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Basso gaffe denies Robins

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Bristol City goalkeeper Adriano Basso's late howler handed Coca-Cola Championship promotion-hopefuls Cardiff a share of the spoils in an enthralling 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate.

The Brazilian goalkeeper spilled a tame shot from Bluebirds substitute Eddie Johnson in the 88th minute, allowing fellow sub Ross McCormack to sneak in and slot home the rebound.

Nicky Maynard had put the hosts ahead in the 70th minute, cutting in from the left flank before unleashing an unstoppable drive past Stuart Taylor from 20 yards.

However, Dave Jones' side responded well to going behind and struck the woodwork twice before McCormack's late leveller.

The result sees Cardiff move back into the play-off places, while Bristol move up a place to eighth, having thrown away the opportunity to go sixth themselves.

Following an even start to the game, the visitors came agonisingly close to taking the lead in the 15th minute as Roger Johnson rose superbly to meet Paul Parry's corner - only for Stern John to head the ball off the line.

But it was the Robins who took the lead in the 70th minute as Maynard grabbed his 10th of the season.

However, Cardiff almost equalised immediately as Gabor Gyepes headed a Peter Whittingham free-kick against the crossbar and Eddie Johnson also struck the post with a diving header before McCormack's strike.

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Roger Johnson
Fulham
Eddie Johnson
Gabor Gyepes
Bristol City
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Peter Whittingham
Ross McCormack
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Paul Parry
Cardiff City
Stern John
Nicky Maynard
Stuart Taylor
Adriano Basso
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