RESULT: Cardiff City 2 Barnsley 2

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Cardiff City squandered the chance to move into the Championship’s top two as battling Barnsley twice came from behind to earn the visitors a point.

A Peter Whittingham wonder goal fired the Bluebirds ahead as he volleyed a left-footed 25-yarder past helpless Barnsley keeper Luke Steele.

But Tykes sub Andy Gray equalised as he fired in Marlon Harewood’s knock down.

Dekel Keinan seemed to have won it for Cardiff with a bullet header but Gray levelled from Jacob Butterfield’s ball.

Gray’s double - especially his last-minute winner from Butterfield’s left-wing cross - punished lacklustre Bluebirds defending and wasteful finishing as the hosts squandered a series of chances.

Cardiff also had a first-half penalty appeal turned down when Craig Bellamy was challenged by covering defender Jason Shackell but referee Russell Booth waved away Cardiff protests.

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RESULT: Sunday, March 13, 2011:


Cardiff City v Barnsley (HT:1-1) 2-2

RESULTS: Saturday, March 12, 2011:


Watford v Sheffield United (HT: 1-0) 3-0

Nottingham Forest v Doncaster Rovers (HT: 0-0) 0-0

League 1:

Sheffield Wednesday v Notts County (HT: 0-1) 0-1

League 2:

Crewe v Chesterfield (HT: 1-0) 2-0

Rotherham United v Bury (HT: 0-0) 0-0