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Ninian Park (ATT 14,821) 23rd April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson

Cardiff Cardiff City vs Reading Reading

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Cardiff sink Royals

Last Updated: 23/04/05 6:30pm

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Cardiff boosted their hopes of Championship survival with a 2-0 success over play-off chasing Reading.

Peter Thorne and Cameron Jerome did the damage for The Bluebirds at Ninian Park, as Cardiff brushed aside a tepid effort from Steve Coppell's side.

Cardiff could have taken the lead through Richard Langley in the opening stages but he fired over before, in the 12th minute, Thorne broke the game's deadlock.

New boy Neal Ardley went down the right flank and from his delivery, Thorne connected to net his 14th goal of the season.

For Reading, Paul Brooker could have converted a leveller but Neil Alexander was equal to it in Cardiff's goal.

On the half hour mark and Jerome put the game beyond the visitors, when after Reading failed to clear a corner, he was clinical in his finish to dispatch Cardiff's second.

Thorne struck a post in the second period as Reading, who have only won six games on the road all season, struggled to find any foothold in what was a costly defeat.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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