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Oakwell Stadium (ATT 8,227) 24th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Whitestone

Barnsley Barnsley vs Cardiff City Cardiff

Barnsley 1

J Mellis (76)

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Cardiff 2

B Nugent (22)
A Gunnarsson (51)
S Lappin (S/O 89)

Cardiff win 2-1 at Barnsley to go top of the Championship table

Last Updated: 24/11/12 5:20pm

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Aron Gunnarsson: Headed home Cardiff's second goal

Aron Gunnarsson: Headed home Cardiff's second goal

Cardiff moved to the top of the Championship table with a 2-1 victory at Oakwell that heaped more misery on struggling Barnsley.

Cardiff, who went to the summit after Crystal Palace failed to win at Leeds, controlled the majority of play and took the lead when Ben Nugent headed home his first career goal in the 22nd minute.

They doubled their lead six minutes into the second half when they enjoyed more success at a set-piece, with Aron Gunnarsson nodding in another Peter Whittingham delivery.

The win, which came despite a late dismissal for Simon Lappin, ended Cardiff's poor away run. It was their first victory in seven games on the road and an automatic promotion challenge looks on the cards for Malky Mackay's side.

In contrast, things could not be going worse for Barnsley, though they did at least make a game of it when Jacob Mellis tucked home from close range in the final 15 minutes. But they are now winless in seven and without a home win since September 1, with a gloomy winter beckoning at Oakwell.

The Reds started well, with Jonathan Greening's intricate passing fitting in with their style and he was involved in a nice move that saw Scott Golbourne cross for Craig Davies, but the striker fired over from eight yards.

After a spell of three chances in two minutes, the visitors went ahead midway through the first half. First Greening was dispossessed in a dangerous position by Craig Noone, but his shot went just wide of the post and a minute later Joe Mason was set free only to be denied by a fingertip save from Luke Steele.

But from the resulting corner, Nugent got in front of his marker and powered Whittingham's delivery home.

Barnsley tried to respond before the break, but Matt Done mis-kicked his shot when picked out by Marcus Tudgay and then David Marshall produced a fine low save from Davies' fierce effort from just inside the 18-yard box.

In the second half, Martin Cranie was caught dawdling on the ball in his own area, Mason stole it off him and pulled it back to Heidar Helguson, but Steele somehow pulled off a miraculous save as he flung himself across goal.

But Steele's heroics were in vain as an unmarked Gunnarsson headed home the corner to give Mackay's side breathing space.

It could have got worse had Steele not kept out Rudy Gestede's palm-stinger and Kim Bo-kyung dragged the rebound wide.

Barnsley did at least make a game of it when Mellis converted Scott Wiseman's deep cross in the 76th minute, but, despite Cardiff going down to 10 men and a late flurry, they could not find a leveller.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13