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Wolves 1 Cardiff 2 – match report: Fraizer Campbell scores both goals for Championship leaders

Wolves 1 Cardiff 2: Campbell bags brace for leaders as Molineux misery continues

By
Neil Moxley

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16:10 GMT, 24 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:06 GMT, 24 February 2013

Frazier Campbell’s headed double ensured Cardiff would have something to crow about this weekend as Dean Saunders’ nightmare start as Wolves manager showed little sign of ending.

Former Manchester United trainee Campbell pounced in each half to extend his side’s advantage over the Championship’s chasing pack to eight points on an afternoon when rivals Swansea grabbed the limelight at Wembley.

Campbell, a 650,000 signing from Sunderland in January, took his tally to five goals in as many games for his new club on a weekend when Cardiff increased their lead at the top of the division following Hull City’s demise at Bolton.

Brace: Fraizer Campbell scored two goals as the Championship leaders won at Molineux

Brace: Fraizer Campbell scored two goals as the Championship leaders won at Molineux

MATCH FACTS

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Batth (Ebanks-Blake 46), Johnson, Gorkss, Doherty (Foley 78), Doumbia (Doyle 46), Henry, O'Hara, Robinson,
Sako, Sigurdarson.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Edwards, Ward, Davis.

Booked: Doherty.

Goals: Sako 70.

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson (McNaughton 75), Turner, Taylor, Conway, Whittingham, Cowie (Kim 80), Gunnarsson, Bellamy, Campbell (Helguson 82).

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Noone, Mutch, Mason.

Booked: Whittingham.

Goals: Campbell 20, 67.

Att: 20,930

Ref: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

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Cardiff manager Malky Mackay said he was not surprised by his signing’s impact. ‘Fraizer needed to get football back into his life,’ said Mackay. ‘The quality of the boy I remember scoring goals for Hull City has not diminished. He needed us and we needed him.

‘Did I expect him to hit the ground running Yes, I did.’

Saunders’ use of a five-man defence backfired in the first half, with Cardiff establishing a grip in the 20th minute. Aron Gunnarsson’s long throw was flicked on by Ben Turner and Campbell headed home from inside the six-yard box.

Saunders brought on Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake at half-time, but Craig Bellamy’s inswinging cross in the 67th minute left Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme stranded in no man’s land after leaving his line and Campbell finished at the far post.

Bakary Sako’s deflected free-kick three minutes later made a game of it and Ebanks-Blake sidefooted a shot into the ground and over the bar with the goal gaping following Sako’s 70-yard run late on.

Lead: Campbell heads past Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme

Lead: Campbell heads past Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme

Saunders, yet to win in eight games
since arriving at Molineux but hoping to sign Reading striker Simon
Church on loan, said: ‘We made two catastrophic mistakes. We conceded a
goal from a long throw — and I walked them through how to defend it
yesterday. As a manager, it’s the sort of thing that keeps you awake at
night.’

Hope: Bakary Sako scored for Wolves with 20 minutes to play at Molineux

Hope: Bakary Sako scored for Wolves with 20 minutes to play at Molineux

Craig Bellamy gets six-month driving ban

No-show Bellamy slapped with six-month driving ban and fined after speeding offence

By
Mike Hornby, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

17:09 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:46 GMT, 29 January 2013

Craig Bellamy was banned from driving and fined today after admitting a motoring offence.

The former Wales captain did not attend Liverpool Magistrates Court where he was disqualified for six months and ordered to pay a 900 fine plus 400 costs.

The court heard Bellamy failed to respond to a police notice of intended prosecution.

As well as a six-month driving ban, Bellamy was fined over 1,300

Fined: As well as receiving a six-month driving ban, Craig Bellamy was fined 1,300

Simon Leong, prosecuting, said the notice was sent to the Cardiff City star after his Audi was caught by a speed camera travelling at 64mph in a 50mph section of the M62 towards Liverpool at 3.05am on April 3 last year.

At the time the former Manchester City and Newcastle United star was playing for Liverpool.

Mr Leong said: 'A notice of intended prosecution was sent to his address but the defendant did not respond.'

