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Etheridge shines anew

Neil Etheridge earned his sec­ond consecutive clean sheet de­spite being denied of a chance to set an English Premier League record as Cardiff City battled 10-man Huddersfield Town to a scoreless draw Saturday at Kirlees Stadium in West York­shire.

Etheridge’s save that denied Huddersfield’s Steve Mounie turned out to be the highlight of his third career appearance in the English top-tier league after consecutive penalty stops against Bournemouth and New­castle United.

Cardiff, however, failed to capi­talize on the straight red handed to Huddersfield’s Jonathan Hogg for a headbutt on Harry Arter to settle for a second straight draw after last week’s similar goalless tie against Newcastle.

The Bluebirds, who secured Premier League promotion after placing second in last season’s Football League, climbed to 14th place in the table.

The Philippine Azkals’ shot-stopper will have a busy week as Cardiff faces Norwich City in the second round of the League Cup before Etheridge faces his biggest challenge yet on Sunday against Arsenal at home.

Arsenal, still considered as one of the England’s biggest clubs despite recent struggles, is com­ing off a 3-1 win over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium in Lon­don.

(Jonas Terrado)