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                                                    Cardiff
                                                    own(Cody McDonald) (18 mins)
                                                    Peter Whittingham (83 mins)
                                                    2-2
                                                    Coventry
                                                    Jordan Clarke (69 mins)
                                                    Oliver Norwood ((90 + 5 mins) mins)

                                                    npower Championship , Mar 21, 2012
                                                    Ground: Cardiff City Stadium , Kickoff: 19:45 , Att 20,564

                                                    Team news

                                                    Rudy set to return for Bluebirds Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has hinted Rudy Gestede could return when Coventry make the trip to Wales.

                                                    After drawing 0-0 with Burnley at the weekend, Mackay will be desperate for his squad to show they are not suffering a Carling Cup hangover following the defeat on penalties to Liverpool.

                                                    Since that game the Bluebirds have only won only one of their five games, scoring just four goals in the process.

                                                    Gestede's return could help with the lack of goals, but Mackay has also publicly backed the misfiring Kenny Miller. Robert Earnshaw replaced Miller on Sunday and will be hoping to get the nod if Mackay opts to change his strikeforce.

                                                    Slovakian midfielder Filip Kiss missed the Burnley clash with illness but should be back in the squad alongside Darcy Blake.

                                                    Stephen McPhail made a five-minute substitute appearance in the weekend stalemate after returning from Sjogren's Syndrome and he will be hoping for a place in the squad once again. Craig Conway will hope to challenge loanee Liam Lawrence for a starting berth after impressing during his 27-minute spell against the Clarets.

                                                    Coventry are sweating on the fitness of striker Cody McDonald.

                                                    McDonald was only fit enough for a place amongst the substitutes in the 1-1 draw with Watford at the weekend and may have to settle for a similar role again as he struggles to fully overcome a groin problem.

                                                    Andy Thorn also has concerns over winger David Bell who has missed the Sky Blues' last three games with a groin problem.

                                                    His loss is felt harder for Thorn due to the fact that fellow wideman Carl Baker is out for the foreseeable future with a hamstring injury.

                                                    Hermann Hreidarsson is out for the rest of the season having dislocated his shoulder, while Richard Wood's knee injury is set to keep him out for a while longer yet.

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                                                    Last-gasp Norwood denies Bluebirds Oliver Norwood netted in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to rescue a point for Coventry in a 2-2 draw at Cardiff.

                                                    Norwood blasted home from 25 yards after Gary McSheffrey's pass found its way to his feet in the last seconds of a pulsating encounter in south Wales.

                                                    Earlier, Cardiff took the lead just after the quarter-hour, with Sky Blues forward Cody McDonald putting through his own net.

                                                    Cardiff were thoroughly tested by a Coventry side battling against looming relegation, and were fortunate not to be pegged back when McSheffrey missed a 51st-minute penalty.

                                                    McSheffrey then hit a post before Jordan Clarke equalised for Coventry with 20 minutes remaining before Peter Whittingham looked to have won it for Cardiff late in the game only for Norwood to strike at the death.

                                                    Cardiff manager Malky Mackay made one change to the side that drew 0-0 with Burnley on Sunday, as Stephen McPhail replaced ankle injury victim Kenny Miller, while Coventry boss Andy Thorn handed recalls to Conor Thomas in midfield and McDonald up front.

                                                    Thorn watched his side start brightly and McSheffrey's 20-yard effort flew harmlessly over the Cardiff crossbar.

                                                    Aron Gunnarsson fired wide for the hosts at the other end, while Alex Nimely failed to test David Marshall in the Bluebirds' goal as both sides created chances without hitting the target.

                                                    And it took an own goal for the home team to edge in front after 18 minutes, as Liam Lawrence's inswinging corner from the left was helped into the back of his own net by McDonald.

                                                    McSheffrey shot wide as Coventry looked in vain for an equaliser before the break, and the visitors went even closer when Sammy Clingan's free-kick was almost converted at the back post.

                                                    Gunnarsson brought a save out of Coventry stopper Joe Murphy and Whittingham lobbed over the Sky Blues' bar in the dying moments of the opening period, but Cardiff had to make do with a single-goal advantage at the interval.

                                                    Coventry started the second half quickly, and McDonald nodded Nimely's centre past a post before the visitors spurned a glorious opportunity to level matters.

                                                    Gunnarsson felled Keogh in the area and referee Robert Madley pointed to the spot, only for McSheffrey to fire the spot-kick over the bar.

                                                    All the signs pointed to it not being Coventry's, and in particular McSheffrey's, night when the 29-year-old clipped the bar after 65 minutes. But the away side finally managed to restore parity four minutes later.

                                                    Clarke seized possession inside the area and produced a fine effort to beat Marshall and find the bottom left-hand corner.

                                                    But Cardiff struck back and with seven minutes left Whittingham appeared to have secured all three for the hosts.

                                                    The Bluebirds' playmaker-in-chief arrowed an effort into the bottom right-hand corner from 20 yards to cue delirium amongst the home crowd.

                                                    But Coventry deserved something to show for their efforts, and with time ticking away Norwood collected from McSheffrey and rifled past Marshall from range to salvage a share of the spoils for the away side.

                                                    Team Line-ups

                                                    CardiffRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Substitution Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Rating
                                                    1 David Marshall
                                                    2 Kevin McNaughton
                                                    5 Mark Hudson
                                                    25 Ben Turner
                                                    3 Andrew Taylor
                                                    8 Don Cowie
                                                    7 Peter Whittingham Goal
                                                    17 Aron Gunnarsson
                                                    37 Stephen McPhail(sub 56)
                                                    13 Liam Lawrence(sub 72)
                                                    20 Joe Mason
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    22 Tom Heaton
                                                    10 Robert Earnshaw(sub 72)
                                                    11 Craig Conway
                                                    15 Rudy Gestede(sub 56)
                                                    23 Darcy Blake
                                                    CoventryRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Substitution Rating
                                                    1 Joe Murphy
                                                    26 Jordan Clarke Goal
                                                    2 Richard Keogh
                                                    15 Martin Cranie(sub 86)
                                                    30 Nathan Cameron
                                                    11 Gary McSheffrey
                                                    16 Oliver Norwood Goal
                                                    4 Sammy Clingan
                                                    32 Conor Thomas(sub 90)
                                                    14 Cody McDonald(sub 69)
                                                    18 Alex Nimely
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    13 Chris Dunn
                                                    3 Chris Hussey(sub 86)
                                                    12 Gary Deegan(sub 90)
                                                    22 Clive Platt(sub 69)
                                                    31 Cyrus Christie

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