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Ninian Park (ATT 13,377) 31st December 2005 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: C Foy

Cardiff Cardiff City vs Southampton So'ton

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So'ton 1

Sleeping Saints punished

By Chris Stanton.   Last Updated: 31/12/05 2:50pm

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Cardiff hit two goals inside the opening 10 minutes to consign Southampton to a 2-1 defeat at Ninian Park.

The Saints offered little in a match that was effectively put beyond them by strikes from Joe Ledley and Cameron Jerome and the loss is the club's third in succession since George Burley took charge at St Mary's.

Jerome served notice of his side's intent when he saw a shot deflected wide but the frontman then combined with Jason Koumas to lay on a chance for Ledley which the latter converted with consummate ease in the third minute.

Roles were reversed six minutes later when Ledley squared to Jerome who fired home from 12 yards to double the hosts' lead.

The Saints belatedly came to life and Dexter Blackstock reduced the arrears with a cool finish in the 25th minute.

The visitors were buoyed and finished the first half in the ascendancy. However, the second period was one way traffic in the direction of restored visiting goalkeeper Antti Niemi.

Ledley could have put the match beyond all doubt 12 minutes from time but miscued from six yards before Saints survived late penalty appeals as Koumas was upended in the box.

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Cardiff 2-1 Southampton


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2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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