EFL Cup - Second Round
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Cardiff City 1-2 Burton Albion

Ben Fox (R) celebrates scoring in Cardiff
Ben Fox (R) celebrates scoring in Cardiff

Burton inflicted the first defeat of the season on Championship leaders Cardiff City in an EFL Cup second-round tie between two much-changed teams.

Tom Naylor put the Brewers in front in the first half after the hosts failed to clear a corner.

Burton doubled their lead with Ben Fox's glancing header after 70 minutes.

Lee Tomlin's cross from a free-kick crept in at the back post to halve Cardiff's deficit, but their late push for an equaliser was in vain.

Four league wins from four - including an opening victory at Burton - had put Cardiff top of the Championship table, and their manager Neil Warnock demonstrated where his priorities lay by making 10 changes from Saturday's triumph at Wolves.

Burton made seven changes of their own from Friday's league win over Birmingham, and it was one of the surviving four, Naylor, who gave them the lead with a calm, low finish after 26 minutes at Cardiff City Stadium.

The visitors were coasting to victory when Fox headed in their second and, although Tomlin's goal inspired a strong finish from Cardiff, Burton held on.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said: "I'm disappointed but not heartbroken.

"It's a blessing that we've not picked up any injuries.

"At 1-0 I though about Mendez and Loic and at 2-0 I didn't want to put them on. Then we scored. But we had enough chances didn't we?

"I can't blame the ref for either of the goals but I think it was his first game at this level and I thought he was poor. It's a good job it wasn't a league match.

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough said: "I thought it was a very good performance. The only thing we're disappointed with is we ended up hanging on at the end.

"The chances we had, we should have been maybe three goals ahead and then it wouldn't have mattered.

"It's a completely different team. Cardiff have rested 10 players and rightly so, when you're top of the league. I'm afraid that's of far greater importance than the cup."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 28Murphy
  • 6Richards
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 15HalfordSubstituted forDamourat 81'minutes
  • 16Connolly
  • 34CoxeBooked at 33mins
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 23KennedySubstituted forMendez-Laingat 77'minutes
  • 7Tomlin
  • 9Ward
  • 30BogleSubstituted forPilkingtonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Peltier
  • 13Pilkington
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 20Damour
  • 25Etheridge
  • 27Meite
  • 31M Harris

Burton

  • 13Ripley
  • 12Flanagan
  • 6Turner
  • 15Naylor
  • 14McCrory
  • 9ScannellSubstituted forSordellat 62'minutes
  • 22FoxSubstituted forMcFadzeanat 76'minutes
  • 36IrvineBooked at 68mins
  • 19Palmer
  • 10Akins
  • 26SbarraSubstituted forMurphyat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McFadzean
  • 7Murphy
  • 11Dyer
  • 17Sordell
  • 24Campbell
  • 25Barker
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
5,820

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Burton Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Burton Albion 2.

Attempt missed. Loïc Damour (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ward (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Loïc Damour (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Turner (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Luke Murphy replaces Joe Sbarra.

Foul by Loïc Damour (Cardiff City).

Joe Sbarra (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion).

Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ben Turner.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Loïc Damour replaces Greg Halford.

Foul by Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces Matthew Kennedy.

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City).

Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Kyle McFadzean replaces Ben Fox.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 1, Burton Albion 2. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Jazz Richards (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Fox (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Anthony Pilkington replaces Omar Bogle.

Greg Halford (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

Attempt blocked. Matthew Kennedy (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 0, Burton Albion 2. Ben Fox (Burton Albion) header from very close range to the top right corner.

Booking

Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion).

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Sbarra (Burton Albion).

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