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Cardiff City 2-0 Preston North End

Kenneth Zohore scores
Kenneth Zohore scored on his 23rd birthday with a chip over the goalkeeper

Cardiff City made it three Championship home wins on the bounce with a comfortable defeat of Preston.

Peter Whittingham scored from the penalty spot and a fine individual goal from Kenneth Zohore earned the points for Neil Warnock's side.

The result was a blow to the play-off hopes of Preston who had lost just once in nine away games before the defeat.

The Bluebirds have pulled 11 points clear of the relegation places at the other end of the table and are 15th.

The visitors came closest to open the scoring early on when Jordan Hugill was just inches away from forcing home an Aiden McGeady cross.

But it was the Bluebirds who took the lead on 18 minutes when Daniel Johnson brought Junior Hoilett down in the box.

Whittingham stroked home coolly from the spot for his 97th goal in a decade at the Welsh club.

Just 10 minutes later Warnock's men doubled their advantage thanks to Zohore.

The Danish striker surged forward from the halfway line, beating three Preston players before dinking the ball over the advancing Chris Maxwell in the Preston goal.

It was the perfect way for Zohore to celebrate his 23rd birthday.

Preston almost got a goal back when Ben Pearson forced a good save from Allan McGregor, but then Cardiff saw Hoilett divert a Sean Morrison header onto the bar on the stroke of half-time.

Despite early Preston pressure at the start of the second period, Zohore almost scored again on the break on 63 minutes, but this time Maxwell made the save.

With striker Jermaine Beckford brought on at the interval Preston pushed to cut the deficit, but found the Cardiff defence, marshalled by the impressive Sol Bamba, in uncompromising form.

Warnock's side held out with the minimum of fuss to earn three home league victories on the bounce for the first time in two-and-a-half years.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock told BBC Radio Wales: "It was comfortable, quite professional. We could have been a bit more greedy and got a few more goals.

"It showed how far we have come really. In every area it was pleasing.

"You're only as good as your forwards and I thought they were all a threat. Midfield did well too. It was a pleasing night."

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson: "It was a disappointing performance and Cardiff haven't worked too hard for it tonight.

"We've based our success on being hard to beat and playing attractive football, but we didn't do that. We didn't get anything out of the game and that's what we deserved.

"You can't give teams easy goals. We should've managed the game better but we have to accept it, move on and be better."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1McGregor
  • 2PeltierSubstituted forConnollyat 45'minutes
  • 4Morrison
  • 14BambaSubstituted forHealeyat 90+1'minutes
  • 6Richards
  • 24K HarrisBooked at 64mins
  • 7WhittinghamSubstituted forHalfordat 79'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 8Ralls
  • 33Hoilett
  • 26Zohore

Substitutes

  • 11Noone
  • 12John
  • 15Halford
  • 16Connolly
  • 23Kennedy
  • 28Murphy
  • 37Healey

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 6Browning
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 3Cunningham
  • 12Gallagher
  • 4PearsonSubstituted forBrowneat 78'minutes
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forBeckfordat 45'minutes
  • 7HorganSubstituted forRobinsonat 66'minutes
  • 14McGeadyBooked at 72mins
  • 25Hugill

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 8Browne
  • 9Makienok
  • 10Beckford
  • 18Pringle
  • 24Boyle
  • 37Robinson
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
13,894

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Preston North End 0.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tyias Browning.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Aiden McGeady.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Rhys Healey replaces Sol Bamba.

Foul by Tyias Browning (Preston North End).

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

Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

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

Foul by Tyias Browning (Preston North End).

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

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

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Greg Halford replaces Peter Whittingham.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Ben Pearson.

Attempt blocked. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Beckford.

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).

Booking

Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham tries a through ball, but Kenneth Zohore is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Daryl Horgan.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

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

Attempt saved. Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Booking

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Chris Maxwell.

Attempt saved. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew Connolly.

Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sol Bamba.

goal

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