Monday May 2, 2011 Day 45 Finished Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City 0 - 3 Middlesbrough

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  1. Boro stun woeful Cardiff

    Boro stun woeful Cardiff

    Cardiff City missed out on automatic promotion from the Championship after a shock 3-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Cardiff City
    • Middlesbrough
    • 90+3 There you go! Boos all round. A shock, and comfortably so. Boro win 3-0 and Cardiff must sweat on Norwich's match at Portsmouth, which starts in about half an hour.
    • 90+2 Blake has a pop from range, deflected and easy for Steele.
    • 90+1 Poor Dave Jones. He looks so sad. There is no doubt that he has improved Cardiff, but he looks set to lose Bellamy and Bothroyd if they fail to go up. Can't see him staying in that case.
    • 90' Three minutes added time.
    • 89' That was a clear penalty, again. Olofinjana heads the corner wide.
    • 88' Olofinjana with a super chest and volley that surely hits McManus on the arm! And now Chopra with a finish but what a save by Steele!
    • 86' BORO SUB: Flood comes on.
    • 84' They've all but given up hope of getting anything from this game. Half empty now at Cardiff City's Stadium.
    • 82' Robson will stay down after a foul by Bellamy, for which a card is shown. May have been the reaction.
    • 82' Bellamy hits the deck on the right but no foul.
    • 81' Olofinjana again has a pop but again blocked. All hands to the pump for Boro.
    • 80' Steele is booked for time wasting.
    • 79' Chopra and Robson collide. Robson is down...
    • 78' Boro knocking it about now, happy to eat away at the clock.
    • 77' A Cardiff break falls flat as Williams intercepts a pass from Burke.
    • 76' Boro now with a spell of possession. Time running out for Cardiff. They must be praying Pompey do them a favour later.
    • 75' Olofinjana finss Whittingham on the edge of the box, now BURKE WITH A RASPING DRIVE FROM RANGE BUT JUST WIDE! Side netting in the end!
    • 74' Bellamy wins another corner on the right. Burke to take... headed away.
    • 73' It just won't happen for Cardiff - Keinan attacks the corner, meets it with a header, it bounces into the ground and away from any team-mates.
    • 73' Bellamy gets it on the right, now Burke, back to Bellamy who wins a corner off Thomson.
    • 72' So a quick return from what was thought to be a season-ending injury for Chopra. Can he turn this around? A big ask.
    • 71' CARDIFF SUB: Quinn off for Chopra.
    • 70' Lita chases a long ball, Quinn looks scared but Lita gives the ball away.
    • 69' Great ball by Bellamy but McManus beats Bothroyd to the header.
    • 68' Burke on the run, he almost wriggles in, finds Bellamy who shoots but McMahon blocks. Corner!
    • 67' Not a corner in the end - just a bad shot. Goal kick Boro, lumped long.
    • 66' Bothroyd races away and wins a corner, his shot blocked. Williams now booked belatedly for an earlier foul on Bellamy.
    • 65' Crunching tackle from Burke but play on, he got the ball!
    • 64' Olofinjana on the left gets on to Koumas's ball but a terrible pass. Laughs for the fans as McNaughton collides with lino Sian Massey.
    • 63' Emnes is booked for that leisurely ramble.
    • 63' BORO SUB: Emnes takes plenty of time to stroll off with Franks replacing him.
    • 62' Bothroyd on the right runs at Williams and goes down but nothing given. Goal kick.
    • 61' Lita meets a near-post cross from Emnes but he can only flick it weakly at Heaton. Worked last time mind.
    • 60' Cardiff back on the ball again...
    • 59' Almost another for Boro as Lita gets in behind a woeful attempt to clear from Quinn, but after he cuts inside the shot is blocked by Keinan.
    • 58' Whittingham plays it in but cleared. Second ball in claimed by Steele. Huffing and puffing.
    • 57' Thomson is booked for a late one on Whittingham.
    • 56' Smallwood is booked for that challenge.
    • 55' Smallwood flies in on Whittingham... Thomson is down too...
