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"WE ONLY NEED NINE MEN"


By BTTB
February 17 2007

The Bluebirds had two players sent off, missed a penalty but still beat a Leeds United side who are facing the drop to the third flight! Over 16,500 fans witnessed an exciting but not high class game.

Leeds United started the game well, but failed to make their possession count and almost on the stroke of half-time Michael Chopra scored with a  superb 20-yard free-kick at the Canton End of the ground. In the second half Michael Chopra who had  had already been booked when his challenge on Hayden Foxe earned a second yellow, a sending off was the only decision which could be made. The home fans took out their feelings on Foxe for the rest of the game! 

Steve Thompson missed a penalty for Cardiff after Tresor Kandol handled in the Leeds United penalty area, in the last six minutes Simon Walton was harshly sent off for his second yellow card which appeared to be astrange decision. Leeds pressed forward but couldn't break through even with four additional minutes played. 

Cardiff City: Alexander, Gilbert (Gunter 46), Ledley, Johnson, Walton, McNaughton, Whittingham, McPhail, Parry, Chopra, Thompson (Byrne 89).


Subs Not Used: Flood, Forde, Redan.

Sent Off: Chopra (66), Walton (84).

Booked: Thompson, Chopra, Walton.

Goal: Michael Chopra 45.

Att: 16,644

Ref: M Clattenburg (Co Durham).

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