Posh stun Cardiff; Palace held

  • Last Updated: December 15 2012, 19:47 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the npower Championship, including a shock defeat for Cardiff against Peterborough.

Glenn Murray found the net for Palace
Glenn Murray found the net for Palace

Peterborough produced the shock of the npower Championship season so far as they ended Cardiff's perfect home record with a 2-1 victory.

The table-topping Bluebirds had won their opening 10 league games in the Welsh capital but came unstuck against a Peterborough side bottom before kick-off.

Michael Bostwick put Posh ahead after 22 minutes with a superb long-range effort and on-loan Dagenham striker Dwight Gayle netted the second two minutes after the interval.

Rudy Gestede's late goal ensured a nervy finish for Darren Ferguson's team, but they held on for three crucial points.

  • Championship
Position Player Score
1 Cardiff 44
2 C Palace 42
3 Middlesbro' 41
4 Hull City 41
5 Leicester 37
6 Millwall 36
7 Watford 34
8 Brighton 33
9 N Forest 33
10 Derby 33
11 Blackpool 32
12 Leeds 32

Despite Cardiff's shock loss they stayed top of the division as closest rivals Crystal Palace drew 2-2 at Birmingham.

Prolific striker Glenn Murray fired Palace 2-0 ahead after an hour but they relinquished the advantage as substitute Nikola Zigic (66) and Papa Bouba Diop (82) scored.

Middlesbrough and Hull moved three points off the lead with 2-0 wins over Wolves and Huddersfield respectively.

Boro had to wait until late to breakdown a stubborn Wolves defence, with Martin Emnes netting an 89th-minute penalty after Karl Henry fouled Scott McDonald. The Australia striker then continued his recent scoring streak with his side's second in injury-time.

Hull won their lunchtime kick-off against Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield 2-0 thanks to goals from Robert Koren (eight) and David Meyler (90).

  • Championship
Team Score Team
Barnsley 0 - 1 Sheff Wed
Burnley 1 - 1 Watford
Cardiff 1 - 2 Peterboro
Blackpool 2 - 0 Blackburn
Birmingham 2 - 2 C Palace
Middlesbro 2 - 0 Wolves
Millwall 1 - 0 Leicester
Bolton 2 - 0 Charlton
Bristol C 0 - 2 Derby
Brighton 0 - 0 N Forest
Leeds 2 - 0 Ipswich
Hull City 2 - 0 Huddersfld

Hull's win was soured when Alex Bruce saw red during a scuffle after the whistle, although he appeared to be retaliating to an elbow from Alan Lee.

Chris Taylor scored the only goal of the game on 67 minutes as Millwall moved into the play-off places with a 1-0 home win over Leicester.

Watford dropped out of the top six as they drew 1-1 at Burnley. Nathaniel Chalobah's 11th-minute opener was cancelled out by the prolific Charlie Austin from the spot on 28 minutes.

Blackpool beat derby rivals Blackburn 2-0 with goals from Wes Thomas (22) and Kirk Broadfoot (81).

Leeds joined Blackpool in the top half as they won a third successive home league game 2-0 over Ipswich. On-loan winger Jerome Thomas (20) and Paul Green (68) were on target.

David Ngog scored twice in the final 16 minutes as Bolton grabbed a much-needed 2-0 win over Charlton while Derby claimed a 2-0 win at Bristol City.

Jeff Hendrick (34) and Craig Bryson (36) got the Rams' goals.

Brighton and Nottingham Forest played out a 0-0 draw at the Amex Stadium.

In the late kick-off Sheffield Wednesday earned local bragging rights with a 1-0 victory over Barnsley which eases the pressure on boss Dave Jones and piles it on counterpart Keith Hill.

The Owls had lost their previous seven games in the Championship which left the former Cardiff boss clinging on to his job, but Chris O'Grady's first-half goal earned the vital points and stopped the rot.

The goal was shrouded in controversy, though, as O'Grady tapped home after Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele had dropped the ball under the challenge of Gary Madine, with television replays showing a push.

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