Bellamy, 33, was charged with failing to give a driver’s identity as required under section 172 of the Road Traffic Act.

He initially pleaded not guilty and a trial was set for November 27 last year but that had to be abandoned for medical reasons.

Bellamy changed his plea to guilty on
December 18, the day his rescheduled trial was due to take place, and
the matter was adjourned until today’s sentencing.

Bellamy didn't turn up to court, but had already entered a guilty plea

No-show: Bellamy didn't turn up to court, but had already entered a guilty plea

Bellamy already had three previous speeding offences on record

Penalty points: Bellamy already had three previous speeding offences on record

Mr Leong said Bellamy had totted up nine penalty points for three previous speeding offences.

'This offence carries six points taking him over the threshold for disqualification,' he added.

John Rowan, defending, told the court the star initially denied the offence because the notice was sent to an address where he was not living at the time.

'A plea of guilty was substituted in relation to that and he did accept that perhaps he could have done more to intercept the notice and ensure that the details were completed,' the solicitor said.

'The defendant understands he will be disqualified, that he is a totter with nine points and this carries a penalty of six.

'This is his first disqualification.'

Mr Rowan told the court he was not
provided with information about the defendant’s income but added: 'I
should point out that Mr Bellamy is a former Premiership footballer. He
is not currently playing in the Premier League but he is a professional
footballer.'

Deputy District Judge Simmons said: 'I must impose penalty points and six penalty points is the required number.

'Given
that he has nine penalty points already he must be disqualified from
driving for a period of six months under the totting up provisions.'

She
gave Bellamy credit of 10 per cent for his guilty plea, ordering a fine of 900
plus 400 costs and 15 victim surcharge which he must pay within 14
days.

Mersey XI for 2012… combined Liverpool and Everton side

Mersey XI for 2012: Find out who makes the cut for our combined Liverpool-Everton side

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15:56 GMT, 28 December 2012

It has been another dramatic year on Merseyside. Trophies have been won, managers have gone, big signings have arrived and the banter between supporters remains as fierce as ever.

But, given the way both teams have performed over the last 12 months, if you were to pick a team that comprises both Liverpool and Everton players, who would make your final cut History suggests a Mersey XI would be dominated by Red shirts but is that now the case

This time last year, Mersey Beat put forward its Liver-ton team of 2011. It was as follows…

Pepe Reina, Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Lucas, Marouane Fellaini, Maxi Rodriguez, Leon Osman, Craig Bellamy, Luis Suarez.

That was seven Reds, compared to four Blues. Will that be the case now

Here, for your arguing and debating, is the class of 2012. Some choices are obvious, others less so. The system we have chosen is 4-1-3-2, so there should be plenty of goals.

GOALKEEPER…

TIM HOWARD – Everton’s No 1 takes the gloves off Pepe Reina. /12/28/article-2254232-1687D968000005DC-44_634x416.jpg” width=”634″ height=”416″ alt=”Net gains: Tim Howard is the rock at the back for Everton” class=”blkBorder” />

Net gains: Tim Howard is the rock at the back for Everton

RIGHT-BACK…

GLEN JOHNSON – The lazy argument to put forward about Johnson is that he can’t defend. That simply isn’t the case. Whether he has been played on the left or in his natural position on the right, his performances through the year have generally been high class.

CENTRAL DEFENDERS…

PHIL JAGIELKA and DANIEL AGGER – Everton’s vice-captain has stamped himself as one of England’s best and has claims to be first choice at international level, now that John Terry and Rio Ferdinand are out of the picture. Agger, meanwhile, has enjoyed his best year at Liverpool and regularly showed why Manchester City made a 20million offer for him.

Inspirational: Phil Jagielka

Hardman: Daniel Agger

No way past: Phil Jagielka (left) and Daniel Agger have been solid for their respective sides

LEFT-BACK…

LEIGHTON BAINES – The upward trajectory Baines has been on shows no signs of tapering out. A sign of how good he has been comes from the fact that a legitimate debate can be held over who should start for England: him or Ashley Cole. The first name on Everton’s team-sheet.

