they argued over Aron Gunnarsson's challenge on Cristian
Battocchio.

Referee Mark Halsey kept his cards in
his pocket and Cardiff managed to keep the ball out of their net as
they survived a late onslaught before the break.

The visitors responded positively
after the restart and Almunia did well to save Joel Ekstrand's blushes
pushing away Joe Mason's strike after he seized on an error by the
defender.

Contest: Cardiff captain Craig Bellamy comes under pressure from Watford's Matthew Briggs

Contest: Cardiff captain Craig Bellamy comes under pressure from Watford's Matthew Briggs

As the game began to open up David
Marshall was forced into action at the opposite end making a terrific
fingertip save to keep out Deeney's header.

Conway fired a volley narrowly wide
before Hornets substitute Fernando Forestieri lashed one inches over the
crossbar as the game continued at a frantic pace.

The former Udinese man then
squandered another promising opportunity as he dragged another effort
wide from the edge after a clever flick by Nathaniel Chalobah.

On the touchline: Watford manager Gianfranco Zola and Cardiff boss Malky Mackay

On the touchline: Watford manager Gianfranco Zola and Cardiff boss Malky Mackay

Cardiff were forced to try and
utilise Gunnarsson's long throw in the closing stages and it very nearly
paid off when Kim's close-range effort was deflected wide of the post.

Mackay's former charges looked as
though they might have the last word when Deeney found a way through but
he was crowded out before he could get a shot away.

Forestieri also saw his shot bravely
blocked over the top during a frantic final few minutes but in the end
both sides were forced to settle for a hard-fought point.

Cardiff 0 Brighton 2 match report: Bluebirds left red-faced byTomasz Kuszczak as Andrea Orlandi and Leonardo Ulloa seal win

Cardiff 0 Brighton 2: Bluebirds left red-faced by Kuszczak as Orlandi and Ulloa seal win

By
Laurie Whitwell

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21:54 GMT, 19 February 2013

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23:31 GMT, 19 February 2013

Tomasz Kuszczak produced an inspired performance to give Cardiff’s Far East owners a compelling argument that red is perhaps not such a lucky colour after all.

The Brighton goalkeeper pulled off a string of brilliant saves on the night thousands of free red scarves were handed to home fans to dissuade them from wearing blue.

Spanish rose: Andrea Orlandi is congratulated by team-mates for his opener

Spanish rose: Andrea Orlandi is congratulated by team-mates for his opener

Match facts

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Noone (Conway 53), Whittingham, Smith, Gunnarsson, Bellamy, Campbell (Helguson 84). Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Cowie, Kim, Mason.

Booked: Hudson.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, El-Abd, Upson, Bridge, Buckley (Forster-Caskey 90), Hammond (Calderon 75), David Lopez, Bridcutt, Orlandi (Dicker 70), Ulloa. Subs not used: Ankergren, Vicente, LuaLua, Barker.

Booked: El-Abd, Bridcutt, Saltor.

Goals: Orlandi 43, Ulloa 90.

Attendance: 23,782.

Referee: Keith Stroud.

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Kuszczak’s clean sheet ensured
counter-attack goals from ex-Swansea winger Andrea Orlandi and Leonardo
Ulloa gave the visitors a somewhat fortunate victory that condemned the
hosts to a first defeat in 10 Championship games.

Malky Mackay’s side went into last
night’s game eight points clear with Premier League promotion firmly in
their sights but by the end the lead was cut to five.

The manager, whose 41st birthday was spoilt by defeat, promised jitters would not creep in.

‘We’ll just make sure we stay
steady,’ he said. ‘I thought we were excellent. We had 22 attempts on
target, which is quite incredible. It was one of those nights where the
goal led a charmed life.’

Gus Poyet was unable to express his
pleasure at closing the gap to the play-off paces to two points because
of a sore throat but first team coach Charlie Oatway stepped in to
praise the former Manchester United No 1.

‘Tomas did very well,’ he said. ‘I
think he’s one of the best keepers outside the Premier League, probably
should be plying his trade still in it.’

Code red: Craig Bellamy speeds past Brighton's Will Buckley but it was in vain

Code red: Craig Bellamy speeds past Brighton's Will Buckley but it was in vain

Cardiff’s Fraizer Campbell clipped
the bar after three minutes and Craig Noone had a shot held well by
Kuszczak. On 20 minutes the Poland international clawed away a curler
from Peter Whittingham, then deflected Craig Bellamy’s shot on to the
woodwork.

