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Promotion Rivals Prosper, But Swans Lose Out

Promotion Rivals Prosper, But Swans Lose Out

Cardiff City leapfrogged Norwich City courtesy of a 3-0 win over Portsmouth over a weekend where many of the top sides won. The Canaries put us under pressure after coming from behind to record a priceless win over Nottm Forest on Friday night.

However, the Bluebirds answered that pressure in style with a 3-0 win over Pompey meaning that our promotion potential remains in our own hands - win the remaining four fixtures to guarantee Premiership football next season. The result also suggests a place-off place is all but secure with 7th placed Forest now 12 points (and 14 goals) behind us.

It will come as little surprise that Reading continued their relentless march with a 3-1 home win over Leicester City. The Royals have 8 straight victories in the Championship and have stormed into contention for automatic promotion - a feat that seemed beyond them just a few weeks ago.

Rivals Swansea City turned out to be the big losers after dropping to 5th place as Burnley overcame a torrid first half to beat the Swans 2-1. Borini continued to impress with a fine goal, but Swansea have failed to follow up their remarkable 3-0 win over Norwich and a return of 1 point from 2 games sees them 5 points behind us now - from favourites to outsiders for 2nd place.

Leeds United occupy the final play-off place but are now surely out of contention for automatic promotion after being held at Watford and needing a last gasp own-goal to take even a point despite taking the lead through a Becchio header.

Leaders QPR did not play over the weekend but will look to re-establish their 10 point lead with a Monday night clash with Derby County.

AS the season reaches its climax, Cardiff City find ourselves well placed and in good form but with QPR set to visit CCS and Burnley able to beat Swansea City at Turf Moor (our final fixture) - there will be plenty more twists to come.....

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Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Sunday April 17 2011
Time: 11:00AM

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