Super Sol Bamba scores late winner as City beat 10 man Brighton.
Sol Bamba's dramatic 90th-minute strike gave Cardiff a vital 2-1 win over 10-man Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, writes Sky Sports.
After Bamba himself and Calum Paterson had both hit the woodwork in a goalmouth scramble, the defender slammed the second rebound into the roof of the net to hand Cardiff a valuable three points.
Lewis Dunk's header had earlier put Brighton ahead (6), Paterson replied for Cardiff with another close-range header (28), before Brighton were reduced to 10 men as Dale Stephens saw red for a rash challenge on Greg Cunningham (33).
The hosts had more of the possession but could not break Brighton down until the last-minute melee, and the win means Cardiff move out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Brighton took an early lead through Dunk's header, turning home at the far post from close range after losing Cardiff defender Sol Bamba from Solly March's dangerous free-kick.
But the hosts were level with a header of their own through Paterson, nodding into the net from three yards after Kadeem Harris, making his first Premier League start, caused issues for Brighton down the right flank as his deflected cross looped into the striker's path.
And Brighton's task was made harder after Martin Atkinson dismissed Stephens, who had raised his studs in a challenge with Cunningham on the halfway line.
Harris impressed throughout, and hit the bar with a 25-yard left-footed curler in the second half, and though Cardiff pressured throughout the second period, the next best chance fell to Brighton.
Cutting inside from the left, Jose Izquierdo's fierce effort moved in the air and forced Neil Etheridge to awkwardly tip over the bar.
Then came the melee which won it for Cardiff. First, Bamba's overhead kick bounced off the post, then Paterson's rebounded strike was superbly deflected onto the bar by Dunk, only for Bamba to react and turn into the net from six yards through the crowd.
- This is the second time a Neil Warnock side have won in the 90th minute of a Premier League game and the first time since September 2006 (Phil Jagielka for Sheff Utd vs Middlesbrough).
- Brighton have won just one of their last 20 Premier League matches away from home (D5 L14), with that victory coming against Newcastle last month.
- Cardiff have conceded the first goal of the game on more occasions than any other team in the Premier League this season (9).
- 11 of Lewis Dunk's 13 league goals for Brighton have been headers.
Cardiff City: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Cunningham, Gunnarsson, Ralls (Decordova-Reid 76’), Camarasa, Harris, Murphy (Hoilett 72’), Paterson. Subs not used: Smithies, Peltier, Bennett, Damour, Ward.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Kayal, Stephens, Knockaert, March (Bissouma 39’), Izquierdo, Murray (Andone 63’). Subs not used: Steele, Bruno, Balogun, Bernardo, Gyökeres.
Referee: Martin Atkinson