HOLDING MIDFIELDER…

DARRON GIBSON – Is this the most contentious selection He was rather unheralded when arriving from Manchester United but he has been crucial in Everton’s development. His range of passing and discipline has been outstanding.

Central figure: Darron Gibson has been an inspired signing for David Moyes

Central figure: Darron Gibson has been an inspired signing for David Moyes

RIGHT-SIDE ATTACK…

LEON OSMAN – That he was given a first England cap in November shows how well Osman has played this year. David Moyes described him recently as having “happy feet” and when he gets on the ball, he is always capable of making something happen.

LEFT-SIDE ATTACK…

STEVEN GERRARD – Finishing a momentous year in which he won his 100th cap in style, been back to his best in recent weeks and – significantly – looks fitter than he has in recent seasons. Was England's top performer at Euro 2012.

Leader: Steven Gerrard still commands the park for Liverpool

Leader: Steven Gerrard still commands the park for Liverpool

ATTACKING MIDFIELDER…

MAROUANE FELLAINI – Some colossal displays over the past 12 months, the highlights being his bullying of Manchester United in August and his domination of Arsenal in November. Hugely effective in both an attacking and defensive role. Obvious choice.

CENTRE-FORWARDS…

NIKICA JELAVIC and LUIS SUAREZ –
Surely this selection cannot be debated Jelavic has stripped the art
of striking down to its most basic form. Shoot and score. A man with ice
in his veins, he rarely looks like missing when presented with a chance
and the 5million it cost to sign him from Rangers was superb business.
As for Suarez, his importance to Liverpool simply cannot be
underestimated. A genuine world class talent and a frequent scorer. What
more could you want

Hitman: Nikica Jelavic

Deadly: Luis Suarez

Deadly: Nikica Jelavic (left) and Luis Suarez are among the Premier League's most clinical strikers

So, then, the roles are reversed. This time it’s seven Blues, compared to four Reds.

Do you agree Let us know your thoughts.

More of the same in 12 months but, for now, Happy New Year to you all.

Cardiff 2 Crystal Palace 1 match report

Cardiff 2 Crystal Palace 1: Bluebirds go five clear after top of the table victory

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18:29 GMT, 26 December 2012

Substitute Aron Gunnarsson nodded home the winning goal to complete a Cardiff turnaround which extends their lead at the top of the npower Championship.

An action-packed first half was book-ended by two goals 40 minutes apart, Mike Jedinak stunning the sell-out crowd with an early opener before Craig Noone's equalised a minute before the interval.

Cardiff's goal led a charmed life with Wilfried Zaha's splendid effort hitting the bar and chances aplenty for Palace but half-time substitute

Gunnarsson helped turn the tide for the Bluebirds before scoring his sixth of the season from close range.

Cushion: Aron Gunnarsson's second half goal gave Cardiff victory in their top of the table clash against Crystal Palace. The Bluebirds are now 5 points clear at the top

Cushion: Aron Gunnarsson's second half goal gave Cardiff victory in their top of the table clash against Crystal Palace. The Bluebirds are now 5 points clear at the top

MATCH FACTS

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Conway, Noone (Mason 76), Mutch (Gunnarsson 46), Bellamy,
Helguson (Gestede 57).

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Cowie, Kim, Lappin.

Booked: Hudson, Noone, Mason

Goals: Noone 44, Gunnarsson 73.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Parr (Easter 87), Moxey, Ramage, Gabbidon, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Zaha, Murray, Bolasie (Moritz 74).

Subs Not Used: Price, Martin, Williams, O'Keefe, Appiah.

Booked: Zaha, Bolasie, Parr, Dikgacoi.

Goals: Jedinak 4.

Attendance: 26,098

Referee: P Gibbs (West Midlands)

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The Eagles came into this match having scored in all-but one of their League games this season so it was perhaps no surprise when captain Jedinak nodded home after just 180 seconds.

