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  • Morrison, C (32)
  • Burke (41), Whittingham (90 pen)
  • Date:2010-03-16
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Ricoh Arena
  • Attendance:16038
  • Referee:Hooper, S

Live Commentary

90mins

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90mins

Peter Whittingham takes a penalty for Cardiff and scores!.

90mins

Keiren Westwood goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

89mins

Freddy Eastwood goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

84mins

Clinton Morrison is replaced by Freddie Sears.

82mins

Cardiff are replacing Adam Matthews with Paul Quinn.

82mins

The referee has booked Richard Wood.

71mins

Coventry are replacing Jon Stead with Freddy Eastwood.

46mins

Michael McIndoe is being taken off, David Bell has come on in his place.

46mins

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 1.

46mins

Kevin McNaughton is replaced by Gavin Rae.

45mins

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

41mins

Goal!! Chris Burke scores for Cardiff.

32mins

Goal!! Coventry have scored with Clinton Morrison putting it in the back of the net.

0mins

It's 7:45pm on Tuesday, March 16th, the match has kicked off.

0mins

Coventry face Cardiff at 7:45pm on Tuesday, March 16th.


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Match Report

Peter Whittingham fired his 20th goal of the season to give Cardiff City a controversial 2-1 victory at Coventry City.

The crucial Championship clash looked to be heading for a draw before referee Simon Hooper awarded a stoppage-time penalty on the basis of his assistant's opinion that defender Martin Cranie had handled.

Whittingham, who had earlier missed from two yards, fired in the spot-kick to win it for Dave Jones' team.

It had been a scrappy start to the first half with Cardiff dominating possession but making very little use of it. Coventry striker Clinton Morrison carved himself a half-chance in the 16th minute but he shot into the side-netting from a very tight angle.

Chris Coleman's team started to come into it and Morrison went close with a header from Cranie's cross in the 18th minute but his effort drifted just wide.

Then, two minutes later, Michael McIndoe and Jonathan Stead combined to set up Irish midfielder Gary Deegan but he shot wide when he could have played in Morrison.

Whittingham had a sight of goal in the 25th minute but he fired high over the bar from distance.

The home side took the lead and it was Morrison who found the net for City in the 32nd minute. Aron Gunnarsson sent in a long throw from the right, James McPake helped it on to the back post and Morrison headed in from a yard out for his 11th of the season.

The visitors had a chance to hit straight back when Chris Burke crossed from the right wing but Darcy Blake headed over the crossbar.

Whittingham had the ball in the net in the 40th minute but it was ruled out for offside. Just seconds later, however, Cardiff were back on level terms. Coventry failed to deal with a flick from Jay Bothroyd and, as the home defence hesitated, Burke stole in and shot home from ten yards.

Cardiff had two great chances to go ahead after half-time. Whittingham missed from right under the crossbar after Mark Kennedy's fiercely struck cross.

Then Ross McCormack went through on goal but shot straight at Coventry keeper Keiren Westwood.

The Cardiff striker nearly made amends in the 62nd minute but his smashed free-kick was palmed away by Westwood and headed clear by Richard Wood.

Carl Baker finished off a 78th-minute run with a shot inside the box which was blocked by a Cardiff body and left Coventry claiming a penalty for handball.

Coventry's claims were waved away but, 12 minutes later, Cardiff were given a penalty and Whittingham's cool spot-kick won it.

Coventry City

Cardiff City

Corners

55

Fouls

199

Goal attempts

810

Shots off target

63

Offsides

24

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