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Summary

  1. Cardiff City book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup
  2. Joe Ralls strike deflected home, second goal by Kadeem Harris and third from Kenwyne Jones
  3. Freddie Sears pulls one back for Colchester
  4. Record low attendance of 4,194 for football at the Cardiff City Stadium

Live Reporting

By Rob Westall and Bruce Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye for now

    Goodnight (or Nos Da) from the BBC Sport Wales team.

    So a good start to 2015 for Cardiff City who are safely through to the next round of the FA Cup with their first win since the triumph at Watford in November.

    The Welsh club will surely hope more fans than the 4,194 who came to tonight's 3-1 victory against Colchester turn out for the Championship clash against Fulham on Saturday 10 January.

    A reminder that you can watch the FA Cup fourth round draw live on BBC One on Monday 5 January at 1935 GMT.

  2. Colchester manager Tony Humes

    "Naturally disappointed with the result but overall the performance was pleasing... we conceded some poor goals but the confidence is still there and the players showed they're good footballers."

  3. Recruits on the way

    Cardiff boss Russell Slade eager for transfer window to open tomorrow

    "The win may or may not lift the pressure but I've not had a transfer window yet... I've now got the chance to bring players in that I want that will hopefully get us up the table."

  4. Satisfied Slade

    Cardiff City boss hopes win is start of better things

    "Sometimes, especially when you're having a bit of a dodgy times as we are now, you can get a bit of momentum from a win in the FA Cup... And we're into the next round."

  5. A Turner point

    Clive Potter of Southend texts us on 81012

    "How did Turner finish the game - two cynical take outs and the useless laughing boy of a ref does nothing. Colchester can't defend or they would be through as they were definitely the best team - boy Cardiff are poor!"

  6. Post update

    Jay Bothroyd on BBC Two Wales

    Former Cardiff City striker

    Cardiff need to score more in open play because you can't just rely on set pieces. Look at Freddie Sears, you can see why he's at West Ham.

  7. Still work to be done

    Cardiff defender Ben Turner on BBC Wales

    "We need to get a platform to go again because we haven't been good enough in recent weeks... we haven't hit the heights and there's a lot of hard work to get there. But a win's a win."

  8. Post update

    Nathan Blake

    Former Wales striker

    Cardiff do need to improve their possession and pressing the ball higher up the pitch, but I do feel they can gain some momentum from this win. That was a banana skin and Colchester had nothing to lose.

  9. Next up for the Bluebirds?

    So who will Cardiff City face in the FA Cup fourth round?

    You can watch the draw live on BBC One on Monday 5 January at 1935 GMT.

  10. Harris gets Hereford hooray

    Fred Evans of Hereford texts us on 81012

    "Cardiff's 2nd goal superb skill!"

    Glad you liked it Fred, enjoy watching it to your heart's content on the highlights!

  11. FULL-TIME

    Cardiff City 3-1 Colchester United

    Championship side Cardiff see off the challenge from League One strugglers Colchester to become the first team to book their place in the FA Cup fourth round.

  12. MAN OF THE MATCH

    Cardiff City's Joe Ralls

    Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe gives the award to Cardiff's young midfielder.

  13. Low crowd confirmed

    The official attendance tonight is 4,194 - beating the previous lowest of 5,545 for a football match at Cardiff City Stadium by some distance.

  14. INJURY TIME

    Four minutes to go according to the fourth official.

  15. See Sears' sizzling shot

    Colchester's goal is now in the highlights tab. Will we get any more for you before the full-time whistle?

  16. CLOSE!

    Dion Sembie-Ferris causes havoc inside the Cardiff box with goalkeeper Simon Moore blocking his close range effort.

    The ball pings around the Cardiff box and is eventually cleared for a Colchester corner.

  17. PENALTY APPEAL

    Half-hearted appeals by the Colchester players as Ben Turner makes a last-ditch challenge on Dion Sembie-Ferris.

  18. Post update

    Nathan Blake

    Former Wales striker

    The criticism of Fabio is often that his defending is poor, but he's come on into midfield so maybe Russell Slade is thinking of playing him there in future for Cardiff.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Both sides make changes, Colchester's Dion Sembie-Ferris on for Elliott Hewitt and Fabio Da Silva replaces Cardiff winger Craig Noone.

  20. Post update

    Nathan Blake

    Former Wales striker

    What you often find with players at the lower division clubs is that their decision making is poor, that's what makes the difference between playing at a higher level.

  21. Shot blocked

    Freddie Sears is really having a go.

