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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 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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