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Cardiff City 3-2 Huddersfield Town

Sean Morrison
Sean Morrison's goal was his first for Cardiff for almost a year

Three first-half goals helped Cardiff City to victory over faltering Huddersfield Town, who lost for the fourth time in six Championship games.

Sean Morrison headed in a corner and Junior Hoilett turned in a rebound to put Cardiff 2-0 up, before Tommy Smith replied from Kasey Palmer's pass.

Rickie Lambert swept in a headed flick-on to restore Cardiff's two-goal lead.

Philip Billing's superb volley from the edge of the box set up a tense finish but the Welsh side held on for victory.

The Terriers, who began the game third in the Championship table, remain six points behind second-placed Brighton.

Reading's win over Burton saw David Wagner's side drop to fourth as Huddersfield's winless run stretched to three matches, a sequence in which they have conceded nine goals.

Cardiff, meanwhile, have won three of their six matches since Neil Warnock took charge in October.

Despite their fine attacking display, the Welsh side were denied a first clean sheet in the league since drawing 0-0 at Birmingham on the opening day of the season.

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock:

"When we saw their teamsheet, we knew what they were going to do as they were playing three centre halves.

"We wanted to change straight away to give ourselves more of an advantage. I thought that worked a treat - we warned them what we were going to do and we implemented it.

"I thought we really took the game to them to start with and we knew they would have spells because they are such a good side you can't get the ball off them at times."

Huddersfield manager David Wagner:

"The away form isn't worrying. The form is good, we just need to sort out the set-pieces.

"We've scored two goals, but come away with nothing? We just need to keep on working on it and hope it improves."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 21Amos
  • 2PeltierBooked at 48mins
  • 4Morrison
  • 14BambaBooked at 72mins
  • 13Pilkington
  • 8Ralls
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7Whittingham
  • 3Bennett
  • 33HoilettSubstituted forRichardsonat 89'minutes
  • 19LambertSubstituted forGounongbeat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Gounongbe
  • 11Noone
  • 15Richardson
  • 16Connolly
  • 24K Harris
  • 27Chamakh
  • 30Wilson

Huddersfield

  • 1WardBooked at 15mins
  • 44HefeleBooked at 72mins
  • 27StankovicBooked at 80mins
  • 26SchindlerSubstituted forScannellat 62'minutes
  • 2Smith
  • 6HoggBooked at 49minsSubstituted forBillingat 62'minutes
  • 10MooyBooked at 49mins
  • 15Löwe
  • 9Kachunga
  • 45Palmer
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 4Whitehead
  • 5Hudson
  • 7Scannell
  • 8Billing
  • 12Holmes-Dennis
  • 13Coleman
  • 17van La Parra
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
15,930

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home29%
Away71%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 3, Huddersfield Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 3, Huddersfield Town 2.

Foul by Michael Hefele (Huddersfield Town).

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

Attempt blocked. Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Philip Billing.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Foul by Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Huddersfield Town).

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

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kieran Richardson replaces Junior Hoilett.

Offside, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham tries a through ball, but Frederic Gounongbe is caught offside.

Foul by Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town).

Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City).

Offside, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham tries a through ball, but Sean Morrison is caught offside.

Booking

Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Huddersfield Town).

Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Huddersfield Town).

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

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Frederic Gounongbe replaces Rickie Lambert.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).

Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Cardiff City).

Booking

Michael Hefele (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town).

Rickie Lambert (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 3, Huddersfield Town 2. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kasey Palmer.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Philip Billing replaces Jonathan Hogg.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Christopher Schindler.

Michael Hefele (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle16121334132137
2Brighton17105226101635
3Reading179442318531
4Huddersfield179261921-229
5Birmingham177732218428
6Norwich178362929027
7Leeds168261917226
8Fulham176742419525
9Sheff Wed177461820-225
10Bristol City177372320324
11Preston177372220224
12Derby176561513223
13QPR176561923-423
14Brentford176472319422
15Barnsley176472724322
16Aston Villa1741031817122
17Ipswich175661417-321
18Nottm Forest175482730-319
19Wolves174671921-218
20Burton174671823-518
21Cardiff175391727-1018
22Blackburn174491927-816
23Wigan173681419-515
24Rotherham1714121741-247
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