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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 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26

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