David Marshall pulled off a stunning
save of his own to deny Ulloa but the Cardiff goalkeeper could do
nothing to stop Brighton stealing ahead two minutes before the interval.
David Lopez slid a cross to the feet of Orlandi, who scored with the
outside of his left boot.

After the break Cardiff pushed again.
Bellamy howled for a penalty after being shoved by Adam El-Abd as he
sprinted into the area but referee Keith Stroud only awarded a
free-kick.

Kuszczak then tipped over substitute
Craig Conway’s ferocious drive. With five minutes remaining Aron
Gunnarsson glanced wide at the far post from six yards.

Then in the fifth minute of added time, Lopez found Ulloa and the striker slotted in with the aid of a deflection.

Cardiff 1 Millwall 0 – match report

Cardiff 1 Millwall 0: Gestede ensures league leaders move five points above chasing Hull

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17:37 GMT, 29 December 2012

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17:37 GMT, 29 December 2012

Rudy Gestede scored the only goal of the game as league leaders Cardiff made it three in a row against Millwall to move five points clear of second placed Hull.

Manager Malky Mackay dropped striker Heidar Helguson in favour of 24-year-old Gestede who partnered Craig Bellamy while Aron Gunnarsson also came into the midfield.

And it was the former Metz forward who was quickest to repay the faith of his manager after just eight minutes when Craig Noone beat Shane Lowry with a mazy run before crossing for the Frenchman who tapped home from six yards.

Edged: Cardiff narrowly beat Millwall

Edged: Cardiff narrowly beat Millwall

MATCH FACTS

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Conway, Noone (Cowie 73), Gunnarsson (Mutch 45), Gestede (Helguson 77), Bellamy

Subs not used: Lewis, Connolly, Kim Bo-Kyung, Mason

Goal: Gestede

Booked: Conway

Millwall: Forde, Shittu, Lowry, Beevers, Smith, Malone (Feeney 18), Trotter, Henry, Abdou, Henderson, N'Guessan (Batt 64)

Subs not used: M Taylor, Dunne, Smith, Osborne, Wright

Referee: Mark Halsey

Attendance: 24,263

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The visitors' problems worsened 10
minutes later when winger Scott Malone had to be replaced by Liam Feeney
with the Bluebirds already in a rampant mood.

Former Aston Villa defender Lowry
made amends for his early lapse blocking a Bellamy effort inside the box
while goalkeeper David Forde was forced to deal with a flurry of tricky
deliveries in quick succession.

But they were showing no lack of
firepower themselves following 11-goal Chris Wood's return to parent
club West Brom. Lowry delivered for Darius Henderson on 24 minutes whose
header drew a fine stop from David Marshall.

Lions skipper Danny Shittu, who
requested not to be selected by Nigeria for the Africa Cup of Nations
earlier this week, had to be alert at the opposite end just after the
half-hour mark to get in the way of Craig Conway's goal-bound effort.

The hosts were forced into a change
of their own just before the half-time whistle when Aron Gunnarsson had
to make way for Jordon Mutch. The switch interrupted the flow of the
game and they had Marshall to thank again seconds later when he blocked a
stinging drive from Shittu with his feet to ensure they led at the
break.

Substitute Mutch went close to a
second 10 minutes after the restart but Forde produced a flying save to
keep out his long range drive.

Dangerous in attack, the hosts looked
susceptible at the back and Dany N'Guessan, recalled to the starting XI
following the departure of Wood, fired a warning shot into the side
netting on the hour mark after a swift counter attack.

Kenny Jackett's side were firmly on
top in the second-half and the impressive Marshall was again called into
action minutes later this time tipping Henry's free-kick round the
post.

His opposite number was keen to prove
his worth as the game began to open up in the final 20 minutes and
Forde kept them in it with a brilliant parry to deny Noone.

Mackay
introduced Helguson in place of Gestede 13 minutes from time as the
Bluebirds used all their experience to hold on for a vital three points.

Cardiff 2 Crystal Palace 1 match report

Cardiff 2 Crystal Palace 1: Bluebirds go five clear after top of the table victory

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Substitute Aron Gunnarsson nodded home the winning goal to complete a Cardiff turnaround which extends their lead at the top of the npower Championship.

