Championship
CardiffCardiff City0HullHull City2
By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium
Fabio Da Silva of Cardiff City is restrained by players and the referee as he challenges Alex Bruce of Hull City
The Championship match between Cardiff City and Hull City was hotly contested at times

Hull City produced a clinical performance to inflict a first defeat of the season on Cardiff City.

Mohamed Diame seized on sloppy Cardiff defending to fire Hull into an early lead.

The Bluebirds pressed for an equaliser but were frustrated by their opponents, who sealed victory with Abel Hernandez's late drilled effort.

Hull's win sees them climb to third in the Championship table, leapfrogging Cardiff, who slip to sixth.

Having guided his team to three straight wins, Cardiff manager Russell Slade named the same side for the fourth successive game.

But Hull were well prepared and their sturdy 5-3-2 formation stifled their in-form opponents.

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Cardiff were close to taking a fortuitous lead in the fifth minute when Kagisho Dikgacoi's mishit cross floated over Hull goalkeeper Alan McGregor but was cleared at the back post.

An open start saw both sides attack at a high tempo, and there was an element of luck to Hull's opener.

Cardiff centre-backs Sean Morrison and Matt Connolly both failed to clear Sone Aluko's cross, leaving an unmarked Diame to blast in from close range.

Hull seemed content to protect their lead, the visitors' five-man defence repelling a flurry of free-kicks and corners from their opponents.

The second half followed a similar pattern, Steve Bruce's organised outfit dealing comfortably with Cardiff pressure, which was wholehearted but lacked cutting edge.

Dikgacoi headed wide from a Peter Whittingham free-kick and Bruno Ecuele Manga mishit a shot from the edge of the box as the home side struggled to create genuine scoring opportunities.

Cardiff's bluntness in attack was punished with nine minutes left as Diame's lofted pass found Hernandez, who chested the ball down and shot low beyond David Marshall into the bottom corner.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside:

"As a manager you sometimes need a reaction from an awful performance like that aat the weekend and that's exactly what we've got.

"It's a bit more like it, a bit of of resilience, a bit of bottle and they threw a load of balls into our box and I thought the three defenders with three centre-backs were terrific in dealing with that.

"All round it was a really, really good performance and more like it showing that resilience that we need to win football matches away from home. It's got us up and running and lets hope it continues.

"We seem to settle straight back into it which was pleasing because we've got away from it and for one or two reasons so we reverted back to tight today and it paid off."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2PeltierBooked at 90mins
  • 4Morrison
  • 16ConnollySubstituted forEcuele Mangaat 45'minutes
  • 3da SilvaBooked at 35mins
  • 13PilkingtonBooked at 42minsSubstituted forAmeobiat 63'minutes
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 59mins
  • 8RallsSubstituted forNooneat 78'minutes
  • 9Jones
  • 10Mason

Substitutes

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

Hull

  • 1McGregorBooked at 90mins
  • 21Dawson
  • 4Bruce
  • 6Davies
  • 2Odubajo
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 11Clucas
  • 26RobertsonBooked at 42minsSubstituted forEl Mohamadyat 69'minutes
  • 17Diamé
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forMeylerat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forAkpomat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Taylor
  • 7Meyler
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 19Akpom
  • 20Hayden
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 32Luer
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
13,763

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamHull
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Hull City 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

  5. Post update

    Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

  7. Booking

    David Meyler (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Booking

    Allan McGregor (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Moses Odubajo.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Sam Clucas.

  14. Post update

    Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Chuba Akpom (Hull City).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Dawson (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Clucas with a cross following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chuba Akpom (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. David Meyler replaces Sone Aluko.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City).

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