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Cardiff City 3-1 Ipswich Town

Adam Le Fondre shoots to score Cardiff's third goal against Ipswich
Adam Le Fondre shoots to score Cardiff's third goal against Ipswich

Russell Slade maintained his winning start as Cardiff manager as his side came from behind to beat Ipswich.

Daryl Murphy's thunderous half-volley gave Ipswich the lead, only for Peter Whittingham to equalise with an equally impressive strike from distance.

Federico Macheda put Cardiff in front with a tap-in at the beginning of the second half.

Adam Le Fondre then claimed his first goal for Cardiff to secure the Bluebirds' second successive victory.

Having ended Nottingham Forest's unbeaten start to the season in his first match in charge on Saturday, Slade made only one change as he aimed to end another strong run of form.

After missing the Forest triumph through illness, Fabio returned at left-back to face an Ipswich side who had not lost in eight games, a sequence stretching back to August.

Cardiff were the marginally better side in a disjointed opening quarter, with wingers Craig Noone and Anthony Pilkington running at their opponents at every opportunity.

Pilkington saw one curling effort parried over by Ipswich goalkeeper Dean Gerken, though Ipswich fired a couple of warning shots with Conor Sammon and Jonny Williams both shooting wide.

Cardiff turn the tide
Ipswich arrived having not lost in their last five trips to Cardiff, winning three of those in a run stretching back to November 2007.

When Ipswich eventually hit the target, they did so in spectacular fashion as Murphy's half-volley from 25 yards flew past David Marshall in the Cardiff goal.

Not to be outdone, Whittingham responded for Cardiff less than 10 minutes later as his long-range shot soared into the top corner.

That was Whittingham's second goal in three days following another strike from distance in the 2-1 win over Forest, and it was the other goal-scorer from that game, Macheda, who gave Cardiff the lead against Ipswich.

Noone sent the initial cross floating in from the right wing, before Pilkington volleyed the ball back across the face of goal and Macheda tapped in from close range.

Ipswich struggled to recover from that goal and the visitors fell further behind 20 minutes from time.

Le Fondre's shot inside the box took a big deflection and bobbled into the net, giving the striker his first goal for Cardiff and securing back-to-back wins for the Bluebirds for the first time since August.

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade told BBC Wales Sport: "I'm delighted for a different reason tonight. I didn't think we started the game quite as well as we had done on Saturday [against Forest] and I was disappointed with the goal we gave away.

"But what I was pleased about was the response was good - it was a great by 'Whitts' [Whittingham] to get us on level terms at half-time and then second half we galvanised ourselves.

"I think the players are starting to see they can find a little bit more within themselves, certainly in terms of the game plan they're sticking to that better and better. And sometimes they need reminders of course."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "It was very disappointing. We played well in the first half but I don't know what happened in the second half.

"They could have been playing the circus music out there the way we defended for their goals in the second half.

"For the second goal we did not make the first clearance, the second clearance or the third clearance and it ends up being a shot across the box, the lad sticks his leg out and it goes in.

"It was similar for the third, it was not very good at all. It was comic cuts."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Brayford
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 36Morrison
  • 3FabioBooked at 62mins
  • 19Pilkington
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7Whittingham
  • 11Noone
  • 14MachedaBooked at 74minsSubstituted forRallsat 84'minutes
  • 10Le FondreSubstituted forMaynardat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Kim Bo-kyung
  • 16Connolly
  • 20Daehli
  • 21Ralls
  • 23Maynard
  • 33Moore
  • 39Gabbidon

Ipswich

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Parr
  • 4Chambers
  • 6Berra
  • 3MingsBooked at 56mins
  • 17BruSubstituted forAndersonat 87'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 50WilliamsSubstituted forBishopat 76'minutes
  • 9Murphy
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 32SammonSubstituted forBajnerat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Smith
  • 11Anderson
  • 14Bajner
  • 18Tabb
  • 27Bishop
  • 28Clarke
  • 33Bialkowski
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
20,191

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away0
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 3, Ipswich Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 3, Ipswich Town 1.

Attempt missed. Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

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

Attempt blocked. John Brayford (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

John Brayford (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cole Skuse.

Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fabio (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Anderson replaces Kevin Bru.

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

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

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Joe Ralls replaces Federico Macheda.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Kevin Bru tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

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

Attempt missed. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Teddy Bishop.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Nicky Maynard replaces Adam Le Fondre.

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City).

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

Federico Macheda (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Teddy Bishop replaces Jonathan Williams.

Foul by Balint Bajner (Ipswich Town).

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

Booking

Federico Macheda (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Dean Gerken (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Federico Macheda (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

Foul by Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town).

Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

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