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Cardiff City Stadium (ATT 22,034) 2nd December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Scott

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Craig Conway helps Cardiff to record 10th straight home win

Last Updated: 02/12/12 9:43pm

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Conway: Celebrates his winner for Cardiff

Conway: Celebrates his winner for Cardiff

Craig Conway scored late on as Cardiff beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 to claim a record 10th straight home win and return to the Championship summit.

The Scot finally made the breakthrough on Sunday with a left-footed drive that meant his side leapfrogged Crystal Palace 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.

Just when it looked like Wednesday would end the only 100 per cent home record in English league football, Conway intervened with his first goal of the season.

The Bluebirds have made a habit of scoring very early on in recent games and if Andrew Taylor's first-time effort had been a few inches lower from Craig Bellamy's smart pull-back after just 44 seconds then they would have done it once again. The Welshman's pace left Chris O'Grady for dead before he found the City left-back.

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.

Bellamy fired into the midriff of Kirkland after half-time, 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.

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2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 35 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 35 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 35 48
11 Sheffield Wednesday 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Birmingham City 35 45
14 Cardiff City 35 44
15 Leeds United 35 44
16 Huddersfield Town 35 42
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Wigan Athletic 35 31
23 Millwall 35 31
24 Blackpool 35 22

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