An action-packed first half was book-ended by two goals 40 minutes apart, Mike Jedinak stunning the sell-out crowd with an early opener before Craig Noone's equalised a minute before the interval.

Cardiff's goal led a charmed life with Wilfried Zaha's splendid effort hitting the bar and chances aplenty for Palace but half-time substitute

Gunnarsson helped turn the tide for the Bluebirds before scoring his sixth of the season from close range.

Cushion: Aron Gunnarsson's second half goal gave Cardiff victory in their top of the table clash against Crystal Palace. The Bluebirds are now 5 points clear at the top

Cushion: Aron Gunnarsson's second half goal gave Cardiff victory in their top of the table clash against Crystal Palace. The Bluebirds are now 5 points clear at the top

MATCH FACTS

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Conway, Noone (Mason 76), Mutch (Gunnarsson 46), Bellamy,
Helguson (Gestede 57).

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

Booked: Hudson, Noone, Mason

Goals: Noone 44, Gunnarsson 73.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Parr (Easter 87), Moxey, Ramage, Gabbidon, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Zaha, Murray, Bolasie (Moritz 74).

Subs Not Used: Price, Martin, Williams, O'Keefe, Appiah.

Booked: Zaha, Bolasie, Parr, Dikgacoi.

Goals: Jedinak 4.

Attendance: 26,098

Referee: P Gibbs (West Midlands)

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The Eagles came into this match having scored in all-but one of their League games this season so it was perhaps no surprise when captain Jedinak nodded home after just 180 seconds.

But Cardiff's reaction was laboured to say the least and it took until the 16th minute for the Bluebirds to really set their sights on Julian Speroni's goal, Craig Bellamy's ambitious half-volley sparking cries of 'top of the league, you're having a laugh' from the buoyant travelling support.

And the 1,190 behind Speroni's goal had every right to be boisterous given their team's start which they came incredibly close to extending in two first-half minutes.

First Glenn Murray's touch let him down as he raced clear on Marshall's goal after being found by Jonathan Parr. And then Zaha's trickery bamboozled Kevin McNaughton down the Palace left and, after cutting inside, the England international's right-footed curler crashed off the crossbar with the Scottish keeper just a spectator.

When the ball bounced back to Yannick Bolasie his deflected drive forced Marshall into a fingertip save.

A minute later Palace were threatening yet again, Owen Garvan's free-kick forcing Marshall into a low-save.

Mile Jedinak (hidden) scored for Palace after just four minutes but Cardiff fought back

Mile Jedinak (hidden) scored for Palace after just four minutes but Cardiff fought back

At the other end only the combination of Peter Ramage and his keeper Speroni kept out Bellamy after the Welshman tried a cute lob after racing clear with what was comfortably the home side's best chance of a forgettable opening 44 minutes for the table-toppers.

Just when it looked like the Bluebirds would go into the interval behind for the second successive home game they drew level. Bellamy's pace helped him get the better of Parr down the Cardiff left and his pull-back into the box was perfect for Noone to hammer a first-time effort into the top of the Palace net.

After an off-colour first-half display Malky Mackay shuffled his midfield at the break with Jordon Mutch being replaced by Gunnarsson.

And his change seemed to work a treat, with the Iceland midfielder helping to stop the constant stream of Palace chances.

Equaliser: Craig Noone (left) celebrates his first half leveller

Equaliser: Craig Noone (left) celebrates his first half leveller

And in fact it took 12 minutes of the second period for the next chance, Garvan's drive flying just inches wide of Marshall's near post.

Bellamy was Cardiff's biggest threat and the 33-year-old tested Speroni with a low drive from an angle from Gunnarsson's clever pass as the game reached the hour mark. And Cardiff were beginning to engineer more chances with Gunnarsson and Whittingham both having opportunities.

And that pressure paid off 27 minutes into the second half when Gunnarsson rose to head in Bellamy's right-footed corner via the underside of the bar.

Only the reactions of Speroni stopped the home side extending their hard-fought lead, the keeper diving right to flick Whittingham's free-kick onto the bar.

Leicester 0 Cardiff 1 – match report

Leicester 0 Cardiff 1: Bellamy goal sends Bluebirds clear at the top after win at Foxes

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17:28 GMT, 22 December 2012

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17:33 GMT, 22 December 2012

Cardiff bounced back from their surprise home defeat to Peterborough with a smash-and-grab victory at Leicester to move three points clear at the top of the npower Championship.

