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Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Peter Whittingham.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Drinkwater on Craig Conway. Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham. (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Steve Howard coming on for Paul Gallagher.
Foul by Ben Turner on Jermaine Beckford, free kick awarded. Paul Gallagher restarts play with the free kick.
Richie Wellens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Mason. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Peter Whittingham from right channel, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie, Unfair challenge on Ben Marshall by Anthony Gerrard results in a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher from the right by-line, Ben Marshall takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.
Foul by Paul Konchesky on Rudy Gestede, Penalty awarded. Placed penalty scored by Peter Whittingham. Leicester 2-1 Cardiff.
Peter Whittingham takes a inswinging corner.
Anthony Gerrard challenges Jermaine Beckford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richie Wellens.
Don Cowie concedes a free kick for a foul on Lloyd Dyer. Don Cowie shown a yellow card. Paul Gallagher hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Leicester 2-0 Cardiff.The assist for the goal came from Lloyd Dyer. (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Ben Marshall coming on for Lloyd Dyer.
Inswinging corner taken by Don Cowie from the left by-line, clearance made by Sean St. Ledger.
Corner taken by Paul Gallagher from the right by-line, Rudy Gestede manages to make a clearance.
Joe Mason joins the action as a substitute, replacing Filip Kiss.
Foul by Jermaine Beckford on Anthony Gerrard, free kick awarded. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Rudy Gestede produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot by Daniel Drinkwater from outside the box goes high over the target.
Shot by Jermaine Beckford. David Marshall makes a brilliant save.
Craig Conway takes a shot. Jermaine Beckford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Turner. David Marshall takes the direct free kick. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
Rudy Gestede concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean St. Ledger. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Gallagher.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Taylor by Paul Gallagher results in a free kick. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Paul Gallagher from the right by-line, Shot from 20 yards from Lloyd Dyer. Save by David Marshall. Clearance made by Andrew Taylor.
Foul by Lee Peltier on Craig Conway, free kick awarded. Andrew Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.
Jermaine Beckford has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Filip Kiss challenges Matt Mills unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matt Mills takes the free kick. Filip Kiss goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
Haris Vuckic goes off and Rudy Gestede comes on.
Kenny Miller is ruled offside. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
Craig Conway crosses the ball, comfortable save by Kasper Schmeichel.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul Gallagher, Richie Wellens fouled by Filip Kiss, the ref awards a Penalty. Penalty taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher and scored. Leicester 1-0 Cardiff.
Paul Konchesky takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by David Marshall.
Corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie from the left by-line, clearance made by Paul Gallagher.
Inswinging corner taken by Paul Gallagher from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by David Nugent goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Effort on goal by Jermaine Beckford from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot from 20 yards from Jermaine Beckford. David Marshall makes a save.
David Nugent is ruled offside. David Marshall takes the free kick.
Don Cowie challenges Paul Gallagher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Paul Gallagher, Header by Matt Mills from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Lee Peltier. David Marshall takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Anthony Gerrard by Matt Mills results in a free kick. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Kenny Miller.
(Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Filip Kiss coming on for Aron Gunnarsson.
Paul Gallagher has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Daniel Drinkwater.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Peltier by Aron Gunnarsson. Matt Mills takes the direct free kick.
Beckford back for Foxes
Leicester will have in-form striker Jermaine Beckford available for the visit of Cardiff.
Beckford had scored six goals in his last four matches prior to being controversially sent off early in the second half of the defeat to Brighton last weekend. The Foxes appealed against the straight red card and the three-match suspension was overturned.
Neil Danns was also dismissed against Albion but the midfielder will serve his one-match ban.
Leicester finished the game at the Amex Stadium with eight men after Nathan Delfouneso was forced off with an ankle injury in stoppage time but the on-loan striker has "an outside chance" of being involved on Saturday, according to manager Nigel Pearson.
