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Cardiff could move for Jamie Mackie

Cardiff eye Mackie, Ramsey and Ledley as they plan for life at the top

By
Simon Jones

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21:33 GMT, 21 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:00 GMT, 22 April 2013

Premier League new boys Cardiff have put QPR striker Jamie Mackie on their wish list.

Ex-Cardiff players Aaron Ramsey and Joe Ledley have also been touted.

The Bluebirds sealed their return to the top flight for the first time since 1962 after a nervy draw at home to Charlton Athletic last Tuesday.

Fancy it Jamie Mackie (left) is likely to be relegated with QPR

Fancy it Jamie Mackie (left) is likely to be relegated with QPR

Cardiff 0 Brighton 2 match report: Bluebirds left red-faced byTomasz Kuszczak as Andrea Orlandi and Leonardo Ulloa seal win

Cardiff 0 Brighton 2: Bluebirds left red-faced by Kuszczak as Orlandi and Ulloa seal win

By
Laurie Whitwell

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21:54 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:31 GMT, 19 February 2013

Tomasz Kuszczak produced an inspired performance to give Cardiff’s Far East owners a compelling argument that red is perhaps not such a lucky colour after all.

The Brighton goalkeeper pulled off a string of brilliant saves on the night thousands of free red scarves were handed to home fans to dissuade them from wearing blue.

Spanish rose: Andrea Orlandi is congratulated by team-mates for his opener

Spanish rose: Andrea Orlandi is congratulated by team-mates for his opener

Match facts

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Noone (Conway 53), Whittingham, Smith, Gunnarsson, Bellamy, Campbell (Helguson 84). Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Cowie, Kim, Mason.

Booked: Hudson.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, El-Abd, Upson, Bridge, Buckley (Forster-Caskey 90), Hammond (Calderon 75), David Lopez, Bridcutt, Orlandi (Dicker 70), Ulloa. Subs not used: Ankergren, Vicente, LuaLua, Barker.

Booked: El-Abd, Bridcutt, Saltor.

Goals: Orlandi 43, Ulloa 90.

Attendance: 23,782.

Referee: Keith Stroud.

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Kuszczak’s clean sheet ensured
counter-attack goals from ex-Swansea winger Andrea Orlandi and Leonardo
Ulloa gave the visitors a somewhat fortunate victory that condemned the
hosts to a first defeat in 10 Championship games.

Malky Mackay’s side went into last
night’s game eight points clear with Premier League promotion firmly in
their sights but by the end the lead was cut to five.

The manager, whose 41st birthday was spoilt by defeat, promised jitters would not creep in.

‘We’ll just make sure we stay
steady,’ he said. ‘I thought we were excellent. We had 22 attempts on
target, which is quite incredible. It was one of those nights where the
goal led a charmed life.’

Gus Poyet was unable to express his
pleasure at closing the gap to the play-off paces to two points because
of a sore throat but first team coach Charlie Oatway stepped in to
praise the former Manchester United No 1.

‘Tomas did very well,’ he said. ‘I
think he’s one of the best keepers outside the Premier League, probably
should be plying his trade still in it.’

Code red: Craig Bellamy speeds past Brighton's Will Buckley but it was in vain

Code red: Craig Bellamy speeds past Brighton's Will Buckley but it was in vain

Cardiff’s Fraizer Campbell clipped
the bar after three minutes and Craig Noone had a shot held well by
Kuszczak. On 20 minutes the Poland international clawed away a curler
from Peter Whittingham, then deflected Craig Bellamy’s shot on to the
woodwork.

David Marshall pulled off a stunning
save of his own to deny Ulloa but the Cardiff goalkeeper could do
nothing to stop Brighton stealing ahead two minutes before the interval.
David Lopez slid a cross to the feet of Orlandi, who scored with the
outside of his left boot.

After the break Cardiff pushed again.
Bellamy howled for a penalty after being shoved by Adam El-Abd as he
sprinted into the area but referee Keith Stroud only awarded a
free-kick.

Kuszczak then tipped over substitute
Craig Conway’s ferocious drive. With five minutes remaining Aron
Gunnarsson glanced wide at the far post from six yards.

