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Summary

  1. Cardiff climb back above Fulham into second place with victory
  2. The Bluebirds need two wins from their last three games to win promotion
  3. Sean Morrison heads Cardiff into half-time lead; Liam Bridcutt levels for Forest
  4. Aron Gunnarsson prods Bluebirds back in front following a free-kick
  5. Sunderland relegated to League One after defeat at Burton
  6. Wolves clinch Championship title after thrashing Burton; Wigan and Luton promoted

Live Reporting

By Josh Hunt

All times stated are UK

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Until Tuesday...

FT: Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Aron Gunnarsson scores for Cardiff
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It's not often that a Saturday in the EFL finishes at such a late hour, but fortunately Cardiff and Nottingham Forest made it worth the wait.

Both these two sides will be back in action when the Championship returns, with Cardiff facing another tough test at Derby, and Forest hoping to rebound at Barnsley, who are in desperate need of a win to help steer clear of relegation.

Thanks for joining me tonight. Until Tuesday, goodbye.

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FT: Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Missed any of tonight's game but don't feel like scrolling through 90 minutes of updates?

Don't worry, I'm not offended.

Fortunately, Chris Wathan has also been following tonight's game and has produced a very detailed match report, which you can read by clicking here.

Post-match reaction

FT: Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Cardiff matchwinner Aron Gunnarsson told Sky Sports:

"We had to dig in today and luckily we got the three points.

"It shows the character and the determination in this group because Forest had nothing to lose and wanted the three points, but we managed to dig in and get them."

Post-match reaction

FT: Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Cardiff captain Sean Morrison told Sky Sports: "We knew tonight was massive with Fulham winning last night.

"It's going to go right down to the wire because it's a tough league and any team can beat anyone.

"We knew Forest are a good footballing team so we had to try to put them under pressure and score goals when we had the opportunities."

The promotion picture

FT: Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Top of the Championship
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Cardiff fans will enjoy gazing on the table tonight.

Two more wins from their final three games will guarantee their place in the Premier League next season.

FULL-TIME

Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Cardiff celebrate
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Cardiff claim a massive three points.

Aron Gunnarsson's goal takes them back into second place after Liam Bridcutt had equalised for Nottingham Forest.

Can anybody stop the Bluebirds' promotion charge now?

Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Callum Paterson goes down clutching his face.

On replay, it's pretty clear that he's caught an arm to the face from Danny Fox.

You never want to accuse someone of doing something like that deliberately, but it's very hard to see what else the Forest man could have been thinking.

Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

There are four added minutes to be played.

Cardiff have everybody behind the ball as Forest push forward.

Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Ben Brereton charges down on goal and looks for a return pass as he plays the ball forward, but the attempted one-two is easily cut out by Cardiff's defence.

Cardiff are not home and dry yet but Forest are running out of time.

Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Cardiff v Nottingham Forest
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Both managers might have things to say about some of the pushing and pulling that's been going on in the penalty area tonight.

Cardiff probably ought to have been awarded a penalty a few minutes ago, but Nottingham Forest would probably respond that their keeper was blocked unfairly in the build-up to City's first goal.

Into the final five minutes this game goes.

Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Cardiff think they should have a penalty as Sean Morrison goes down inside the box, with Jack Colback appearing to pull him over.

Then at the other end, Ben Osborn tries to pull the ball back to Apostolos Vellios when he might have been better off pulling the trigger.

A let-off at both ends.

Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Junior Hoilett and Kenneth Zohore are wonderful players to watch when they're in the right mood.

Hoilett dances past a pair of Forest defenders down the right, before eventually the ball is put behind for a corner.

The visitors get it clear - they aren't out of this one yet.

Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Kenneth Zohore is simply too fast for Nottingham Forest.

Once again the striker is freed down the left, but none of his team-mates can get a touch as he flashes a cross through the box.

GOAL: Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Aron Gunnarsson

Aron Gunnarsson scores for Cardiff
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A huge goal in the race for promotion.

Sol Bamba does brilliantly to keep a deep free-kick delivery in play at the back post, heading it back to the edge of the six-yard box.

From there, it's all about a terrific finish from Aron Gunnarsson, who acrobatically plants the rising ball into the bottom corner.

Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

A long ball over the top from Cardiff sets Kenneth Zohore on his way, but Michael Mancienne wrestles him to the ground from behind on the corner of the box.

It's a free-kick in a dangerous position...

Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Cardiff win a free-kick inside the Nottingham Forest half, but the delivery is a poor one, allowing the Reds to clear before they make their second change of the evening.

Adlene Guediora comes on and goalscorer Liam Bridcutt makes way.

Cardiff also make a change, Yanic Wildschut on for Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock
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Much better from Cardiff.

Joe Bennett charges forward down the left and whips a tempting low cross into a dangerous area, but Kenneth Zohore can't get the killer touch under pressure at the near post.

The hosts have plenty of time to grab a winner, but Fulham fans watching this will be happy with what they've seen to this point.

Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Every Cardiff long throw seems to go as this last one has.

Sean Morrison wins the first header, Forest somehow get it clear, and Cardiff don't have enough men back to cope with the counter-attack.

The latest Reds burst forward doesn't produce a second goal, Joe Lolley's cross a disappointing one, far too close to the lone Cardiff defender in the centre of the box.

Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest are forced into their first change of the game.

Tobioas Figueiredo has picked up a knock, so on comes Michael Mancienne at centre-half.

Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Cardiff v Nottingham Forest
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Nottingham Forest are doing a better job of defending Cardiff crosses this half.

That is to say, they're getting their hands on Cardiff players and getting away with it, grabbing at shirts, pushing - anything to make up for their height disadvantage.

I doubt Cardiff's players and fans are thrilled with it, but Forest really don't have much choice.

Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Sol Bamba is taller than Lee Peltier, but his lack of pace was exposed in the build-up to that Nottingham Forest goal.

Forest have struggled at the back, but they don't look like a team that had scored only twice in their past seven games.

How do Cardiff respond to that setback?

GOAL: Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

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Forest celebrate Liam Bridcutt's goal
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Cardiff are made to pay for Kenneth Zohore's miss as Ben Osborn beats Sol Bamba to a long ball down the left before producing a peach of a cross for Liam Bridcutt to steer past Neil Etheridge.

Bridcutt's last goal? April 2011, in a 4-3 League One win for Brighton against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Cardiff 1-0 Nottingham Forest

So, so close to 2-0!

Nottingham Forest's defence falls apart, leaving a huge lane for Kenneth Zohore to bear down on goal.

The Cardiff striker lifts the ball over the Nottingham Forest keeper, but the ball hits the inside of the post and Danny Fox races back to clear off his line.

Kenneth Zohore chance
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Cardiff 1-0 Nottingham Forest

The second half gets under way.

Cardiff have made a change at the back, Sol Bamba coming on in place of Lee Peltier, who was shaken up when he fell heavily before the break.

That means Bruno Manga will move to right-back with Bamba playing centre-half.

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Drico: We are on our way to the promised land, Bluebirds!

Coleman has 'sense of helplessness'

Sunderland relegated from the Championship

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Sunderland's defeat by relegation rivals Burton a the Stadium of Light earlier finally put to an end any hopes of their Championship survival.

Manager Chris Coleman, who left Wales in December to take charge at the Stadium of Light, said after the game that he wanted to stay on next season.

"I know what needs to be done here. Whether or not I get the chance to do it remains to be seen," he told BBC Newcastle.

"I just thought as tough as it has been there was a chance we could do it.

"I feel anger, frustration and sadness really. It's the lowest I've been in my managerial career. It's a sense of helplessness."

'We never had any doubts'

Wolves secure Championship title

Wolves celebrate at the Macron Stadium
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Wolves secured the Championship title with an emphatic 4-0 win at struggling Bolton.

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo paid tribute to the club's support after the game, after almost 5,000 fans travelled to the Macron Stadium to watch their side wrap up top spot.

"It's special for the fans who travel so much and we're really thankful for what they have been doing," he told BBC WM.

"We showed our character and discipline.

"I'm very proud because we never had doubts. The way we played today and the effort of the boys was fantastic.

"The title is for the club, for the city and for our fans."

The afternoon headlines

For anyone who's been out enjoying the sun today and missed the early games, how about a reminder of the biggest news from the earlier fixtures?

