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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 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 45 87
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 45 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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