Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Hull City 4.
Cardiff City 0-4 Hull City
Hull took a big step towards Premier League safety by thrashing Cardiff to leave their hosts deep in trouble.
Tom Huddlestone's deflected shot and Nikica Jelavic's low finish inside the box gave the Tigers a 2-0 half-time lead, despite Cardiff enjoying the greater possession.
Jelavic headed his second from Liam Rosenior's cross, with Jake Livermore's powerful shot capping a fine win.
Steve Bruce's side move up to 11th, eight points clear of Cardiff in 19th.
A positive opening for the hosts had seen them looking to attack down the flanks at every opportunity and attempting to create space between Hull's three centre-backs.
On-loan Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha nearly gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side the lead, dribbling past three players before testing Tigers goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
Moments later Kenwyne Jones' strong run and shot forced the Scotland international to parry the ball behind for a corner.
But as Cardiff pressed, Hull looked to counter - and the Tigers took the lead with their first real chance of the game.
Jelavic's close-range shot was saved brilliantly at point-blank range by Cardiff keeper David Marshall, but the ball rebounded to Huddlestone whose low, deflected drive found the net.
Cardiff continued to attack, Jones and Fraizer Campbell both sending close-range headers off target, but the Tigers' new strike partnership of Shane Long and Jelavic proved more clinical.
As half-time approached, Long broke clear of the Cardiff defence and his low cross was converted by Jelavic into the bottom corner of the net.
The home fans greeted the half-time whistle with boos, but after the break things only got worse for the Cardiff faithful.
Jelavic had wasted a great chance form six yards but made amends when he headed the ball into the corner of the net for his second and Hull's third, following a pin-point cross by Liam Rosenior.
The trickle of departing home fans were joined in greater numbers 10 minutes later when Ahmed Elmohamady intercepted Andrew Taylor's pass on halfway, ran to the edge of the area and squared the ball for Livermore to place the ball past Marshall.
The result - Hull's biggest away win in the top flight - also gave Bruce his 100th Premier League win as a manager. More importantly, it moves the Tigers six points clear of the relegation zone.
For Solskjaer, who had targeted this match as a potential win, it is now five defeats from his seven Premier League matches in charge - and the Bluebirds remain deep in relegation trouble.
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- 35da Silva
- 3TaylorSubstituted forJohnat 75'minutes
- 15Wolff Eikrem
- 27Torres Ruiz
- 10CampbellSubstituted forBergetat 79'minutes
- 36ZahaBooked at 33minsSubstituted forDaehliat 45'minutes
- 27El Mohamady
- 4BruceSubstituted forChesterat 71'minutes
- 8HuddlestoneSubstituted forBoydat 63'minutesBooked at 86mins
- 21LongSubstituted forQuinnat 76'minutes
- Howard Webb
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Hull City 4.
Attempt blocked. Cala (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Marshall.
Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).
Offside, Hull City. Stephen Quinn tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem with a cross following a set piece situation.
Mats Daehli (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).
Attempt blocked. Jo Inge Berget (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kenwyne Jones.
George Boyd (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).
Foul by Cala (Cardiff City).
Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Fabio (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by George Boyd with a through ball.
Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by James Chester.
Substitution, Cardiff City. Jo Inge Berget replaces Fraizer Campbell because of an injury.