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Cardiff City 2-1 Derby County

Bruno Ecuele Manga heads Cardiff in front
Gabon international defender Bruno Ecuele Manga has scored twice in three games

Cardiff City boosted their play-off hopes and damaged Derby's as the Welsh side won in front of a club-record crowd at Cardiff City Stadium.

The hosts led after a tight first half thanks to Bruno Ecuele Manga's header.

Chris Martin's scrappy equaliser early in the second half sparked the game into life with a flurry of chances.

The hosts pressed relentlessly and got their reward as Stuart O'Keefe slid the ball in from a corner to keep Cardiff within two points of the top six.

Defeat saw Derby drop to sixth, a place below Sheffield Wednesday, who won at Huddersfield.

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Wassall on Cardiff v Derby

For Cardiff, victory closed the gap between them and the Rams to two points and gave the home supporters ample reason to cheer.

A deal giving free tickets to fans buying or renewing season tickets prompted an attendance of 28,680, exceeding the stadium's previous best for a Cardiff game, 28,018 for the 6-3 Premier League defeat by Liverpool in 2014.

The hosts thrived on the charged atmosphere, starting energetically and registering the game's first shot with Joe Ralls' volley wide.

Derby soon settled, however, and kept the ball for long periods with their five-man midfield stifling Russell Slade's side.

Cardiff boss Russell Slade
Manager Russell Slade has guided Cardiff to four wins in their past six games

For all their possession, the visitors failed to trouble Cardiff's defence, and it was one of the Bluebirds' back four who gave them the lead.

Peter Whittingham's outswinging corner floated temptingly towards the back post, where centre-back Ecuele Manga timed his jump perfectly and headed the ball powerfully into the top corner.

Having failed to muster a shot on target in a blunt first-half display, Derby managed one four minutes into the second half with Martin's equaliser.

After the striker's initial shot was blocked, the ball ballooned into the air and Martin seized on the rebound before Cardiff keeper David Marshall to head in from close range.

The home side could have reclaimed the lead within seconds, but Craig Noone's shot was well saved by Scott Carson.

Scott Malone was the next to test Carson with a neat half-volley as Cardiff upped the ante before eventually scoring their second goal.

Whittingham was the creator again, his corner nodded down by Sean Morrison into the path of O'Keefe, who scrambled the ball in from close range for a winning goal met with rapturous celebrations in the stands.

Cardiff manager Russell Slade:

"It was a very professional performance. There weren't many chances but we made enough use of the ball to create enough chances to win.

"What pleased me most was that when Derby got themselves back into the game early in the second half, there was a great response from us and we got the all-important second goal.

"We've got a mountain-load of character and we showed that in front of a big crowd to win a big game.

"However the challenge remains to get into the top six. Despite winning, we are still a couple of points adrift and we are running out of games."

Derby head coach Darren Wassall:

"We're very disappointed, particularly on the back of such a good result against Nottingham Forest two weeks ago.

"It's unacceptable to concede two goals from set-pieces. Our defending at home has been good but on the road it just hasn't happened for us.

"The lads are hugely disappointed because there was very little in a game of few chances. But that just makes conceding two goals from corners all the more disappointing.

"We came out of the blocks quickly for the second half and Chris (Martin) was brave with the header for the goal and we all thought we would kick on from there."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 28Malone
  • 11NooneSubstituted forLawrenceat 90+1'minutes
  • 22O'KeefeSubstituted forDikgacoiat 88'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 80mins
  • 13PilkingtonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forGunnarssonat 78'minutes
  • 27Immers

Substitutes

  • 3da Silva
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 21Moore
  • 26Zohore
  • 37Lawrence
  • 38Ameobi

Derby

  • 17Carson
  • 26Hanson
  • 6Keogh
  • 14ShackellBooked at 45mins
  • 29Olsson
  • 18ButterfieldSubstituted forBlackmanat 82'minutes
  • 34ThorneSubstituted forRussellat 76'minutes
  • 4Bryson
  • 23Ince
  • 9Martin
  • 15Johnson

Substitutes

  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 5Buxton
  • 10Bent
  • 11Russell
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Weimann
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
28,680

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Derby County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Derby County 1.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Tom Lawrence replaces Craig Noone.

Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Peltier.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kagisho Dikgacoi replaces Stuart O'Keefe.

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lex Immers (Cardiff City).

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Nick Blackman replaces Jacob Butterfield.

Offside, Cardiff City. Scott Malone tries a through ball, but Stuart O'Keefe is caught offside.

Booking

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

Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

Attempt blocked. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Noone.

Attempt blocked. Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Malone.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson replaces Anthony Pilkington.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces George Thorne.

Jason Shackell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Offside, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham tries a through ball, but Anthony Pilkington is caught offside.

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 2, Derby County 1. Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean Morrison following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Craig Bryson.

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Peltier.

Offside, Derby County. Jason Shackell tries a through ball, but Bradley Johnson is caught offside.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lex Immers (Cardiff City).

Attempt saved. Scott Malone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Markus Olsson.

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough38227951252673
3Brighton391915554371772
4Hull38209954233169
5Sheff Wed391714857362165
6Derby391713952371564
7Cardiff39161495142962
8Ipswich391611124644259
9Birmingham381511124237556
10Preston391414113836256
11QPR391215124946351
12Wolves391213144651-549
13Reading381212144343048
14Leeds381114133847-947
15Blackburn391113153838046
16Nottm Forest391113153439-546
17Brentford38137185159-846
18Huddersfield39129185254-245
19Bristol City391110184062-2243
20Rotherham39126214663-1742
21Fulham39914165965-641
22MK Dons39910203353-2037
23Charlton39811203670-3435
24Bolton39414213669-3326
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