    He runs into the Cardiff box out wide and fires in another shot, but it is blocked by the Bluebirds defence.

    Cardiff looking nervous all of a sudden.

  22. CLOSE!

    The lively Freddie Sears runs at the Cardiff defence and sees his shot deflected narrowly over the crossbar.

  23. Post update

    Nathan Blake

    Former Wales striker

    Disappointing from Cardiff's point of view as it's another game without a clean sheet, but credit to Freddie Sears who took his goal well for Colchester. Cardiff need to keep clear heads now.

  24. Kenwyne's killer touch

    And, as promised, Cardiff's third goal courtesy of Kenwyne Jones' deft header is now in the highlights tab. Some frantic work going on to edit Sears' goal.

    Kenwyne Jones heads in minutes after coming on
  25. GOAL

    Cardiff City 3-1 Colchester United (73 mins) - Freddie Sears

    Former West Ham striker Freddie Sears fires a low shot past Simon Moore to pull a goal back for Colchester.

    Surely no more than a consolation for the U's?

    Freddie Sears celebrates Colchester United goal
  26. Post update

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport

    Although it looks like a record low crowd for the Cardiff City Stadium, Kadeem Harris and Kenwyne Jones' goals have made for an atmosphere of contentment among the home fans who can now start looking forward to the fourth round draw.

    The sense of apprehension which hung in the air earlier this evening has been lifted with Cardiff's two goals in the second half.

  27. More goal highlights

    Kadeem Harris' second for Cardiff ready in the highlights tab for you all, working on Kenwyne Jones' third as fast as the video editor can turn it around!

  28. SUBSTITUTION

    That's the last action for Peter Whittingham who is replaced by Adam Le Fondre.

    A good night's work for the Cardiff midfielder, hitting the woodwork and involved in City's second and third goals.

    Peter Whittingham strikes at goal
  29. CLOSE!

    Tom Adeyemi fails to connect with Peter Whittingham's cross inside the six-yard box with the goal at his mercy

  30. GREAT SAVE!

    Craig Noone runs at pace at the Colchester defence and unleashes a powerful low shot from the edge of the area, but keeper Sam Walker dives down low to his left to keep out the winger's effort.

  31. Is three goals enough?

    Phillip tweets us using #bbcfacup

    "Touch wood, looking good for City. Kenwyne a big player for City this season. Good to see him break into a trot!"

  32. YELLOW CARD

    Sanchez Watt also makes an immediate impact seconds after coming onto the pitch, but not the one his side wanted, as he is booked for a late challenge on Cardiff's John Brayford.

  33. Post update

    Nathan Blake on BBC Radio Wales

    Former Wales striker

    When you've got someone of the ability of Peter Whittingham on the ball you don't need to be running channels, you've just got to get in there. It's times like this you want to see Cardiff put their foot on the floor and put Colchester to the sword.

  34. SUBSTITUTION

    Colchester United's Sanchez Watt replaces Gavin Massey.

  35. GOAL

    Cardiff City 3-0 Colchester United (59 mins) - Kenwyne Jones

    Kenwyne Jones

    Just seconds after coming onto the pitch Kenwyne Jones heads in a Peter Whittingham corner to surely seal Cardiff's place in the fourth round.

    It is the striker's 10th goal of the season.

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  37. SUBSTITUTION

    Kenwyne Jones replaces Federico Macheda for Cardiff.

  38. Header wide

    Tom Adeyemi heads John Brayford's cross, wide of the Colchester goal from the centre of the box.

  39. GOAL

    Cardiff City 2-0 Colchester United (52 mins) - Kadeem Harris

    Cardiff City winger Kadeem Harris doubles his side's lead with an overhead kick.

    The winger was first to react to Ben Turner's header in the centre of the Colchester box, following Peter Whittingham's corner.

  40. Watch the first goal

    See Joe Ralls and his pin-ball shooting

    If you click on the highlights tab now at the top of this page you can relive Cardiff's opener, happy watching!

    Do come back to the live text after though...

    Joe Ralls shoots for goal
  41. YELLOW CARD

    Ben Turner brings down Colchester's on loan Welsh under-21 defender Elliott Hewitt on the corner of the Cardiff area.

  42. Cardiff fan seeing red

    Rob Woodruff tweets us using 81012

    "Great to see true blue Cardiff fans boycotting this evening! Tan out!"

    Some Cardiff City fans protest against owner Vincent Tan during tonight's FA Cup third-round match
    Image caption: Some Cardiff City fans protest against owner Vincent Tan during tonight's FA Cup third-round match

    The debate over Cardiff City's kit rebranding under owner Vincent Tan rumbles on, with tonight's low attendance perhaps reflecting dissatisfaction voiced by some Bluebirds fans.

