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Saturday 19 April 2014 | Cardiff City Stadium | Referee: Howard Webb | Attendance 27,686

  • Peter Whittingham (51 Pen)
1 - 1
  • Marko Arnautovic (45+3 Pen)

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Cardiff City missed the chance to put pressure on those above them in the Barclays Premier League relegation fight as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Stoke City, in a match featuring the first two penalties of the Bluebirds' season.

While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men were able to leapfrog Fulham - beaten by Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the day - on goal difference in the table, they missed the chance to move level on points with 17th-placed Norwich City, who entertain Liverpool on Sunday.

Despite plenty of industry, the hosts could only manage a draw as Mark Hughes' Stoke edged closer to securing their first top-half finish in the Barclays Premier League.

In a first half of relatively few chances, Stoke took the lead through Marko Arnautovic's penalty just before the interval. The Austrian made no mistake with the spot-kick after a challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Kim Bo-kyung.

Referee Howard Webb was at the centre of the action once more when he pointed to the spot again early in the second half, with Peter Whittingham levelling the scores after Steven N'Zonzi was penalised for bringing down Fraizer Campbell.

Aside from a Juan Cala effort that was ruled out for offside, Cardiff did not show enough going forward to merit a second goal and what would have been a vital three points in their survival battle.

Indeed, in the end they were fortunate to escape with a point after Jon Walters struck the crossbar for Stoke late on.

In an entertaining start, Mats Daehli's deflected early effort had the potential to cause problems for Asmir Begovic in the Stoke goal, but it drifted just wide and the Norwegian was involved again shortly afterwards.

He played Jordon Mutch in behind the Stoke backline with an incisive pass, only for the Cardiff youngster to shoot straight at Begovic.

Stoke, who named midfielder Charlie Adam on the bench because of his broken nose, gradually grew into the match but were unable to create many chances.

Hughes' side headed into the match having won just twice away in the Barclays Premier League all season but Cardiff struggled to find a way through their well-organised backline, with Mutch and Campbell limited to shots from distance prior to the half-hour mark.

At the other end, David Marshall was called upon to beat away N'Zonzi's effort following a quick break, before Stephen Ireland, who this week agreed a new three-year deal, and Arnautovic combined with the ball going to Peter Crouch, who could not make clean contact.

However, the decisive moment of the half came in the closing moments as first Begovic tipped Whittingham's curling free-kick on to his left-hand post, before Stoke took the lead thanks to Kim's foul on former Cardiff striker Odemwingie.

Arnautovic sloted the resulting penalty down the middle of the goal to put the visitors ahead at the break.

Five minutes into the second half, Webb awarded a second penalty when N'Zonzi brought down Campbell, who was leading the line for Cardiff as Kenwyne Jones was left on the bench after his recent kidney problem.

Whittingham kept his cool to equalise from the spot and the hosts thought they were ahead soon afterwards when Cala nodded the ball in from close range - only for it to be ruled out for offside.

That, though, was as close as Cardiff went to a winner as their wait for back-to-back league victories this term continued.

And Walters almost stole a late win for the visitors in injury-time, but his curled effort from distance struck the bar.

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "These boys have a never-say-die attitude. We got momentum after we got the goal. It is a good point, but we have to thank our goalkeeper for saving a point for us at the end. With a defeat it would have been difficult to get the boys back up but now we have a very, very good chance."

"We have got two cup finals, but we have to focus on Sunderland as we are two points off Norwich. The boys have got a never-say-die attitude and we are looking forward to our next three games."

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "We are frustrated given the chances we had at the end. We are disappointed that we didn't win given the control we had. We could not make it maximum points, but we move on.

Take the Chelsea game out of the equation, and I think we have improved away from the Britannia Stadium over the past couple of months.
"We have been able to show the control that I am looking for in away games recently, and hopefully we can build upon that in the final match of the season at West Brom."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. David Marshall 8.0 5.39
27. Cala 6.0 4.15
28. Kévin Théophile-Catherine 6.33 4.29
35. Fabio 7.0 5.75
4. Steven Caulker 7.0 5.15
13. Kim Bo-Kyung 6.33 5.2
18. Jordon Mutch 6.0 5.52
29. Mats Daehli 7.0 3.97
7. Peter Whittingham 7.0 5.54
8. Gary Medel 6.0 5.13
10. Fraizer Campbell 6.67 6.49
Substitutes All Fans BFR
36. Wilfried Zaha 3.5 5.75
17. Aron Gunnarsson - 5.15
32. Joe Lewis - 3.93
42. Declan John 3.5 3.7
15. Magnus Wolff Eikrem - 3.67
9. Kenwyne Jones 4.0 4.07
6. Ben Turner - 4.23
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Asmir Begovic 6.0 7.52
3. Erik Pieters 4.5 4.63
17. Ryan Shawcross 2.5 5.25
12. Marc Wilson 3.5 4.35
20. Geoff Cameron 2.5 4.41
15. Steven N'Zonzi 3.5 4.44
32. Stephen Ireland 5.0 4.55
9. Peter Odemwingie 6.0 5.55
10. Marko Arnautovic 6.0 5.61
6. Glenn Whelan 3.5 4.49
25. Peter Crouch 5.5 5.31
Substitutes All Fans BFR
19. Jonathan Walters 4.0 4.39
28. Andy Wilkinson - 2.78
8. Wilson Palacios - 4.16
29. Thomas Sørensen - 2.63
24. Oussama Assaidi 3.5 6.0
16. Charlie Adam - 5.26
5. Marc Muniesa 4.0 3.73

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