CARDIFF CITY earned a draw against Middlesbrough on Saturday, February 27, in a game that saw them go up against former manager Neil Warnock.

The Bluebirds had won their previous six matches, a run which had seen them edge into the play off places and they were looking to cement that position on Saturday.

However, it was Middlesbrough who started brightly as City keeper Dillon Phillips had to be alert to punch away an in-swinging corner from Paddy McNair.

McNair also came close with a free kick soon after but his effort went wide of the posts.

Boro also saw Britt Assombalonga go close but his shot was deflected onto the post while Duncan Watmore also saw a shot saved.

Cardiff had tested Boro keeper Marcus Bettinelli with a free kick from Harry Wilson earlier in the game but eight minutes before the break they got the all-important first goal.

Will Vaulks sent a long throw into the box and captain Sean Morrison was on hand to head the ball in from close range.

Cardiff looked to protect their lead in the second half and were able to deal with anything that Boro had to throw at them.

The Bluebirds defended well as Neeskens Kebano’s cross was headed away while the follow-up cross was also blocked.

Eight minutes from time though, Boro finally got their equaliser.

A ball into the box caught Cardiff napping and after they failed to clear the ball, McNair was in the right place to smash the ball home.

Both managers were left feeling that a draw was a fair result as it keeps their play-off push alive.

Other results from the weekend saw Cardiff slip out of the play off places and they now sit just a point outside the top seven while Boro sit three points behind Cardiff in ninth.

On Tuesday, March 2, Cardiff host Derby County, who earned a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest in their last match.