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Hillsborough (ATT 30,658) 3rd May 2009 - Kick off 13:15 Ref: P Crossley

Sheff Wed Sheffield Wednesday vs Cardiff City Cardiff

Final day anguish for Cardiff

Bluebirds slip to seventh after defeat to Owls

Last Updated: 03/05/09 3:45pm

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Johnson: Stunning goal

Johnson: Stunning goal

Cardiff suffered the torment of dropping out of the play-off places following a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Bluebirds, who had been in contention for automatic promotion just a few weeks ago, needed only a point from their match at Hillsborough to clinch a top-six berth.

But Jermaine Johnson's superb goal meant they left Yorkshire empty-handed and below Preston in the table, having collected the same amount of points as Alan Irvine's men but scored fewer goals.

Both sides raced out of the blocks, but it was Wednesday who forced the first save in the third minute when City goalkeeper Tom Heaton parried Marcus Tudgay's header.

At the other end Chopra's first touch let him down when Kevin McNaughton's cross bounced through to the unmarked striker at the far post.

Chopra was strong enough to hold off Richard Wood and fire in on goal from the edge of the penalty area, but home goalkeeper Lee Grant saved comfortably.


Owls striker Tudgay was inches wide following Lewis Buxton's cross soon after and was then thwarted by the on-rushing Heaton when chasing a ball over the top.

Cardiff forward Chris Burke then ran at the home defence and when the ball broke free inside the area Whittingham was narrowly wide with his angled drive before Purse's volley ricocheted off Grant in time added on.

Tudgay rifled the ball just over the crossbar shortly after the restart and just when clear-cut chances had dried up, Johnson had the Wednesday faithful in a crowd of 30,658 on their feet.

Tommy Spurr curled over a fine cross and Purse's headed clearance was spectacularly volleyed home by the Jamaica international from the edge of the area to stun Cardiff's travelling army in the 70th minute.

The goal rocked Cardiff back on their heels and when news filtered through that Preston had taken a 2-1 lead against QPR, hearts sank in the Cardiff end.

In truth the visitors appeared to have little to offer in response and although there were five minutes of time added on, Owls goalkeeper Grant had no real scares as his side finished the season on a high with an 11th home win of the season.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37