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Cardiff City 2-0 Huddersfield Town

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff's Anthony Pilkington shields the ball from Huddersfield's Dean Whitehead
Anthony Pilkington scored his first goal of the season to put Cardiff ahead against his former club

Cardiff preserved their unbeaten start to the season as two second-half goals saw them overcome winless Huddersfield.

The hosts started brightly with chances for Kenwyne Jones and Joe Mason but both sides struggled for fluency in a goalless first half low on quality.

Anthony Pilkington made the breakthrough with 20 minutes left as he fired neatly into the bottom corner.

Joe Mason then finished into an empty net to lift Russell Slade's side into second place in the Championship table.

For Huddersfield, meanwhile, a second successive defeat leaves Chris Powell's side still searching for a first league victory of the season.

They handed debuts to three new signings in the Welsh capital and one of those, goalkeeper Jed Steer, was called into action after just two minutes as he saved Jones' firm 12-yard shot.

Sammy Ameobi celebrates Cardiff's forst goal with scorer Anthony Pilkington
Substitute Sammy Ameobi had a hand in both Cardiff goals after coming on

Although Cardiff fashioned another chance for Mason, who fired wide, they defended nervously and almost fell behind when Sean Scannell's fizzing ball across the six-yard box was cleared by Fabio.

The first half rather petered out from that point, becoming a sluggish affair in which neither team was able to hold on to possession for any meaningful length of time.

There was more urgency after the break, Huddersfield's Harry Bunn darting into the box and seeing his low effort blocked by Sean Morrison.

Jones had a glorious opportunity to put Cardiff in front but, clear on goal after Joe Ralls' through ball, the Trinidadian striker shot tamely at Steer.

He was soon replaced by Sammy Ameobi, and the substitute had an instant impact as he found Pilkington, who turned and shot in one slick movement to score against his former club.

Ameobi, on loan from Newcastle, was involved in the second goal eight minutes later as he prodded the ball beyond Steer for Mason to score into an empty net from a tight angle.

That sealed a third straight league win for Cardiff, the first time the Bluebirds have achieved that feat since the 2012-13 season in which they were promoted to the Premier League.

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade said:

"It took a while to get some element of control of this game against resolute opposition.

"The impact Sammy [Ameobi] made was excellent and he had a hand in getting us the goals. After that we settled down and were comfortable enough.

"At times we were a bit sloppy and the fine detail was not quite where we have been in recent weeks, but we had enough belief to get the result.

"We are looking solid and difficult to break down as well as creating chances."

Huddersfield boss Chris Powell:

"That (not being awarded a penalty for a foul on Harry Bunn) was the turning point in the game. Before that we dominated the first period but failed to find the final product.

"It petered out in the second half but we felt that was a penalty straight away. "If the defender had got the ball then it would have deviated, but the ball continues along the same line.

"Then you're talking 1-0 to us instead of 1-0 down just seconds later and then we're chasing the game. That's just the way it's going for us right now.

"It's not the start to the season that we wanted, but we've had to deal with a lot of players coming and going and we're trying to gel as a team as quickly as possible."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2PeltierSubstituted forMaloneat 19'minutes
  • 4Morrison
  • 16Connolly
  • 3da SilvaBooked at 90mins
  • 13Pilkington
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 7Whittingham
  • 8Ralls
  • 9JonesSubstituted forAmeobiat 59'minutes
  • 10MasonSubstituted forGunnarssonat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 11Noone
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 19Revell
  • 21Moore
  • 28Malone
  • 38Ameobi

Huddersfield

  • 1Steer
  • 14Cranie
  • 12Ward
  • 33Lynch
  • 2Smith
  • 7Scannell
  • 6HoggBooked at 16minsSubstituted forHuwsat 64'minutes
  • 4Whitehead
  • 17BunnSubstituted forCarayolat 72'minutes
  • 8PatersonSubstituted forMillerat 72'minutes
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 3Davidson
  • 10Carayol
  • 11Miller
  • 16Huws
  • 18Lolley
  • 22Dempsey
  • 26Allinson
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
13,715

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

    Mustapha Carayol (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Fabio (Cardiff City).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Martin Cranie (Huddersfield Town).

  8. Post update

    Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Scott Malone.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Huddersfield Town. Joel Lynch tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson replaces Joe Mason.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mason.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Anthony Pilkington.

  16. Post update

    Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

  18. Post update

    Elliott Ward (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Cardiff City 2, Huddersfield Town 0. Joe Mason (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.