Defender Paul Konchesky had to be substituted at Brighton after sustaining a knock but he trained on Thursday.
Midfielder Andy King (foot), strikers Martyn Waghorn (hamstring), Darius Vassell and Jeffery Schlupp (both knee) remain out while defenders Sol Bamba and John Pantsil are still away at the African Nations Cup.
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay will be hoping to be able to call on Mark Hudson and Filip Kiss.
Hudson has not featured for the Bluebirds since the 3-2 victory over Portsmouth on January 21 because of a calf strain, while Kiss missed last week's 3-1 home defeat to Blackpool.
Darcy Blake is also pushing for a recall to the defence after last weekend's disappointment at the hands of Blackpool, while Kadeem Harris - signed from Wycombe in the January transfer window - could make his first appearance for the club after failing to come off the bench last time out.
Full-back Kevin McNaughton is likely to keep his place in defence despite being withdrawn against Blackpool with a tight muscle.
A victory for Cardiff could take the Welsh outfit into the automatic promotion places, if results elsewhere go in their favour.
Gallagher brace sinks Bluebirds
Paul Gallagher scored a goal in each half as Cardiff saw their promotion challenge falter with a 2-1 defeat to Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
Malky Mackay's Carling Cup finalists suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season as they followed up last week's 3-1 loss at home to Blackpool with a largely abject display.
Only the inspired form of Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall kept Leicester at bay until Gallagher - who replaced the suspended Neil Danns in the Foxes' only change - opened the scoring with a penalty four minutes before half-time.
Kenny Miller thought he had levelled moments after, only to be denied by the offside flag.
In a quieter second half, Gallagher found the decisive goal with a superb free-kick before Peter Whittingham reduced the arrears from the spot.
Leicester move to within six points of the play-offs while Cardiff remain fourth but slip five points behind second-placed Southampton.
The hosts started impressively as Jermaine Beckford came within inches of finding the decisive touch on Daniel Drinkwater's cross before Gallagher sliced wide from Lee Peltier's knockdown.
Cardiff then suffered a setback in the seventh minute as Aron Gunnarsson hobbled off with a suspected groin injury to make way for Filip Kiss and Mackay's men continued to struggle in finding an answer to Leicester's early momentum.
Beckford engineered space on the right wing for Gallagher to cross and Richie Wellens aimed an overhead kick, which took a deflection to force a fine save from David Marshall in the Cardiff goal.
Gallagher's delivery was becoming an increasing problem for the visitors and centre-backs Sean St Ledger and Matt Mills went close following set pieces from the former Blackburn man.
Marshall was called into action with half an hour gone to save from Beckford on the angle following some clever interplay with strike partner David Nugent and moments later the ex-Leeds forward shot wide when Anthony Gerrard misjudged a searching ball from Gallagher.
Wellens produced an excellent half-volley from 30 yards for Marshall to push over at full stretch but, when the midfielder was felled by Kiss, Leicester had the lead they deserved in the 41st minute.
The infringement came from another Gallagher corner and the winger proved himself to be just as effective from the penalty spot, finding the bottom corner.
Cardiff appeared to have found an immediate response but Miller's delicate lob over Kasper Schmeichel from debutant Haris Vuckic's flick-on was ruled out for offside.
It was to be Vuckic's last contribution as he made way for Rudy Gestede at the interval but the Bluebirds had Marshall to thank once more in the 51st minute as he plunged to his right to tip around the post when Lloyd Dyer teed up Nugent.
Beckford continued to probe industriously and found Marshall in his way following a jinking run after the hour.
However, there was nothing the former Norwich keeper could do in the 71st minute when Gallagher capitalised on a foul by Don Cowie on Dyer to plant a sumptuous 25-yard free-kick into the top corner.
Cardiff were offered a lifeline when Schmeichel fumbled Whittingham's corner and Peltier fouled Gestede in the ensuing panic.
Whittingham stroked home from the spot.
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