Controversy Costs Cardiff
Cardiff's Championship season continued with a one-nil defeat against Birmingham at St Andrew's on Friday with the points lost due to a controversial moment at the end of the first half.
This highly controversial penalty award in first half injury-time, when Matthew Connolly was adjudged to have handled in the area (when the ball hit him in the face) came after David Marshall looked to have been fouled anyway....
Paul Caddis, who had come on earlier in the half, took this penalty and scored as the Cardiff 'keeper was sent the wrong way to put Birmingham ahead at half time with that goal proving to be the winner.
Marshall though produced a fine save in the second half to keep the Bluebirds in with a chance of getting something when he saved from Jon Toral with Birmingham 'keeper Tomasz Kuszczak keeping out a last minute Scott Malone effort.
Anthony Pilkington was also guilty of missing a good chance with Newcastle loanee Sammy Ameobi again failing to hit the target when away and clear with the Bluebirds losing seventh place to Birmingham and losing ground on the top six as a result this weekend too!
These were the other results.
Friday 18th December 2015
Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff
Saturday 19th December 2015
Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough
Bolton 2-2 Fulham
Brentford 4-2 Huddersfield
Bristol City 1-1 QPR
Burnley 4-0 Charlton
Ipswich 0-1 Derby
Nottm Forest 2-1 MK Dons
Rotherham 0-2 Hull
These game are yet to be played.
Sunday 20th December 2015
Sheff Wed v Wolves 14:00
Leeds v Preston 15:00
Reading v Blackburn 15:00
Some interesting results with some expected outcomes, and some not so!
Middlesbrough consolidated their place at the top of the Championship, and ended Brighton unbeaten start to the season, with a resounding three-nil win at the Amex Stadium to know they'll go into Christmas top of the pile.
It's been a difficult few weeks for Burnley but the Clarets got back to winning ways with a resounding four-nil win against struggling Charlton with another struggling side Rotherham causing an upset to see off the challenge of Hull with Neil Redfearn's side winning two-nil at the New York Stadium.
Rivals Derby and Nottingham Forest also collected good wins against Ipswich and MK Dons respectively.
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