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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Kenneth Zohore (82')

Cardiff City step up promotion push with win over Bristol City

Cardiff City's Kenneth Zohore celebrates goal vs Bristol City Getty

Kenneth Zohore snatched a late winner to earn Cardiff a 1-0 victory over Bristol City.

The Danish forward came off the bench to score after 82 minutes and earn the Bluebirds a valuable three points in the race to reach the Premier League.

A fourth straight win lifts Cardiff four points clear of Aston Villa once more and moves them to within two victories of Championship leaders Wolves.

It took only four minutes for derby tensions to flare up when Nathan Baker used his hand to fend off Callum Paterson and prevent him from reaching Joe Ralls' ball over the top.

The centre-back was booked for the challenge before Gary Madine headed over from the resulting free-kick.

The hosts had an even better chance to take the lead when Liam Feeney left Hordur Magnusson in his tracks and crossed the ball.

The ball fell to Madine, whose shot ricocheted into the path of Ralls, but he could not guide it through heavy traffic in the Bristol City penalty area.

Cardiff had another opportunity after half an hour when Sol Bamba charged upfield and slipped a through-ball behind the defence, only for Feeney to find the hands of Frank Fielding.

Fielding was called into action to save Greg Halford's tame effort before the visitors almost sneaked ahead in first-half stoppage time.

Famara Diedhiou dispossessed Matthew Connolly and sent the ball to strike partner Lois Diony, who failed to find the target.

Zohore replaced Madine at half-time and almost made an instant impact. The Danish striker poked the ball past Aden Flint and charged towards the Robins box.

His low cross was then almost diverted into his own net by the retreating Korey Smith, who slid in to send the ball out for a corner.

Another ball into the box almost unlocked the defence when Zohore flicked the ball on for Paterson, whose shot went inches over the bar.

Smith showed his attacking intentions when he got forward to blast a shot against Paterson, but neither side could make a chance count until Zohore struck.

Ralls crept into the Bristol City box and sent a low cross towards Paterson, and he let the ball run through his legs and into the path of Zohore who fired past Fielding.

Josh Brownhill had a late chance to snatch a point, but Bamba was there to clear the danger and earn Cardiff bragging rights over their English rivals.

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English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Norwich City 17 +8 33
2 Middlesbrough 17 +11 31
3 Leeds United 17 +12 30
4 Sheffield United 17 +8 30
5 West Bromwich Albion 17 +12 28
6 Derby County 17 +5 28
7 Nottingham Forest 17 +7 27
8 Swansea City 17 +6 26
9 Blackburn Rovers 17 -1 26
10 Queens Park Rangers 17 -4 26
11 Aston Villa 17 +4 24
12 Birmingham City 17 +3 24
13 Bristol City 17 +1 22
14 Stoke City 17 -1 22
15 Brentford 17 +4 21
16 Wigan Athletic 17 -7 20
17 Sheffield Wednesday 17 -9 20
18 Preston North End 17 -4 18
19 Rotherham United 17 -9 18
20 Reading 17 -5 16
21 Millwall 17 -7 16
22 Hull City 17 -8 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 17 -12 16
24 Ipswich Town 17 -14 11