LONDON: First division leaders Norwich City suffered a blow to their promotion hopes when they lost 2-1 at Cardiff City on Saturday.
Two goals in three first-half minutes from Paul Parry and Wales striker Rob Earnshaw, his 24th of the season, put Norwich on the back foot at Ninian Park.
Substitute Leon McKenzie halved the deficit 10 minutes into the second half but Norwich could not find an equaliser.
Second-placed West Bromwich Albion can therefore join Norwich on 67 points with a victory at Crewe later on Saturday.
West Ham United dropped from third to fifth place after losing 2-0 to Sunderland, who went down from the premier league with them last May.
Kevin Kyle and Jeff Whitley got the goals at the Stadium of Light for the FA Cup semi-finalists, who are one point and one place off a playoff spot with games in hand on their rivals.
Sheffield United beat Watfor 2-0 in another game. – Reuters