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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 42 90
2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 41 67
6 Reading 42 64
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 42 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 42 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 60
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 54
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 50
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 42 46
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 42 43
20 Blackpool 42 42
21 Charlton Athletic 41 41
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 42 36

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