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Cardiff City 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff 0-0 Brighton
Conor McAlleny challenges Rohan Ince of Brighton

Cardiff's winless run stretched to six games as they played out a dreary draw against relegation-threatened Brighton.

A forgettable first half prompted boos from the Bluebirds' fans as neither side played with any fluency.

The second period was only marginally better as Cardiff's Aron Gunnarsson and Kenwyne Jones both missed free headers.

The result leaves Cardiff just six points above the relegation zone, while Brighton are now level on points with the bottom three.

With both sides entering this match having lost four of their last five fixtures, this seemed a clash between two teams in apparent freefall.

While Cardiff's run of one win in 10 league games had increased pressure on manager Russell Slade, Brighton were in the more precarious position of being just one place and two points above the relegation zone.

The two sides' poor form was evident in a scrappy opening at Cardiff City Stadium which was almost entirely devoid of scoring opportunities.

Cardiff's best effort was Sean Morrison's diving header which bounced over, while Brighton's only shot on goal from Rohan Ince was blocked.

There were cheers early into the second half, but of the ironic sort as Gunnarsson registered the game's first shot on target with a deflected strike from 20 yards.

It was not until 70 minutes had passed that Brighton had a meaningful effort, as Lewis Dunk headed wide from Joao Teixeira's free-kick.

Cardiff missed a golden opportunity soon afterwards as an unmarked Gunnarsson headed over from a Peter Whittingham corner.

Jones had a similarly inviting chance moments later, but he nodded Craig Noone's excellent cross narrowly wide as the game finished goalless to heap yet more pressure on Slade.

Cardiff manager Russell Slade:

"It was poor, it was a really poor game in that first half where the two sides cancelled each other out.

"We tried to show more intent after the break by going with two strikers up front and we had two decent chances to win the game.

"You would have to say that [top six] is now unrealistic. If you were being honest, we would have to put some run together to get us up there.

"That does not mean it is impossible, it can happen, but we do not look capable of that at the minute. We have had two draws in a row and we are not picking up wins."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"It was a hard earned draw for us and we have to be happy. This is a difficult place to come, they are a good side and we knew what we were up against.

"They are direct and you have to be able to cope with that. Kenwyne Jones is better than many at that sort of thing and we handled him pretty well.

"So I felt we could have capitalised on the possession we had and some breaks we formed well. I am disappointed we did not make more of our opportunities, but we deserved nothing less than a draw."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2PeltierBooked at 90mins
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 36Morrison
  • 4Malone
  • 11Noone
  • 22O'KeefeBooked at 37minsSubstituted forDoyleat 45'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7Whittingham
  • 15McAlenySubstituted forK Harrisat 68'minutes
  • 9Jones

Substitutes

  • 3da Silva
  • 13Doyle
  • 16Connolly
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 29Revell
  • 33Moore
  • 40K Harris

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 14CalderónBooked at 68mins
  • 3Greer
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Bennett
  • 24Ince
  • 28KayalSubstituted forLua Luaat 71'minutes
  • 2BrunoBooked at 86mins
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 17Vilaca TeixeiraSubstituted forStephensat 86'minutes
  • 19BestSubstituted forO'Gradyat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hughes
  • 6Stephens
  • 11O'Grady
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 31Walton
  • 33Halford
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
19,206

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

  3. Booking

    Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

  6. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey tries a through ball, but Íñigo Calderón is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

  8. Post update

    Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Bruno.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  13. Post update

    Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Booking

    Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  16. Post update

    Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens replaces João Teixeira.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Peltier.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion).

As It Stood

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3Derby30177658283058
4Ipswich30159648301854
5Watford30165959342553
6Brentford30164104639752
7Norwich30148857362150
8Wolves3013983838048
9Blackburn30119104040042
10Sheff Wed3091292328-539
11Birmingham30911103241-938
12Nottm Forest29910104042-237
13Bolton30107133744-737
14Reading30107133545-1037
15Huddersfield30107134052-1237
16Cardiff3099123743-636
17Leeds3098133240-835
18Fulham30105154353-1035
19Rotherham30712112938-933
20Charlton3061592841-1333
21Brighton30612123239-730
22Millwall3079142847-1930
23Wigan29410152739-1222
24Blackpool3048182356-3320
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