A terrible penalty decision gifted Birmingham City a 1-0 win over Cardiff City this evening which ended their recent run of home defeats in the Championship.
Referee David Coote somehow adjudged that James Vaughan’s shot had struck Cardiff defender Matt Connolly on the arm when it clearly whacked him plum in the face!
The visitors were furious but their protests counted for nothing as substitute Paul Caddis nestled the result spot kick past David Marshall in first-half stoppage time.
The penalty palaver was one of the few flash points in an otherwise uneventful game. Cardiff had a couple of equalising chances, the best of which was poorly spurned by Sammy Ameobi.
Birmingham hung on without much trouble to record their first home win in four games. They had recently lost to lowly Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town as well as rivals Wolves at St Andrews.
Three points take Birmingham level with seventh-place Cardiff in the table. Both are within a point of the playoffs, but will have to play better than this to remain their come the end of the season.
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