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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Leon Clarke (28')
  • Anthony Pilkington (90'+1')

Anthony Pilkington's last-gasp equaliser earns Cardiff point at Sheffield United

A stoppage-time equaliser from substitute Anthony Pilkington extended second-placed Cardiff's unbeaten run to 13 games as they battled for a 1-1 draw at Sheffield United.
Leon Clarke had given the hosts a 28th-minute lead, and that goal for a long time looked like it would be enough to send the Blades sixth in the Sky Bet Championship standings.
But Pilkington - a 78th-minute replacement for Kenneth Zohore - volleyed in a dramatic leveller in added-on time to move the Bluebirds eight points clear of third-spotted Fulham.
The home side threatened in the second minute when Cardiff midfielder Marko Grujic got ahead of John Lundstram following a searching cross from Enda Stevens, allowing goalkeeper Neil Etheridge to collect the ball.
United's Lee Evans then fired over from distance while the visitors' first effort on goal came from Zohore, who shot straight at home goalkeeper Simon Moore.
Grujic saw his shot deflected wide before the hosts took the lead.
The opener arrived when Lundstram slipped the ball to Clarke, whose low shot from inside the area took a deflection off Bruno Ecuele Manga and beat Etheridge.
Clarke saw another deflected effort test Etheridge soon after, but the Cardiff stopper was equal to it.
Sol Bamba then made a vital interception, beating Clarke to a low cross and, from the resulting corner, taken by John Fleck, Richard Stearman's header was cleared off the line by Joe Bennett.
Lundstram went close just before the interval, firing wide following Clarke's lay-off as the Blades pushed for a second goal.
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock made a change at the break, sending on Gary Madine in place of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
Etheridge came to his side's rescue early after in the second half, making a brave block with his legs to deny Evans, who had been put through on goal by Fleck.
The visitors then had a couple of opportunities in quick session. Aron Gunnarsson lashed wide and Zohore's well-struck shot was saved by Moore at his near post.
United responded with a flowing move involving Fleck, David Brooks and George Baldock which ended with Lundstram shooting over.
Brooks then held off a couple of players before seeing his shot blocked.
Bamba tried a low shot from distance which rolled harmlessly wide of Moore's left post.
The action continued to switch from end to end and Fleck had a shot saved by Etheridge.
Clayton Donaldson was sent on in place of Brooks and he was soon in the thick of the action, firing against Etheridge's right post following a quickly taken free-kick.
Warnock then made a double substitution with Yanic Wildschut and Pilkington replacing Junior Hoilett and Zohore.
United continued to pose problems for the visitors, with Ecuele Manga diverting Donaldson's effort wide and Lundstram seeing his shot deflected off-target.
Etheridge pulled off a good reaction save from Clarke late on and Fleck blazed over from 25 yards.
And the home team were made to pay for not finding a second goal when Cardiff got back on level terms after the 90-minute mark. The ball was pumped into the area and Madine headed on to Pilkington, who volleyed past Moore.

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English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Middlesbrough 13 +9 25
2 Sheffield United 13 +7 25
3 West Bromwich Albion 13 +13 24
4 Leeds United 13 +12 23
5 Derby County 13 +3 21
6 Norwich City 13 +1 21
7 Blackburn Rovers 13 0 21
8 Wigan Athletic 13 -1 20
9 Nottingham Forest 13 +3 19
10 Bristol City 13 +3 19
11 Sheffield Wednesday 13 0 19
12 Brentford 13 +5 18
13 Aston Villa 13 +1 18
14 Birmingham City 13 +2 17
15 Swansea City 13 +2 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 13 -8 17
17 Stoke City 13 -2 16
18 Bolton Wanderers 13 -5 16
19 Reading 13 -3 12
20 Rotherham United 13 -10 12
21 Preston North End 13 -6 10
22 Millwall 13 -8 10
23 Hull City 13 -9 9
24 Ipswich Town 13 -9 9

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