    • 54' Burke sends one miles over from 30 yards. Poor with a whole load of bodies in the box from the preceding corner.
    • 53' Loads of space for Bothroyd on the right, he can find Bellamy and Burke surely but McManus blocks. Corner.
    • 52' Poor from Bellamy this time as his ball is easy for Steele.
    • 51' Great play by Bellamy to open up the Boro defence but Bothroyd's shot is poor, well wide.
    • 49' Bellamy in space on the right and Bothroyd is free but the low ball is deflected and easy for Steele.
    • 48' Burke on the right, now Koumas, a one-two with Bothroyd but then it's given away.
    • 47' BIG MISS MCNAUGHTON! Short throw, nice cross from Whittingham and Bothroyd flicks it but the defender shanks it over at the far post!!
    • 46' Good cross from Bellamy and Bothroyd attacks but cleared by McManus.
    • 46' Second half underway.
    • - CARDIFF CHANGE: Blake on for McPhail, who has done nowt. Blake to play in defence as they go back to a 4-4-2 it seems.
    • 45+3 Olofinjana plays Bellamy in but AGAIN he strays offside. Half time and Cardiff's promotion hopes are lying in tatters.
    • 45+3 The corner is swung in by Koumas, Bothroyd misses it BUT KEINAN IS FREE but he only can prod it wide! Bad miss!
    • 45+2 Burke wide right to Bellamy, who buys a corner off McMahn.
    • 45+1 Olofinjana has a pop from the edge of the box but Williams and McManus manage to clear.
    • 45' Three minutes stoppage time being played.
    • 44' Whittingam into McNaughton, now Olofinjana but McManus tackles.
    • 43' Bothroyd works hard to win a free-kick but then given away immediately by McPhail.
    • 42' Long from Steele down the left. Boro are in control and Cardiff have only really had a couple of half-chances.
    • 41' Jeers as Bothroyd takes a high ball on the chest and tries a spectacular volley, mis-hitting it well over.
    • 40' Koumas with a superb turn and pass down the left but Bellamy goes far too early and is offside.
    • 40' Keinan slides in late on Emnes. Could easily have been a second yellow for the Israeli.
    • 39' Late tackle into the back of Lita from Keinan but just a word. No, he cards him.
    • 38' Boro come again, Hoyte wide right, now Robson on it, way too much time and space as Cardiff stand off. The hosts break though, Burke inside to Koumas but a poor pass and Robson clears.
    • 37' Bothroyd is booked, I think for dissent.
    • 36' Bellamy goes down easily as he tries to beat Williams to a long pass, no chance depiste some fan roars.
    • 35' Emnes wins a throw on the left. First move from them for a while, but they don't really need to take any risks.
    • 34' McManus with a good clearance as Bothroyd chased a long pass.
    • 33' Emnes wins a flick and Robson could be in but McNaughton does his job this time. Bellamy is in but the flag is up as he smacks the ball into the net. Hmm. He looked on to me.
    • 32' McManus heads the initial corner wide for a second. This one is poor though. Whittingam picks it up but his cross is cleared.
    • 31' CARDIFF SUB: The woeful Samuels is taken off for Koumas as Cardiff go to a 3-5-2.
    • 31' Williams slips to let Bothroyd in, he still has some work to do but unleashes a super low drive that is deflected just wide!
    • 30' Bellamy offside as he chases a long pass.
    • 29' Super cross from Hoyte but little Lita is too small this time as it flies across the edge of the six-yard box and wide!
    • 28' Now Samuel is warned for a foul on Lita. He caught his ankle but the fans are singing 'you don't know what you're doing'.
    • 27' Poor ball from Bellamy. Steele claims.
    • 26' Oh dear. The ref overrides the linesman's decision and awards a throw. Still Cardiff ball and they win a free-kick off Lita this time.
    • 25' Hoyte lucky not to be booked for a late challenge. Long upfield, Lita handles, free-kick on the left...
    • 24' Bellamy almost gets on to a risky defensive header but Steele claims.
