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Ninian Park (ATT 10,815) 22nd October 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Russell

Cardiff Cardiff City vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

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Brilliant Cardiff hammer Crewe

By Lewis Rutledge.   Last Updated: 22/10/05 6:30pm

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Cardiff demolished struggling Crewe 6-1 to send a message out to the rest of The Championship.

The Welsh side were tipped for the drop at the start of the season, and looked no better than Dario Gradi's side as they went into the break 1-1, but turned in a stunning second half performance.

Michael Ricketts opened the scoring for Cardiff with a clinical effort after 18 minutes, thrashing a fierce shot into the bottom corner.

Crewe came back strongly though, and were rewarded for a sustained spell of pressure when Stephen Foster headed home Kenny Lunt's free kick (31).

Joe Ledley restored the home side's advantage just after the restart, nodding in Ricketts' cross from the right.

Kevin Cooper made it 3-1 on the hour mark, rifling in a left foot shot after good work from Jason Koumas.

By now Cardiff were rampant, and they extended their lead after 67 minutes, Darren Purse stroking in a penalty after substitute Alan Lee had been brought down.

The fifth goal arrived just one minute later, teenager Cameron Jerome latching on to a clever Jeff Whitley pass and smashing home from 12 yards.

Koumas claimed his reward for a fantastic individual performance, firing into the top corner to complete the rout (74), and an impressive victory for The Bluebirds.

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Sky Bet Championship

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

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