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Keith Fahey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
Joe Mason is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Marlon King. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
Chris Burke is booked.
David Murphy delivers the ball, save made by David Marshall.
Joe Mason sends in a cross, comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.
Kenny Miller is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
The ball is sent over by Craig Conway.
The ball is crossed by Craig Conway, Stephen Carr makes a clearance.
Shot by Peter Whittingham from just outside the area goes over the net.
Chris Wood fouled by Peter Whittingham, the ref awards a free kick. David Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Turner on Marlon King. Free kick crossed left-footed by David Murphy.
Chris Wood takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Ben Turner.
The ball is delivered by Kenny Miller.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Joe Mason. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
Wade Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. Wade Elliott is shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.
The ball is crossed by Chris Burke, Craig Conway makes a clearance.
Chris Wood joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Spector.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Peter Whittingham goes wide of the left-hand post.
Peter Whittingham takes a short corner.
(Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Wade Elliott coming on for Jean Beausejour.
The referee blows for offside. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.
Joe Mason sends in a cross, save by Boaz Myhill.
Mark Hudson concedes a free kick for a foul on Marlon King. Direct free kick taken by David Murphy.
The ball is swung over by Craig Conway, Kenny Miller grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Cardiff 1-0 Birmingham.The assist for the goal came from Craig Conway.
Joe Mason is brought on as a substitute for Filip Kiss.
Mark Hudson challenges Boaz Myhill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
Nikola Zigic leaves the field to be replaced by Pablo Ibanez.
Curtis Davies challenges Kenny Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Curtis Davies sent off. Peter Whittingham produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Chris Burke, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Lee Naylor. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.
Mark Hudson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Anthony Gerrard.
Shot from just outside the box by Peter Whittingham goes over the target.
Joe Ralls is brought on as a substitute for Aron Gunnarsson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Aron Gunnarsson on Marlon King. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
Curtis Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson. Curtis Davies is given a yellow card. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
Nikola Zigic produces a cross, clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.
Nikola Zigic takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Shot by Kenny Miller from 20 yards. Blocked by David Murphy.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the left by-line, Nikola Zigic has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Conway, clearance by Nikola Zigic.
Filip Kiss produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is swung over by Kevin McNaughton, clearance by Curtis Davies.
Foul by Nikola Zigic on Ben Turner, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
Chris Burke sends in a cross, save by David Marshall.
The ball is delivered by Jean Beausejour, Ben Turner fouled by Nikola Zigic, the ref awards a free kick. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Boaz Myhill by Filip Kiss results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal. Boaz Myhill makes a fantastic save.
Craig Conway takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caldwell.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Don Cowie. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Craig Conway, clearance made by Nikola Zigic.
Don Cowie takes a short corner. The ball is swung over by Don Cowie, blocked by Chris Burke.
Filip Kiss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Carr. Free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
Peter Whittingham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marlon King. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Don Cowie, clearance made by Jean Beausejour.
Lee Naylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Zigic. Lee Naylor goes into the book. Free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
Short corner taken by Chris Burke from the left by-line.
A cross is delivered by Jean Beausejour, blocked by Anthony Gerrard.
Aron Gunnarsson fouled by Curtis Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Whittingham takes the direct free kick.
Keith Fahey produces a cross, clearance made by Ben Turner.
Chris Burke delivers the ball, Peter Whittingham manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Filip Kiss.
Chris Burke delivers the ball, blocked by Lee Naylor.
Effort from the edge of the box by Kenny Miller goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Marlon King is ruled offside. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Marlon King gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Gerrard. Anthony Gerrard takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Marlon King, Headed effort from inside the area by Nikola Zigic misses to the right of the target.
Kevin McNaughton challenges Jean Beausejour unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Carr, comfortable save by David Marshall.
Don Cowie is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
The ball is crossed by Lee Naylor, Kenny Miller produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Whittingham. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Handball by Marlon King. Anthony Gerrard takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Kenny Miller on Curtis Davies, free kick awarded. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
Bluebirds wait on duo
Captain Mark Hudson and striker Rudy Gestede could both return to Cardiff's matchday squad for the npower Championship clash with Birmingham on Sunday.
The duo have missed the Bluebirds' last three outings, including the 2-0 Carling Cup quarter-final victory over Blackburn in midweek, with hamstring problems.
Should the pair be available, however, manager Malky Mackay would be presented with a selection headache.
Hudson's replacement in the Cardiff starting XI, Anthony Gerrard, scored in the win against Blackburn, while Gestede would have to oust Kenny Miller, who also netted against Rovers.
