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Bramall Lane (ATT 18,240) 18th December 2004 - Kick off 12:00 Ref: A Marriner

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Cardiff City Cardiff

Blades sink 10-man Cardiff

By Patrick Goss.   Last Updated: 18/12/04 1:45pm

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A moment of madness by Graham Kavanagh proved costly for Cardiff, as Sheffield United took advantage of the City skipper's dismissal to come from behind and claim a 2-1 win.

Cardiff had worked hard to gain the lead, with loan man Neil Harris bagging his first for the club, but Kavanagh dived into a challenge with Jon Harley to earn a second first-half booking and hand the advantage to the hosts.

Goals from Andy Liddell and Andy Gray turned the game on its head and gave Neil Warnock's men all three points.

Harley had missed a good chance from the edge of the box, and it looked more costly when Cardiff scored against the run of play.

A neat one-two from Harris with Peter Thorne sent him through on the left and he made no mistake in opening his account for the club.

Kavanagh's dismissal allowed United to come into it in more positive mood after the break, and Michael Tonge was unlucky when his effort cannoned off the woodwork.

But an equaliser looked inevitable, and it arrived when Tonge laid on a fine chance for Liddell - who made no mistake.

Gray then sealed a victory for The Blades, firing home from close range to the delight of the Bramall Lane crowd.

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

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