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Cardiff City 0-3 Bolton Wanderers

Eidur Gudjohnsen
Eidur Gudjohnsen celebrates at Cardiff

Wales striker Craig Davies struck a second-half brace as Bolton inflicted the worst home defeat on Cardiff City under Russell Slade.

After a goalless first half, Eidur Gudjohnsen fired the Trotters in front from 12 yards before Davies doubled their lead four minutes later.

He then scored his 10th goal of the season with a powerful shot as Bolton did the double over the Bluebirds.

It was the Wanderers' first win away from home in eight league matches.

Cardiff remain 13th in the table, three points above Bolton who are still 16th.

Both sides started the match brightly in an open first half.

Bolton midfielder Barry Bannan blocked Cardiff striker Eoin Doyle's goal-bound shot on the line.

At the other end, Bluebirds defender Sean Morrison headed Dorian Dervite's header clear with goalkeeper David Marshall beaten.

The breakthrough came 10 minutes into the second half. Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey chested the ball down to Gudjohnsen, who volleyed the ball into the top corner.

Heskey, 37, turned provider again four minutes later, sliding the ball through to Davies who fired a powerful low shot into the corner to make it 2-0.

The 29-year-old then latched onto Bannan's pass inside the area before bending the ball inside Marshall's left-hand post.

Marshall denied Davies a hat-trick, rushing out to block his goal-bound effort with his legs.

Cardiff manager Russell Slade:

"We're hugely disappointed because there haven't been many bad results in recent weeks.

"Even in the first half, many of us didn't see that coming but they were ruthless in the way they took their chances and when we had those windows of opportunity we weren't ruthless.

"They have a wealth of experience and their finishing was clinical which proved to be the difference today.

"We could say things could have been different if we still had Kenwyne Jones [on loan to Bournemouth] because we were getting balls into the box with quality."

Bolton manager Neil Lennon on strike duo Eidur Gudjohnsen and Emile Heskey:

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Lennon on Cardiff v Bolton

"You never lose the ability even if the legs start to go. But if you have got legs around them then it's OK.

"They've made a huge contribution to what we are trying to do, on and off the field. Heskey has been a model of consistency and Eidur still has plenty left.

"His motivation is to get back into the Iceland squad, he's done that and scored for his country which is a great story.

"It's a great example to a lot of players in the Championship, there were a few eyebrows raised and a few sniggers behind our backs when we brought these two in, but people aren't laughing now."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 3Fabio
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 36Morrison
  • 4Malone
  • 11Noone
  • 7Whittingham
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forKennedyat 66'minutes
  • 21Ralls
  • 29RevellSubstituted forMasonat 38'minutes
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forK Harrisat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Peltier
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 24Mason
  • 30Kennedy
  • 33Moore
  • 40K Harris

Bolton

  • 1Bogdan
  • 47JankoSubstituted forFeeneyat 66'minutes
  • 4Mills
  • 14Dervite
  • 5Ream
  • 52WalkerSubstituted forMoxeyat 55'minutes
  • 25VelaBooked at 8mins
  • 22GudjohnsenSubstituted forDannsat 74'minutes
  • 29Bannan
  • 28Davies
  • 19Heskey

Substitutes

  • 3Moxey
  • 7Feeney
  • 17Trotter
  • 18Danns
  • 20Costa Rocha
  • 24Lonergan
  • 54McCarthy
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
20,219

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Bolton Wanderers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Bolton Wanderers 3.

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Dean Moxey.

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Matthew Kennedy (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabio.

Attempt missed. Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Foul by Joe Mason (Cardiff City).

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Cardiff City. Joe Ralls tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is high and wide to the right.

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Eoin Doyle.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns tries a through ball, but Craig Davies is caught offside.

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

Foul by Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Craig Davies is caught offside.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City).

Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns replaces Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 0, Bolton Wanderers 3. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Kennedy.

Foul by Matthew Kennedy (Cardiff City).

Barry Bannan (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Feeney replaces Saidy Janko.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Matthew Kennedy replaces Aron Gunnarsson.

Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth412211887434477
2Norwich412210979433676
3Watford412371182483476
4Middlesbrough412291060322875
5Derby4120111073452871
6Wolves4120111062491371
7Brentford412171370551570
8Ipswich4119111161461568
9Nottm Forest411513136558758
10Blackburn401512135450457
11Charlton401315124952-354
12Sheff Wed411315133743-654
13Cardiff411313154954-552
14Leeds411410174654-852
15Birmingham401214144760-1350
16Bolton411310185058-849
17Huddersfield411212175169-1848
18Brighton411015164348-545
19Reading39129184362-1945
20Rotherham411013184262-2043
21Fulham40127215172-2143
22Millwall40812203565-3036
23Wigan41811223555-2035
24Blackpool40412243179-4824
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