Then in the fifth minute of added time, Lopez found Ulloa and the striker slotted in with the aid of a deflection.

Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers sack managers – Michael Walker

'Tis the season to sack managers in desperation

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23:11 GMT, 27 December 2012

Blackburn Rovers host Nottingham Forest on New Year’s Day. That should make for an interesting pre-match boardroom. The sometimes-present Indian owners of Blackburn (founded 1875) may be at Ewood Park to shake hands with the sometimes-present Kuwaiti owners of Forest (founded 1865).

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Sacked: Forest dismissed Sean O'Driscoll despite sitting just one point outside the Championship play-offs

It feels at times in the Championship as if there is a giant game of scramble going on. Leicester City have made eight managerial changes since 2007. They remain a Championship club – one formed in 1884, now Thai-owned.

Malaysian-controlled Cardiff City replaced Dave Jones with Malky Mackay and forced a club called the Bluebirds (formed 1899) to play in red.

For Cardiff it is working. So far. They are five points clear at the top of the Championship and the Premier League are already thinking of them.

Cardiff are one of just six Championship clubs not to have played in the Premier League and, if they go up, would be ‘Club 46’ – meaning half the pyramid would have appeared in the Premier League.

That reveals a level of democracy and meritocracy we do not always associate with the 20-year-old breakaway league.

What we, and Championship club owners, think about more often is the wealth of the top flight.

Flying high: Cardiff City are top of the Championship wearing red

Flying high: Cardiff City are top of the Championship wearing red

If there is a logical reason O’Driscoll and Berg have been dismissed from their posts in the past 36 hours it is that: money.

When the term ‘Moneyball’ came into circulation it was meant to convey economic cuteness in sport, the recognising of the under-valued and exploiting it. In Championship reality, Moneyball is a phrase that conveys desperation, a chase, one increasingly fuelled by foreign money, one getting ever more urgent.

Talk to anyone in football and they will say this is a very good season to be promoted to the Premier League and a very bad one to be relegated from it. The explanation is the new TV rights deal, which kicks in next season.

The ballpark figure for a deal, which is around 80 per cent concluded, is that it will be worth 5billion to Premier League clubs over the next three seasons. Five billion.

Before a ball is kicked in August 2013 that means the club finishing 20th in May 2014 are guaranteed to bring in between 50-55million for simply being part of the elite. That is a jump from the 39m Wolves received from television for coming 20th last season.

With guaranteed parachute payments of approximately 34m over four seasons following relegation, it means there is an immediate financial reward of 85-90m for promotion this season.

Paying the price: Berg was only unveiled at Ewood Park on November 1

Paying the price: Berg was only unveiled at Ewood Park on November 1

Add the 10-15m impact of promotion on
season tickets, plus a hike in sponsorship fees and that ‘90m match’
that is the Championship play-off final becomes the ‘100m match’, maybe
even the 110m match. It’s a different form of Moneyball.

At Ewood Park they will know these figures keenly. Blackburn received just over 40m from TV in their relegation in May. They are now half a season into the first of four parachute payments totalling around 34m. These are front-loaded, so in the first two seasons the payments are about 11m, the following two are around 6m.

With their first lump of 11m, Blackburn spent 8m on Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes.

Rhodes has scored 11 goals in 20 Blackburn appearances but Rovers are 16 points off second-placed Hull City.

More promisingly, Rovers are eight points off the play-offs, which is a statistic to sell to wary managers. But there were only 12,000 people in attendance at Blackburn’s last home game.

Next season three other clubs will have 11m in parachute payments to spend. That will bring increased competition, more pressure and more managers being dropped off the Championship’s fiscal cliff.

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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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.

Leicester 0 Cardiff 1 – match report

Leicester 0 Cardiff 1: Bellamy goal sends Bluebirds clear at the top after win at Foxes

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17:28 GMT, 22 December 2012

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17:33 GMT, 22 December 2012

Cardiff bounced back from their surprise home defeat to Peterborough with a smash-and-grab victory at Leicester to move three points clear at the top of the npower Championship.

Leicester laid siege to the Bluebirds' goal in the first half with chance after chance going begging.

David Marshall made a handful of saves to keep the Foxes at bay and, when he was beaten by Andy King's long-range effort, a post came to his rescue.