    • 23' Silence at Cardiff City Stadium as Heaton pumps one long.
    • 22' Cardiff fans are walking already. Total bottlers this team, defending like amateurs. Massive job for Jones at half time. At least they've got time to turn it around.
    • 21' 3-0! Smallwood with his first goal for Boro, a rattling finish into the bottom right after Emnes turns a terrible Samuel inside out. McNaughton doesn't even bother to challenge Smallwood.
    • 21' Boro are defending fairly well, Taylor intercepting Olofinjana's ball.
    • 20' Cardiff come forward again but McPhail's ball is poor.
    • 19' Nice turn by Robson, wide to Hoyte but the cross is blocked.
    • 18' Williams is taken on by Bothroyd, good low ball at the near post but Steele gathers.
    • 17' HANDBALL BY ROBSON! But no penalty! Bellamy's free-kick found the gap and Robson, who was jumping the wrong way, clearly stuck an arm out! The ref misses it somehow, Steele claims and play-on!
    • 16' Free-kick Cardiff on the edge of the D, Bellamy to take...
    • 15' Again Cardiff with some nice passing play but Samuel's ball in is a bit aimless and Boro clear.
    • 14' So if Cardiff lose this and Norwich win later, the Canaries are up. Same stone, different bird.
    • 13' Keinan at fault there - he falls over as Lita picks up a nothing ball on the wing, allowing him to pick out a nice low ball that Robson attacks at the near post. Deary me.
    • 12' 2-0! Oh dear, Cardiff are totally shanking this! Robson bundles it home as the Bluebirds defence makes a royal hash of a simple ball down the right for Lita.
    • 11' Boro win a corner now, on their left. Headed away by Bothroyd.
    • 10' A cross from Burke aimed at the near post swings dangerously and Steele puts it behind clumsily. Poor from the linesman though - he says it swung out for a goal kick, which it did not.
    • 9' Down the other end Bothroyd crosses in but hacked away for a throw.
    • 8' Smallwood with a good ball across to Robson but his shot bobbles into Heaton's arms.
    • 7' Bothroyd and Steele both rise to a high ball, which the Boro keeper claims.
    • 6' Nice flick on by Bothroyd but Bellamy slow to react.
    • 5' Aimless pass from Smallwood down a right flank no-one was chasing into.
    • 4' An odd goal - Lita had no right to win that header, he's tiny but got up between the centre-backs, while Heaton was inexplicably stranded at his far post for the cross, making it impossible for him to get across in time. I will blame the centre-halves and Heaton, but a well-placed header from Lita!
    • 3' LITA SCORES! Cardiff silenced as Lita flicks a header across Heaton, not much pace on it but it creeps inside the far post and in! McMahon's cross from deep.
    • 2' Whittingham with a nice run down the left, low in for Bothroyd with the flick but too heavy for Bellamy.
    • 1' The first half is underway!!
    • 17:10 So Cardiff opt against risking Bywater, with Tom Heaton continuing in goal, while for Boro McManus and McMahon do return to the XI, with Grounds and Franks restored to the bench. As predicted, McDonald not risked.
    • 17:05 Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)
    • 17:00 TEAMS - Cardiff: Heaton, McNaughton, Keinan, Quinn, Emmanuel-Thomas, Whittingham, McPhail, Burke, Olofinjana, Bellamy, Bothroyd; Subs: Bywater, Rae, Hudson, Chopra, Parkin, Koumas, Blake /// Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, McManus, Rhys Williams, Taylor, Thomson, Robson, McMahon, Smallwood, Lita, Emnes; Subs: Smith, Haas, Kink, Flood, Halliday, Grounds, Franks
    • 16:55 Willo Flood is hoping to prove he is worth a new contract at Middlesbrough by completing his first 90 minutes of the season against former club Cardiff. "I'd love to keep playing for Middlesbrough next season - I love the club and the area. Everybody at Boro, especially the medical staff, were brilliant with me when I was injured. My family are settled in the area and we want to stay.
