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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 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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