Otherwise, Mackay does not have any new injury or suspension worries as his team look to extend their unbeaten streak in all competitions to 10 matches.
Goalkeeper David Marshall could be in line for a return in between the sticks, however, after the stopper lost his place to Tom Heaton for the Carling Cup tie on Tuesday.
Birmingham`s Stephen Carr and Liam Ridgewell will both be assessed ahead of the trip to the Cardiff City Stadium.
Right-back Carr was rested for the City`s midweek Europa League defeat to Braga in Portugal due to a sore knee while left-back Ridgewell continued to miss out due to his thigh problem.
Carr stands a good chance of returning into contention in the Welsh capital but even if Ridgewell passes a fitness test he is unlikely to dislodge David Murphy.
Morgaro Gomis returned to the bench at Estadio Municipal de Braga following his calf injury and will hope to feature against Cardiff, but the game comes just too soon for returning midfielder Jordon Mutch (broken ankle).
Manager Chris Hughton will continue to shuffle his pack to cope with the demands of Europe and the club`s promotion campaign, with the likes of Marlon King and Chris Wood in contention to come back in.
City`s squad do, however, have an extra 24 hours to recover with the tie against Braga taking place on Wednesday this week and not the usual Thursday slot for Europa League encounters.
Miller time for Cardiff
Kenny Miller's ninth goal of the season helped Cardiff extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 matches after they edged out Birmingham 1-0 in the npower Championship.
Miller capitalised on a moment of casual defending by Birmingham centre-back Pablo Ibanez to fire beneath Boaz Myhill after 68 minutes to give the Bluebirds their sixth consecutive home win.
Just five minutes earlier the visiting Blues had been reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Curtis Davies after he brought down Miller when clean through.
Up until that point Cardiff had been forced to play the majority of the game in front of two lines of Birmingham defence, and both sides struggled to create golden opportunities.
But the red card changed the match in the home side's favour, and Cardiff dominated the majority of the final quarter.
Peter Whittingham hit a post with a rasping free-kick, before firing inches wide from the edge of the box, as the Welsh outfit climbed back into third place.
Miller had the first chance of the game for Cardiff, heading wide from 12 yards following Lee Naylor's cross from the left after four minutes, as the hosts enjoyed the majority of the possession in the early stages.
Birmingham took 10 minutes to mount their first serious attack into Cardiff territory, and even then Nikola Zigic was unable to direct his header from Marlon King's centre on target.
At the other end Aron Gunnarsson lashed high and wide from distance for the Bluebirds, as both teams struggled to create anything close to a clear-cut sight of goal.
Passes were going astray with frustrating regularity, and the midfield pinball continued until the 34th minute, when Cardiff finally carved out the game's first effort on target.
Unsurprisingly perhaps the in-form Whittingham was the perpetrator, receiving Kevin McNaughton's pass on the edge of the area and cutting inside onto his left foot before unleashing a low drive which was saved by Myhill in the Birmingham goal.
Buoyed by their first real sight of goal, the home side were on the attack minutes later. However, an off-balance Filip Kiss could only clear Myhill's bar from range.
Birmingham saw little of their opponents' penalty area throughout the first half, and Zigic wasted their best chance just before the break.
Chris Burke delivered a corner from the right, and the tall Serbian should have done better than nod over from 10 yards out.
Moments after the interval, Zigic had an even more gilt-edged opportunity to put the Blues ahead.
Seizing on a fortunate bounce, the striker galloped into the area and had all the time in the world to beat David Marshall in the Bluebirds goal.
Bizarrely, however, Zigic decided to centre for the double-marked King, and his errant pass was easily cleared.
The second half started infinitely more lively than the first. Whittingham fired over when well set for Cardiff after 49 minutes and Burke nodded straight at Marshall at the other end before the match's first major flashpoint on 63 minutes.
Miller, played clean through on goal, fell under the challenge of Davies on the edge of the box.
Last man Davies saw red, cueing a furious reaction from the Birmingham players, and Whittingham rifled the resulting free-kick against Myhill's right-hand post with the keeper beaten.
Cardiff soon made their one-man advantage count, however, although their cause was helped by a moment of seasonal generosity from Birmingham centre-back Pablo Ibanez.
Ibanez, perhaps exhibiting the Christmas spirit three weeks prematurely, tamely nodded Craig Conway's cross into the ground and straight to the feet of Miller.
Unmarked, the Scot had little else to do but pick his spot beyond Marshall, which he did with aplomb.
Suddenly the hosts were dominant. Whittingham fizzed an effort from 18 yards narrowly past the post and curled another attempt well over as somehow the Bluebirds failed to score a second before the final whistle.
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