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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 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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