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Brentford 1-2 Cardiff City

Alex Revell celebrates
Alex Revell celebrates his goal against Brentford - his sixth of the season

Cardiff City came back from a goal down to beat play-off hopefuls Brentford despite ending the match with nine men.

Bees striker Andre Gray gave his side the lead when he tapped in after Cardiff keeper Simon Moore failed to hold on to an Alex Pritchard free-kick.

Federico Macheda slotted in a leveller after a defensive mix-up by Brentford and Alex Revell chipped Cardiff ahead.

Cardiff's Kadeem Harris received a straight red on 77 minutes and Macheda was sent off for two bookings late on.

Harris was dismissed for a challenge on Alan Judge, while a rash challenge from Macheda in the 90th minute earned him a second yellow card and his marching orders.

Brentford tried to take advantage but were denied by the visitors' resolute defence and remain sixth.

The Bees will be left ruing their failure to open up a four-point gap over seventh-placed Ipswich, who lost 4-1 to Middlesbrough earlier in the day.

Gray's 13th league goal of the season gave them an advantage after an error from Moore, who atoned by saving from Pritchard later on.

A collision between Brentford goalkeeper David Button and home centre-back Harlee Dean then allowed Macheda to slot in an equaliser.

Button was also caught out when he failed to intercept a through-ball and was caught off his goal-line as Revell capitalised by lofting the ball over him for the winner.

Cardiff manager Russell Slade:

"It was an interesting game. I didn't think it would explode into life like it did in the second half.

"Brentford were better in the first half and deserved their lead but the important thing is that we stayed in the game, got the next goal and then an excellent finish from Revell got us in driving seat."

Brentford manager Mark Warburton:

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Warburton on Brentford v Cardiff

"I'd like to have seen us try to unpick them with a little more though in the final few minutes instead of lifting balls into their box because we know we have the technical ability to do that.

"We knew that Cardiff would come and try to break the tempo, slow things down and delay but we have to deal with that and keep playing our football. We were good for the 1-0 and dominated the game but two lapses have cost us."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 10Odubajo
  • 6Dean
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3BidwellSubstituted forSmithat 82'minutes
  • 8Douglas
  • 20DiagouragaSubstituted forJudgeat 66'minutes
  • 23Jota
  • 21Pritchard
  • 15DallasSubstituted forToralat 79'minutes
  • 19Gray

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 18Judge
  • 24Smith
  • 31Long

Cardiff

  • 33Moore
  • 2PeltierSubstituted forRallsat 12'minutes
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 36MorrisonBooked at 27mins
  • 3Fabio
  • 30KennedySubstituted forK Harrisat 45'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 58mins
  • 11Noone
  • 14MachedaBooked at 89mins
  • 29RevellSubstituted forJonesat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Malone
  • 9Jones
  • 13Doyle
  • 21Ralls
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 40K Harris
  • 42Wilson
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
11,217

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home24
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home16
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 1, Cardiff City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Cardiff City 2.

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kenwyne Jones.

Attempt blocked. James Tarkowski (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Harlee Dean with a headed pass.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Simon Moore.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Attempt blocked. Tommy Smith (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Peter Whittingham following a set piece situation.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Foul by Jota (Brentford).

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top right corner.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Federico Macheda (Cardiff City) for a bad foul.

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Federico Macheda (Cardiff City).

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

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

Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Andre Gray (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kenwyne Jones.

Tommy Smith (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Federico Macheda (Cardiff City).

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Tommy Smith replaces Jake Bidwell.

Attempt missed. Jon-Miquel Toral (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jota with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Federico Macheda (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Jon-Miquel Toral replaces Stuart Dallas.

Dismissal

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) is shown the red card.

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).

goal

As It Stood

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1Bournemouth37209878393969
2Watford372161076453169
3Middlesbrough37209858273169
4Derby371910869402967
5Norwich37199971403166
6Brentford371951359481162
7Ipswich3717101057431461
8Wolves371611105145659
9Nottm Forest371412115951854
10Blackburn371412114946354
11Sheff Wed371214113335-250
12Charlton371115114248-648
13Leeds37139153946-748
14Cardiff371211144549-447
15Birmingham371114124353-1047
16Bolton37128174555-1044
17Reading37128174058-1844
18Huddersfield371110164663-1743
19Brighton37914144246-441
20Fulham37117194865-1740
21Rotherham37913153855-1740
22Wigan37810193449-1534
23Millwall37710203162-3131
24Blackpool37410232974-4522
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