Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison boosts Cardiff's fight against relegation with a crucial 2-0 win against fellow strugglers Brighton at the Amex Stadium, writes Sky Sports
Mendez-Laing opened the scoring with a brilliant curled strike in the 22nd minute to hand the visitors the initiative.
Although Brighton dominated possession for long periods, Morrison extended Cardiff's lead with a header from a free-kick five minutes into the second half against the hosts who lacked an attacking spark.
The result means 18th-placed Cardiff, who have four games to play, now move to within two points of their relegation rivals Brighton.
For Brighton in 17th, their fourth consecutive league loss means cause for concern, but they do have one game in hand over Cardiff.
In the ninth minute there were early claims for a spot-kick. Bruno Manga appeared to drag down Lewis Dunk in the box after a free-kick, but referee Andre Marriner waved away the protests.
Twelve minutes later, with Brighton looking the more likely to take the lead, Cardiff broke the deadlock.
On the counter-attack, Mendez-Laing curled his stunning right-footed strike into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh flashed a shot on goal that was comfortably saved by Neil Etheridge shortly after the restart, but it was Morrison who put Cardiff two up after he snuck in behind Lewis Dunk and met Victor Camarasa's cross to nod in from close range.
Brighton came close to pulling a goal back through Glenn Murray in the 70th minute, but his driven strike rose over the bar.
The 35-year-old striker came close again in injury-time, but his close-range header smashed off the crossbar which meant a rare clean sheet for Cardiff in their revitalised push for Premier League safety.
- Cardiff have completed the league double over Brighton for the first time since the 1998-99 season in the fourth tier; having won the reverse fixture 2-1 in November.
- Cardiff City have won a top-flight away match by more than a single goal for the first time since November 1956 (2-0 at Charlton Athletic).
- Only already relegated Fulham (6) and Huddersfield (4) have won fewer Premier League points in 2019 than Brighton (8).
- Brighton have lost three consecutive home league games for the first time since January 2016 in the Championship - they failed to score a single goal in both these losing runs.
- Cardiff's Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored just his second Premier League goal of the season with the opener, each of his goals have come away from home on a Tuesday night
- Cardiff's Sean Morrison has scored his third Premier League goal, his first for the Bluebirds and his first for 2327 days since scoring for Reading against Manchester United in December 2012.
- Before scoring his goal tonight, Cardiff City's Sean Morrison had the highest Expected Goals (xG) total in the Premier League of all players to not score in the competition in 2018-19 (3.6). He scored with his 27th shot of the season.
Brighton: Ryan, Bruno (C), Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo, Groß (Andone 55) Stephens, Pröpper, Jahanbakhsh
(Izquierdo 69), Murray, March
Subs: Button, Bong, Kayal, Locadia, Burn
Cardiff: Etheridge, Peltier, Morrison (C), Manga, Bennett, Ralls, Gunnarsson (Bacuna 55) Mendez-Laing
(Harris 80), Hoilett, Camarasa, Niasse (Zohore 85)
Subs: Murphy, Murphy, Reid, Healey.
Goals: Mendez-Laing 22, Morrison 50
Yellow Card: Bennett 80