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Darcy Blake takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jay Bothroyd goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The ball is sent over by Kevin McNaughton.
Short corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line.
Michael Chopra takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
Willo Flood replaces Barry Robson.
Unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Peter Whittingham results in a free kick. Stephen McManus restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Seyi Olofinjana. Craig Bellamy goes into the referee's book. Direct free kick taken by Rhys Williams.
Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Thomson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony McMahon on Jay Bothroyd. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
Jason Steele shown a yellow card.
Michael Chopra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Thomson.
Kevin Thomson crosses the ball.
Chris Burke has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke played to the near post, Barry Robson makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke, clearance by Leroy Lita.
Michael Chopra joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Quinn.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Craig Bellamy. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Jason Koumas from the right by-line.
Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Blocked by Rhys Williams.
Rhys Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bellamy. Rhys Williams receives a caution. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Franks by Jason Koumas. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.
Jonathan Franks replaces Marvin Emnes.
The referee cautions Marvin Emnes for dissent.
Leroy Lita takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin McNaughton.
Foul by Kevin Thomson on Paul Quinn, free kick awarded. Kevin Thomson receives a yellow card. Peter Whittingham crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Rhys Williams.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Smallwood on Peter Whittingham. Booking for Richard Smallwood for unsporting behaviour. Paul Quinn takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Jay Bothroyd, Shot from just outside the area by Chris Burke goes over the bar.
Jay Bothroyd has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Craig Bellamy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Stephen McManus by Seyi Olofinjana results in a free kick. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jason Koumas, Shot by Peter Whittingham from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot. Rhys Williams gets a block in.
Craig Bellamy sends in a cross, Strike from close range by Kevin McNaughton clears the bar.
The ball is swung over by Craig Bellamy, Tony McMahon makes a clearance.
(Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Darcy Blake coming on for Stephen McPhail.
Barry Robson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Bothroyd. Direct free kick taken by Dekel Keinan.
Jay Bothroyd produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Craig Bellamy is caught offside. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dekel Keinan on Marvin Emnes. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Thomson.
Dekel Keinan concedes a free kick for a foul on Leroy Lita. Dekel Keinan shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Richard Smallwood.
Jay Bothroyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony McMahon. Jay Bothroyd goes into the referee's book. Direct free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Foul by Paul Quinn on Marvin Emnes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Bothroyd on Barry Robson. Leroy Lita takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Craig Bellamy. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke, Richard Smallwood makes a clearance.
(Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Jason Koumas coming on for Jlloyd Samuel. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Justin Hoyte manages to make a clearance.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Justin Hoyte gets a block in.
Craig Bellamy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Foul by Jlloyd Samuel on Leroy Lita, free kick awarded. Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leroy Lita on Peter Whittingham. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Bellamy from left wing, save made by Jason Steele.
Craig Bellamy delivers the ball.
Foul by Justin Hoyte on Stephen McPhail, free kick awarded. Booking for Justin Hoyte. Jlloyd Samuel restarts play with the free kick.
Richard Smallwood fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 0-3 Middlesbrough.Assist on the goal came from Marvin Emnes.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Bellamy on Kevin Thomson. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rhys Williams on Craig Bellamy. Craig Bellamy takes the direct free kick.
Barry Robson fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 0-2 Middlesbrough.Assist by Leroy Lita.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen McPhail on Barry Robson. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Craig Bellamy.
Corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon to the near post, clearance by Jay Bothroyd.
Chris Burke produces a cross, Jason Steele makes a save.
The referee blows for offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
Barry Robson takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
Dekel Keinan challenges Marvin Emnes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.
Leroy Lita finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Cardiff 0-1 Middlesbrough.The assist for the goal came from Tony McMahon.
Bywater back for Bluebirds
Cardiff welcome back Stephen Bywater for Monday`s massive home clash against Middlesbrough.
The on-loan Derby goalkeeper missed Easter Monday`s 1-0 win at Preston due to a rib injury, with Tom Heaton stepping in between the sticks as the only change from the starting XI that drew 2-2 with QPR.
Otherwise, manager Dave Jones is merely managing stiffness and soreness from the Deepdale triumph and is expected to have virtually a fully-fit squad at his disposal.
