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Championship wrap: Cardiff held at home

12 March 2013 23:55

Championship table-toppers Cardiff City claimed a late point in a 1-1 draw against Leicester City on Tuesday.

Cardiff – who have made a habit of fading late in recent seasons – have stuttered lately and headed into the home fixture against Leicester with just one win from their last four games.

And it looked like being three losses in five before substitute Rudy Gestede netted a 93rd-minute equaliser for the Welsh side.

After a first half that failed to excite, the game burst into life after the break, with David Nugent and Chris Wood going close for Leicester.

Cardiff's Aaron Gunnarsson hit the crossbar with a cross but the hosts could have no complaints about going behind.

Defender Michael Keane was the scorer as he followed up his initial header – which hit the far post – with another headed effort that found the back of the net.

Fraizer Campbell missed a late chance for Cardiff and it looked like that would be that for Malky Mackay's side.

But Gestede – who had not previously scored in 2013 – had other ideas, as he headed Andrew Taylor's cross home to spark wild celebrations in the stands.

Leeds United's playoff hopes look to be over as they failed to convert their dominance in a 1-1 home draw against Peterborough United.

Dwight Gayle scored the opener for the visitors after 15 minutes, with the striker now having scored 11 in 20 matches for the strugglers this season.

Leeds had a host of chances to equalise in the first half but had to wait until just before the hour-mark when young star Sam Byram finished Stephen Warnock's corner.

Luke Varney had what would have been a winner disallowed for offside with 15 minutes remaining as Neil Warnock's side had to settle for a point.

The other match on Tuesday saw Barnsley climb out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Oakwell.

Trinidad and Tobago striker Jason Scotland – who has now bagged five goals in 10 matches since making a January transfer window move from fellow strugglers Ipswich Town – gave Barnsley the lead on 15 minutes.

And although Argentine Jose Ulloa levelled for Brighton on the hour-mark, substitute Chris Dagnall's penalty gave David Flitcroft's side all three points.

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