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Cardiff City 2-1 Barnsley

Callum Paterson of Cardiff City
Callum Paterson opened the scoring for Cardiff City just after the half hour mark

Cardiff City resisted a strong revival from lowly Barnsley to cut Wolves' lead at the top of the Championship to three points.

Callum Paterson's rebound and Marko Grujic's fine 20-yard strike gave the hosts a comfortable 2-0 advantage.

But a goal from Oli McBurnie, on loan from Swansea, swung the momentum in Barnsley's favour.

The visitors pressed for an equaliser but Cardiff held on for a fifth straight win.

Barnsley stay 21st in the Championship table, two points above the relegation zone, while second-placed Cardiff continue to breathe down the necks of the division's pace-setters.

It was not long ago that Wolves seemed to be riding off into the sunset, 13 points clear at the summit last month and seemingly destined to win the Championship at a canter.

They remain strong favourites to be crowned champions but, with Cardiff winning their previous four games, the Bluebirds had narrowed the deficit between themselves and the erstwhile runaway leaders to six points before this encounter.

Oliver McBurnie
Oliver McBurnie, on loan from Swansea City, beats Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge

A resolute defence had been the foundation for their eight-match unbeaten run in the Championship, with a clean sheet in each of their four successive victories.

McBurnie's goal, which the Swansea loanee celebrated gleefully after being taunted relentlessly by Cardiff's fans, was the first conceded by the home defence in almost eight hours of football - but it proved academic.

Cardiff started purposefully and, after Kenneth Zohore had a shot blocked, Paterson - who scored the winner against Barnsley in November's reverse fixture - was on hand to fire firmly into the bottom corner.

Zohore had already created chances for Craig Bryson and Kadeem Harris and, although those were spurned, the Bluebirds were 2-0 up early in the second half as Grujic was given time and space outside Barnsley's penalty area to pick his spot and elegantly curl in his first goal for the club since joining on loan from Liverpool.

Neil Warnock
Neil Warnock celebrates Cardiff City's fifth successive league win

The home side appeared in total control but their failure to clear a cross by Andy Yiadom gave McBurnie the opportunity to bring the ball down inside the box and finish smartly for his fourth goal in three games.

That transformed the mood inside Cardiff City Stadium, with the hosts anxious and unable to keep possession as they invited pressure from their increasingly confident opponents.

Barnsley's Bradley Potts saw a low effort well saved by Neil Etheridge, who was then clattered by the onrushing Kieffer Moore, who was booked for his lunge.

Cardiff missed a chance to kill off the game in added time when substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing curled his shot against the post, but it mattered little as Warnock's side dug in for yet another spirited victory which further strengthens their promotion credentials.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock:

"I said the last 20 minutes would define our season because they had their tails up and we were all at sea.

"I have a great bunch of lads. I can't fault the effort. But people can't ever accuse our team of being physical after what we have seen.

"I was more disappointed at some of the things (that were) allowed to happen but it's another three points and we move on. It's a disgrace, how Kieffer Moore has not been sent off for two challenges I do not know. So, I'm extra pleased that we have stood up to that.

"We missed some easy chances that my wife could have put in."

Barnsley boss Jose Morais:

"We were unlucky with the way things went. We had a penalty which wasn't given, we scored a goal and then had other opportunities but we couldn't score again.

"The opponent is second in the league and are a candidate to be in the Premier League next season and if we had started better, I believe we could have got more than we did.

"I am positive and I can be proud of how the players played the game and the attitude they had, especially in the second-half. I have a very positive outlook for the future."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 25Etheridge
  • 16Connolly
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 14Bamba
  • 3Bennett
  • 18PatersonSubstituted forDamourat 62'minutes
  • 24GrujicBooked at 14minsSubstituted forHalfordat 56'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 21Bryson
  • 33Hoilett
  • 10Zohore
  • 11K HarrisSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Feeney
  • 13Pilkington
  • 15Halford
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 20Damour
  • 28Murphy
  • 35Wildschut

Barnsley

  • 13Townsend
  • 17YiadomBooked at 83mins
  • 16Pinnock
  • 6Lindsay
  • 3Fryers
  • 20PottsSubstituted forBradshawat 87'minutes
  • 4Williams
  • 22GardnerBooked at 14minsSubstituted forKnasmüllnerat 45'minutes
  • 26ThiamSubstituted forHedgesat 75'minutes
  • 19MooreBooked at 85mins
  • 15McBurnie

Substitutes

  • 1Davies
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 12Cavare
  • 21Mahoney
  • 24Pearson
  • 33Knasmüllner
  • 34Hedges
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
16,176

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home11
Away19
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Barnsley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Barnsley 1.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Barnsley).

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

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Hedges with a cross.

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Barnsley).

Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Greg Halford (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Oliver McBurnie (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).

Christoph Knasmüllner (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Bryson (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Tom Bradshaw replaces Brad Potts because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Kieffer Moore (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Neil Etheridge (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Barnsley).

Neil Etheridge (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Brad Potts (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieffer Moore.

Booking

Andy Yiadom (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Barnsley).

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

Booking

Greg Halford (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Joe Williams (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Loïc Damour (Cardiff City).

Joe Williams (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Loïc Damour (Cardiff City).

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Barnsley).

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ezekiel Fryers (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Loïc Damour (Cardiff City).

Attempt blocked. Christoph Knasmüllner (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ethan Pinnock.

Ryan Hedges (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ryan Hedges replaces Mamadou Thiam.

Offside, Cardiff City. Craig Bryson tries a through ball, but Greg Halford is caught offside.

Foul by Ethan Pinnock (Barnsley).

goal

As It Stood

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1Wolves34227559283173
2Cardiff35217752282470
3Aston Villa35199756322466
4Fulham361811762382465
5Derby361613755342161
6Middlesbrough361771250341658
7Bristol City361512953421157
8Preston361415745351057
9Sheff Utd35174144943655
10Brentford3514111052411153
11Millwall361313104337652
12Ipswich35156144744351
13Leeds35147144746149
14Norwich351212113437-348
15Nottm Forest36135184354-1144
16QPR351010153952-1340
17Sheff Wed36813153850-1237
18Reading35811164049-935
19Bolton36811173155-2435
20Hull35712164653-733
21Barnsley35711173550-1532
22Birmingham3686222354-3130
23Burton3578202662-3629
24Sunderland36513183865-2728
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