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Stoke City 2-0 Cardiff City: Allen goal sinks Bluebirds

Danny Ward challenges Jack Butland
Danny Ward has scored six goals this season but was denied another by Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland

Former Swansea midfielder Joe Allen helped Stoke move three points clear of the Championship relegation places with victory over Cardiff.

The Bluebirds gifted Stoke the lead when Callum Paterson headed into his own net from a corner.

Allen scrambled the ball home from close range after Tyrese Campbell's effort was blocked to secure victory.

Cardiff's play-off hopes were dented as they lost for just the third time in the league under boss Neil Harris.

They slip to 10th, a point behind rivals Swansea and six adrift of Preston in the final play-off berth, while victory lifts Stoke up to 19th, level on points with Middlesbrough.

Stoke striker Campbell had declared himself fit after going off with a calf injury in last weekend's 4-2 loss to QPR and he almost opened the scoring within minutes but was denied by a sharp save from Alex Smithies.

There was a good tempo to the Bluebirds' play in the first period and Will Vaulks provided a chance for Danny Ward, but Jack Butland denied him.

Ward was proving a threat and he fired wide from Albert Adomah's cross just beyond the half-hour, but by then Cardiff trailed from the unfortunate own goal.

Vaulks also tested Butland, but the hosts led at the interval and missed two early chances in the second half to double their advantage when Campbell and Nick Powell both curled narrowly wide.

However, Allen settled the nerves of Michael O'Neill's side by pouncing on a loose ball with 18 minutes left to make the game safe.

Stoke are now unbeaten in their last five home matches against Cardiff in all competitions since a 3-0 defeat in September 2005.

Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Three very welcome points. We were disappointed to lose the last two games so it was important to address that and I thought we were well worthy of victory.

"I thought Jordan Cousins had a very good game; the players see what quality he has, I thought he used the ball well and his delivery at set-pieces is very good and it was a great delivery for the goal.

"A clean sheet is a big bonus. At times this season we've conceded and been vulnerable and even when you're ahead that makes you wary."

Cardiff City manager Neil Harris told BBC Sport Wales:

"I was very disappointed in my side today, I felt from the first whistle Stoke looked like a team scrapping for their lives and we didn't match them.

"It pains me to say that. It is not often a Neil Harris team will be second best all over the pitch.

"But today I think you have to give credit to Stoke for the way they played and performed.

"For me as a manager it is very disappointing, I felt the goals we gave away were soft. I have no complaints with the result."

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Butland
  • 14Smith
  • 6Batth
  • 12Chester
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 34ThompsonSubstituted forCollinsat 85'minutes
  • 7Ince
  • 4Allen
  • 22Clucas
  • 25PowellBooked at 78minsSubstituted forCousinsat 81'minutes
  • 26CampbellSubstituted forGregoryat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Vokes
  • 16Davies
  • 19Gregory
  • 20Oakley-Boothe
  • 24Cousins
  • 35Tymon
  • 37Collins

Cardiff

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Smithies
  • 21RichardsBooked at 87minsSubstituted forWhyteat 90+2'minutes
  • 4Morrison
  • 16Nelson
  • 3Bennett
  • 6Vaulks
  • 15Pack
  • 14Adomah
  • 23WardSubstituted forGlatzelat 69'minutes
  • 11MurphySubstituted forHoilettat 66'minutes
  • 13Paterson

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5Flint
  • 7Bacuna
  • 8Ralls
  • 9Glatzel
  • 20Whyte
  • 33Hoilett
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
25,436

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 2, Cardiff City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 2, Cardiff City 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Danny Batth.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Cousins (Stoke City).

  5. Post update

    Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Joe Allen.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Gavin Whyte replaces Jazz Richards.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Cardiff City. Jazz Richards tries a through ball, but David Junior Hoilett is caught offside.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Lee Gregory replaces Tyrese Campbell.

  10. Booking

    Jazz Richards (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Sam Clucas (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jazz Richards (Cardiff City).

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Nathan Collins replaces Jordan Thompson.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Sam Clucas (Stoke City).

  16. Post update

    Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sam Clucas (Stoke City).

  18. Post update

    Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Jordan Cousins replaces Nick Powell.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom341812462362666
2Leeds34188849301962
3Fulham34169948371157
4Brentford341681056292756
5Nottm Forest341511845331256
6Preston341681049381156
7Bristol City34158114849-153
8Blackburn341491150401051
9Swansea34131294442251
10Cardiff34121484847150
11Millwall34121394039149
12Sheff Wed34129134441345
13Derby341112114246-445
14Birmingham34129134552-745
15QPR34127155158-743
16Reading34119144138342
17Hull34118154853-541
18Charlton34109154448-439
19Stoke34114194353-1037
20Middlesbrough34813133444-1037
21Huddersfield3499163955-1636
22Wigan34810163450-1634
23Barnsley34710174158-1731
24Luton3493224069-2930
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