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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

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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