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Summary

  1. Cardiff City book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup
  2. Joe Ralls strike deflected home, second goal by Kadeem Harris and third from Kenwyne Jones
  3. Freddie Sears pulls one back for Colchester
  4. Record low attendance of 4,194 for football at the Cardiff City Stadium

Live Reporting

By Rob Westall and Bruce Pope

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye for now

Goodnight (or Nos Da) from the BBC Sport Wales team.

So a good start to 2015 for Cardiff City who are safely through to the next round of the FA Cup with their first win since the triumph at Watford in November.

The Welsh club will surely hope more fans than the 4,194 who came to tonight's

3-1 victory against Colchester turn out for the Championship clash against Fulham on Saturday 10 January.

A reminder that you can watch the FA Cup fourth round draw live on BBC One on Monday 5 January at 1935 GMT.

Colchester manager Tony Humes

"Naturally disappointed with the result but overall the performance was pleasing... we conceded some poor goals but the confidence is still there and the players showed they're good footballers."

Recruits on the way

Cardiff boss Russell Slade eager for transfer window to open tomorrow

"The win may or may not lift the pressure but I've not had a transfer window yet... I've now got the chance to bring players in that I want that will hopefully get us up the table."

Satisfied Slade

Cardiff City boss hopes win is start of better things

"Sometimes, especially when you're having a bit of a dodgy times as we are now, you can get a bit of momentum from a win in the FA Cup... And we're into the next round."

A Turner point

Clive Potter of Southend texts us on 81012

"How did Turner finish the game - two cynical take outs and the useless laughing boy of a ref does nothing. Colchester can't defend or they would be through as they were definitely the best team - boy Cardiff are poor!"

Jay Bothroyd on BBC Two Wales

Former Cardiff City striker

Cardiff need to score more in open play because you can't just rely on set pieces. Look at Freddie Sears, you can see why he's at West Ham.

Still work to be done

Cardiff defender Ben Turner on BBC Wales

"We need to get a platform to go again because we haven't been good enough in recent weeks... we haven't hit the heights and there's a lot of hard work to get there. But a win's a win."

Nathan Blake

Former Wales striker

Cardiff do need to improve their possession and pressing the ball higher up the pitch, but I do feel they can gain some momentum from this win. That was a banana skin and Colchester had nothing to lose.

Next up for the Bluebirds?

So who will Cardiff City face in the FA Cup fourth round?

You can watch the draw live on BBC One on Monday 5 January at 1935 GMT.

Harris gets Hereford hooray

Fred Evans of Hereford texts us on 81012

"Cardiff's 2nd goal superb skill!"

Glad you liked it Fred, enjoy watching it to your heart's content on the highlights!

FULL-TIME

Cardiff City 3-1 Colchester United

Championship side Cardiff see off the challenge from League One strugglers Colchester to become the first team to book their place in the FA Cup fourth round.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Cardiff City's Joe Ralls

Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe gives the award to Cardiff's young midfielder.

Low crowd confirmed

The official attendance tonight is 4,194 - beating the previous lowest of 5,545 for a football match at Cardiff City Stadium by some distance.

INJURY TIME

Four minutes to go according to the fourth official.

See Sears' sizzling shot

Colchester's goal is now in the highlights tab. Will we get any more for you before the full-time whistle?

CLOSE!

Dion Sembie-Ferris causes havoc inside the Cardiff box with goalkeeper Simon Moore blocking his close range effort.

The ball pings around the Cardiff box and is eventually cleared for a Colchester corner.

PENALTY APPEAL

Half-hearted appeals by the Colchester players as Ben Turner makes a last-ditch challenge on Dion Sembie-Ferris.

Nathan Blake

Former Wales striker

The criticism of Fabio is often that his defending is poor, but he's come on into midfield so maybe Russell Slade is thinking of playing him there in future for Cardiff.

SUBSTITUTION

Both sides make changes, Colchester's Dion Sembie-Ferris on for Elliott Hewitt and Fabio Da Silva replaces Cardiff winger Craig Noone.

