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Cardiff City 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Matthew Connolly of Cardiff City is congratulated by Anthony Pilkington
Matthew Connolly of Cardiff City is congratulated by Anthony Pilkington after levelling

Cardiff City are out of the Championship's bottom three after fighting back to earn a late win over relegation rivals Wolves.

The visitors led after two minutes as Cardiff goalkeeper Ben Amos failed to stop Matt Doherty's long-range shot.

Matt Connolly headed the hosts level before Anthony Pilkington struck with an assured low finish after 86 minutes.

Cardiff climb up to 19th place, three points above the relegation zone, while Wolves drop to 20th.

Starting the game in 22nd place and two points behind Wolves, Cardiff knew a win would take them out of the relegation zone and possibly consign their opponents to the bottom three.

However, it was Paul Lambert's side who seized the initiative, taking an early lead thanks to a helping hand from their opponents.

Wolves left-back Doherty cut inside on to his right foot and tried his luck with a firm shot from 20 yards and, although it hurtled straight towards Amos, the Cardiff goalkeeper could only palm the ball into his own net.

The visitors were barely troubled in a slumberous first half, but Cardiff were much improved in the second and forced Wolves' 19-year-old goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne - making only his second league start - into several saves.

He eventually buckled under the pressure, failing to catch or clear a Peter Whittingham corner and allowing Connolly to nod in from close range.

Cardiff continued to pepper Burgoyne's goal with shots and crosses.

The home side's endeavours were rewarded when Pilkington carried the ball into the Wolves penalty area and drilled a powerful effort into the bottom corner.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock:

"We felt a bit sorry for ourselves with the goal. We were behind because of a goalkeeping error.

"It took us 10, 15 minutes after that where we could've lost the game. I just said to them 'stop feeling sorry for yourselves, they are there to be beaten and if we play in the second half, we can win the game'. That was the message."

Wolves head coach Paul Lambert:

"I don't think we did enough in the second half, whether or not we deserved to lose it, I'm not so sure.

"I've looked at the tape and it wasn't a corner. We had been coping really well with the corners and long throw-ins.

"It's been an occurrence since August, being near the bottom. We've absolutely got enough to stay up. We're a really good attacking side that needs a bit of experience.

"We're a young team who will make mistakes, but we've certainly got a threat."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 21Amos
  • 16Connolly
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 2PeltierBooked at 16mins
  • 33Hoilett
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 78minsSubstituted forRallsat 88'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 15RichardsonSubstituted forNooneat 45'minutes
  • 10ImmersSubstituted forZohoreat 45'minutes
  • 13Pilkington

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 8Ralls
  • 11Noone
  • 19Lambert
  • 24K Harris
  • 26Zohore
  • 30Wilson

Wolves

  • 31Burgoyne
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 2Doherty
  • 4Edwards
  • 27SaissBooked at 58mins
  • 8Saville
  • 17CostaSubstituted forBrito Teixeiraat 45'minutes
  • 9DickoSubstituted forBödvarssonat 76'minutes
  • 50CavaleiroSubstituted forEnobakhareat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Flatt
  • 16Coady
  • 19Price
  • 22Bödvarsson
  • 24Brito Teixeira
  • 26Enobakhare
  • 30Hause
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
14,853

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Joe Ralls replaces Peter Whittingham.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore.

Attempt saved. George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dominic Iorfa.

Foul by Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City).

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Hand ball by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Romain Saiss.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

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

Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by João Teixeira.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Nouha Dicko.

Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romain Saiss.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

Attempt missed. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bright Enobakhare replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Connolly.

Attempt saved. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

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