2017-18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Kenneth Zohore (16')
  • Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (45'+1')
  • Callum Paterson (64')
  • Darren Bent (21')

Cardiff can smell the Premier League after beating Burton

Cardiff moved another step closer to the Premier League with a hard-fought 3-1 triumph over Burton.
Neil Warnock's side racked up their eighth successive win thanks to goals from Kenneth Zohore, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Callum Paterson, who netted for the fourth time in as many games.
Darren Bent levelled the scores in the first half, but Nigel Clough's men could not stop the Bluebirds from maintaining their seven-point gap over third-placed Fulham.
Second-bottom Burton are four points adrift of safety, while there are only eight games and 14 points standing between Cardiff and promotion.
The Brewers almost caught Cardiff cold twice in the opening five minutes. Their first chance came when Jamie Allen's tempting free-kick was met by Liam Boyce, but Bluebirds captain Sean Morrison was on hand to clear it away.
The pair combined again moments later but this time Boyce's header flew well over the bar under pressure from Neil Etheridge.
The visitors were made to pay after 16 minutes when Junior Hoilett controlled Joe Bennett's pinpoint ball and charged past John Brayford.
The Canada international had four to pick from but found Zohore, who volleyed past Stephen Bywater to score his fourth goal in six matches.
But it did not take long for Burton to spoil the party at the Cardiff City Stadium. Boyce played a key role again when he sent Lloyd Dyer haring in behind the back four after 22 minutes.
The winger whipped the ball across the face of goal and Bent raced to the back post to tap it in.
The Bluebirds struck a killer blow in the first minute of added time to get their noses in front again.
Zohore flicked the ball on for Mendez-Laing to charge towards goal, and when Bywater failed to meet him, he blasted the ball into the roof of the net.
Morrison had a second-half header ruled out for a push on Bywater, but Cardiff made sure they would be going 12 games unbeaten after 64 minutes.
Hoilett glided past Brayford and fired the ball across goal. The chance looked to have gone when it ricocheted off Craig Bryson, but Paterson pounced to score his ninth of the season.
Marko Grujic had the opportunity to put the icing on the cake when Hoilett cut in and delivered an incisive pass, but Bywater stuck out a leg to block the shot.
Warnock takes his Cardiff side to his former club Sheffield United on Monday knowing they need a maximum of five wins to go up.

English League Championship Standings

1 West Bromwich Albion 28 +19 53
2 Leeds United 28 +19 52
3 Fulham 29 +12 49
4 Nottingham Forest 28 +11 48
5 Brentford 28 +23 47
6 Preston North End 29 +8 46
7 Swansea City 29 +1 45
8 Millwall 28 +4 44
9 Bristol City 28 +2 44
10 Sheffield Wednesday 28 +8 42
11 Blackburn Rovers 28 +5 40
12 Hull City 28 +4 39
13 Cardiff City 28 -2 39
14 Queens Park Rangers 28 -5 38
15 Reading 28 +3 37
16 Derby County 28 -7 37
17 Middlesbrough 29 -7 35
18 Birmingham City 29 -11 34
19 Stoke City 29 -6 31
20 Charlton Athletic 29 -4 30
21 Huddersfield Town 28 -13 29
22 Barnsley 29 -19 24
23 Wigan Athletic 28 -18 23
24 Luton Town 28 -27 21