  43. RE-START

    Cardiff get the second half underway.

  44. Teams are out

    The Colchester players are first out for the second half.

    Can the Bluebirds hold on for a place in the fourth round or can League One strugglers Colchester come back to cause an upset?

  45. A wide Rangers debate?

    Jim Harris tweets us using #bbcfacup

    "Think Cardiff will win based on the scientific theory that they have slightly more ex-QPR players than Colchester. Reasonable?"

  46. Post update

    Jay Bothroyd on BBC Two Wales

    Former Cardiff City striker

    Bothroyd believes Joe Ralls should be credited with Cardiff's goal: "There's no way for me it's an own goal. If that was me I'd be claiming it all day."

  47. Post update

    Nathan Blake

    Former Wales striker

    Colchester have played well in five or 10 minute spells, but I think this is a good chance for Cardiff to put into practice some moves that will help their league campaign.

  48. Colchester the brave?

    U's boss Tony Humes tells BBC Two Wales:

    "I think we've done okay. We could still be a bit braver. We have tried to play out, but it's broken down a couple of times."

  49. HALF-TIME

    Cardiff City 1-0 Colchester United

    A nervous start by Cardiff City who seemed to settle after Joe Ralls' strike which culminated in a goal for Cardiff thanks to a double-deflection by Colchester.

    But League One strugglers Colchester are far from out of this and have looked lively going forward.

  50. Post update

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport

    "Joe Ralls' double-deflected strike might not make the BBC's list of the 50 greatest FA Cup goals, but it has certainly lifted spirits at the Cardiff City Stadium.

    "Collecting the ball after Peter Whittingham's corner was only half-cleared, Ralls let fly from 20 yards and the ball appeared to hit Kaspars Gorkss and Cole Kpekawa before bouncing almost apologetically into the net."

  51. Plenty of elbow room

    Ed Dawes tweets us using #bbcfacup

    "What a terribly poor crowd at Cardiff for an FA Cup 3rd round tie."

    Luke told us earlier he's also feeling a bit lonely at the game tonight so maybe you two could sit together, for warmth if nothing else!

    Lone fan at Cardiff City Stadium
    Image caption: A young fan surveys the pitch at the start of the match at Cardiff City Stadium
  52. GREAT SAVE!

    Cardiff goalkeeper Simon Moore parries Gavin Massey's shot away following a Colchester counter attack.

    The U's best chance so far. End to end stuff.

  53. GREAT SAVE!

    Cardiff's Tom Adeyemi hits a low shot from the edge of the area but Sam Walker gets down low to palm the ball away.

  54. GOAL

    Cardiff City 1-0 Colchester United (32 mins) - Joe Ralls

    Joe Ralls scores for Cardiff

    Joe Ralls' shot from outside the box is deflected off two Colchester defenders before entering the net.

    Colchester's Cole Kpekawa was the last player the ball hit before going in, but Ralls' shot seemed to be heading towards goal before the deflections.

    One for the officials to decide!

  55. HITS THE WOODWORK

    A nice run by Declan John, who made his way from the touchline to the edge area, before seeing his shot deflected behind by Sean Clohessy.

    Peter Whittingham's corner hits the angle of the crossbar and post and the Colchester defence clear the ball away to safety.

  56. Goal service

    We'll add video clips of goals into the live text tonight for you to see asap. Of course we need the ball to hit the back of the onion bag first...

  57. Post update

    Kevin Ratcliffe

    Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit on Match of the Day Wales

    Kaspars Gorkss

    Kaspars Gorkss is the Colchester danger man isn't he? Coming up for set-pieces.

  58. FOUL

    Strong challenge on Cardiff City midfielder Kadeem Harris by Gavin Massey.

    The Colchester player seemed to catch the Cardiff winger above his ankle.

    Massey gets away with a lecture from referee James Linington.

  59. Plenty of space at the game

    Luke tweets us using #bbcfacup

    "You could train astronauts at Ninian Park tonight, absolutely no atmosphere"

    We should just point out the game is across the road at Cardiff City Stadium tonight Luke, but we know what you mean!

  60. CLOSE!

    Freddie Sears

    Colchester's Freddie Sears finds space on the edge of the Cardiff box, but his shot is blocked by Ben Turner.

    Kaspars Gorkss heads the corner narrowly wide.