But Cardiff's reaction was laboured to say the least and it took until the 16th minute for the Bluebirds to really set their sights on Julian Speroni's goal, Craig Bellamy's ambitious half-volley sparking cries of 'top of the league, you're having a laugh' from the buoyant travelling support.

And the 1,190 behind Speroni's goal had every right to be boisterous given their team's start which they came incredibly close to extending in two first-half minutes.

First Glenn Murray's touch let him down as he raced clear on Marshall's goal after being found by Jonathan Parr. And then Zaha's trickery bamboozled Kevin McNaughton down the Palace left and, after cutting inside, the England international's right-footed curler crashed off the crossbar with the Scottish keeper just a spectator.

When the ball bounced back to Yannick Bolasie his deflected drive forced Marshall into a fingertip save.

A minute later Palace were threatening yet again, Owen Garvan's free-kick forcing Marshall into a low-save.

Mile Jedinak (hidden) scored for Palace after just four minutes but Cardiff fought back

Mile Jedinak (hidden) scored for Palace after just four minutes but Cardiff fought back

At the other end only the combination of Peter Ramage and his keeper Speroni kept out Bellamy after the Welshman tried a cute lob after racing clear with what was comfortably the home side's best chance of a forgettable opening 44 minutes for the table-toppers.

Just when it looked like the Bluebirds would go into the interval behind for the second successive home game they drew level. Bellamy's pace helped him get the better of Parr down the Cardiff left and his pull-back into the box was perfect for Noone to hammer a first-time effort into the top of the Palace net.

After an off-colour first-half display Malky Mackay shuffled his midfield at the break with Jordon Mutch being replaced by Gunnarsson.

And his change seemed to work a treat, with the Iceland midfielder helping to stop the constant stream of Palace chances.

Equaliser: Craig Noone (left) celebrates his first half leveller

Equaliser: Craig Noone (left) celebrates his first half leveller

And in fact it took 12 minutes of the second period for the next chance, Garvan's drive flying just inches wide of Marshall's near post.

Bellamy was Cardiff's biggest threat and the 33-year-old tested Speroni with a low drive from an angle from Gunnarsson's clever pass as the game reached the hour mark. And Cardiff were beginning to engineer more chances with Gunnarsson and Whittingham both having opportunities.

And that pressure paid off 27 minutes into the second half when Gunnarsson rose to head in Bellamy's right-footed corner via the underside of the bar.

Only the reactions of Speroni stopped the home side extending their hard-fought lead, the keeper diving right to flick Whittingham's free-kick onto the bar.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez set to be face of American sportswear firm Warrior

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool striker Suarez set to be face of sportswear firm Warrior

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13:49 GMT, 4 December 2012

Luis Suarez is the man sportswear firm Warrior want to lead their attempts to break into the UK market.

Warrior made their first move into
football earlier this year, agreeing a staggering 300million deal with
Liverpool to supply their shirts and training gear.

Warrior are in talks with Luis Suarez

Talks: Warrior want tie-up with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

And the US company have set their sights on striking a string of lucrative endorsement deals with the Premier League's biggest stars as they look to make the mark in this country.

In addition to Suarez, Sportsmail understands Warrior are targeting sponsorship contracts with Vincent Kompany, Micah Richards and Tom Huddlestone, while Craig Bellamy earlier this year became the firm's first football ambassador.

Target: Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany (right)

Target: Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany (right)

But it is the potential acquisition of Liverpool striker Suarez that the sportswear brand have made their top priority.

And the firm hope their already established links with the Anfield club will help their bid to land the Uruguay international.

Warrior unveils Skreamer Pro boot

Skreamer: The new boots from Liverpool's kit makers (but who will dare to wear them)

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12:32 GMT, 29 November 2012

Who will dare to be the first player to be seen wearing these Liverpool's American kit makers Warrior have finally unleashed their new boots to rival the likes of Nike and adidas this Christmas.

But the Skreamer Pro has a lot to prove before we can start shouting about them – and it appears, on this evidence, only an accomplished star would be able to convincingly pull them off.

Launched in an outrageous colourway fusion of 'Blue Radiance and Bright Marigold', the boots are set to make their debut in the Barclays Premier League in December.

