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Close win sends Cardiff top

2 December 2012

Craig Conway made history for Cardiff as he secured his side's 10th successive victory with a 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday that sent the Bluebirds back to the top of the npower Championship.

The Scot made the breakthrough 10 minutes from time with a left-footed drive that meant his side leapfrogged Crystal Palace back to the summit and took their places in the Cardiff record books.

In the second period Gary Madine almost fired Dave Jones' men into the lead against his manager's former employers, only to be denied by the reactions of David Marshall. Just when it looked like Wednesday would end the only 100 per cent home record in English league football, Conway intervened with his first goal of the season.

The Bluebirds have made a habit of scoring very early on in recent games and if Andrew Taylor's first-time effort had been a few inches lower from Craig Bellamy's smart pull-back after just 44 seconds then they would have done it once again.

Taylor and Bellamy then swapped roles to create the Bluebirds' next opening with Bellamy missing the target with a header after Peter Whittingham's inch-perfect through-ball sent Taylor scampering down the left.

Jordon Mutch was next to get in on the act with a fizzing effort which was almost headed past his own keeper by Miguel Llera. Cardiff were beginning to up the ante and four minutes later Mutch drove from distance but Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland managed to parry.

Despite their hosts' midfield dictating proceedings Wednesday saw out the rest of the first half without any real difficulty. But having found the back of the net in their last 17 Championship matches it seemed only a matter of time before Malky Mackay's men made the breakthrough.

Wednesday did switch off at a free-kick allowing Bellamy to cross for Conway to fire over the bar but a minute later only Marshall denied them a shock opener. Michail Antonio slipped the first-half substitute through and his low drive from the right-hand side of the box was well saved by the Scot's legs.

Then history was made with the next real chance in the 80th minute, substitute Joe Mason nodding the ball back into the path of Conway just outside the box. The former Dundee United winger controlled the ball on his right knee before firing a left-footed shot into Kirkland's bottom right-hand corner to secure the points.

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