  61. Post update

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport

    Colchester's travelling supporters seem to be enjoying mocking their counterparts, asking the home crowd, "Is this a library?"

    Cardiff's fans have had little to cheer so far, though there was a brief moment of excitement when Joe Ralls' well-struck shot was palmed away by Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker.

  62. Cardiff poor passing

    Despite Joe Ralls' shot, Cardiff are struggling to settle and string together many passes.

    They have lost possession far too easily to a determined Colchester in the opening quarter.

  63. GREAT SAVE!

    Colchester's Sam Walker keeps out Joe Ralls' long-range effort.

    The Cardiff midfielder struck a powerful low shot from outside the area, but Walker dived to his right to parry it away to safety.

  64. Post update

    Nathan Blake

    Former Wales striker

    Cardiff need to adopt some hard running early in this game to make it easier for themselves later.

  65. Free-kick

    Cardiff goalkeeper Simon Moore saves Freddie Sears' direct free-kick.

    The former West Ham striker and U's top scorer hit his shot towards the corner, but Moore was equal to it.

  66. Shot blocked

    Tom Adeyemi has an effort blocked by a Colchester defender and U's keeper Sam Walker safely gathers the ball.

  67. Cardiff are Gunner do it!

    JB Fofana tweets us using #bbcfacup

    "I am an Arsenal fan and I'm going in for Cardiff City to win by 2 goals to nil."

  68. Post update

    Nathan Blake

    Former Wales striker

    Cardiff have gone to one down the middle, two out wide, Peter Whittingham sitting in the hole... a lot of people have been calling for this formation.

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  70. CORNER

    Crowd

    Colchester win the first corner of the game after three minutes after a scrappy opening.

    Cardiff clear the danger. A bright start by the League One visitors.

  71. Post update

    Iwan Roberts

    Former Wales striker

    Colchester's main man is Freddie Sears… but I don't think he's scored in his last nine or 10 games so he's not been in good form.

  72. KICK-OFF

    Colchester get things underway

  73. Post update

    Nathan Blake

    Former Wales striker

    Over the last four or five games it's become very obvious that Cardiff are struggling in defence - they haven't kept a clean sheet for four matches.

  74. Teams are out

    Both sides are out just minutes away from kick-off.

    Can Colchester cause an upset?

  75. Change is a good thing

    Cardiff boss Russell Slade on making six changes

    "It gives an opportunity for one or two to step up but we want to win a football match."

  76. Some light relief?

    Howard texts us on 81012

    "Hopefully a good game for the neutral (which I am - Newcastle fan living in Cardiff originally from Yorkshire) as both teams look like they could do with a good run of form. Only here as I was passing by and saw the floodlights were on... You got to love the FA Cup."

  77. Post update

    Nathan Blake

    Former Wales striker

    It's a very strong Cardiff team and a very strong bench. I expect a comfortable win tonight.

  78. Big Spender for Slade?

    And in terms of volume, class and the hope of bringing in new players to boost Cardiff's Championship campaign, manager Russell Slade might opt for Dame Shirley Bassey.

    Perhaps a rendition of Hey Big Spender could aid Slade's bid for owner Vincent Tan to relax the purse strings for some new players in the January transfer window.

    Dame Shirley Bassey
  79. Blur versus...Bassey?

    With so many empty seats at the Cardiff City Stadium tonight, both sets of fans could maybe think of home for some musical inspiration to rouse their team.

    Colchester could call upon Britpop band Blur, who hail from the Essex town.

    Blur's Damon Albarn and Graham Coxton
  80. Friday night's alright for football!

    Jack Cossens tweets us using #bbcfacup

    "Cardiff vs Colchester! Two strugglers facing off... best way to spend Friday night! 1-1 draw."

  81. Post update

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport

    Striking performance: Ex-Bluebirds Jay Bothroyd and Nathan Blake with BBC Radio Wales commentator Simon Davies
    Image caption: Striking performance: Ex-Bluebirds Jay Bothroyd and Nathan Blake with BBC Radio Wales commentator Simon Davies

    Although Cardiff's five-match winless run and the empty seats may not fill Bluebirds fans with hope, they might at least be heartened by the return of former striker Jay Bothroyd.

    Bothroyd, who played for Cardiff between 2008 and 2011, will be in the studio as a pundit for BBC 2 Wales' coverage of tonight's match.

    A real fans' favourite during his time at Cardiff, the one-cap England forward is now playing for Muangthong United in Thailand.

  82. Record low

    With only around 3,500 tickets sold tonight, Cardiff could be on course for their lowest home crowd since they moved from Ninian Park to the Cardiff City Stadium in 2009.