Leicester laid siege to the Bluebirds' goal in the first half with chance after chance going begging.

David Marshall made a handful of saves to keep the Foxes at bay and, when he was beaten by Andy King's long-range effort, a post came to his rescue.

Flying high: Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring the only goal of the game

Flying high: Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring the only goal of the game

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Morgan, Whitbread, De Laet, Dyer (Lingard 68), King, Drinkwater, Knockaert (Marshall 68), Nugent,Vardy (Waghorn 51).

Subs not used: Logan, James, Moore, Futacs.

Cardiff: Marshall, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Connolly, Kim (Cowie 55), Whittingham, Mutch (Gunnarsson 76), Conway, Bellamy, Helguson (Gestede 51).

Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Noone, Mason.

Booked: Turner, Connolly, Whittingham.

Goal: Bellamy 25.

Attendance: 25,055

Referee: Graham Salisbury

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Craig Bellamy looked a threat on the counter-attack throughout and it was he who grabbed the only goal of the game against the run of play after 25 minutes.

The Wales international showed great technique after collecting Craig Conway's pass to find the bottom left-hand corner of the net from 12 yards out.

That seemed to knock the stuffing out of Leicester, who created very little afterward.
The Foxes were unchanged from the side that started last weekend's defeat at Millwall, although striker Martyn Waghorn was fit enough for a place on the bench following surgery to remove his appendix.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay made three changes after seeing his side's 100 per cent home record ended by struggling Peterborough.

Mark Hudson returned to skipper the side after suspension, which saw Matt Connolly revert to right-back and Kevin McNaughton drop to the bench.

Kim Bo-kyung was also restored to the starting line up in place of Craig Noone, while Jordon Mutch took the place of Don Cowie.

Leicester started brightly with Danny Drinkwater firing over early on.

David Nugent became the first home player of the afternoon to be frustrated by Marshall when the Scot parried his effort from the edge of the area.

Smash and grab: Craig Bellamy scores the only goal of the game

Smash and grab: Craig Bellamy scores the only goal of the game

King struck a post after 13 minutes when the ball broke to him outside the area after Marshall had kept out Wes Morgan's header.

Marshall then twice denied Anthony Knockaert when the Frenchman let fly from long range before Bellamy delivered the killer blow for the Foxes.

Jamie Vardy might have done better than head over the crossbar before half-time in what turned out to be Leicester's final real chance.

Pearson's side tried to push for an equalising goal in the second half, but were always wary of the threat caused by Bellamy's pace, perhaps preventing them from committing as many players forward as they would have liked.

Nugent and substitute Ben Marshall fired in shots from outside the box but never worried the Cardiff keeper.

Back-to-back defeats are a blow to Leicester's automatic promotion aspirations, which will come under intense scrutiny again on Boxing Day when they travel to Pearson's former club Hull.

The victory gives Cardiff a slight cushion ahead of their home game against title rivals Crystal Palace in four day's time.

Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2 – match report:

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

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17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012

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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

MATCH FACTS

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
placed.

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.

Blackburn 1 Cardiff 4: Bluebirds stretch lead at the top

Blackburn 1 Cardiff 4: Bellamy dreaming again as Bluebirds stretch lead at the top

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Old boy Craig Bellamy enjoyed a
goalscoring return to Blackburn as Cardiff cantered four points clear at
the top of the Championship.

The Welshman edged his side back in front five minutes after Josh King had cancelled out Mark Hudson’s.

Four-star: Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring Cardiff's second

Four-star: Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring Cardiff's second

MATCH FACTS

Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Grant Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Formica (Nunes 70), Etuhu, Lowe, Markus Olsson (Kazim-Richards 46), King, Rhodes.

Subs not used: Kean, Givet, Pedersen, Rochina, Vukcevic.

Booked: Martin Olsson, Hanley, Lowe.

Goal: King 51.

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Noone (Kim 69), Conway, Cowie, Whittingham, Bellamy (Mason 80), Helguson (Gestede 90).

Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Gunnarsson, Lappin.

Booked: Hudson, Noone, Helguson.

Goals: Hudson 34, Bellamy 55, Mason 84, Kim 85.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 12,460.

