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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 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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