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Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

Sol Bamba beats Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor with his header
Sol Bamba beats Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor with his header

Cardiff City kept the pressure on Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers with a narrow win over Hull City.

The Bluebirds' unbeaten home league record looked under threat in a poor first half, but the hosts were good value for a hard-earned three points.

Sol Bamba's header gave them a lead they never looked like relinquishing.

Neil Warnock's side are four points behind Wolves, while Hull remain 19th, five points above the drop zone.

Not a classic

This contest will not be remembered as a classic but it was another hugely important win for Neil Warnock's side, who continue to defy pre-season expectations.

The Bluebirds had failed to keep a clean sheet against Hull in their eight previous meetings, but were rarely troubled on this one despite heading into the contest without nine first team players.

In a disjointed first period, both sides squandered their best opportunities, which were few and far between.

Almost everything positive from the hosts came from Lee Tomlin, with the ex-Bristol City forward twice forcing Allan McGregor to parry efforts from just outside the penalty area, with Tomlin blasting over the bar with his best chance.

Cardiff's aerial route

The visitors' efforts were even scarcer, but despite their paucity of chances they did strike the woodwork when Nouha Dicko found space in the penalty area, but he could not beat the narrowest of angles with the ball striking the post.

The Bluebirds started the second period on the front foot, but Junior Hoilett just missed out with the ball inches away from his head after Bamba headed Joe Ralls' free-kick back across the face of goal.

The aerial route was proving to be Cardiff's best route and from a Tomlin cross, Anthony Pilkington flicked the ball to Bamba who buried it from close range.

There was plenty of time for Nigel Adkins' side to mount a comeback, but substitute Seb Larsson's wayward long range effort was the closest they came as the Bluebirds comfortably held on.

Indeed, only a superb block from skipper Michael Dawson denied Tomlin the chance to add gloss to the finish, as the Bluebirds demonstrated fully why they have won every game this season in which they have scored first.

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 25Etheridge
  • 2PeltierSubstituted forPatersonat 82'minutes
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 14BambaBooked at 51mins
  • 3Bennett
  • 7TomlinSubstituted forHalfordat 83'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 20Damour
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forBogleat 68'minutes
  • 33Hoilett

Substitutes

  • 12Feeney
  • 15Halford
  • 16Connolly
  • 18Paterson
  • 28Murphy
  • 30Bogle
  • 37Healey

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 29Tomori
  • 21Dawson
  • 3Mazuch
  • 34Aina
  • 5Hector
  • 16Larsson
  • 11ToralSubstituted forBowenat 64'minutes
  • 4Irvine
  • 7Grosicki
  • 9DickoSubstituted forDiomandeat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Marshall
  • 14Diomande
  • 20Bowen
  • 23Luer
  • 24Clark
  • 26Olley
  • 27Clackstone
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
18,049

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamHull
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Hull City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Hull City 0.

Hand ball by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

Omar Bogle (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ondrej Mazuch (Hull City).

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

Foul by Jarrod Bowen (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Ondrej Mazuch (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Greg Halford (Cardiff City).

Jackson Irvine (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Greg Halford replaces Lee Tomlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Callum Paterson replaces Lee Peltier because of an injury.

Foul by Omar Bogle (Cardiff City).

Michael Dawson (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adama Diomande.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ondrej Mazuch.

Attempt missed. Loïc Damour (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Omar Bogle replaces Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt saved. Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Adama Diomande replaces Nouha Dicko.

Attempt missed. Ola Aina (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

Offside, Cardiff City. Lee Tomlin tries a through ball, but Anthony Pilkington is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Jarrod Bowen replaces Jon Toral.

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

Foul by Fikayo Tomori (Hull City).

Attempt blocked. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Michael Dawson (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).

Jon Toral (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 1, Hull City 0. Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington following a set piece situation.

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Tomlin with a cross following a set piece situation.

Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Hull City).

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

goal

As It Stood

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