Skreamer: Warrior's debut boots are set to be worn in the Premier League in December

Skreamer: Warrior's debut boots are set to be worn in the Premier League in December

Warrior have promised to reveal a number of exciting signings as they look to grow their collection over the course of the next year.

Former Wimbledon legend and now Hollywood actor Vinnie Jones signed up as an ambassador for the brand earlier the summer, along with Cardiff striker Craig Bellamy.

Jones said: 'I only want to partner with a brand that has a set of balls. Like me, Warrior believes winning is everything. The football world needs a shake up and I’m lucky to be affiliated with a brand that has the guts to do it.'

Lock, stock and two smoking barrels: Vinnie Jones is a global ambassador for the American sports firm

Lock, stock and two smoking barrels: Vinnie Jones is a global ambassador for the American sports firm

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was seen wearing a pair earlier this season in the build-up to the Reds' Europa League win over Young Boys in Switzerland.

His Anfield backroom staff are also set to endorse them having been reportedly forced to stick with the club's previous suppliers, adidas, at the start of the season because the American sports firm did not have a production line ready in time.

A Warrior spokesperson told Sportsmail that the Skreamer is 'anatomically engineered on the pillars of power and lightweight agility, along with its revolutionary design, making it swift and deadly on any surface'.

The boot features a multitude of breakthrough technologies 'completely new to the football world'.

Model behaviour: Brendan Rodgers previewed a pair of the Warrior boots earlier this season ahead of Liverpool's Europa League clash against Young Boys

Model behaviour: Brendan Rodgers previewed a pair of the Warrior boots earlier this season ahead of Liverpool's Europa League clash against Young Boys

A statement on the boot read: 'Designed to amplify raw playing power, the Skreamer Pro’s sleek one piece S-Lite microfibre upper is enhanced with micro injection moulding and rebound technology. An Arrowhead Forefoot Vamp gives players a dominant edge, delivering killer power and ball control.'

Global head of Warrior Football, Richard Wright believes the Skreamer Pro is a game-changing boot.

'Our product development team is led by of some of Europe’s finest – industry game changers who are constantly finding new ways to design and engineer products that excite and empower each and every footballer,' said Wright.

'We’re extremely proud to step foot into the boot market with the Skreamer Pro – it’s a silent assassin; the ultimate balance of acute strength and sharp speed.'

The boots – which are priced at 124.99 and will be worn in the top-flight for the first time this weekend – will also be available in a less startling Black and Spicy Orange design.

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Derby 1 Cardiff 1 – match report: Theo Robinson denies leaders

Derby 1 Cardiff 1: Noone red card opens door for Rams to deny leaders another win

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22:11 GMT, 27 November 2012

Craig Noone's sending-off proved costly for npower Championship leaders Cardiff as Derby hit back to claim a deserved point that maintained their fine record at Pride Park.

After falling behind to Heidar Helguson's close-range header in the 11th minute, the Rams, who have lost just once at home this term, enjoyed much the better of proceedings.

Yet it was only after Noone had seen red for two yellow cards in the space of three second-half minutes that Derby found a way through, with Theo Robinson converting a square pass from Craig Bryson.

Equaliser: Theo Robinson (left) celebrates after scoring for Derby against Cardiff

Equaliser: Theo Robinson (left) celebrates after scoring for Derby against Cardiff

MATCH FACTS

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, Roberts (O'Connor 26), Coutts, Bryson, Hughes, Jacobs (Tyson 67), Sammon, Robinson (Hendrick 82).

Subs Not Used: Fielding, O'Brien, Davies, Freeman.

Booked: Bryson,O'Connor.

Goals: Robinson 69.

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Nugent, Ralls, Noone, Whittingham, Gunnarsson (Conway 73), Kim, Helguson (Mason 79), Bellamy (Mutch 70).

Subs Not Used: Parish, Kiss, Gestede, John.

Sent Off: Noone (63).

Booked: Noone,Mutch.

Goals: Helguson 11.

Att: 20,911

Ref: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

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Cardiff boast a perfect record at
home this term, but points on the road have proven harder to come by,
with Saturday's triumph at Barnsley only their third away win in nine
attempts.

Malky Mackay's men defended
resolutely on this occasion, but could have few complaints at being
denied a fifth successive league victory over Derby.

Craig Bellamy and Joe Ralls replaced
Joe Mason and the suspended Simon Lappin in a Cardiff line-up still
missing several players through injury, while County were unchanged
after young midfielder Will Hughes shook off an ankle knock.

Both sides had chances prior to the visitors' early opener.

Bellamy should have done better when
firing high over the bar from 25 yards, while Derby skipper Richard
Keogh leapt highest to meet a right-wing corner, only for Noone to
scramble the ball off the line.

Cardiff were soon in front courtesy
of Helguson, who was on hand to nod home a rebound after Mark Hudson's
looping header had been tipped on to the crossbar by Adam Legzdins.

Michael Jacobs curled an effort
narrowly wide and Hudson produced a fine aerial clearance to deny
Robinson as Derby responded well.

After Kim Bo-kyung and Bryson had
seen chances go begging at either end, the Rams were then forced into a
change in the 28th minute as Gareth O'Connor replaced a limping Gareth
Roberts.

Can't miss: Striker Heidar Helguson (right) scores for Cardiff early on

Can't miss: Striker Heidar Helguson (right) scores for Cardiff early on

Nigel Clough's men finished the first
half stronger and David Marshall pulled off a fine low save to deny
Paul Coutts before Jake Buxton sent a header on to the roof of the net.

Cardiff remained on the back foot
after the interval, but could have extended their lead when Bellamy
broke clear on the counter. However, the veteran forward once again
failed to keep his shot down.

Strong appeals for a Derby penalty
were waved away after Noone appeared to block Bryson's goalbound shot
with his arm. Yet within seconds, the Cardiff winger was handed a second
booking in quick succession following a late challenge on Hughes.

The hosts swiftly capitalised as Bryson surged into the area before squaring to leave Robinson with the simplest of tap-ins.

Helguson almost restored his team's
lead when he beat Legzdins to a left-wing cross, yet the momentum
remained with Derby and full-back John Brayford twice went close before
another shout for handball in the Cardiff area, this time by Peter
Whittingham, fell on deaf ears.

Ultimately, the Welsh side were able
to hold on, although Paul Connolly was forced to head off the line
during six minutes of injury-time.

Gary Speed"s son Ed represents Wales schoolboys near first anniversary of his death

Speed's legacy: A year since his father's tragic death, son Ed follows in his footsteps by playing for Wales… alongside Craig Bellamy's kid

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11:25 GMT, 27 November 2012

It is a year to the day since the world of football was stunned by the death of Gary Speed – a versatile and tireless midfielder, gentleman of the game and consummate professional.

And the Welshman's legacy is continuing through his 14-year-old son Ed, who started out following in his father's footsteps by being called up to the Wales under 16 squad for the first time last week.

Midfielder Ed was on the teamsheet for the Victory Shield match with Northern Ireland in Ballymena on Friday evening but didn't come off the bench in a 1-1 draw.

Father's footsteps: Ed Speed, the 14-year-old son of the late Gary Speed, received his first Wales under 16 call-up last week in the Victory Shield match with Northern Ireland

Father's footsteps: Ed Speed, the 14-year-old son of the late Gary Speed, received his first Wales under 16 call-up last week in the Victory Shield match with Northern Ireland

Future star: Ed has already drawn praise from coaches for his maturity and professionalism, as well as his ability in midfield

Future star: Ed has already drawn praise from coaches for his maturity and professionalism, as well as his ability in midfield

Tragic: Gary Speed in action for Wales in a Euro 2004 qualifying win over Italy at the Millennium Stadium. He died on November 27, 2011 at the age of 42

Tragic: Gary Speed in action for Wales in a Euro 2004 qualifying win over Italy at the Millennium Stadium. He died on November 27, 2011 at the age of 42

But Speed Jr is already being tipped to emulate his father's achievements, with clear likenesses both in appearance and their style of play.

It came days before football united to pay tribute to Speed on the first anniversary of his death.

Wales under 16 boss Osian Roberts, who was Speed's assistant when he was in charge of the senior squad, said about him: 'As everyone now knows Ed is a phenomenal kid and he reminds me so much of Gary as a player.

'He's a centre-midfielder who reads the game very well and does the easy things – he makes the game look simple at times.

'His decision-making and preparation is spot on. You can imagine the influence his father had on him. He's probably more professional than full-time players now.

'There is no rule, but you'd like to think there is something in the genes. I've got great hopes for Ed.'

Keep on running: Ed warms up during the 1-1 draw in Ballymena. He didn't manage to get off the bench to make his Wales schoolboy debut

Keep on running: Ed warms up during the 1-1 draw in Ballymena. He didn't manage to get off the bench to make his Wales schoolboy debut

Quickstep: Ed during a training drill before the match at Ballymena Showgrounds. His likeness to his father extends beyond his looks to his ability in midfield

Quickstep: Ed during a training drill before the match at Ballymena Showgrounds. His likeness to his father extends beyond his looks to his ability in midfield

Next generation: Ed Speed (number 16) and Ellis Bellamy (number 14) on the Wales teamsheet

Next generation: Ed Speed (number 16) and Ellis Bellamy (number 14) on the Wales teamsheet

Ed and his brother Tom led out the Wales side before the match with Costa Rica dedicated to the memory of Speed in February.

And Wales manager Chris Coleman revealed afterwards that Ed addressed the players after the 1-0 defeat in Cardiff.

He said at the time: 'Ed and Tom, what a credit to Gary they are. Ed has come into the dressing room after the game and he gave a speech which anybody would have been proud of.

'There was not a tear in his eyes, he was strong as an ox.

'He came in and he said, 'My dad always said to me that if you do your best it's enough, and I think you lot did your best tonight.'

Emotional: Gary Speed's sons Ed (nearest to camera) and Tommy walk out alongside Wales captain Craig Bellamy in the tribute match with Costa Rica in February

Emotional: Gary Speed's sons Ed (nearest to camera) and Tommy walk out alongside Wales captain Craig Bellamy in the tribute match with Costa Rica in February

Brave: Speed's sons and Bellamy proudly sing the national anthem before the game

Brave: Speed's sons and Bellamy proudly sing the national anthem before the game

'What do you say to that from a 14-year-old who has just lost his dad That's bravery, isn't it'

When Ed makes his debut for the under 16 side, it will be the first step towards emulating the 85 caps his father won for Wales over a 14-year international career.

But one player who is already on his way is Ellis Bellamy, son of Wales and Cardiff City forward Craig.

Ellis, who plays in midfield, came on as a late second half substitute at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Bellamy Jr, who plays for Cardiff's academy, has become a regular fixture in the Wales schoolboy squad in recent months.

Coming on: Ellis Bellamy, son of Wales striker Craig, prepares to take the field against Northern Ireland on Friday night

Coming on: Ellis Bellamy, son of Wales striker Craig, prepares to take the field against Northern Ireland on Friday night

One for the future: Ellis Bellamy, who came on as a late sub in the 1-1 draw

One for the future: Ellis Bellamy, who came on as a late sub in the 1-1 draw

Craig Bellamy ruled out of Wales v Scotland

Wales star Bellamy ruled out of World Cup qualifier against Scotland

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22:19 GMT, 7 October 2012

Craig Bellamy is out of Wales’ crunch World Cup qualifier with Scotland on Friday night.

Wales boss Chris Coleman had left a space available for Cardiff striker Bellamy in the hope he could join up with his 21-man squad. But Bellamy, who missed Cardiff’s 2-1 win at Ipswich on Saturday, will not link up with his country following a knee injury.

A Wales source said on Sunday night: 'Craig is injured.'

Ruled out: Bellamy watches Wales Under-16s against Scotland at Pittodrie on Friday night

Ruled out: Bellamy watches Wales Under-16s against Scotland at Pittodrie on Friday night

Only 24 hours earlier, Cardiff manager Malky Mackay confirmed following the victory at Portman Road that Bellamy, 33, had a badly bruised knee. Injury also ruled Bellamy out of Wales’ opening Group A defeats to Belgium and Serbia last month.

Now question marks will remain over his Bellamy’s international future as Coleman had wanted the ex-Liverpool and Manchester City forward to make a decision on his long-term commitment to the Dragons.

Cardiff 3 Blackpool 0: Bluebirds keep pressure on at the top

Cardiff 3 Blackpool 0: Bluebirds keep pressure on at the top

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18:58 GMT, 29 September 2012

A brace by defender Matthew Connolly helped Cardiff maintain their 100 per cent home record in the npower Championship with a 3-0 victory over Blackpool, who have now recorded just one win in their last five matches.

Both sides looked to attack in the early stages, but it was the Bluebirds who broke the deadlock with a Matthew Connolly strike from close range in the 17th minute.

Not this time: Blackpool's Nathan Eccleston tries to get past Andrew Taylor

Not this time: Blackpool's Nathan Eccleston tries to get past Andrew Taylor

Match facts

CARDIFF: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Connolly, Whittingham, Noone, Gunnarsson, Smith (Mason 25), Helguson (Cowie 81), Bellamy (Kim Bo-Kyung 72).

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Turner, Kiss, Velikonja.

Goals: Connolly 17, 57, Whittingham 27

BLACKPOOL: Gilks, Crainey, Evatt, Baptiste, Broadfoot, Robertson (Osbourne 59), M Phillips, Sylvestre (Delfouneso 58), Angel, K Phillips, Dicko (Eccleston 61).

Subs Not Used: Halstead, Eardley, Gomes, Ferguson

Booked: Crainey, Evatt

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Att: 21,216

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Peter Whittingham doubled the lead
10 minutes later with a free-kick from the edge of the area, before
Connolly sealed the three points for the hosts by heading home a Craig
Bellamy corner.

Blackpool, who were without Thomas
Ince and Gary Taylor-Fletcher for the trip to South Wales, made seven
changes from the side that lost to Huddersfield earlier in the week, but
Ian Holloway's men produced a toothless performance.

It was the home side who carved out
the more threatening chances early on, with Craig Bellamy having the
first real attempt at goal in the fifth minute.

However, his low drive from the
right-hand side of the penalty area was collected comfortably at the
near post by Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

In an end-to-end first 15 minutes,
Blackpool also created their fair share of chances, including a
long-range effort from Matt Phillips, but they were unable to apply the
finish when it mattered.

It was the Bluebirds who broke the
deadlock after 17 minutes as Connolly met a Bellamy cross to fire the
ball into the back of the net from the edge of the six-yard box.

Cardiff doubled their lead just 10
minutes later when Peter Whittingham fired a sensational free-kick into
the bottom-left corner of the goal from 18 yards.

Kevin Phillips had the chance to
reduce the deficit for Blackpool in the 32nd minute, but the striker's
effort from close range cleared the crossbar.

Wales international Bellamy forced
Gilks into a superb diving save on the stroke of half-time, sparing
Blackpool the misery of going in at the break three goals down.

Falling for it: Blackpool's Scott Robinson (left) takes the ball past Aron Gunnarsson

Falling for it: Blackpool's Scott Robinson (left) takes the ball past Aron Gunnarsson

However, the Tangerines' reprieve did
not last long, as, shortly after half-time, defender Connolly doubled
his tally for the match by sending the home team further in front with a
headed effort from a Bellamy corner.

Holloway had used all of his
substitutes by the hour mark as he tried to salvage something from the
match, but his players continued to struggle to breach the Cardiff
defence.

Bellamy, who looked dangerous
throughout, almost grabbed a goal of his own midway through the half,
but his effort whistled over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Matt Phillips hit the post for the
visitors in the 74th minute, before an injury time Stephen Crainey
free-kick hit the crossbar on an afternoon the Seasiders would rather
forget.