Championship roundup: Tom Clarke sends Cardiff City to third defeat in a row

29 December 2017 10:03
Preston North End snatch late winner at Cardiff City Stadium while Millwall enjoy 1-0 win over QPR in London derbyCardiff City suffered their third defeat in a row for the first time under Neil Warnock after a late Tom Clarke header gave Preston North End a 1-0 victory to go within a point of the top six after a turgid match. Cardiff, knowing a win or a draw would see them leapfrog Bristol City into second place to keep up the pressure on Wolves, did not look like scoring on a wet night as the visitors, with an eye on the play-offs and looking to extend their unbeaten run to nine games, had the better of things.The first moment of any danger came after 52 minutes when Lee Tomlin angled in a header but it was an easy save for Preston’s Chris Maxwell. Soon afterwards Warnock replaced Liam Feeney with Junior Hoilett, a substitution that livened up the crowd if not the play, but still neither keeper was really tested until Neil Etheridge palmed away Tom Barkhuizen’s low shot. In the London derby, Ian Holloway returned to his old club as Millwall hosted QPR at the Den, the sides separated only by goal difference and eight points above the relegation zone. On a lively evening Millwall had the better chances, Jed Wallace’s being the best of them, but the deadlock was not broken until the 55th minute when the former Norwich man Steve Morison strained his neck to head home his first goal of the season from Wallace’s inviting right-win delivery. Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian