Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2: Bostwick and Gayle seal hard-fought win at Bluebirds' fortress
17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012
17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012
Table-topping Cardiff had their perfect record in home npower Championship matches ruined by struggling Peterborough today.
The Bluebirds had won all 10 league matches at the Cardiff City Stadium this season but were stunned by a Posh side who had failed to win in eight.
Michael Bostwick put the struggling visitors ahead after 22 minutes with a superb long-range effort and on-loan Dagenham striker Dwight Gayle netted the second two minutes after the interval.
In it goes: Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal
Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton (Gunnarsson 51), Turner, Connolly, Taylor, Whittingham, Cowie (Mutch 53), Conway (Gestede 64), Noone, Helguson, Bellamy.
Subs Not Used: Lewis, Kim, Mason, Lappin.
Booked: Connolly, Helguson, Cowie, Turner.
Goal: Gestede 89.
Peterborough: Olejnik, Zakuani, Bostwick, Knight-Percival (Alcock 68), Tomlin, Rowe (Brisley 83), Newell (Ferdinand 82), Little, Thorne, Boyd, Gayle.
Subs Not Used: Day, Swanson, McCann, Gordon-Hutton.
Booked: Bostwick, Knight-Percival, Zakuani, Tomlin.
Goals: Bostwick 22,Gayle 47.
Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).
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Rudy Gestede's late goal ensured a nervy finish for Darren Ferguson's team, but they held on for three crucial points.
The result saw Cardiff's lead at the
summit reduced to two points, while Peterborough climbed off the bottom
ahead of Sheffield Wednesday's visit to Barnsley.
The hosts thought they had taken the
lead after just four minutes when Heidar Helguson headed home from Craig
Bellamy's free-kick, but it was ruled out for offside.
Peterborough began to grow into the
game after a nervy start and Tommy Rowe's industry down the left wing
created a chance for George Boyd, but his left-footed strike was well
held by David Marshall.
They went even closer to breaking the
deadlock moments later as Ben Turner was forced to acrobatically clear
Boyd's deflected effort off the line.
Cardiff failed to heed the warnings and fell behind midway through the half.
Posh capitalised on the dubious award of a free-kick, Boyd rolling it to Bostwick, who rifled in from 20 yards.
Bellamy attempted to muster an
immediate response but after expertly controlling a loose ball on the
edge of the box, he pulled his effort just wide.
The Welshman threatened again soon
after, latching onto Craig Conway's superb pass before cutting the ball
back for Craig Noone, who could only find the gloves of Robert Olejnik
with his shot.
But having failed to make the most of
their dominance in the latter stages of the first half, the hosts fell
behind early in the second.
Lee Tomlin fed Gayle and he raced
through, slotting coolly past Marshall to make it four goals in three
matches and the first time this season Cardiff have conceded more than
one goal in their own backyard.
Gayle was afforded space to try and double his tally after 63 minutes but his low powerful shot was tipped wide by Marshall.
A clearly out-of-sorts Cardiff outfit
struggled to mount any meaningful response, though Helguson perhaps
should have done better with Bellamy's cross, fluffing wide when well
The Icelandic striker then outmuscled
Gabriel Zakuani to carve out a shooting opportunity, only to hook just
wide from inside the box.
Gayle should have put the game beyond
doubt but somehow contrived to fire straight at Marshall from four
yards, and Cardiff ensured a tense finish for the visitors when Gestede
turned in Turner's flick on.
But, despite six minutes of stoppage time, there was to be no sting in the tail.