Cardiff 2-0 Doncaster

Second-half goals from Anthony Gerrard and Robert Earnshaw gave Cardiff victory over Doncaster and a first win in four Championship game.

Gerrard gave Cardiff the lead on 52 minutes heading home from Peter Whittingham's free-kick.

Earnshaw wrapped up victory from six yards after Peter Whittingham's shot deflected into his path.

James Hayter had the best chances for Doncaster, who remain without a win this season.

The match was preceded by a minute's applause for Bluebirds supporter Michael Dye, who died prior to Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley.

Malky Mackay kept faith with the side which had started the previous game against Portsmouth, while James O'Connor and James Coppinger came in for Doncaster.

The home side came close to scoring twice within the opening two minutes with Earnshaw striking the post from six yards after keeper Gary Woods had spilled the ball.

Forty seconds later a long ball caused problems in the Doncaster defence and nearly led to Richard Naylor conceding an own goal.

But the visitors were to quickly settle and a teasing cross from Kyle Bennett provided a chance for Hayter, although the striker could not apply the finishing touch.

Bennett himself was to try his luck and an effort from 25 yards was saved by Cardiff keeper David Marshall.

Cardiff striker Kenny Miller fired over the crossbar on 19 minutes while Darcy Blake, who had impressed for Wales at Wembley, headed wide from a corner.

A long clearance by Woods almost resulted in Hayter giving his side the lead 11 minutes before the interval but Marshall denied his volley.

The Bluebirds began the second half in the same vein as they had started the game with two early chances to break the deadlock.

Earnshaw forced Woods to save with his feet while Mark Hudson headed straight at the keeper from the resultant corner.

But the home supporters did not have to wait too long for the opening goal as Cardiff went ahead on 52 minutes.

The hosts were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position after Tommy Spurr had fouled Kenny Miller.

From Whittingham's excellent delivery Gerrard applied the finishing touch at the far post to maintain Cardiff's record of scoring in every game this season.

Mackay's side wrapped up the victory with 15 minutes remaining with Earnshaw, who missed an open goal against England at Wembley, finishing from six yards after Whittingham's shot had deflected into his path.

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