Sunday September 25, 2011 Day 8 Finished Cardiff City Stadium

  1. Cardiff and Leicester in stalemate

    Cardiff and Leicester in stalemate

    Cardiff and Leicester both extended their unbeaten runs in the Championship to five games with a goalless draw at Cardiff City Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Cardiff City
    • Leicester City
    • 90+5' There's the final whistle, and Leicester will be wondering how they failed to nick that at the death.
    • 90+4' VASSELL HITS THE BAR! He gets in between the goalkeeper and the Cardiff defence, and his downward header bounces up and onto the woodwork!
    • 90+3' McNaughton lofts the free-kick into the Leicester box... nodded wide for a Leicester goal kick.
    • 90+2' Wellens loses possession and chops his man down with a crude challenge - yellow card.
    • 90+1' KING!! The ball bobbles through to him in the Cardiff box and he stabs his shot away under heavy pressure, but he cannot get it on target!
    • 90' Three minutes of stoppage time to be played, as King squanders possession at the edge of the Cardiff box.
    • 89' Leicester free-kick on the left edge of the box... deep to Bamba who nods it back across goal... it bounces through to Marshall.
    • 87' A real chance for Darius Vassell as the ball drops for him inside the Cardiff box - but he blazes spectacularly over!
    • 86' Down the other end, Schmeichel races out of his box to meet a long ball, and hoiks it away to safety.
    • 85' Konchesky takes the free-kick himself just outside the box, but nothing comes of it.
    • 84' Now it's Leicester's time to threaten from a free-kick as Kiss fouls Konchesky.
    • 83' Gestede is just a passenger now - four injuries for Cardiff this afternoon, three of them to forwards.
    • 82' Whittingham gets two bites of the cherry from the resultant free-kick, but and there is a decent handball shout against the Leicester wall. Nothing doing, though.
    • 81' Great run again by McNaughton, and his progress is cynically halted by Bamba, who is rightly shown a yeloow card.
    • 80' Leicester corner swung in by Richie Wellens, but headed to safety.
    • 78' McNaughton gallops forward again, and he looks Cardiff's most likely source of joy.
    • 77' Yellow card Paul Konchesky for a fairly blatant block on Kevin McNaughton. That's cynical.
    • 75' Gestede has come across to the touchline for a change of shorts - but he will continue.
    • 74' Another Leicester change, and ths one is positive - Michael Johnson comes on for Gelson Fernandes.
    • 73' Leicester change: Jeffrey Schlupp comes on for Jermaine Beckford, who has still to open his goalscoring account for his new club.
    • 72' Gestede is now struggling with a slight hamstring injury for Cardiff. He'll have to tough it out - Cardiff have no more changes left.
    • 71' McNaughton finds Whittingham, who slices his left-foot shot well wide!
    • 70' Whittingham finds Kiss out on the right flank... his cross is not the best, and Schmeichel makes an easy save.
    • 68' There's movement on the Leicester bench - they have all three changes to make...
    • 67' And another foul on King, this time from Filip Kiss. Come on...
    • 65' Now Gunnarsson barrels into King. It's getting a bit niggly now.
    • 64' Wellens clatters into Gunnarsson, and that's a Cardiff free-kick in midfield.
    • 63' An odd piece of TV direction, as the cameras pick out a couple canoodling in the sunshine. Ah, love's young dream...
    • 61' McNaughton is guilty of a foul on Beckford, and Leicester hoof the ball long into the Cardiff half...
    • 60' Mills has been a key component in an excellent Leicester City back line - Sol Bamba, Paul Konchesky and Lee Peltier have also been very good.
    • 58' Cardiff romp away on the break down the right... centred for Gestede but Mills makes a superb block!
    • 57' One of the two managers is out in his technical area, barking frantic instructions. Clue: It isn't Sven.
    • 56' It is a bright day in South Wales, but unfortunately the football here is not living up to the same standards.
    • 54' Marshall punches the corner clear, but the whistle has already gone as Vassell is adjudged to be backing into the goalkeeper.
    • 53' Wellens steps over the ball and Konchesky hits it, catching Marshall out, but the goalkeeper scrambles across to push the ball behind for a corner!
    • 52' Leicester get forward with intent for the first time since the break, and win a free-kick 40 yards from goal.
    • 51' Now Whittingham with a Cardiff corner... headed away at the near post.
    • 50' Whittingham goes for goal at the near post, Schmeichel is rooted to the spot but the ball only brushes the side netting!
    • 49' Gestede wins Cardiff a free-kick just near the right corner of the box - this suits Peter Whittingham's left foot...
    • 47' Peter Whittingham tries a long shot that takes a touch off a defender and flies over.
    • 46' And the second half is under way at the Cardiff City Stadium.
    • 46' Another Cardiff substitution! Darcy Blake on for Mark Hudson. That's all three changes for Malky Mackay, and all of them injury-enforced.
    • 46' That's half-time, and it's goalless in a fairly turgid encounter. Back in a few minutes.
    • 45+2' Cardiff have a late corner, but the opportunity is wasted. Frustration for the home fans.
    • 45' Two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the first half.
    • 44' Whittingham has a shot blocked. The Leicester back four have been excellent in this first half.
