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Cardiff City Stadium (ATT 23,231) 12th March 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: N Miller

Cardiff Cardiff City vs Leicester City Leicester

Cardiff 1

R Gestede (90+3)

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Leicester 1

M Keane (72)

Championship: Cardiff leave it late to steal a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester

Last Updated: 13/03/13 6:42am

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Rudy Gestede: Scored winner for the Championship leaders

Rudy Gestede: Scored winner for the Championship leaders

Cardiff substitute Rudy Gestede nodded home a dramatic late equaliser to earn the Championship leaders a 1-1 draw against Leicester.

Michael Keane's second-half header looked to have sentenced Cardiff to their second defeat in three home games.

But two minutes into time added on Gestede converted Andrew Taylor's cross to increase their lead over Hull City at the top of the table to four points.

Cardiff came into the match looking to get back to winning ways after a recent wobble but both sides had chances in an end-to-end opening.

After Chris Wood forced a save out of home goalkeeper David Marshall in the ninth minute, City defender Matthew Connolly was at his best with a double block to deny Lloyd Dyer and David Nugent.

Dyer and Wood continued to threaten on the break for the Foxes, who had taken just one point from a possible nine prior to kick-off, and the latter threatened just before the break but the winger's effort was comfortable for Marshall.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay rang the changes at half-time with Mark Hudson, who had struggled on with his injury, and winger Craig Noone replaced by Kevin McNaughton and Craig Bellamy, who scored the winner when the sides met back in December.

Wood continued to be the away side's main threat and he was denied when clear through on the hour mark by Marshall. The keeper pulled off a crucial save to tip the former West Brom man's effort around the post in arguably the best chance of the game to that point.

At the other end Aron Gunnarsson clipped the crossbar with a cross that almost found a way past Kasper Schmeichel as both sides continued to search for what would be a vital three points.

The woodwork would be rattled by the Foxes shortly after when Keane's header from Danny Drinkwater's corner hit the post. But the ball was eventually swung back in by Sean St Ledger and the Manchester United loanee made no mistake at the second attempt to head home from six yards out to delight the 976 travelling fans.

Cardiff introduced Gestede for Craig Conway in an attempt to force an equaliser and he nodded over a Whittingham cross with six minutes to go.

But the Frenchman made no mistake deep into added time to secure their second consecutive 1-1 draw.

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1 Middlesbrough 35 66
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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