Hull took a big step towards Premier League safety by thrashing Cardiff to leave their hosts deep in trouble.

Tom Huddlestone's deflected shot and Nikica Jelavic's low finish inside the box gave the Tigers a 2-0 half-time lead, despite Cardiff enjoying the greater possession.

Jelavic headed his second from Liam Rosenior's cross, with Jake Livermore's powerful shot capping a fine win.

Steve Bruce's side move up to 11th, eight points clear of Cardiff in 19th.

A positive opening for the hosts had seen them looking to attack down the flanks at every opportunity and attempting to create space between Hull's three centre-backs.

On-loan Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha nearly gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side the lead, dribbling past three players before testing Tigers goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

Solskjaer's Cardiff record

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Premier League:

Played: 7; Won: 1; Drawn: 1; Lost: 5

FA Cup:

Played: 3; Won: 2; Lost: 1

Moments later Kenwyne Jones' strong run and shot forced the Scotland international to parry the ball behind for a corner.

But as Cardiff pressed, Hull looked to counter - and the Tigers took the lead with their first real chance of the game.

Jelavic's close-range shot was saved brilliantly at point-blank range by Cardiff keeper David Marshall, but the ball rebounded to Huddlestone whose low, deflected drive found the net.

Cardiff continued to attack, Jones and Fraizer Campbell both sending close-range headers off target, but the Tigers' new strike partnership of Shane Long and Jelavic proved more clinical.

As half-time approached, Long broke clear of the Cardiff defence and his low cross was converted by Jelavic into the bottom corner of the net.

The home fans greeted the half-time whistle with boos, but after the break things only got worse for the Cardiff faithful.

Ton up for Bruce

Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce's Premier League management record

P 343 W 100 D 97 L 146

F 360 A 442 Pts 397 Win % 29

Jelavic had wasted a great chance form six yards but made amends when he headed the ball into the corner of the net for his second and Hull's third, following a pin-point cross by Liam Rosenior.

The trickle of departing home fans were joined in greater numbers 10 minutes later when Ahmed Elmohamady intercepted Andrew Taylor's pass on halfway, ran to the edge of the area and squared the ball for Livermore to place the ball past Marshall.

The result - Hull's biggest away win in the top flight - also gave Bruce his 100th Premier League win as a manager. More importantly, it moves the Tigers six points clear of the relegation zone.

For Solskjaer, who had targeted this match as a potential win, it is now five defeats from his seven Premier League matches in charge - and the Bluebirds remain deep in relegation trouble.

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 35 Fabio
  • 03 Taylor (John - 75' )
  • 15 Wolff Eikrem
  • 04 Caulker
  • 27 Torres Ruiz
  • 16 Noone
  • 19 Cowie
  • 09 Jones
  • 10 Campbell (Berget - 79' )
  • 36 Zaha Booked (Daehli - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Turner
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 29 Daehli
  • 32 Lewis
  • 34 Berget
  • 42 John

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 04 Bruce (Chester - 71' )
  • 06 Davies
  • 14 Livermore
  • 08 Huddlestone (Boyd - 63' Booked )
  • 21 Long (Quinn - 76' )
  • 18 Jelavic
  • 07 Meyler

Substitutes

  • 05 Chester
  • 10 Koren
  • 17 Boyd
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 22 Harper
  • 24 Aluko
  • 29 Quinn
Ref: Howard Webb
Att: 26,167

Match Stats

Shots

23 11

On target

5 6

Corners

9 2

Fouls

4 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Hull City 4.

90:00 +3:21 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Hull City 4.

90:00 +2:57

Attempt blocked. Cala (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Marshall.

90:00 +2:04

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:04

Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).

90:00 +0:59

Offside, Hull City. Stephen Quinn tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.

90:00 +0:05

Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem with a cross following a set piece situation.

89:39

Mats Daehli (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:39

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

89:06

Attempt blocked. Jo Inge Berget (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kenwyne Jones.

85:49 Booking

Booking George Boyd (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:40

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:40

Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).

83:06

Foul by Cala (Cardiff City).

83:06

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:14

Attempt missed. Fabio (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

80:38

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by George Boyd with a through ball.

79:13

Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem with a cross following a corner.

78:56

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by James Chester.

78:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Jo Inge Berget replaces Fraizer Campbell because of an injury.

78:12

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

75:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Stephen Quinn replaces Shane Long.

74:53

Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

74:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Declan John replaces Andrew Taylor.

74:13

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

74:10

Attempt saved. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Don Cowie.

73:49

Mats Daehli (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:49

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

73:31

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

71:22

Attempt missed. Cala (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

71:18

Attempt blocked. Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:44

Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:44

Foul by James Chester (Hull City).

70:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. James Chester replaces Alex Bruce.

69:15

Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem with a cross following a corner.

68:52

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

66:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 0, Hull City 4. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady following a fast break.

63:55

Offside, Cardiff City. Fabio tries a through ball, but Craig Noone is caught offside.

63:00

Attempt missed. Liam Rosenior (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

62:36

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Cala.

62:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. George Boyd replaces Tom Huddlestone.

60:55

Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shane Long with a headed pass.

60:44

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 0, Hull City 3. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Rosenior with a cross.

50:17

Attempt missed. Cala (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem with a cross following a corner.

50:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

49:34

Delay in match Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) because of an injury.

48:53

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tom Huddlestone.

48:09

Cala (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:09

Foul by Shane Long (Hull City).

46:40

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

46:38

Attempt blocked. Liam Rosenior (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Cardiff City 0, Hull City 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Mats Daehli replaces Wilfried Zaha.

45:00 +3:24 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Hull City 2.

45:00 +1:24

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ahmed Elmohamady.

45:00 +1:08

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Alex Bruce.

42:00

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:00

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

41:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

40:55

Delay in match Craig Noone (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

39:22

Attempt blocked. Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem.

37:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 0, Hull City 2. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shane Long.

35:31

Attempt missed. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

35:30

Attempt blocked. Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

34:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33:04

Delay in match Alex Bruce (Hull City) because of an injury.

32:38 Booking

Booking Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

32:18

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City).

32:18

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:40

Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Fabio with a cross.

29:29

Attempt blocked. Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

26:37

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City).

26:37

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:33

Attempt blocked. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem with a cross.

25:24

Attempt blocked. Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Don Cowie.

24:56

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:56

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

23:43

Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

23:43

Liam Rosenior (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:38

Don Cowie (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:38

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

21:42

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:42

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

21:05

Attempt saved. Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem with a cross.

20:41

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

17:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 0, Hull City 1. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

17:18

Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shane Long.

11:59

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Alex Bruce.

11:56

Attempt saved. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

11:23

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem.

7:35

Offside, Hull City. Jake Livermore tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.

6:49

Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:49

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

6:18

Offside, Hull City. Liam Rosenior tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.

5:57

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Don Cowie.

4:42

Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross.

4:13

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Cala.

3:07

Offside, Cardiff City. Cala tries a through ball, but Fraizer Campbell is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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