Cardiff 2-1 Bristol City- Match Report
Report of match 16th February 2013
Cardiff striker Fraizer Campbell marked his home debut with two goals as the npower Championship leaders moved 11 points clear at the top, albeit for a few hours.
The home side's first-half dominance was rewarded in added time when the January acquisition from Sunderland clipped Tommy Smith's clever through ball past former Bluebird Tom Heaton.
And 12 minutes into the second half the full debutant scored his third for the club, more than he managed in the whole of last season for Sunderland, after a mammoth long throw from Aron Gunnarsson.
A bizarre own goal from Ben Nugent reduced the deficit in added time but it was too little too late for the struggling Robins.
Craig Noone, back in the Cardiff side for the first time in a month, was the architect of the first chance, but Mark Hudson looked surprised to see his cross fall into his path and could only tap it into the arms of Heaton.
Five minutes later it was Noone's turn to threaten but Heaton kept out his driven left-footed effort at his near post.
Bristol City, backed by 2,200 vocal travelling fans, had a chance of their own in the 18th minute when Steven Davies' clipped cross found Jon Stead and his volley flew over the crossbar.
But that chance was a rare respite for for the visitors as Cardiff, who had failed to score more than once in a match since Boxing Day, continued to threaten down the flanks.
After Heaton did well to smother Craig Bellamy's low cross the keeper was just a spectator as Bellamy fired in a thumping 30-yard free-kick that clipped the bar.
Heaton then received the congratulations of his team-mates for a fine stop to push away a Campbell drive.
On his return to the Cardiff City Stadium Heaton was certainly being kept busy. Seven minutes before the break he had to race out of his goal to nod Noone's lofted pass out of the path of Bellamy before showing good hands to hold Peter Whittingham's effort.
And just when it looked like Sean O'Driscoll's organised Robins would make it to the break level Campbell struck. Tommy Smith's threaded pass found him inside the box and he made no mistake with a right-footed finish across goal.
Campbell was then right at the heart of the first talking point of the second half, claiming a handball by Liam Fontaine after the pair stretched to reach a Noone cross.
David Marshall had been a virtual spectator during the opening 52 minutes but he did have a worried glance over his shoulder when Liam Kelly's ambitious volley from 35 yards dropped onto the roof of his net.
Five minutes later Campbell, who scored just twice in 18 games for the Black Cats last season, grabbed his second, sending Heaton the wrong way after Gunnarsson hurled the ball into his path.
The visitors, yet to win a point on the road since O'Driscoll's appointment, then tested Marshall for the first time with 15 minutes left but the Scotland keeper pushed away Davies' fierce effort.
They did grab a consolation in added time when, under no pressure, Nugent nodded the ball past his own keeper but this is a fixture that seems increasingly unlikely to take place in next season's npower Championship.
|Competition: npower Championship Kick Off: 13:00 Venue: Cardiff City Stadium Attendance: 25,586|
Campbell 45+1, 58
|2 - 1||Bristol City
Nugent 90+2 (og)
|90+5||Short corner taken by Heidar Helguson from the right by-line.|
|90+4||Short corner worked by Craig Bellamy.|
|90+2||Own goal by Ben Nugent. Cardiff 2-1 Bristol City.Assist by Brian Howard.|
|90+2||Foul by Peter Whittingham on Albert Adomah, free kick awarded. Neil Kilkenny takes the direct free kick.|
|90+1||Short corner taken by Brian Howard from the right by-line.|
|90+1||Neil Kilkenny takes a shot. Blocked by Heidar Helguson.|
|89||Albert Adomah challenges Bo-Kyung Kim unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.|
|86||Steven Davies takes a shot. Comfortable save by David Marshall.|
|86||Jon Stead takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Hudson.|
|85||Corner from right by-line taken by Peter Whittingham.|
|84||Don Cowie takes a shot. Marvin Elliott gets a block in.|
|83||Marvin Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Bo-Kyung Kim comes on in place of Craig Noone. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.|
|80||Brian Howard produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|79||Brian Howard is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Pearson. Liam Kelly leaves the field to be replaced by Neil Kilkenny.|
|76||Corner taken right-footed by Albert Adomah from the left by-line, Liam Kelly takes a shot. Blocked by Heidar Helguson.|
|75||Steven Davies takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.|
|75||The referee gives a free kick against Heidar Helguson for handball. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.|
|73||Jon Stead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Taylor. Shot on goal comes in from Craig Bellamy from the free kick, save by Tom Heaton.|
|72||Foul by Liam Kelly on Craig Noone, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.|
|71||Fraizer Campbell leaves the field to be replaced by Heidar Helguson.|
|71||Mark Hudson concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Pearson. Stephen Pearson takes the direct free kick.|
|68||Short corner taken by Stephen Pearson from the right by-line.|
|66||Stephen Pearson takes a shot. Blocked by Andrew Taylor.|
|63||Don Cowie on for Tommy Smith. Albert Adomah joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Anderson.|
|57||Fraizer Campbell finds the back of the net with a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Cardiff 2-0 Bristol City.The assist for the goal came from Aron Gunnarsson.|
|55||Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davies on Ben Nugent. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.|
|54||Steven Davies is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by David Marshall.|
|53||Matthew Connolly is ruled offside. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.|
|53||Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line.|
|52||The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tom Heaton.|
|51||Effort from just outside the box by Liam Kelly goes over the bar.|
|47||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fraizer Campbell by Liam Fontaine. Booking for Liam Fontaine. Strike on goal comes in from Peter Whittingham from the free kick, Tom Heaton makes a save.|
|45+1||Fraizer Campbell fires in a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-0 Bristol City.Tommy Smith provided the assist for the goal.|
|40||Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davies on Ben Nugent. Free kick taken by Mark Hudson.|
|40||Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Tom Heaton makes a save.|
|39||Marvin Elliott challenges Craig Noone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.|
|36||Aron Gunnarsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Kelly. Stephen Pearson takes the free kick.|
|36||Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Craig Noone goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|35||Tommy Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Foster. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.|
|32||Craig Noone concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Anderson. Direct free kick taken by Tom Heaton.|
|28||Effort on goal by Ben Nugent from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.|
|28||Fraizer Campbell takes a shot. Tom Heaton makes a save.|
|26||Fraizer Campbell fouled by Marvin Elliott, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Peter Whittingham from the free kick, Tom Heaton makes a save.|
|24||Corner taken by Craig Bellamy played to the near post, clearance made by Liam Fontaine.|
|24||Craig Noone takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Foster.|
|22||Unfair challenge on Marvin Elliott by Aron Gunnarsson results in a free kick. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.|
|21||Short corner taken by Peter Whittingham.|
|20||Liam Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Noone. Strike on goal comes in from Craig Bellamy from the free kick, save by Tom Heaton.|
|19||Craig Bellamy delivers the ball, save made by Tom Heaton.|
|17||Shot by Jon Stead from just outside the area goes over the net.|
|15||Craig Noone takes a shot. Save made by Tom Heaton.|
|13||Foul by Steven Davies on Mark Hudson, free kick awarded. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.|
|12||Corner taken by Peter Whittingham.|
|6||Stephen Pearson concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Noone. Peter Whittingham takes the direct free kick.|
|1||Corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Paul Anderson.|