Cardiff 1 Burnley 1: Super sub  Thompson scores late on to dent Bluebirds promotion push

Cardiff trimmed the gap on Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers courtesy of Michael Chopra's strike.

But play-off chasing Burnley denied them victory as former Cardiff striker Steve Thompson equalised seven minutes from time.

Chopra broke the visitors' offside trap a minute into added time at the end of the first half and, after controlling Jay Bothroyd's measured cross, the striker drilled the ball home for his ninth goal of the season.

It's there: Michael Chopra puts Cardiff ahead

It's there: Michael Chopra puts Cardiff ahead

But Thompson headed home Ross Wallace's corner at the near post to leave Cardiff five points behind the leaders.

Burnley had not won in the Welsh capital since 2000 and new manager Eddie Howe will rue the number of missed chances by his side, who are five points adrift of the top six.

Most of those opportunities fell to Chris Eagles but the playmaker endured an off night as he failed to add to his 11-goal tally this season.

It's there: Steven Thompson celebrates netting for Burnley

It's there: Steven Thompson celebrates netting for Burnley

Cardiff were boosted by the return of Peter Whittingham from a dead leg, and the wideman was in the thick of the action after five minutes.

The former Aston Villa midfielder linked up with Chopra, who sent a 20-yard effort just wide of Lee Grant's left-hand post.

Chopra almost grabbed the opener two minutes later. Wallace was put under extreme pressure by Paul Quinn and his weak clearance fell to Chopra on the edge of the box.

The former Newcastle and Sunderland forward saw his first-time drive fly past Grant but crash against the bar and to safety. Cardiff were on top, and Whittingham and Chopra combined once again in the 13th minute.

This time Chopra found his fit-again team-mate inside the area but Whittingham's curling shot was tipped around the post by Grant. Burnley weathered the storm but Eagles fired straight at Cardiff keeper Tom Heaton before Jack Cork blazed wide. Chris Burke's long-range shot sailed over Grant's bar before Eagles was denied twice in 60 seconds on the half hour.

First, he could only find the arms of Heaton from Cork's dangerous cutback, then defender Mark Hudson made a crucial block to stop Eagles after Tyrone Mears' lung-bursting run.

Cardiff finally broke the deadlock when Bothroyd crossed and Chopra beat the stranded Burnley defence to slam home.

Bothroyd became the hero at the other end after he diverted Eagles' strike around the post. But Thompson was to break the hearts of the fans who used to cheer him.