McAnuff enough for resurgent Cardiff

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Cardiff produced their finest performance of the season in tearing apart a woeful West Ham in the Championship at Ninian Park last night to haul themselves clear of the relegation zone. Alan Lee, Joe Ledley, Paul Parry and the inspirational Jobi McAnuff fired the goals which extended Cardiff's unbeaten run to six games.

Cardiff produced their finest performance of the season in tearing apart a woeful West Ham in the Championship at Ninian Park last night to haul themselves clear of the relegation zone. Alan Lee, Joe Ledley, Paul Parry and the inspirational Jobi McAnuff fired the goals which extended Cardiff's unbeaten run to six games.

West Ham, who have now failed to win away from home in their last five League games, had only a Marlon Harewood penalty to show for their efforts. They struggled to deal with the pace of their former winger McAnuff, who tormented the full-back Rufus Brevett all evening.

McAnuff created the second and capped a man-of-the match display with the best goal of the game 13 minutes from time to make the points safe.

Elsewhere, Craig Levein changed the look of Leicester for their visit to Crewe - but the new manager could not change their fortunes as they drew again. Lilian Nalis and Joey Gudjonsson twice gave the visitors the lead but equalisers from Mark Rivers and Jon Otsemobor meant the points were shared.

It was a similar story at Loftus Road where Paul Furlong struck three times from the whistle to deny Millwall a surprise win on their journey across London. Barry Hayles gave Millwall the lead after 51 minutes but their cause was done no good at all when Adrian Serioux was sent off for violent conduct 15 minutes later. They managed to hold out until veteran striker Furlong arrived to keep Queen's Park Rangers firmly in the hunt for the promotion places.

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