    Their lowest gate recorded to date was 5,545 for the Bluebirds' League Cup second round victory over Dagenham and Redbridge in August of that year.

  83. Post update

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport

    The magic of the cup does not seem to have gripped the Cardiff City Stadium yet.

    Only around 3,500 tickets have been sold for tonight's game, and only a handful of fans have started taking their seats here.

    It's making for a subdued atmosphere so far, though Cardiff manager Russell Slade will probably prefer that to the vitriol he encountered here on Sunday.

    Some Cardiff fans called for his sacking during the 4-2 defeat to Watford, and there is a sense of discontent at the club at the moment.

    Slade and his players could certainly do without a cup upset tonight.

  84. The Leeds United connection

    Leeds United have been the victims in two of the most famous upsets caused by both Cardiff City and Colchester United in the FA Cup.

    In February 1971, Ray Crawford scored the first goal for Fourth Division Colchester on their way to a 3-2 win over Division One leaders Leeds in the fifth round at Layer Road.

    Colchester United's Ray Crawford raising his arm in jubilation after scoring his team's first goal against Leeds United in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Layer Road in 1971.

    Leeds were also on top of the English league system when they were knocked out by a late Scott Young goal, going down 2-1 in the third round against Cardiff at Ninian Park in January 2002.

    Young, now the Cardiff assistant boss, will be hoping his side are not the victims of a giant killing tonight.

    Scott Young celebrates Cardiff City's late winner against Leeds United in the FA Cup third round in January 2002
  85. Post update

    Nathan Blake

    Former Wales striker

    It's been two steps forward and two steps back, we've not gone anywhere. Russell Slade started well with five home wins but there were also five defeats away and we didn't go anywhere in the table.

  86. Colchester's path to the third round

    The benefit of being in the Championship for Cardiff means that they enter the FA Cup at the third round stage, whereas their visitors from Essex had to negotiate their way through rounds one and two.

    Colchester eased past a potential upset against non-league Conference South side Gosport Borough, with an emphatic 6-3 away win in the first round.

    In round two, U's goalkeeper Sam Walker saved a penalty, before George Moncur scored a dramatic last minute winner at home against fellow League One side Peterborough to set up tonight's tie.

  87. Colchester fan from afar

    Matt from Charlestown texts us on 81012

    "Got the live stream to BBC Wales set up to watch the The U's win 3-0 in Fife!"

  88. Last meeting

    Colchester last played Cardiff in the Welsh capital in December 2007 in the Championship.

    Midfielder Peter Whittingham scored for the Bluebirds that day in a 4-1 win for the Bluebirds at Ninian Park in front of 11,006.

    Whittingham is the only surviving member from the Cardiff team that day to feature tonight.

    Cardiff City's Peter Whittingham
  89. Get involved

    Tweet using #bbcfacup, text 81012

    We're moving swiftly towards the 19:45 GMT kick-off. Who do you think will win tonight between Cardiff City and Colchester United? Let us know where you are for the match and what you're doing.

  90. TEAM NEWS

    Cardiff City v Colchester United (19:45 GMT)

    Colchester meanwhile, make only one change from their goalless draw at Crawley, with Cole Kpekawa replacing left-back Ben Gordon.

    Colchester XI: Walker, Clohessy, Gorkss, Eastman, Kpekawa, Fox, Moncur, Szmodics, Hewitt, Sears, Massey.

  91. TEAM NEWS

    Cardiff City v Colchester United (19:45 GMT)

    Cardiff manager Russell Slade makes six changes to the team which lost 4-2 to Watford on Sunday, with Declan John, Peter Whittingham, Tom Adeyemi, Jon Brayford and Craig Noone the only survivors from that dismal display against the Hornets.

    Cardiff XI: Moore, Brayford, Turner, Connolly, John, Whittingham, Adeyemi, Ralls, Harris, Noone, Macheda.

    Subs: Wilson, Fabio, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Kim, Le Fondre, Jones.

  92. New Year, fresh start

    Good Evening and happy new year! Welcome to the first FA Cup third round tie of the weekend.

    Championship club Cardiff City are looking to avoid an embarrassing defeat at home to League One strugglers Colchester United.

    New Year's resolutions for both sides are to pick up their league form.

    Colchester have won just once in their last four matches, whilst the Bluebirds have not tasted victory since the 1-0 away win at Watford on 29 November.

    But less than 48 hours into 2015 and to put a positive spin on things, both sides are unbeaten this year!