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Cardiff City 4-1 Brighton

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.

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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.

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Chris Hughton: Brighton boss on defeat at Cardiff

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."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 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

Substitutes

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

Brighton

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

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 3Greer
  • 7Kayal
  • 9Baldock
  • 10Hemed
  • 15Murphy
  • 23Rosenior
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
14,143

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

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

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.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenneth Zohore replaces Tom Lawrence.

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson replaces Anthony Pilkington.

Booking

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

Foul by Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

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

Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Sam Baldock replaces Bobby Zamora.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 4, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty conceded by Connor Goldson (Brighton and Hove Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Cardiff City. Anthony Pilkington draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Lee Peltier replaces Fabio because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jiri Skalak with a cross.

Attempt missed. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Lex Immers (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by David Marshall.

Second Half

Second Half begins Cardiff City 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

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As It Stood

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3Middlesbrough30177639162358
4Brighton32151254134757
5Derby321412643281554
6Sheff Wed321411749341553
7Cardiff32121374234849
8Birmingham3113993830848
9Ipswich3113994039148
10Preston32111293029145
11Nottm Forest31101293127442
12QPR32913103839-140
13Wolves321010124043-340
14Brentford32117144351-840
15Huddersfield32108144344-138
16Reading31910123333037
17Leeds31813102934-537
18Fulham32811135053-335
19Blackburn30713102827134
20Bristol City32810142948-1934
21MK Dons3287172544-1931
22Rotherham3275203657-2126
23Bolton32413153153-2225
24Charlton32510172659-3325
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