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Cardiff City Clinches First Promotion Bid for Next Season

Craig Bellamy

 

Not many 0-0 draws will be celebrated in the fashion that Cardiff City celebrated their scoreless match with Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.

By earning the one point at the Cardiff City Stadium, the Bluebirds became the first club to secure promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.

Malky Mackay’s club have been dominant in the second division all season. With a 13-point gap on the playoff positions, third through sixth, with three matches remaining, a spot in the EPL was easily secured.

The promotion marks the first time in 53 years that Cardiff will play in the English top flight and it will give Welsh football fans a chance to see a Welsh derby in the EPL next season between the Bluebirds and Swansea City.

As for how the rest of the Championship clubs fared on Tuesday, second-placed Hull City were unable to extend the gap on third-placed Watford after losing 1-0 on the road to Wolverhampton.

Third-placed Watford also fell on the road on Tuesday by losing 1-0 to Millwall at The Den.

Brighton and Hove Albion jumped over Crystal Palace in the race for fourth by playing to a 0-0 draw with Peterborough United. Palace fell 3-0 on the road to Ipswich Town.

In the battle for the final playoff position, which is sixth place in the table, Leicester City reclaimed their spot in the top six by beating seventh-placed Bolton Wanderers, 3-2, at the King Power Stadium.

Jeffrey Schlupp’s 79th minute goal was the game-winner for the Foxes, who lead Bolton and Nottingham Forest by one point in the race for sixth.

A full slate of matches will be played on Friday and Saturday as the race to join Cardiff in the EPL next season intensifies.

Here is how the Championship table looks after play on Tuesday.

Club Matches Played Points Goal Differential
Cardiff City 43 84 27
Hull City 43 77 11
Watford 43 71 23
Brighton & Hove Albion 43 66 18
Crystal Palace 42 66 10
Leicester City 43 64 23
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Talent Watch: Joshua McEachran

Joshua McEachran

 

19 year-old midfielder Joshua McEachran may have thought 2011/2012 would have been his breakthrough season but with Chelsea in disarray it was no time to throw the talented wonderkid into the limelight. Signing for Swansea on loan in the January 2012 transfer window many believed it would be an ideal pairing but with Swansea side in fine form, first team opportunities have been limited. Hailed as one of England’s finest prospects, he has been described as Chelsea’s Jack Wilshere. The England Under-21 international who is contracted at Stamford Bridge until 2016 is fully expected to make the grade at Chelsea and is seen as the idea heir to Frank Lampard. Comfortable on the left or in the middle, McEachran was one of Chelsea’s pivotal players in their FA Youth Cup final win against Aston Villa. Despite his small physique, McEachran has already displayed extraordinary vision and creativity. With excellent technique, McEachran has a fine range of passing and is able to unlock defences with his close control on the ball and composure. With a good football brain, the starlet is able to create space. It is perhaps at international youth level where McEachran has impressed most and represented and captained England at Under-16 level and played a key role in the England U17 side which won the 2010 U17 European Championships.

n 17 January 2012, McEachran completed a loan move to Swansea City. On finalising the deal he told Blues News that he was looking forward to working under former Chelsea reserves coach and Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers. ‘I want to get game time to be honest, and it will be good playing for Brendan. Swansea play really good football and I’m looking forward to it.’ McEachran was given the number 17 jersey. McEachran made his debut for Swansea City against Sunderland coming off the bench in the 66th minute for Gylfi Sigurðsson, the match ended 2–0 loss for Swansea City. McEachran made his first start for Swansea in a FA Cup match against Bolton Wanderers which ended in a 1–2 defeat.

On 20 August 2012, McEachran completed a loan move to Championship club Middlesbrough on a season long loan. After his move to Middlesbrough, McEachran says he joined the club in order first team opportunities and fight his place under manager Roberto Di Matteo. He made his debut appearance for Middlesbrough the next day, in a 3–2 victory against Burnley. He became regular for Boro, creating a strong midfield partnership with Grant Leadbitter .

Honours


FA Youth Cup: 2010
UEFA Under-17 Championship : 2010
Chelsea Young Player of the Year (1): 2011
Oxfordshire Sport Award: Sport Man of the Year 2010