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Brentford 2-1 Cardiff City

Anthony Pilkington
Anthony Pilkington heads just wide for Cardiff in the first period at Griffin Park

Cardiff City's Championship play-off hopes suffered a blow as Scott Hogan's late double earned Brentford victory.

All three goals were scored in the final five minutes, leaving the Bluebirds six points outside the play-off berths with three matches left.

Hogan scrambled home from a corner after Yoann Barbet hit the crossbar, and raced on to Lasse Vibe's pass to double the lead three minutes later.

Sub Kenneth Zohore scored a consolation for Cardiff one minute from time.

The Bluebirds enjoyed the better of the first half, although they tested goalkeeper David Button only sporadically.

Cardiff were confident on the ball and impressive, especially on the counter, but wasted a host of chances.

Anthony Pilkington was the worst offender, shooting wide, over and forcing a save from Button within the opening 30 minutes.

Peter Whittingham
Peter Whittingham shoots at goal

He also had a strong penalty appeal waved away after he tangled with Harlee Dean.

Nico Yennaris had an early effort blocked for Brentford before Josh Clarke's measured cross evaded Vibe by inches.

After the interval, Marshall parried away Alan McCormack's 25-yard shot then kept out the rebound.

Vibe, having combined perfectly with Ryan Woods, could only shoot tamely at Marshall from eight yards out as the hosts began to dominate.

Dean headed wide from a teasing Jake Bidwell free-kick before Marshall saved from Bidwell.

Pilkington forced Button into action in a rare City counter-attack, before Hogan's double.

Zohore made a big impact and, after pulling a goal back for Cardiff, fired over as they piled forward late on in search of a point.

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade told BBC Radio Wales: "The only thing that was missing in the first period from us was a goal.

"In the second period I thought we lost a little bit of control, the game got a little bit open and they looked a bit of a threat on the counter-attack.

"The really disappointing thing was the two Brentford goals.

"The one from the corner was not like us and the second one, two or three little errors have led to them getting a 2-0 advantage."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27ButtonBooked at 90mins
  • 36Clarke
  • 6Dean
  • 29Barbet
  • 3Bidwell
  • 12McCormack
  • 28Yennaris
  • 15Woods
  • 7SaundersBooked at 22minsSubstituted forCanosat 67'minutes
  • 17KerschbaumerSubstituted forHoganat 76'minutes
  • 21Vibe

Substitutes

  • 8Djuricin
  • 9Hogan
  • 16Bonham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 24Gogia
  • 40Cole
  • 47Canos

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 16ConnollyBooked at 25mins
  • 28Malone
  • 11NooneBooked at 61minsSubstituted forLawrenceat 75'minutes
  • 22O'KeefeSubstituted forAmeobiat 88'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 7Whittingham
  • 27ImmersSubstituted forZohoreat 84'minutes
  • 13Pilkington

Substitutes

  • 6Turner
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 21Moore
  • 26Zohore
  • 37Lawrence
  • 38Ameobi
  • 39Saadi
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
8,363

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 2, Cardiff City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Cardiff City 1.

  3. Booking

    David Button (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Cardiff City. Matthew Connolly tries a through ball, but Sean Morrison is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

  7. Post update

    Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Scott Malone.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Marshall.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. David Button tries a through ball, but Scott Hogan is caught offside.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 2, Cardiff City 1. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Sergi Canos (Brentford).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Sammy Ameobi replaces Stuart O'Keefe.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 2, Cardiff City 0. Scott Hogan (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lasse Vibe.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Scott Hogan (Brentford).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenneth Zohore replaces Lex Immers.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Yoann Barbet (Brentford) because of an injury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough43268960283286
2Burnley432315567353284
3Brighton432315567392884
4Hull4222101060312976
5Derby432113964402476
6Sheff Wed431816961421970
7Cardiff431616115346764
8Ipswich431614134949062
9Birmingham431612154945460
10Preston431416134242058
11Leeds431415144653-757
12QPR431317135252056
13Brentford42168186063-356
14Wolves431314165056-653
15Reading431312184953-451
16Huddersfield431311195760-350
17Blackburn431115174043-348
18Nottm Forest431115173744-748
19Fulham431115176473-948
20Rotherham43139215265-1348
21Bristol City431212194868-2048
22MK Dons43912223560-2539
23Charlton43813223773-3637
24Bolton43415243978-3927
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