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Championship: Wolverhampton 1 Cardiff City 2

SoccerNews in English Premier League 24 Feb 2013

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Cardiff City kicked eight points clear at the top of the Championship with a 2-1 win at relegation-threatened Wolverhampton on Sunday.

Cardiff City kicked eight points clear at the top of the Championship with a 2-1 win at relegation-threatened Wolverhampton on Sunday.

The Welsh side appear on course for a first ever promotion to the English Premier League and the goals of Fraizer Campbell could be to thank at season’s end.

Campbell – who arrived from Sunderland in the January transfer window for a fee of 650,000 pounds – bagged a brace in Cardiff’s latest win, taking his tally for the club to five goals in as many matches.

Cardiff took the lead after just 20 minutes when Campbell made the most of an Aron Gunnarsson long throw, heading home from close range.

The visitors dominated the first half and defender Matthew Connolly went close to doubling their advantage, while in a rare foray forward, Bakary Sako scuffed an effort wide for the hosts.

Cardiff’s Craig Bellamy had a goal ruled out for offside just three minutes into the second half and although Wolves enjoyed a brief spell of pressure, they failed to convert in front of goal.

That proved costly when Campbell doubled his account, converting a Bellamy assist to delight the travelling fans on 67 minutes.

Wolves quickly pulled one back through a Sako free-kick from the edge of the box and should have levelled when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake somehow turned the ball over the bar from close range.

But Cardiff held on for an important three points, with the win an emphatic response to a 2-0 home defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday.

Defeat for Wolves means their winless streak has stretched to 12 matches, with Dean Saunders’ side sitting two points inside the relegation zone.

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