Bore stalemate in Cardiff

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CARDIFF and Burnley played out a goalless draw at the Cardiff City Stadium in a result that does little favours to either side’s Championship play-off ambitions.

Malky Mackay’s Carling Cup runners-up headed into the game on a run of two wins in nine league games that left them looking up at the top six.

Burnley - now 10 points shy of the play-off places with as many games to play - welcomed boss Eddie Howe back to the touchline following the death of his mother and made most of the running in the first half, only to find Bluebirds goalkeeper David Marshall in inspired form.

The home faithful made their dissatisfaction with their side’s efforts clear at the break and the Bluebirds displayed renewed intent after the break, although Lee Grant did not have a save of note to make in the Burnley goal.

Cardiff lie a point behind sixth-placed Middlesbrough, who have a game in hand. Burnley missed top-scorer Jay Rodriguez due to injury.