Eagles fail to stop Bluebirds

Goals from Kenny Miller and Peter Whittingham helped Cardiff move up to third in the Championship after they beat Crystal Palace 2-0.

Last Updated: 05/11/11 at 17:48    Bet with SkyBet  Sky Bet Championship. Click here to bet.

Whittingham: Wrapped up win

Whittingham: Wrapped up win

The Eagles came into Saturday's clash at the Cardiff City Stadium having not conceded in their last six matches, but a powerful drive from Miller and Whittingham's free-kick gave Cardiff the spoils.

Palace may feel aggrieved not to have come away from south Wales without at least a point as they defended stoutly at times but they failed to create any clear-cut opportunities.

Whittingham rattled the bar in the first half, while Miller forced a fine save from Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni when clean through on goal shortly before he opened the scoring.

Those misses mattered little, though, once Miller and Whittingham found the back of the net as Cardiff extended their unbeaten run to five games to ensure their promotion push gathers momentum.

They were forced to make one change from the side that beat Derby in midweek as Tom Heaton made his first league start of the season by replacing the ill David Marshall in goal.

Mile Jedinak returned to Palace's line-up after being rested for the goalless draw with Portsmouth on Tuesday, while Sean Scannell was recalled, with Jonathan Parr and Darren Ambrose dropping out respectively.

The visitors had not conceded in a remarkable 550 minutes of action but they nearly fell behind after less than three minutes this afternoon when Miller's glancing header from Craig Conway's left-wing cross went narrowly wide.

At the other end, Scannell's fierce 20-yard drive was turned over by Heaton, who held on to Dean Moxey's header from the resulting corner.

The Eagles continued to grow in stature as the half wore on but Cardiff had the best chance when Whittingham's 25-yard strike cannoned off the bar.

The two sides continued to try their luck from distance before the interval but Heaton and Palace shotstopper Speroni were never in danger of having their goal breached.

Conway blazed over from a decent position at the beginning of the second half but defences continued to dominate.

The game looked to be petering out into a stalemate but from out of nowhere, Speroni had to be at his best to deny Miller, who had broke through on goal.

That jolted the home support into action and Whittingham struck wide from just outside the area moments later as Cardiff continued to apply considerable pressure.

And it came as no surprise when Miller fired them into the lead after 67 minutes.

Kevin McNaughton's pass from the right by-line was knocked down by Filip Kiss for Miller, who blasted low past Speroni.

It was the first goal Palace had conceded since John Carew had given West Ham a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park on October 1.

And it took just another 11 minutes for their defences to be breached once again.

After Jermaine Easter had fouled McNaughton on the edge of the area, Whittingham's free-kick found the top corner of the net to settle matters.

Bet with SkyBet  Sky Bet Championship. Click here to bet.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Saturday, 19 April 2014
15:00
Barnsley 0-1 Leeds Report
Middlesbro' 1-2 Millwall Report
N Forest 1-0 Birmingham Report
Watford 3-1 Ipswich Report
12:15
Leicester 1-0 QPR Report
Friday, 18 April 2014
19:30
Doncaster 0-2 Derby Report
17:15
Blackpool 0-1 Burnley Report
15:00
Blackburn 0-0 Yeovil Report
Bournemth 2-4 Sheff Wed Report
Charlton 0-0 Bolton Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 43 36 93
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 43 14 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 43 6 64
9 N Forest 43 5 62
10 Bournemth 43 -1 62
11 Blackburn 43 3 61
12 Watford 42 18 60
13 Middlesbro' 43 9 58
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 43 -8 53
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 42 -11 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Millwall 43 -29 43
21 Charlton 42 -24 42
22 Blackpool 43 -27 42
23 Barnsley 43 -29 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Sun, 20 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: No Manchester City hangover, insists Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City will keep fighting for the Premier League title, despite their week to forget.

Sherwood keen to keep Eriksen

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood hopes the club can keep hold of Christian Eriksen in the summer.

Premier League: Roberto Martinez hails Everton players after win over Manchester United

Roberto Martinez saluted the focus and adaptability of his Everton squad after a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property