Saturday April 23, 2011 Day 43 Finished Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City 2 - 2 Queens Park Rangers

  • Bothroyd 6’
  • Bellamy 35’
  • Taarabt 10’, 71’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Cardiff City
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • 90+2 That's it from Cardiff. Stay here for the report.
    • 90+1 Two minutes of added time.
    • 90' Helguson misses the chance to put QPR into the Premier League – Taarabt fires across goal and Helguson has the simple job of slotting home but he finds the side netting. That’s the chance gone.
    • - Chopra for Bellamy.
    • 88' QPR break with Routledge but he elects to shoot when he should have passed. Wasted effort.
    • 86' Olofinjana challenges for a Emmanuel-Thomas throw and wins a corner. Cardiff put the ball in the box but it is easily cleared. This absorbing game is now finishing with Cardiff in the ascendancy.
    • 84' All QPR now. Routledge’s cross is easily cleared and then Orr fires wide from outside the box.
    • 82' Taarabt breaks down the left but his cross lacks power and Cardiff clear.
    • 80' Chance for Bellamy but Kenny is quick off his line to make the save.
    • - Emmanuel-Thomas for Burke.
    • 78' Taarabt looks for Helguson but the cute, clipped ball has too much on it.
    • 76' QPR push again and Faurlin clips a ball to the far post but there is an infringement.
    • 73' QPR go long for Agyemang and he wins a throw. Just over 15 minutes left in this fascinating contest.
    • 71' Unbelievable. Having been quiet for much of the match Taarabt pops up with a second. He takes down a Routledge pass, holds off his man and then passes the ball into the bottom corner. Great goal. 2-2.
    • 70' Agyemang for Smith.
    • 69' End to end stuff here. The sides exchange breaks.
    • 67' Cardiff looking to hit their visitors on the break here but QPR continue to play a high line.
    • 65' Gorkss fouls Burke on the edge of the area. Whittingham over it but he thrashes it straight at the wall.
    • 63' QPR break with Routledge but Helguson fouls his man at the far post. The next goal here is incredibly crucial.
    • 61' Taarabt is over a free-kick in a dangerous area but his ball is too deep and it floats out for a goal kick.
    • 59' QPR are beginning to string a few decent passes together now but they need to be more penetrating.
    • 57' The visitors are really struggling with the pace of the home side.
    • 55' Warnock looks like he may be ready to mix things up already.
    • 53' Bellamy breaks and wins a corner. QPR need to improve if they are to get anything from this game.
    • 51' Some loose passing in the middle of the pitch sees Bellamy scamper down the left, he finds Whittingham but he thrashes over the bar.
    • 49' QPR have definitely started in the ascendancy – but Cardiff continue to look a threat.
    • 47' Taarabt tries the spectacular from the half way line but it never really threatens goal.
    • 46 We’re back underway in Cardiff.
    • 45+3 That’s it from the first half.
    • 45' Cardiff have a late penalty claim turned away by Mason. Helguson backs into Olofinjana and it looks like he was impeded there but no penalty.
    • 43' Cardiff work Burke into a wonderful area down the QPR left but his ball is just beyond Bothroyd.
    • 41' Taarabt almost deflects a Derry effort past Bywater but the keeper just gets a hand to it. Cardiff clear the corner.
    • 39' Olofinjana fires wide when clean through in on goal.
    • 37' QPR are all over the place. Bellamy breaks to win the corner. Olofinjana powers Burke’s corner over the bar.
    • 35' Awful defending but Bellamy is clinical to make it 2-1. Bothroyd collects a big hoof up field and having been given time and space he finds Bellamy at the back post who volleys past Kenny. Connolly had a chance to clear but just let the ball escape to Bellamy.
    • 33' Whittingham is in the referee’s book for a deliberate handball with Orr in behind him. Taarabt is over the free-kick and he fires it straight at the wall. Poor.
    • 31' A distinct lack of composure on display at the moment and it has all got a bit scrappy.
    • 30' Both sides going long now and a lack of communication sees Cardiff win a throw in a promising position but they turn down a couple of opportunities to cross and Samuel eventually overruns the ball and it is out for a goalkick.
    • 28' Helguson flicks on for Tommy Smith who heads goalwards but Bywater claims from under the crossbar.
    • 26' QPR looking a lot more compact now – and they utilise the offside trap again, this time it is Bothroyd.
    • 24' Taraabt has missed four games this season and QPR have lost three of them.
    • 22' Routledge breaks and crosses for Faurlin but his header is errant from just outside the six yard box. Chance though.
    • 20' Bellamy strays offside.
    • 18' The hosts very much still in the ascendancy here but they’ll need to make their superiority count against a dangerous QPR side.
    • 16' Burke makes a run down the blind side but his shot is wayward.
    • 14' QPR have settled down a little now and are looking a little more solid but Samuel wins a free-kick in a promising position on the QPR right. Great delivery from Whittingham but the visitors clear.
    • 12' Kenny saves from Bellamy following a quick break.
    • - Taarabt reclaims his own cleared corner before sending a curling, arching effort over the outstretched arm of Bywater to level things up from outside the box at a tight angle.
    • 9' Incredible. 1-1. Taarabt.
    • 8' Cardiff City can still claim the Championship title with victory here – and, more importantly, a victory will see them reclaim second place from Norwich.
    • 6' What a strike. 1-0 to the home side. Bothroyd cuts in from the right and absolutely drives an effort past Kenny from the edge of the box.
    • 5' Ferocious start to this one. Cardiff in the ascendancy.
    • 4' Bellamy leads Cardiff’s first foray forward but McPhail’s cross has too much on it. Whittingham then has a chance but fails to catch it cleanly and Kenny collects easily.
    • 2' Faurlin finds Taarabt who feigns twice before firing over the bar from just outside the box.
    • 1' We’re underway at the Cardiff City Stadium.
    • - The players exchange handshakes under blistering sun and we are almost underway.
    • - The referee for this afternoon’s game is Lee Mason from Lancashire.
    • - QPR have led the Championship for the last five months and have not been out of the automatic promotion places all season. Rangers have kept clean sheets in four of their last five games and 24 clean sheets in all.
    • - Cardiff have won their last four games, having not won a single game in March (D2, L2). Dave Jones' side are undefeated in their last six matches, keeping clean sheets in the last two.
    • - MATCH FACTS: The sides have met 68 times, with QPR leading by 32 wins to 25.
    • Cardiff: Bywater, Quinn, McNaughton, Keinan, Samuel, Burke, Whittingham, McPhail, Olofinjana, Bellamy, Bothroyd. Subs: Heaton, Rae, Hudson, Chopra, Blake, Emmanuel-Thomas, Matthews. /// QPR: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Gorkss, Connolly, Smith, Derry, Taarabt, Faurlin, Routledge, Helguson. Subs: Cerny, Hall, Buzsaky, Agyemang, Hulse, Ephraim, Miller.
    • - Cardiff's leading scorer Jay Bothroyd starts having shaken off the groin injury he picked up against Sheffield United, but there is some doubt over the participation of Goalkeeper Tom Heaton - he'll probably make the bench, though. QPR defender Fitz Hall is fit again after missing the draw against Derby; while Kaspars Gorkss - who needed stitches in his head after colliding with a TV camera in that game – also returns.
    • - The situation, though, is complicated by an impending appearance in front of an independent regulatory commission on 3 May over charges of breaching Football Association rules over the transfer of Alejandro Faurlin.
    • 12.00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the early game from the Championship - where table toppers QPR visit third placed Cardiff City in the knowledge that a win would secure a return to the Premier League for the West London club after an absence of 15 years.
  • Summary

    • 90' Helguson misses the chance to put QPR into the Premier League – Taarabt fires across goal and Helguson has the simple job of slotting home but he finds the side netting. That’s the chance gone.
    • 86' Olofinjana challenges for a Emmanuel-Thomas throw and wins a corner. Cardiff put the ball in the box but it is easily cleared. This absorbing game is now finishing with Cardiff in the ascendancy.
    • 80' Chance for Bellamy but Kenny is quick off his line to make the save.
    • 71' Unbelievable. Having been quiet for much of the match Taarabt pops up with a second. He takes down a Routledge pass, holds off his man and then passes the ball into the bottom corner. Great goal. 2-2.
    • 35' Awful defending but Bellamy is clinical to make it 2-1. Bothroyd collects a big hoof up field and having been given time and space he finds Bellamy at the back post who volleys past Kenny. Connolly had a chance to clear but just let the ball escape to Bellamy.
    • 22' Routledge breaks and crosses for Faurlin but his header is errant from just outside the six yard box. Chance though.
    • - Taarabt reclaims his own cleared corner before sending a curling, arching effort over the outstretched arm of Bywater to level things up from outside the box at a tight angle.
    • 9' Incredible. 1-1. Taarabt.
    • 8' Cardiff City can still claim the Championship title with victory here – and, more importantly, a victory will see them reclaim second place from Norwich.
    • 6' What a strike. 1-0 to the home side. Bothroyd cuts in from the right and absolutely drives an effort past Kenny from the edge of the box.
    • 2' Faurlin finds Taarabt who feigns twice before firing over the bar from just outside the box.
    • Cardiff: Bywater, Quinn, McNaughton, Keinan, Samuel, Burke, Whittingham, McPhail, Olofinjana, Bellamy, Bothroyd. Subs: Heaton, Rae, Hudson, Chopra, Blake, Emmanuel-Thomas, Matthews. /// QPR: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Gorkss, Connolly, Smith, Derry, Taarabt, Faurlin, Routledge, Helguson. Subs: Cerny, Hall, Buzsaky, Agyemang, Hulse, Ephraim, Miller.
    • 12.00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the early game from the Championship - where table toppers QPR visit third placed Cardiff City in the knowledge that a win would secure a return to the Premier League for the West London club after an absence of 15 years.

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