Championship
CardiffCardiff City3BurtonBurton Albion1
By Chris WathanBBC Sport Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium
Kenneth Zohore goal
Kenneth Zohore's opening goal was his eighth of the season

Cardiff City took another step towards automatic promotion as they battled past Championship strugglers Burton Albion to make it eight wins in a row.

Darren Bent cancelled out Kenneth Zohore's opener to worry Cardiff.

But goals from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Callum Paterson secured the victory that matches the best winning run of manager Neil Warnock's career.

Burton remain in the relegation places, while Cardiff head to Sheffield United on Monday seeking a ninth straight win.

If Warnock manages to secure victory at his former club then the Bluebirds will equal a 71-year club record at Bramall Lane.

Not since 1947 have Cardiff won nine league games in a row, yet Warnock will surely be more concerned by the points than the history books.

His team are still chasing down leaders Wolves, who visit Cardiff City Stadium next week.

Burton face a battle of their own as they look to claw their way out of the bottom three and have now lost five of their past six games, though they did offer small signs of hope during this performance.

And while it will not help their relegation worries, they deserved credit for pushing their way back into proceedings after Zohore's 16th-minute opener, the Danish striker making it four in his past six games when he finished at the near post following good work from Junior Hoilett.

Burton refused to roll over though and, with Bruno Manga caught flat-footed by Lloyd Dyer, Bent was teed up for his first goal since his loan move from Derby County.

Yet Cardiff's momentum soon took charge and, after spurning chances to regain their lead earlier, winger Mendez-Laing smashed past a rooted Stephen Bywater following a flick-on from Zohore moments before the break, before Paterson fired home from inside the area.

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock told BBC Sport Wales:

"The players have really done well, we knew it would be hard today because everyone expected us to win and those games are the hardest ones in football.

"With the other games we have to come there won't be that same expectation.

"The referee had a nightmare, because it could have been a lot more comfortable for us.

"We've got eight games to go and we need to do our best and to hang in there. I don't worry too much about records, I am just going to enjoy it and that is what I keep telling the lads. We should be enjoying this."

Burton boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby:

"I feel a bit hard done to with the decisions today. I thought conceding the goal just before half-time - the lad's come back from an offside position, and the third one's a handball and offside. It's difficult to take when you get three decisions go against you like that that lead to two goals.

"The timing of the goal, at the end of the first half, gave them such a huge lift. When you go in 2-1, you feel ten feet tall.

"In the first half, we should have got our noses in front, and at least gone in level at half-time."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 25Etheridge
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 4Morrison
  • 14Bamba
  • 3Bennett
  • 18Paterson
  • 24Grujic
  • 21BrysonBooked at 9minsSubstituted forGunnarssonat 67'minutes
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forWildschutat 85'minutes
  • 10ZohoreSubstituted forMadineat 71'minutes
  • 33Hoilett

Substitutes

  • 2Peltier
  • 13Pilkington
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 28Murphy
  • 29Ward
  • 35Wildschut
  • 44Madine

Burton

  • 1Bywater
  • 2BrayfordSubstituted forEgertat 76'minutes
  • 15NaylorBooked at 37mins
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 47mins
  • 12Flanagan
  • 17Sordell
  • 4Allen
  • 7Murphy
  • 11Dyer
  • 27BoyceSubstituted forDavenportat 69'minutes
  • 9BentSubstituted forSbarraat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Turner
  • 19Davenport
  • 20Samuelsen
  • 23Buxton
  • 24Campbell
  • 26Sbarra
  • 29Egert
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
21,086

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 3, Burton Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 3, Burton Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tomas Egert (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jacob Davenport with a cross following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gary Madine (Cardiff City).

  6. Post update

    Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Cardiff City).

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Gary Madine (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gary Madine (Cardiff City).

  15. Post update

    Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Yanic Wildschut replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

  18. Post update

    Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Gary Madine (Cardiff City).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Joe Sbarra replaces Darren Bent.

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