    • 43' Cardiff: Rudy Gestede is on for Earnshaw, another injury casualty for Cardiff.
    • 41' Now Earnshaw could have an injury. He looks to be in some discomfort after a collision with Matt Mills. This would be a real nightmare for Cardiff.
    • 40' Whittingham flicks a brilliant reverse pass over the top for Kenny Miller but the offside flag is up - it's a poor decision, but Miller goes on to miss the chance anyway.
    • 38' Well, it's not a classic and Malky Mackay will be very concerned by his team's lack of penetration.
    • 37' King tries a shot but he is well off beam with that one.
    • 35' Sven-Goran Eriksson will be fairly happy with what he has seen so far from Leicester, but no breakthrough.
    • 34' Mills!! Thrashes a shot wide after the ball bounces from an aerial challenge inside the Cardiff box.
    • 32' There is a Cardiff player down but Leicester play on, Konchesky crosses for Beckford but the striker cannot guide the ball goalwards!
    • 31' Vassell sprints down the right channel but overelaborates when he should play a simple ball.
    • 30' More Leicester pressure as Wellens hits a diagonal free-kick into the box towards Bamba. The ball ricochets around and eventually falls for Marshall.
    • 28' Wellens floats a Leicester corner onto the head of PELTIER!! He nods it goalwards and it is cleared off the line by Earnshaw!
    • 27' Earnshaw wriggles into the box and goes down under Sol Bamba's challenge... it was a fair tackle from the big defender.
    • 26' Cardiff look to assert themselves in midfield - they have been second best so far today and Malky Mackay is not happy.
    • 25' Here's the change: Robert Earnshaw replaces Craig Conway.
    • 23' Vassell is working hard down the Leicester left, and giving Kevin McNaughton plenty to think about.
    • 22' Rob Earnshaw is stripping off and getting ready to come on for Cardiff. He will replace Craig Conway.
    • 20' King!! The ball falls nicely for him at the edge of the box, but he hits a left-foot volley just wide!
    • 18' Vassell cuts inside from the left and hits it low... again it's relatively easy for Marshall.
    • 17' Beckford goes down after appearing to be blocked off by Mark Hudson. Looked a clear foul from here, but referee Mark Haywood says play on!
    • 16' It has been a bright start from the visitors, though neither goalkeeper has been particularly troubled.
    • 14' Conway is soldiering on, but he is still running with a real limp and Malky Mackay may decide it is not worth persisting.
    • 13' Peltier cuts inside from the right and lets fly with his weaker left foot... straight at Marshall.
    • 11' More Leicester threat as King lifts a free-kick into the box towards Mills... he does not have much of an angle on it and glances the ball through to Marshall.
    • 10' Decent ball into the box for Beckford, who cannot get clean contact on his shot and the ball falls to Marshall. Difficult chance.
    • 9' Konchesky crosses from the left... it takes a slight deflection and Marshall makes an easy catch.
    • 7' Conway is back on after twisting his ankle but he is not moving easily. Cardiff will have to keep tabs on him.
    • 6' Cardiff's Craig Conway is off the pitch receiving treatment on what looks like an ankle injury.
    • 5' A corner is swung in under the Leicester crossbar, and Schmeichel makes a good catch.
    • 4' Miller runs beyond Konchesky to latch on to a long ball but he is caught offside.
    • 3' It's a messy opening, with the ball pinging around the middle third of the pitch.
    • 1' Game on! Cardiff kick off, playing from right to left as we see it. They are in blue shirts and white shirts - Leicester in white shirts, blue shorts.
    • 13:15 A minute's silence for the four miners who died in Swansea last week...
    • 13:10 Sven has been bigging up his goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel this week, saying he is as good as his former Man City team-mate Joe Hart. Not sure about that... Schmeichel 'as good as Hart'
    • 13:05 Cardiff have just wrapped up the loan signing of Aston Villa goalkeeper Elliott Parish on a short-term deal until November 10. Cardiff sign Parish
    • 13:00 After a rocky start to the season, Eriksson's Foxes are on a run of four league games unbeaten, and enjoyed a morale-boosting 1-0 win against high flying Brighton last weekend.
    • 12:55 Goalkeeper David Marshall and midfielder Filip Kiss are the only remaining players in a Cardiff side showing nine changes from Wednesday night. Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson goes one better, making 10 changes Matthew Mills is the only survivor, having come off at half-time on Wednesday.
    • 12:50 These sides met in the Carling Cup on Wednesday and Cardiff prevailed 7-6 on penalties after a thrilling 2-2 draw. More of the same would be great today.
    • 12:45 CARDIFF: Marshall, McNaughton, Hudson, Gerrard, Naylor, Cowie, Gunnarsson, Kiss, Whittingham, Conway, Miller... Subs: Elliot Parish, Earnshaw, Gestede, Mason, Blake. /// LEICESTER: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Bamba, Konchesky, Vassell, King, Wellens, Abe, Fernandes, Beckford... Subs: Weale, Pantsil, Johnson, Danns, Schlupp... Referee: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire)
    • 12:45 Malky Mackay's men find themselves seventh in the Championship table having lost only one of their first seven matches. Leicester are one point and three places further adrift.
    • 12:40 Welcome to live coverage of Cardiff City's game against fellow promotion hopefuls Leicester City.
  • Summary

