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Cardiff City 2-1 Nottingham Forest

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium
Sean Morrison goes close for Cardiff
Russell Slade made a successful start to his time as Cardiff manager

Cardiff City marked Russell Slade's first match in charge with a win which ended Nottingham Forest's unbeaten start to the season.

Goals from Federico Macheda and Peter Whittingham gave the Bluebirds a commanding 2-0 half-time lead.

Forest improved in the second half and halved the deficit with Britt Assombalonga's goal a minute from time.

But Cardiff stood firm to claim only their second victory in nine Championship matches.

After a protracted appointment following his departure from Leyton Orient, Slade had spoken about his intent to make Cardiff a fitter and harder-working unit.

The energetic nature of the hosts' performance will have pleased Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's successor, though Forest's lacklustre display will have been equally worrying for their manager Stuart Pearce.

Forest were unbeaten in their previous 11 Championship games, albeit with draws in their last four league outings.

Slade made four changes to the Cardiff team which lost 1-0 to Blackpool, with top-scorer Kenwyne Jones the most notable player dropping to the bench.

The new manager's decision was vindicated in style, however, when Jones' replacement Macheda gave Cardiff the lead after 22 minutes.

Aron Gunnarsson led a Cardiff counter-attack and passed to Macheda, who cut inside from the right wing and deftly evaded a challenge before stroking the ball beyond Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow with a low finish.

Forest were still reeling from the opening goal when Cardiff doubled their advantage.

The visitors failed to clear a Cardiff throw-in and the ball rolled to the edge of the area, where Whittingham was on hand to strike crisply into the bottom corner.

Eager to preserve their unbeaten record, Forest began the second half with much more intent than they had mustered in the first.

Assombalonga thought he had halved Forest's deficit, but the top scorer's effort on the rebound was ruled out for offside.

Cardiff were forced into a flurry of substitutions and positional switches when Tom Adeyemi had to go off just two minutes after replacing Gunnarsson.

With winger Craig Noone filling in at left-back and forward Adam Le Fondre switched to the left flank, Slade's makeshift side had to withstand heavy Forest pressure late on.

Assombalonga did eventually get his name on the scoresheet when he converted a cross from Michail Antonio with a minute left.

But much to Slade's visible relief, Cardiff held on to give the former Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town boss a winning start to his reign in South Wales.

New Cardiff boss Russell Slade: "The players worked exceptionally hard. I hope people saw a bit of a difference today and a bit of a structure and a game plan which we can develop going forward.

"We hung on in there well during the last few minutes, which were a bit scary, and it is a great result for the football club."

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce: "I am disappointed with the manner of the defeat. We were not at the races today, man for man, and collectively we were outfought and gave away a couple of very poor goals.

"There were some half-hearted challenges to stop players and that has not been us this year, and that is probably the thing that disappoints me the most."

Russell Slade
Russell Slade left Leyton Orient to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff
Cardiff’s Craig Noone battles with Forest’s former Bluebirds midfielder Chris Burke
Cardiff’s Craig Noone battles with Forest’s former Bluebirds midfielder Chris Burke (left)
Federico Macheda
Federico Macheda scored his first Championship goal of the season to give Cardiff the lead

Line-ups

Cardiff

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Brayford
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 36Morrison
  • 21Ralls
  • 19Pilkington
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forAdeyemiat 66'minutesSubstituted forDaehliat 70'minutes
  • 7Whittingham
  • 11NooneBooked at 45mins
  • 10Le Fondre
  • 14MachedaSubstituted forJonesat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Jones
  • 12John
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 20Daehli
  • 23Maynard
  • 33Moore
  • 39Gabbidon

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Darlow
  • 17HuntSubstituted forVeldwijkat 77'minutes
  • 4Mancienne
  • 6WilsonBooked at 41mins
  • 2LichajSubstituted forHardingat 45'minutes
  • 32Tesche
  • 27Burke
  • 18Antonio
  • 10LansburyBooked at 54minsSubstituted forVaughanat 57'minutes
  • 7Fryatt
  • 9AssombalongaBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 3Harding
  • 14Veldwijk
  • 16Lascelles
  • 23Blackstock
  • 24Vaughan
  • 29de Vries
  • 38Osborn
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
21,263

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robert Tesche.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Cardiff City 2, Nottingham Forest 1. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michail Antonio with a cross.

  5. Booking

    Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

  7. Post update

    Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by David Marshall.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by John Brayford.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by John Brayford.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Lars Veldwijk replaces Jack Hunt.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

  14. Post update

    Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington following a corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Mats Daehli replaces Tom Adeyemi because of an injury.