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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 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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