    • 90+4' VASSELL HITS THE BAR! He gets in between the goalkeeper and the Cardiff defence, and his downward header bounces up and onto the woodwork!
    • 90+1' KING!! The ball bobbles through to him in the Cardiff box and he stabs his shot away under heavy pressure, but he cannot get it on target!
    • 87' A real chance for Darius Vassell as the ball drops for him inside the Cardiff box - but he blazes spectacularly over!
    • 58' Cardiff romp away on the break down the right... centred for Gestede but Mills makes a superb block!
    • 53' Wellens steps over the ball and Konchesky hits it, catching Marshall out, but the goalkeeper scrambles across to push the ball behind for a corner!
    • 47' Peter Whittingham tries a long shot that takes a touch off a defender and flies over.
    • 34' Mills!! Thrashes a shot wide after the ball bounces from an aerial challenge inside the Cardiff box.
    • 32' There is a Cardiff player down but Leicester play on, Konchesky crosses for Beckford but the striker cannot guide the ball goalwards!
    • 28' Wellens floats a Leicester corner onto the head of PELTIER!! He nods it goalwards and it is cleared off the line by Earnshaw!
    • 20' King!! The ball falls nicely for him at the edge of the box, but he hits a left-foot volley just wide!
    • 12:45 CARDIFF: Marshall, McNaughton, Hudson, Gerrard, Naylor, Cowie, Gunnarsson, Kiss, Whittingham, Conway, Miller... Subs: Elliot Parish, Earnshaw, Gestede, Mason, Blake. /// LEICESTER: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Bamba, Konchesky, Vassell, King, Wellens, Abe, Fernandes, Beckford... Subs: Weale, Pantsil, Johnson, Danns, Schlupp... Referee: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire)

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