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Ninian Park (ATT 12,250) 5th March 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Gallagher

Cardiff Cardiff City vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Bluebirds bag vital win

By Rob Lancaster.   Last Updated: 05/03/05 2:43pm

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Cardiff's hopes of remaining in the Championship received a boost as a goal from Joe Ledley was enough to give them a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United.

The Bluebirds were able to put their financial problems to one side as they scored the only goal of the game 15 minutes from time.

Ledley managed to convert Jobi McAnuff's cross to break the deadlock in a far from inspiring encounter at Ninian Park.

It was his third goal of the campaign and helped ease the tension amongst the home fans who had seen their team win just once in their last four league outings.

The Blades failed to find their best form on their travels as their midweek FA Cup exertions against Arsenal appeared to be taking their toll.

Derek Geary fired over from long range for the visitors in a poor first half that saw the lively Peter Thorne forced off through injury.

The second half did start brightly with former York City man Lee Bullock stinging Paddy Kenny's palms in the away goal in the opening minute.

Kenny was forced into action to block Cameron Jerome's goal bound effort soon after as Cardiff took control.

However, it appeared the game was set to end in stalemate until Ledley popped up with the winner that gave the home side the spoils.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 33 65
2 Middlesbrough 33 63
3 Ipswich Town 33 60
4 Bournemouth 33 59
5 Norwich City 33 59
6 Watford 33 59
7 Brentford 33 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 54
9 Nottingham Forest 33 47
10 Blackburn Rovers 33 44
11 Sheffield Wednesday 33 43
12 Huddersfield Town 33 42
13 Cardiff City 33 41
14 Leeds United 33 41
15 Reading 33 40
16 Charlton Athletic 33 39
17 Birmingham City 33 39
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 33 37
19 Bolton Wanderers 33 37
20 Fulham 33 36
21 Rotherham United 33 34
22 Millwall 33 31
23 Wigan Athletic 33 25
24 Blackpool 33 22

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