Nathan Blake

Former Wales striker

What you often find with players at the lower division clubs is that their decision making is poor, that's what makes the difference between playing at a higher level.

Shot blocked

Freddie Sears is really having a go.

He runs into the Cardiff box out wide and fires in another shot, but it is blocked by the Bluebirds defence.

Cardiff looking nervous all of a sudden.

CLOSE!

The lively Freddie Sears runs at the Cardiff defence and sees his shot deflected narrowly over the crossbar.

Nathan Blake

Former Wales striker

Disappointing from Cardiff's point of view as it's another game without a clean sheet, but credit to Freddie Sears who took his goal well for Colchester. Cardiff need to keep clear heads now.

Kenwyne's killer touch

And, as promised, Cardiff's third goal courtesy of Kenwyne Jones' deft header is now in the highlights tab. Some frantic work going on to edit Sears' goal.

Kenwyne Jones heads in minutes after coming on
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GOAL

Cardiff City 3-1 Colchester United (73 mins) - Freddie Sears

Former West Ham striker Freddie Sears fires a low shot past Simon Moore to pull a goal back for Colchester.

Surely no more than a consolation for the U's?

Freddie Sears celebrates Colchester United goal
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Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Wales Sport

Although it looks like a record low crowd for the Cardiff City Stadium, Kadeem Harris and Kenwyne Jones' goals have made for an atmosphere of contentment among the home fans who can now start looking forward to the fourth round draw.

The sense of apprehension which hung in the air earlier this evening has been lifted with Cardiff's two goals in the second half.

More goal highlights

Kadeem Harris' second for Cardiff ready in the highlights tab for you all, working on Kenwyne Jones' third as fast as the video editor can turn it around!

SUBSTITUTION

That's the last action for Peter Whittingham who is replaced by Adam Le Fondre.

A good night's work for the Cardiff midfielder, hitting the woodwork and involved in City's second and third goals.

Peter Whittingham strikes at goal
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CLOSE!

Tom Adeyemi fails to connect with Peter Whittingham's cross inside the six-yard box with the goal at his mercy

GREAT SAVE!

Craig Noone runs at pace at the Colchester defence and unleashes a powerful low shot from the edge of the area, but keeper Sam Walker dives down low to his left to keep out the winger's effort.

Is three goals enough?

Phillip tweets us using #bbcfacup

"Touch wood, looking good for City. Kenwyne a big player for City this season. Good to see him break into a trot!"

YELLOW CARD

Sanchez Watt also makes an immediate impact seconds after coming onto the pitch, but not the one his side wanted, as he is booked for a late challenge on Cardiff's John Brayford.

Nathan Blake on BBC Radio Wales

Former Wales striker

When you've got someone of the ability of Peter Whittingham on the ball you don't need to be running channels, you've just got to get in there. It's times like this you want to see Cardiff put their foot on the floor and put Colchester to the sword.

SUBSTITUTION

Colchester United's Sanchez Watt replaces Gavin Massey.

GOAL

Cardiff City 3-0 Colchester United (59 mins) - Kenwyne Jones

Kenwyne Jones
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Just seconds after coming onto the pitch Kenwyne Jones heads in a Peter Whittingham corner to surely seal Cardiff's place in the fourth round.

It is the striker's 10th goal of the season.

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SUBSTITUTION

Kenwyne Jones replaces Federico Macheda for Cardiff.

Header wide

Tom Adeyemi heads John Brayford's cross, wide of the Colchester goal from the centre of the box.

GOAL

Cardiff City 2-0 Colchester United (52 mins) - Kadeem Harris

Cardiff City winger Kadeem Harris doubles his side's lead with an overhead kick.

The winger was first to react to Ben Turner's header in the centre of the Colchester box, following Peter Whittingham's corner.

Watch the first goal

See Joe Ralls and his pin-ball shooting

If you click on the highlights tab now at the top of this page you can relive Cardiff's opener, happy watching!

Do come back to the live text after though...

Joe Ralls shoots for goal
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