Sheffield United 1-1 Cardiff: Anthony Pilkington rescues point for Bluebirds
Last Updated: 03/04/18 7:07am
Anthony Pilkington struck an injury-time equaliser for Cardiff as they rescued a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United on Monday.
A win for Cardiff would have equalled a club record of nine successive league wins, set in 1946, but they were second best for large parts and fell behind to Leon Clarke's deflected opener (28).
Clayton Donaldson struck the woodwork as United wasted some glorious openings to secure the points and they were punished late on by substitute Pilkington (90+1).
The result moves Cardiff eight points clear in the automatic promotion places while Chris Wilder's men are just one point away from a play-off place.
The home side threatened in the second minute when Cardiff midfielder Marko Grujic got ahead of John Lundstram following a searching cross from Enda Stevens, allowing goalkeeper Neil Etheridge to collect the ball.
United's Lee Evans then fired over from distance while the visitors' first effort on goal came from Zohore, who shot straight at home goalkeeper Simon Moore.
The opener arrived when Lundstram slipped the ball to Clarke, whose low shot from inside the area took a deflection off Bruno Ecuele Manga and beat Etheridge.
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock made a change at the break, sending on Gary Madine in place of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
Etheridge came to his side's rescue early after in the second half, making a brave block with his legs to deny Evans, who had been put through on goal by Fleck.
Clayton Donaldson was sent on in place of Brooks and he was soon in the thick of the action, firing against Etheridge's right post following a quickly-taken free-kick.
Warnock then made a double substitution with Yanic Wildschut and Pilkington replacing Junior Hoilett and Zohore.
The home team were made to pay for not finding a second goal when Cardiff got back on level terms after the 90-minute mark. The ball was pumped into the area and Madine headed on to Pilkington, who volleyed past Moore to keep Cardiff's unbeaten run alive.
Man of the match: John Lundstram
The former Oxford United man had started just three of the last 12 Championship fixtures but was a force in the middle of the park as United bossed the midfield battle. He kept Jamie Paterson very quiet whilst also being a threat going the other way - as shown with his crisp pass to Clarke for the opening goal.
Chris Wilder: "We haven't got the result we wanted, not for the want of trying. In the last four or five games should have accumulated a lot more points than we have done."
Neil Warnock: "I thought we were a lot better second half. They had to go for it tonight, Sheffield United, but give our lads credit, they never gave in. It does feel like a win, ask anybody, when you equalise in the last minute in a game like that, it's a great feeling."
Sheffield United face a Yorkshire derby next Saturday against Barnsley while Wolves are next up for Cardiff on Friday night, live Sky Sports Football.