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Cardiff stunned by lowly Peterborough



Cardiff surrendered their 100 percent record as the Championship leaders crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat against struggling Peterborough on Saturday.

Malky Mackay's team had won all 10 league matches at the Cardiff City Stadium this season, but Peterborough ended that perfect run with their first victory in nine matches.

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

Rudy Gestede's 89th minute goal ensured a nervy finish for Darren Ferguson's team, but they held on to move off the bottom of the table.

The defeat saw Cardiff's lead at the top trimmed to two points after second placed Crystal Palace drew 2-2 at Birmingham.

Although Palace narrowed the gap on Cardiff, it was still a disappointing day for Ian Holloway's side as they blew a two-goal lead late in the second half.

The Eagles looked well in control as two goals from in-form striker Glenn Murray, in the 39th and 60th minutes, took him to 20 for the season.

But substitute Nikola Zigic got one back for Birmingham in the 66th minute and Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop headed the equaliser for Lee Clark's team with eight minutes left.

Third placed Middlesbrough are just one point behind Palace in the race for automatic promotion thanks to a dramatic 2-0 win over Wolves at the Riverside Stadium.

Tony Mowbray's team suffered a painful late defeat in the League Cup quarterfinals at Swansea in midweek, but they bounced back with a Marvin Emnes penalty in the 89th minute and Australian striker Scott McDonald's stoppage-time goal.

Hull consolidated their play-off position with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield at the KC Stadium.

Robert Koren's eighth-minute effort and David Meyler's stoppage-time strike made it three wins in a row for the Tigers, though their success was soured when defender Alex Bruce saw red after the final whistle for a clash with Alan Lee.

Millwall moved into the play-off places with a 1-0 win over promotion rivals Leicester at The Den.

Chris Taylor, on as a halftime substitute, got the only goal in the 67th minute when Liam Trotter played a neat one-two with Andy Keogh and crossed for the winger to slot home from close-range.

Elsewhere, Burnley manager Sean Dyche had to settle for a 1-1 draw in his grudge match with former club Watford, who sacked him at the end of last season to make way for current Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola.

Derby won 2-0 at struggling Bristol City, while Leeds defeated Ipswich 2-0 at Elland Road.

Blackpool beat Blackburn 2-0, Bolton secured a 2-0 home win against Charlton and Brighton drew 0-0 with Nottingham Forest.

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