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Cardiff City 1-1 Bournemouth

Bruno Ecuele Manga

Bruno Ecuele Manga's second-half header secured a point for Cardiff as Bournemouth were knocked off the Championship summit.

Harry Arter's stunning long-range strike gave the pre-match league leaders a half-time advantage.

Cardiff deservedly levelled when Ecuele Manga headed home his third goal of the season from Peter Whittingham's corner.

Bournemouth slip down to third after promotion rivals Watford and Middlesbrough won on the road.

The draw sees Cardiff move up one place to 13th as they secured a second notable result in four days against promotion hopefuls.

Cardiff, chasing their first home win in two months, made two changes to the side which had won 2-1 at Brentford on Saturday.

Striker Kenwyne Jones replaced the suspended Federico Macheda while Matthew Connolly was added to the defence in place of Lee Peltier.

Harry Arter
Harry Arter is congratulated by his team-mates after giving Bournemouth the lead

Bournemouth's only change to the side which started in the 4-0 win over Blackpool saw Arter return from suspension to replace Shaun MacDonald.

Marc Pugh gave the home side an early warning of Bournemouth's intent when the winger struck the crossbar after a fine run.

Craig Noone and then Alex Revell tested Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc in what was a lively opening.

The visitors took the lead in stunning fashion with the returning Arter's powerful 35-yard shot giving Simon Moore no chance.

Brett Pitman fired wide with a volley as Bournemouth went after a second, although Revell fired over the crossbar as Cardiff responded.

Fabio's timely interception stopped Matt Ritchie doubling Bournemouth's lead early in the second half while at the other end Jones's header was saved by Boruc.

But Boruc was beaten by Ecuele Manga's powerful header from six yards, the Bournemouth defence having failed to deal with Whittingham's corner.

Bournemouth were controversially denied a winner when Bluebirds goalkeeper Moore kicked the ball at Callum Wilson's back, with the ball hitting the crossbar and Wilson firing the rebound home.

The goal was ruled out and Wilson was booked.

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade:

"I thought we were worth a point against a very good side who played on the front-foot very quickly.

"They pinned us back and deserved the lead, but we stayed in the game.

"Eight or nine weeks ago we would have conceded a second goal which would have put it beyond us.

"But we showed great resilience and real determination to come back and offer a threat."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"You'll have to ask the referee why the goal was not allowed, I don't think he had a particularly good game and that's an understatement.

"Callum was looking the other way, he stood his ground which is allowed and the goalkeeper has kicked it at his back.

"That's a real strange decision and ultimately it's cost us two points."

Line-ups

Cardiff

Formation 4-4-2

  • 33Moore
  • 3da SilvaBooked at 90mins
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 36Morrison
  • 16ConnollyBooked at 68mins
  • 30KennedySubstituted forRallsat 80'minutes
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forAdeyemiat 90+4'minutes
  • 7Whittingham
  • 11Noone
  • 29Revell
  • 9JonesSubstituted forDoyleat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Malone
  • 13Doyle
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 21Ralls
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 39Gabbidon
  • 42Wilson

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Boruc
  • 2FrancisBooked at 90mins
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forA Smithat 75'minutes
  • 8Arter
  • 6Surman
  • 7Pugh
  • 10PitmanSubstituted forKermorgantat 75'minutes
  • 13WilsonBooked at 73mins

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 9Rantie
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 20Fraser
  • 22Ward
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
19,819

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home17
Away21
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Bournemouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Bournemouth 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a headed pass.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Tom Adeyemi replaces Aron Gunnarsson because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

  7. Booking

    Fabio (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Fabio (Cardiff City).

  10. Post update

    Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Steve Cook.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Revell.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  15. Booking

    Simon Francis (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Simon Moore.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Eoin Doyle replaces Kenwyne Jones.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford382261078453372
2Middlesbrough38219859273272
3Bournemouth382010879403970
4Norwich381910973423167
5Derby381910969412867
6Brentford382051362501265
7Ipswich3818101058431564
8Wolves381711105445962
9Nottm Forest371412115951854
10Blackburn381412125149254
11Charlton381215114548-351
12Sheff Wed381214123338-550
13Cardiff381212144650-448
14Leeds37139153946-748
15Birmingham371114124353-1047
16Bolton38128184556-1144
17Huddersfield381111164865-1744
18Reading37128174058-1844
19Brighton38915144246-442
20Fulham37117194865-1740
21Rotherham37913153855-1740
22Wigan38810203451-1734
23Millwall38711203162-3132
24Blackpool38410242977-4822
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