Championship
CardiffCardiff City2WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers0
By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium
Sammy Ameobi
Sammy Ameobi has joined Cardiff City on a season long loan from Necastle United

Cardiff City earned their first league win of the season with an efficient performance against Wolves.

The home side took the lead before the break when Kenwyne Jones headed past stranded Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

Sammy Ameobi added a second just two minutes after replacing Jones in the second half, his shot deflecting in off Kortney Hause.

Wolves offered little and slipped to a second successive loss, having squandered a two-goal lead against QPR.

Having seen his side draw their first three league matches of the season, Cardiff manager Russell Slade made two changes from the midweek stalemate at Blackburn.

Joe Mason had Cardiff's first chance, his low shot saved by Ikeme following neat build-up play involving Jones and Joe Ralls.

Jones impressed on his first start of the season, providing a dependable link between Cardiff's midfield and attack and harrying Wolves' defenders.

On one occasion the Trinidadian striker was deemed too abrasive, as referee Andy Davies disallowed a Mason goal from a corner where Jones was judged to have fouled Wolves centre-back Richard Stearman.

Jones was not to be denied, however, and headed Cardiff in front as he met Fabio's clipped diagonal ball and nodded beyond the onrushing Ikeme.

An ankle injury cut Jones' afternoon short after 57 minutes, but his replacement Ameobi had an instant impact as he pounced on Kagisho Dikgacoi's header from a corner and fired firmly beyond Ikeme with the help of a deflection from Hause.

Mason had an opportunity to add a final gloss to the scoreline but his injury-time shot was smothered by Ikeme.

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade: "It was pretty even in the first period but we managed to draw first blood which is always important.

"In the second half I thought we were very good and controlled large parts of it, created chances and got the second goal.

"We probably could have had a third but we won't get greedy and we kept a clean sheet and that was important for us."

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett said: "We had a lot of the ball and played a patient possession game but didn't have enough going forward.

"We didn't have a shot on target and that tells its own story and is very disappointing - we need to do better.

"We had possession up and around the halfway line and moved it from side to side and got into one-v-one situations but ultimately didn't hurt the Cardiff back four enough."

Kenwyne Jones
Striker Kenwyne Jones scored in his first start of the season for Cardiff
Kortney Hause of Wolves and Anthony Pilkington of Cardiff City compete for the ball
Wolves' Kortney Hause competes for the ball with Anthony Pilkington of Cardiff City

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Peltier
  • 4MorrisonBooked at 90mins
  • 16Connolly
  • 3da SilvaSubstituted forEcuele Mangaat 88'minutes
  • 13Pilkington
  • 7Whittingham
  • 15DikgacoiBooked at 28mins
  • 8Ralls
  • 9JonesSubstituted forAmeobiat 57'minutes
  • 10Mason

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 11Noone
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 18Doyle
  • 19Revell
  • 21Moore
  • 38Ameobi

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 18Iorfa
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 5Stearman
  • 30Hause
  • 11McDonaldSubstituted forHenryat 63'minutes
  • 16CoadyBooked at 33mins
  • 17van La Parra
  • 4Edwards
  • 20OjoSubstituted forDickoat 62'minutes
  • 10Afobe

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 3Golbourne
  • 7Henry
  • 9Dicko
  • 19Price
  • 26Martinez
  • 48Enobakhare
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
14,820

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Mason (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

  5. Booking

    Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Bruno Ecuele Manga replaces Fabio because of an injury.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kagisho Dikgacoi.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  15. Post update

    Joe Mason (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sean Morrison.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Cardiff City. Joe Ralls tries a through ball, but Sammy Ameobi is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers).