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Cardiff City 0-2 Derby County

Kenneth Zohore of Cardiff City is challenged by Alex Pearce of Derby County
Kenneth Zohore of Cardiff City and Derby's Alex Pearce tussle

Derby claimed their second Championship win of the season as they beat Cardiff without manager Nigel Pearson following his suspension by the club.

In Pearson's absence Chris Powell took charge of the Rams, who led thanks to Tom Ince's low second-half strike.

Nick Blackman scored with a penalty after he was tripped by Matt Connolly, who was sent off for the foul.

Chris Powell
Chris Powell is a former Huddersfield Town manager

Victory lifts Derby up to 20th in the table, with Cardiff taking their place in the relegation zone.

Derby's players were only told about Pearson's suspension three hours before kick-off in south Wales, and the news made for a sense of bemusement inside the Cardiff City Stadium.

Although the visitors enjoyed more possession, Cardiff had the better chances in a low-key first half, the best falling to Sean Morrison, whose free header was well saved by Scott Carson.

Derby improved after the break and took a deserved lead when Ince fired past Cardiff's scrambling defence to score what was only the Rams' fourth goal in 10 Championship matches this season.

The Bluebirds' fate was sealed when Connolly saw red for tripping Blackman and denying him a scoring opportunity, with the Derby substitute calmly converting the spot-kick himself to condemn Cardiff to a sixth defeat from 10 league games.

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 21Amos
  • 6Richards
  • 4Morrison
  • 16ConnollyBooked at 80mins
  • 12John
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 33mins
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 11Noone
  • 10ImmersSubstituted forEcuele Mangaat 85'minutes
  • 8RallsSubstituted forK Harrisat 59'minutes
  • 19LambertSubstituted forZohoreat 13'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 23Kennedy
  • 24K Harris
  • 25Huws
  • 26Zohore
  • 29Ajayi
  • 30Wilson

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 16Pearce
  • 25Lowe
  • 19Hughes
  • 15JohnsonBooked at 90mins
  • 18ButterfieldBooked at 52mins
  • 10InceSubstituted forRussellat 84'minutes
  • 23VydraSubstituted forBlackmanat 77'minutes
  • 8AnyaSubstituted forWeimannat 90+5'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Russell
  • 11Bent
  • 12Baird
  • 14Wilson
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Weimann
  • 35Mitchell
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
14,131

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Derby County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Derby County 2.

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Andreas Weimann replaces Ikechi Anya.

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City).

Booking

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Derby County).

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

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Declan John.

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Attempt saved. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Bruno Ecuele Manga replaces Lex Immers because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Tom Ince.

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

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 0, Derby County 2. Nick Blackman (Derby County) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) is shown the red card.

Penalty Derby County. Nick Blackman draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lex Immers (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Nick Blackman replaces Matej Vydra.

Cyrus Christie (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

Attempt missed. Max Lowe (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Ikechi Anya (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Joe Ralls.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield10712138522
2Norwich96211610620
3Brighton10532126618
4Brentford10523189917
5Bristol City105231711617
6Birmingham10451139417
7Sheff Wed105231212017
8Reading105231114-317
9Newcastle95131771016
10Barnsley105142014616
11Wolves104331412215
12Fulham10352911-214
13Ipswich1034388013
14Leeds104151012-213
15Nottm Forest103341820-212
16QPR103341216-412
17Aston Villa101721010010
18Burton102441416-210
19Preston103161014-410
20Derby1023559-49
21Wigan102261214-28
22Blackburn102261219-78
23Cardiff10226817-98
24Rotherham101361124-136
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