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Cardiff went on to make their ascendancy count with substitutes Joe Mason and Kim Bo-Kyung scoring in the final six minutes.

Bellamy, 33, said: ‘I was so fortunate to win a trophy with Liverpool last season but if I can finish my career by getting Cardiff to the Premier League with Cardiff it might be a dream come true.’

Cardiff were on top from the start and there was little doubt they would take their current run to 16 points from a possible 18 on offer. Their constant harrying of Rovers midfield ensured they quickly won back possession and they used it effectively once in control of the ball.

Defender Hudson gave them a 30th-minute lead by heading in his fourth goal of the season from Craig Noone’s cross.

King levelled at the start of the second half, converting a intelligent pass on the turn from substitute Colin Kazim-Richards.

But parity was short-lived. Bellamy, who had hit the bar in the first half, swapped headers with Heidar Helguson and angled a shot home.

Helguson grew increasingly influential and it was his work as a link man that set up Cardiff’s grandstand finish.

Flying high: The Bluebirds are now four points clear at the top of the Championship

Flying high: The Bluebirds are now four points clear at the top of the Championship

His header allowed Mason to run
through and shoot past Robinson before his square ball picked out
Bo-Kyung to fire into the corner.

The defeat extended Rovers’ poor form under new boss Henning Berg.

The Norwegian is yet to see his team
win at home in four attempts and one victory in eight games overall has
seen the side plummet down the table.

Berg admitted: ‘Cardiff were a better
all over. They had better finishing and defended better than us. The
way we used the ball in first half is way off where we want to be. We
can play better.’

Rout: Kim (left) completed the scoring

Rout: Kim (left) completed the scoring

Cardiff 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Bluebirds return to top

Cardiff 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Conway strike makes it perfect 10 for Bluebirds

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17:26 GMT, 2 December 2012

Craig Conway made history as he secured his side's 10th successive victory at the Cardiff City Stadium with 10 minutes remaining and sent the Bluebirds back to the top of the npower Championship.

The Scot finally made the breakthrough with a left-footed drive that meant his side leapfrogged Crystal Palace back to the summit and took their places in the Cardiff record books.

In the second period Gary Madine almost fired Dave Jones' men into the lead against his manager's former employers, only to be denied by the reactions of David Marshall.

Blow: Craig Conway fired his 80th-minute goal in to secure victory

Blow: Craig Conway fired his 80th-minute goal in to secure victory

MATCH FACTS

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Bellamy, Conway, Kim (Mason 60), Mutch (Gunnarsson 79), Whittingham, Helguson (Gestede 70).

Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Cowie, Lappin.

Booked: Mutch.

Goal: Conway 80.

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Taylor, Helan, Llera, Antonio, Lines, Mayor (Jermaine Johnson 64), Prutton, O'Grady (Rodri 86), Sidibe (Madine 33).

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Just like that: Conway ended Sheffield Wednesday's hopes late in the day

Taylor and Bellamy then swapped roles to create the Bluebirds' next
opening with Bellamy missing the target with a header after Peter
Whittingham's inch-perfect through-ball sent Taylor scampering down the
left.

Jordon Mutch, who celebrated his 21st birthday with his first start
since September, was next to get in on the act with a fizzing effort
which was almost headed past his own keeper by Miguel Llera.

Cardiff were beginning to up the ante against a side 23 points below
them and four minutes later Mutch tried his luck again, his powerful
drive from distance parried by Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland before the
ball was hacked to safety by Llera.

Top of the pile: Cardiff made it 10 home wins from 10

Top of the pile: Cardiff made it 10 home wins from 10

Struggling: Wednesday remain in the drop zone

Struggling: Wednesday remain in the drop zone

Despite their hosts' midfield dictating proceedings this Wednesday side
showed little resemblance to the one comprehensively thrashed at home by
Watford on Tuesday as they saw out the rest of the first half without
any real difficulty.

Having found the back of the net in their last 17 Championship matches
it seemed only a matter of time before Malky Mackay's men made the
breakthrough.

Bellamy fired into the midriff of Kirkland and the former Coventry
goalkeeper did well to hold onto Mark Hudson's flick from Bellamy's
cross but Wednesday were proving a tough nut to crack.

Wednesday did switch off at a free-kick allowing Bellamy to cross for
Conway to fire over the bar but a minute later only Marshall denied them
a shock opener. Michail Antonio slipped the first-half substitute
through and his low drive from the right-hand side of the box was well
saved by the Scot's legs.

