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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Sean Morrison (33')

Cardiff City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Cardiff moved back into the Championship automatic promotion places with a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough.
Bluebirds skipper Sean Morrison headed the winner after 34 minutes to seal all three points at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The hosts' fourth win in six matches was enough to move above Derby, not in action this weekend, and Aston Villa, who were beaten by Fulham.
Middlesborough fell to 10th in the table and are now four points adrift of the play-off places.
Chances were hard to come by for both teams in the opening 20 minutes as Cardiff looked to break down a Boro side who had won three of their last four away matches.
Junior Hoilett had a chance to add to his tally of 11 goals when he linked up with Callum Paterson, but he could only fire his effort high and wide.
But Cardiff's muscle overpowered Tony Pulis' stubborn side after 34 minutes.
Hoilett swung a dangerous delivery towards the far post after Kenneth Zohore was hauled down on the edge of the area.
Morrison towered over Ben Gibson to guide the ball past Darren Randolph for a 1-0 lead.
Joe Ralls had the chance to make it 2-0 when he battled his way past Grant Leadbitter to fashion a shooting chance, but his left-footed shot flashed wide.
Middlesborough almost levelled after 54 minutes when Leadbitter sparked a swift counter-attack with an inch perfect pass to Stuart Downing.
The former England winger charged towards Neil Etheridge's goal, but failed to crown his 300th start for Boro with a goal as he dragged his effort wide.
The hosts then had a chance to guarantee three points when Morrison flicked the ball on from a Paterson long-throw.
Hoilett looked certain to add a goal to his earlier assist, but Randolph spread himself to deny the Canadian from point blank range.
Substitute Loic Damour volleyed an effort straight into the clutches of Randolph in the final 10 minutes and the hosts held out to record their 15th clean sheet of the season.

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English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 +43 99
2 Cardiff City 46 +30 90
3 Fulham 46 +33 88
4 Aston Villa 46 +30 83
5 Middlesbrough 46 +22 76
6 Derby County 46 +22 75
7 Preston North End 46 +11 73
8 Millwall 46 +11 72
9 Brentford 46 +10 69
10 Sheffield United 46 +7 69
11 Bristol City 46 +9 67
12 Ipswich Town 46 -3 60
13 Leeds United 46 -5 60
14 Norwich City 46 -11 60
15 Sheffield Wednesday 46 -1 57
16 Queens Park Rangers 46 -12 56
17 Nottingham Forest 46 -14 53
18 Hull City 46 0 49
19 Birmingham City 46 -30 46
20 Reading 46 -22 44
21 Bolton Wanderers 46 -35 43
22 Barnsley 46 -24 41
23 Burton Albion 46 -43 41
24 Sunderland 46 -28 37

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