  • Sunderland were relegated to League One after Burton Albion scored two late goals to win 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.
  • Wolves secured the Championship title with a 4-0 win at Bolton.
  • Barnsley remained in the bottom three after losing to former boss Paul Heckingbottom's Leeds, but Birmingham moved five points clear of the drop zone with victory over Sheffield United.
  • Brentford moved to within a point of the play-off places with a 2-1 win in the London derby against QPR.
  • Bristol City drew a 10-goal thriller against visitors Hull.

HALF-TIME

Cardiff 1-0 Nottingham Forest

It's not been their best performance of the season, but Sean Morrison's header has given Cardiff a one-goal advantage at the break.

Nottingham Forest have no way of dealing with the size advantage the hosts have at set pieces.

You know if you don't defend set-pieces as well as you can you're going to come up against a team like Cardiff with a big strong centre-half who wants to head the ball.

Brian LawsEx-Forest defender on BBC Radio Nottingham

Cardiff 1-0 Nottingham Forest

There will be two minutes of time added on.

After a bright start, Nottingham Forest have offered very little for the past 10 minutes.

Cardiff 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Sean Morrison should have his second goal.

Ben Osborn - at least 20 centimetres shorter than Morrison - is predictably unable to challenge for a header when he is tasked with marking the Cardiff centre-half.

Morrison gets the direction on his header all wrong though, sending it harmlessly wide. But he, and Cardiff, enjoyed his opener....

Cardiff celebrate
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Cardiff 1-0 Nottingham Forest

A lovely passing move ends with Nottingham Forest midfielder Jack Colback firing straight at Neil Etheridge.

Good response from the visitors.

GOAL: Cardiff 1-0 Nottingham Forest

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Sean Morrison scores for Cardiff
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If there was going to be a goal, this was always going to be the source.

Sean Morrison gets free in acres of space from a corner to power a header home from three yards out.

Forest keeper Stefanos Kapino was helpless - Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson was stood right in front of him, making sure he couldn't move off his spot.

Cardiff 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Kenneth Zohore tries to wriggle free inside the box and get a shot away, but several Nottingham Forest defenders get back to crowd him out and force a corner.

The corner almost pays dividends for the hosts, but Aron Gunnarsson shoots straight at keeper Stefanos Kapino.

Cardiff 0-0 Nottingham Forest

I've been trying not to state the obvious for those of you watching this game while you're reading this live text, but Nottingham Forest are a very small side.

Every time Aron Gunnarsson launches a long throw into the Reds' box, Cardiff's attacking players are towering over their markers.

Forest are handling things as well as they could possibly hope to just at the moment, but with good service, Cardiff cannot fail to threaten from set-pieces today.

Cardiff 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Liam Bridcutt v Cardiff
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Liam Bridcutt squanders a massive opportunity for Nottingham Forest.

Joe Lolley bursts forward with two Forest players alongside him and only two defenders to beat.

Lolley picks the right pass and plays in Bridcutt, whose heavy first touch allows Neil Etheridge to rush out and save at his feet.

Cardiff 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Lee Peltier goes down in quite a bit of discomfort after landing heavily on his back challenging for a header.

He comes back on after receiving a couple of minutes' treatment.

Cardiff 0-0 Nottingham Forest

No doubt about it, Nottingham Forest have been much the better side so far.

Sean Morrison has just had to get down well to block a Ben Brereton effort, before Tobias Figueiredo had a leaping strike blocked at the back post from the corner that followed.

Neil Warnock will be a touch concerned about what he's seen so far.

Neil Warnock
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Cardiff 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Cardiff defender Joe Bennett is down and receiving treatment.

He received a whack to the face as Matty Cash caught him - accidentally, I should add - with a swinging arm.

Bennett is fortunately able to continue after a short break in play.

Cardiff 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Sean Morrison heads goalwards
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That's the best we've seen from Cardiff.

The hosts swing a corner in to the back post, where Sean Morrison can't quite get good enough contact on the ball to send it goalwards.

Tobias Figueiredo, who is giving up several inches in height marking Morrison, did just enough to put the Cardiff centre-half off.