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Cardiff City 2-0 Birmingham City

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at the Cardiff City Stadium
Eoin Doyle celebrates scoring for Cardiff City
Cardiff City signed Eoin Doyle from Chesterfield in January 2014

Cardiff City claimed a first home win since January as two second-half goals saw off a poor Birmingham side.

After a dire goalless first half, Cardiff went ahead early in the second as Eoin Doyle scored his first goal for the club with a smart low finish.

Peter Whittingham then sealed victory with a penalty after Doyle was brought down by Jonathan Spector.

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett was sent off after the break as the Blues lost for the first time in five matches.

Rowett's dismissal - for disputing a Cardiff throw-in by hurling the ball to the ground - capped a miserable afternoon for Birmingham.

Victory for the Bluebirds, however, crowned a fine week for Russell Slade's side after a win and a draw against promotion-chasers Brentford and Bournemouth.

Peter Whittingham's second-half penalty against Birmingham City was his sixth goal of the season
Peter Whittingham's second-half penalty against Birmingham City was his sixth goal of the season

Cardiff were forced into a late change shortly before kick-off as striker Federico Macheda, back from suspension, pulled up in the warm-up and was replaced by Kenwyne Jones.

That left Cardiff with a physically imposing front two of Jones and Alex Revell, whose height invited a number of crosses and long balls.

The hosts' only chances in the first half were headers, with Sean Morrison nodding over from Whittingham's corner and Aron Gunnarson flicking Joe Ralls' cross wide.

After a tepid first 45 minutes, Slade sought to increase the tempo with the introduction of winger Matthew Kennedy at the break.

The decision paid off almost immediately, as the January signing darted into the box and found fellow substitute Doyle, whose neat first-time shot swept into the bottom corner.

Jones wasted a couple of good opportunities to double Cardiff's advantage, while Doyle was denied a second goal as his delicate shot rolled on to the post.

The Irish striker did, however, play a major role in Cardiff's second as he was brought down by Spector for a penalty which Whittingham struck down the middle to clinch a comfortable victory.

Cardiff assistant boss Scott Young: "Since the New Year we've been in good positions in a few home games but not quite got over the line so it's very pleasing to get the win.

"I thought Eoin and Matthew Kennedy changed the game for us when they came on. Eoin has been very unlucky not to get on the scoresheet since coming to the club in January but we have always known he has plenty of quality.

"As a side we are showing a lot more resilience and to get another clean sheet is very good. The whole team is working hard and we want to finish as high up the league as possible."

Birmingham assistant manager Kevin Summerfield on Gary Rowett's dismissal: "Gary did not swear but he made the point to the referee that the assistant referee and linesman were far away but he threw the ball down and that was enough to see him get sent to the stands.

"We are not going to blame the referee for the defeat, they have only got a few seconds to make a decision but we didn't think it was a penalty and that killed the game off.

"The result will be a kick up the backside for us, the players will really have to roll their sleeves up now for the rest of the season because it will have a big impact on what happens next year. That performance was not up to the standards that we have set ourselves this season."

Line-ups

Cardiff

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Marshall
  • 3da Silva
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 36Morrison
  • 4Malone
  • 11NooneSubstituted forAdeyemiat 85'minutes
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forKennedyat 45'minutes
  • 7Whittingham
  • 21Ralls
  • 9Jones
  • 29RevellSubstituted forDoyleat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Doyle
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 30Kennedy
  • 33Moore
  • 39Gabbidon
  • 44James

Birmingham

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Randolph
  • 31CaddisBooked at 89mins
  • 23SpectorBooked at 23minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 85'minutes
  • 15Kiernan
  • 3Grounds
  • 11Cotterill
  • 8Gleeson
  • 26DavisSubstituted forThomasat 65'minutes
  • 13Tesche
  • 33GraySubstituted forDyerat 65'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 4Robinson
  • 10Thomas
  • 12Novak
  • 19Zigic
  • 21Doyle
  • 22Shinnie
  • 40Dyer
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
20,602

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Fabio.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City).

  5. Post update

    Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matthew Kennedy (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

  10. Booking

    Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Rob Kiernan (Birmingham City).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Tom Adeyemi replaces Craig Noone.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson replaces Jonathan Spector.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City).

  16. Post update

    Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Cardiff City 2, Birmingham City 0. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Penalty Cardiff City. Eoin Doyle draws a foul in the penalty area.

  20. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) after a foul in the penalty area.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth392110882404273
2Watford392261178463272
3Middlesbrough39219959302972
4Norwich392010976433370
5Derby3919101069432667
6Ipswich3919101059431667
7Brentford392061364521266
8Wolves3918111056451165
9Nottm Forest391512126254857
10Blackburn391412135150154
11Charlton391315114850-254
12Sheff Wed391314123640-453
13Leeds391410154347-452
14Cardiff391312144850-251
15Birmingham381114134355-1247
16Brighton391015144346-345
17Bolton39129184657-1145
18Huddersfield391111174867-1944
19Reading38128184261-1944
20Fulham39127205068-1843
21Rotherham39913174060-2040
22Wigan39811203552-1735
23Millwall39712203364-3133
24Blackpool39411243078-4823
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