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Cardiff City 4-1 Brighton

By Michael PearlmanBBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium
Peter Whittingham (left)
Peter Whittingham (left) passed John Toshack in Cardiff's all-time scoring charts with his second goal

Cardiff dented Brighton's automatic promotion hopes in the Championship while boosting their own play-off aspirations with a decisive win.

Three goals in the opening 30 minutes from Peter Whittingham, Anthony Pilkington and Lex Immers put the Bluebirds in control.

Dale Stephens pulled one back for Brighton but Whittingham's penalty settled matters.

Brighton stay third in the table, while Cardiff are up to seventh.

Relive Cardiff's victory over Brighton

For Cardiff owner Vincent Tan, perhaps there will be a feeling of vindication, having told the Bluebirds "to shoot more", they heeded his words in a first half where they were rampant.

Whittingham opened the scoring on 16 minutes after Matthew Connolly's run and pass, poking home superbly under David Stockdale.

Lex Immers
Lex Immers joined Cardiff on loan from Feyenoord in January

Stockdale was culpable for the second three minutes later, conceding possession with a loose kick and then being deceived by the flight of the ball as Pilkington returned it with interest from just inside the penalty area.

Scott Malone's pass then deflected off Conor Goldson straight to Immers, who made it three with a smart finish.

Goldson also conceded the penalty smashed in off the underside of the bar by Whittingham on 66 minutes that settled matters.

Bobby Zamora missed Brighton's best chance in the first period while, for Cardiff, Wales Euro 2016 hopeful Tom Lawrence tested Stockdale either side of the interval and will have impressed the watching Osian Roberts, Wales' assistant manager.

Cardiff had not beaten Brighton in the league in 11 years, but the Seagulls conceded four goals for the first time this term despite Dale Stephens' consolation header on 55 minutes that briefly gave them hope.

Cardiff boss Russell Slade:

"That is a big boost for us and I have told the players I still feel there is plenty of improvement to come.

"I say that because we have new partnerships out there. Stuart O'Keefe and Joe Ralls have not played together that often in midfield, Anthony Pilkington has been up front and we have added new faces to the equation in Tom Lawrence and Lex Immers.

"It is a new team, a young team in certain areas and we are maturing. It was a real mature performance. We committed forward when we had to and we were resilient when we had to be.

"We were tactically disciplined against a side who are king of the counter-attack. If you leave yourself open they can hurt you, the balance was key to this game and we had that."

Brighton boss Chris Hughton:

"It is very simple, if you concede three goals in that manner it is very difficult to win any football match, particularly at this level and away from home against a side as good as Cardiff.

"We never allowed ourselves to get into the game. At 3-1 we had two good chances but I cannot say we deserved anything.

"The damage was self-inflicted, the penalty can happen at any stage but the damage was already done.

"We conceded three poor goals in that crucial period and that is nothing to do with form, formations or tactics. It is about defending well and we did not. It was a good opportunity for us and we did not take it."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Marshall
  • 3da SilvaSubstituted forPeltierat 56'minutes
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 16Connolly
  • 28Malone
  • 37LawrenceSubstituted forZohoreat 85'minutes
  • 22O'KeefeBooked at 2mins
  • 8Ralls
  • 7Whittingham
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forGunnarssonat 74'minutes
  • 27Immers


  • 2Peltier
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 21Moore
  • 26Zohore
  • 36Oshilaja
  • 39Saadi


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Goldson
  • 5Dunk
  • 14CalderonSubstituted forRoseniorat 45'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 6Stephens
  • 27Knockaert
  • 8Crofts
  • 36SidwellSubstituted forHemedat 45'minutes
  • 38Skalak
  • 25ZamoraSubstituted forBaldockat 67'minutes


  • 1Mäenpää
  • 3Greer
  • 7Kayal
  • 9Baldock
  • 10Hemed
  • 15Murphy
  • 23Rosenior
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Cardiff City 4, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 4, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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    Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens tries a through ball, but Bruno is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Peltier following a fast break.

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    Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Goldson.

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    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenneth Zohore replaces Tom Lawrence.

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    Foul by Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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    Tom Lawrence (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  13. Post update

    Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson replaces Anthony Pilkington.

  15. Booking

    Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  17. Post update

    Tom Lawrence (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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    Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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    Lex Immers (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.