Then history was made with the next real chance in the 80th minute,
substitute Joe Mason nodding the ball back into the path of Conway just
outside the box. The former Dundee United winger controlled the ball on
his right knee before firing a left-footed shot into Kirkland's bottom
right-hand corner to spark wild celebrations in south Wales.

Derby 1 Cardiff 1 – match report: Theo Robinson denies leaders

Derby 1 Cardiff 1: Noone red card opens door for Rams to deny leaders another win

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Craig Noone's sending-off proved costly for npower Championship leaders Cardiff as Derby hit back to claim a deserved point that maintained their fine record at Pride Park.

After falling behind to Heidar Helguson's close-range header in the 11th minute, the Rams, who have lost just once at home this term, enjoyed much the better of proceedings.

Yet it was only after Noone had seen red for two yellow cards in the space of three second-half minutes that Derby found a way through, with Theo Robinson converting a square pass from Craig Bryson.

Equaliser: Theo Robinson (left) celebrates after scoring for Derby against Cardiff

Equaliser: Theo Robinson (left) celebrates after scoring for Derby against Cardiff

MATCH FACTS

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, Roberts (O'Connor 26), Coutts, Bryson, Hughes, Jacobs (Tyson 67), Sammon, Robinson (Hendrick 82).

Subs Not Used: Fielding, O'Brien, Davies, Freeman.

Booked: Bryson,O'Connor.

Goals: Robinson 69.

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Nugent, Ralls, Noone, Whittingham, Gunnarsson (Conway 73), Kim, Helguson (Mason 79), Bellamy (Mutch 70).

Subs Not Used: Parish, Kiss, Gestede, John.

Sent Off: Noone (63).

Booked: Noone,Mutch.

Goals: Helguson 11.

Att: 20,911

Ref: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

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Cardiff boast a perfect record at
home this term, but points on the road have proven harder to come by,
with Saturday's triumph at Barnsley only their third away win in nine
attempts.

Malky Mackay's men defended
resolutely on this occasion, but could have few complaints at being
denied a fifth successive league victory over Derby.

Craig Bellamy and Joe Ralls replaced
Joe Mason and the suspended Simon Lappin in a Cardiff line-up still
missing several players through injury, while County were unchanged
after young midfielder Will Hughes shook off an ankle knock.

Both sides had chances prior to the visitors' early opener.

Bellamy should have done better when
firing high over the bar from 25 yards, while Derby skipper Richard
Keogh leapt highest to meet a right-wing corner, only for Noone to
scramble the ball off the line.

Cardiff were soon in front courtesy
of Helguson, who was on hand to nod home a rebound after Mark Hudson's
looping header had been tipped on to the crossbar by Adam Legzdins.

Michael Jacobs curled an effort
narrowly wide and Hudson produced a fine aerial clearance to deny
Robinson as Derby responded well.

After Kim Bo-kyung and Bryson had
seen chances go begging at either end, the Rams were then forced into a
change in the 28th minute as Gareth O'Connor replaced a limping Gareth
Roberts.

Can't miss: Striker Heidar Helguson (right) scores for Cardiff early on

Can't miss: Striker Heidar Helguson (right) scores for Cardiff early on

Nigel Clough's men finished the first
half stronger and David Marshall pulled off a fine low save to deny
Paul Coutts before Jake Buxton sent a header on to the roof of the net.

Cardiff remained on the back foot
after the interval, but could have extended their lead when Bellamy
broke clear on the counter. However, the veteran forward once again
failed to keep his shot down.

Strong appeals for a Derby penalty
were waved away after Noone appeared to block Bryson's goalbound shot
with his arm. Yet within seconds, the Cardiff winger was handed a second
booking in quick succession following a late challenge on Hughes.

The hosts swiftly capitalised as Bryson surged into the area before squaring to leave Robinson with the simplest of tap-ins.

Helguson almost restored his team's
lead when he beat Legzdins to a left-wing cross, yet the momentum
remained with Derby and full-back John Brayford twice went close before
another shout for handball in the Cardiff area, this time by Peter
Whittingham, fell on deaf ears.

Ultimately, the Welsh side were able
to hold on, although Paul Connolly was forced to head off the line
during six minutes of injury-time.