    • 16:50 Cardiff boss Dave Jones is itching to tackle some unfinished business if he can get his team promoted: "Yes I have unfinished business," Jones told the Western Mail. "But you have unfinished business in whatever you do because you should never be happy with what you've got." More here!
    • 16:45 Boro keeper Danny Coyne is out with a hand injury, while Seb Hines (broken jaw), Merouane Zemmama (hamstring) and Nicky Bailey (ankle ligaments) are injured. Scott McDonald, Stephen McManus, Tony McMahon, Jonathan Franks, Luke Williams and Joe Bennett are all fit from injuries and illness but are unlikely to be risked with Boro's safety assured and no chance of the play-offs.
    • 16:40 Cardiff have no injury worries, with keeper Stephen Bywater back after missing the 1-0 win at Preston with a rib injury.
    • 16:35 So let's have a look at the promotion shake-up: QPR are up (assuming they don't get nailed by the FA in third-party-gate) so the race is between Cardiff and Norwich for second: before kick-off, Norwich are a point ahead of Cardiff but the Welsh side have a marginally better goal difference. In theory Norwich's task is tougher: a visit to Portsmouth, who like Boro have nothing to play for. Don't forget Swansea either - in fourth, they could sneak second if both sides lose. Phew. Championship standings
    • 16:30 Welcome to Cardiff's Championship clash with Middlesbrough as the Bluebirds look to move second with one game left - although Norwich play later on and could regain that slot. Kick-off at 5.15pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 88' Olofinjana with a super chest and volley that surely hits McManus on the arm! And now Chopra with a finish but what a save by Steele!
    • 75' Olofinjana finss Whittingham on the edge of the box, now BURKE WITH A RASPING DRIVE FROM RANGE BUT JUST WIDE! Side netting in the end!
    • 68' Burke on the run, he almost wriggles in, finds Bellamy who shoots but McMahon blocks. Corner!
    • 59' Almost another for Boro as Lita gets in behind a woeful attempt to clear from Quinn, but after he cuts inside the shot is blocked by Keinan.
    • 47' BIG MISS MCNAUGHTON! Short throw, nice cross from Whittingham and Bothroyd flicks it but the defender shanks it over at the far post!!
    • 45+3 The corner is swung in by Koumas, Bothroyd misses it BUT KEINAN IS FREE but he only can prod it wide! Bad miss!
    • 33' Emnes wins a flick and Robson could be in but McNaughton does his job this time. Bellamy is in but the flag is up as he smacks the ball into the net. Hmm. He looked on to me.
    • 31' Williams slips to let Bothroyd in, he still has some work to do but unleashes a super low drive that is deflected just wide!
    • 29' Super cross from Hoyte but little Lita is too small this time as it flies across the edge of the six-yard box and wide!
    • 21' 3-0! Smallwood with his first goal for Boro, a rattling finish into the bottom right after Emnes turns a terrible Samuel inside out. McNaughton doesn't even bother to challenge Smallwood.
    • 17' HANDBALL BY ROBSON! But no penalty! Bellamy's free-kick found the gap and Robson, who was jumping the wrong way, clearly stuck an arm out! The ref misses it somehow, Steele claims and play-on!
    • 12' 2-0! Oh dear, Cardiff are totally shanking this! Robson bundles it home as the Bluebirds defence makes a royal hash of a simple ball down the right for Lita.
    • 3' LITA SCORES! Cardiff silenced as Lita flicks a header across Heaton, not much pace on it but it creeps inside the far post and in! McMahon's cross from deep.
    • 17:00 TEAMS - Cardiff: Heaton, McNaughton, Keinan, Quinn, Emmanuel-Thomas, Whittingham, McPhail, Burke, Olofinjana, Bellamy, Bothroyd; Subs: Bywater, Rae, Hudson, Chopra, Parkin, Koumas, Blake /// Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, McManus, Rhys Williams, Taylor, Thomson, Robson, McMahon, Smallwood, Lita, Emnes; Subs: Smith, Haas, Kink, Flood, Halliday, Grounds, Franks

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