Full-back Lee Naylor has resumed training this week but will find it tough to push himself into Jones` matchday 18, leaving just goalkeeper David Marshall (elbow) on the sidelines.
Centre-back Mark Hudson and striker Michael Chopra have made speedy recoveries from their respective knee and hamstring injuries and were second-half substitutes against Preston, pressing their claims for starting berths.
The likes of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Adam Matthews, Jason Koumas and Jon Parkin are all competing just to be included in City`s 18 as the club play the penultimate match in their battle for automatic promotion.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray will make a series of late selection decisions ahead of the clash.
Striker Scott McDonald has an outside chance of shaking off the hamstring injury he picked up at Hull last weekend, although, with Boro now safe, Mowbray will take no risks.
Central defender Stephen McManus (ankle) is also being assessed while Tony McMahon, who also has an ankle problem, is rated 50-50.
Long-term absentees Jonathan Franks and Luke Williams, who have also been sidelined by ankle injuries, have a chance of being involved but full-back Joe Bennett remains a doubt because of the after-effects of a virus.
Keeper Danny Coyne's season is over after he underwent surgery to repair a hand injury while Seb Hines (broken jaw), Merouane Zemmama (hamstring) and Nicky Bailey (ankle ligaments) are unlikely to figure again before the end of the campaign.
Cardiff blow their chance
Cardiff's hopes of securing automatic promotion to the Barclays Premier League were left hanging by a thread after they were beaten 3-0 by Middlesbrough at Cardiff City Stadium.
The Bluebirds had entered this game third in the npower Championship, a point behind Norwich with both sides having two games to play.
But their hopes of putting pressure on the Canaries were dashed as a woeful first-half display saw Boro open up a 3-0 lead inside 21 minutes as Leroy Lita's 99th career goal and further strikes from Barry Robson and Richard Smallwood put Tony Mowbray's men in total control.
The result condemned Cardiff to their heaviest home loss since their final match at Ninian Park against Ipswich in April 2009, and meant a win for Norwich in their late game at Portsmouth - or, failing that, at home to Coventry on Saturday - would seal their promotion at the expense of the Bluebirds.
Cardiff look set to face another play-off campaign, unless the FA elect to mete out a heavy punishment to QPR over their signing of Alejandro Faurlin when the outcome of that disciplinary process is announced later this week.
Cardiff boss Dave Jones had named an unchanged starting XI from the win at Preston, although goalkeeper Stephen Bywater was fit enough to claim a place on the bench.
Stephen McManus and Tony McMahon were both fit to return from ankle injuries for the visitors as Jason Steele started in goal.
The Bluebirds got off to a nightmare start as McMahon's long diagonal ball found Lita, and the striker's well-placed header beat the despairing dive of Tom Heaton to find the corner of the net with less than three minutes played.
Cardiff sought a quick response with captain Craig Bellamy's cross just evading JLloyd Samuel, but moments later they were 2-0 down as their hopes of automatic promotion continued to fade.
Lita was given far too much space on Middlesbrough's right-hand side and his measured pass allowed skipper Robson to guide the ball into the far corner after 13 minutes.
And the game was as good as over after just 21 minutes as Boro found the net for a third time.
A neat exchange between Robson and Marvin Emnes sent the striker into space. Enmes cut in from the right to pull the ball back and find Smallwood for the midfielder to fire beyond a flat-footed Heaton to the astonishment of the home support.
Cardiff almost found a way back into the game on the half-four mark as a defensive slip allowed Jay Bothroyd space, but the striker's effort was tipped away by Steele.
Jones then sent Jason Koumas on for Samuel knowing his side were in desperate need of a creative spark but they remained frustrated, particularly after Bellamy was adjudged offside after lobbing home.
Cardiff were booed off at the interval but Kevin McNaughton almost gave them a lifeline early in the second half as he turned a Bellamy cross wide at the far post, and Bellamy was the creator again as Bothroyd flashed wastefully off-target from the edge of the box.
Smallwood and Kevin Thomson were both booked for clumsy tackles before Emnes also saw yellow as he made his way slowly from the field when substituted on the hour.
Michael Chopra came off the bench for the final 20 minutes before Chris Burke drove agonisingly wide, but the hosts' pressure ultimately came to nought.
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