Bluebirds raid Palace for points

27 March 2010 02:53
The winger's 10th goal of the season knocked the stuffing out of a Palace side still battling against the odds to stay up.[LNB]The Eagles, floundering in the drop zone after being docked 10 points for going into administration, put in a spirited display and were deservedly level when Clint Hill cancelled out Gabor Gyepes' early opener.[LNB]But Cardiff pocketed another three points towards their promotion bid when Burke smashed a second-half winner.[LNB]Palace were missing six first team players through injury and suspension and it took the Bluebirds just four minutes to breach their patched-up defence.[LNB]Peter Whittingham's low corner was helped on at the near post by Stephen McPhail and Gyepes was on hand to fire his first goal of the campaign.[LNB]Palace are nothing if not resilient, though, and they almost hit back in the 19th minute when Hill's header from Darren Ambrose's free-kick beat the dive of David Marshall but came back off the crossbar.[LNB]Marshall did well to palm away a close-range volley from Ambrose five minutes later, but the goalkeeper suffered a case of the jitters from the following corner.[LNB]He came too far for Calvin Andrew's cross and palmed the ball to the feet of Ambrose, but the midfielder's lob landed on the roof of the unguarded net.[LNB]Cardiff could have doubled their advantage before the interval when Kelvin Etuhu broke clear but the on-loan Manchester City striker's shot was too close to Julian Speroni, who saved with his shoulder.[LNB]After the break Ambrose missed a gilt-edged chance to level when he sidefooted Johnny Ertl's cross wide.[LNB]And Palace were screaming for a penalty when Tony Capaldi pulled down Stern John at a corner, but referee Carl Boyeson was not interested.[LNB]The goal they had been threatening finally arrived just before the hour mark, albeit from an unlikely source. Ambrose swung in a corner and Hill's downward header beat Marshall for his first goal of the season.[LNB]But City wrapped up the win 10 minutes later when Palace failed to deal with Mark Kennedy's free-kick and Burke hammered his volley past Speroni from the edge of the area.[LNB]Palace had a chance to level in stoppage time but Sean Scannell's shot was deflected wide as the Eagles slumped to a sixth defeat in seven home games.[LNB][LNB][LNB]

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