Flying high: Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring the only goal of the game

Flying high: Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring the only goal of the game

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Morgan, Whitbread, De Laet, Dyer (Lingard 68), King, Drinkwater, Knockaert (Marshall 68), Nugent,Vardy (Waghorn 51).

Subs not used: Logan, James, Moore, Futacs.

Cardiff: Marshall, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Connolly, Kim (Cowie 55), Whittingham, Mutch (Gunnarsson 76), Conway, Bellamy, Helguson (Gestede 51).

Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Noone, Mason.

Booked: Turner, Connolly, Whittingham.

Goal: Bellamy 25.

Attendance: 25,055

Referee: Graham Salisbury

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Craig Bellamy looked a threat on the counter-attack throughout and it was he who grabbed the only goal of the game against the run of play after 25 minutes.

The Wales international showed great technique after collecting Craig Conway's pass to find the bottom left-hand corner of the net from 12 yards out.

That seemed to knock the stuffing out of Leicester, who created very little afterward.
The Foxes were unchanged from the side that started last weekend's defeat at Millwall, although striker Martyn Waghorn was fit enough for a place on the bench following surgery to remove his appendix.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay made three changes after seeing his side's 100 per cent home record ended by struggling Peterborough.

Mark Hudson returned to skipper the side after suspension, which saw Matt Connolly revert to right-back and Kevin McNaughton drop to the bench.

Kim Bo-kyung was also restored to the starting line up in place of Craig Noone, while Jordon Mutch took the place of Don Cowie.

Leicester started brightly with Danny Drinkwater firing over early on.

David Nugent became the first home player of the afternoon to be frustrated by Marshall when the Scot parried his effort from the edge of the area.

Smash and grab: Craig Bellamy scores the only goal of the game

Smash and grab: Craig Bellamy scores the only goal of the game

King struck a post after 13 minutes when the ball broke to him outside the area after Marshall had kept out Wes Morgan's header.

Marshall then twice denied Anthony Knockaert when the Frenchman let fly from long range before Bellamy delivered the killer blow for the Foxes.

Jamie Vardy might have done better than head over the crossbar before half-time in what turned out to be Leicester's final real chance.

Pearson's side tried to push for an equalising goal in the second half, but were always wary of the threat caused by Bellamy's pace, perhaps preventing them from committing as many players forward as they would have liked.

Nugent and substitute Ben Marshall fired in shots from outside the box but never worried the Cardiff keeper.

Back-to-back defeats are a blow to Leicester's automatic promotion aspirations, which will come under intense scrutiny again on Boxing Day when they travel to Pearson's former club Hull.

The victory gives Cardiff a slight cushion ahead of their home game against title rivals Crystal Palace in four day's time.

Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2 – match report:

Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2: Bostwick and Gayle seal hard-fought win at Bluebirds' fortress

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17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012

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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

In it goes: Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal

MATCH FACTS

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.

Attendance: 22,073

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
placed.

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.

Blackburn 1 Cardiff 4: Bluebirds stretch lead at the top

Blackburn 1 Cardiff 4: Bellamy dreaming again as Bluebirds stretch lead at the top

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23:22 GMT, 7 December 2012

Old boy Craig Bellamy enjoyed a
goalscoring return to Blackburn as Cardiff cantered four points clear at
the top of the Championship.

The Welshman edged his side back in front five minutes after Josh King had cancelled out Mark Hudson’s.

Four-star: Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring Cardiff's second

Four-star: Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring Cardiff's second

MATCH FACTS

Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Grant Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Formica (Nunes 70), Etuhu, Lowe, Markus Olsson (Kazim-Richards 46), King, Rhodes.

Subs not used: Kean, Givet, Pedersen, Rochina, Vukcevic.

Booked: Martin Olsson, Hanley, Lowe.

Goal: King 51.

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Noone (Kim 69), Conway, Cowie, Whittingham, Bellamy (Mason 80), Helguson (Gestede 90).

Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Gunnarsson, Lappin.

Booked: Hudson, Noone, Helguson.

Goals: Hudson 34, Bellamy 55, Mason 84, Kim 85.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 12,460.

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Cardiff went on to make their ascendancy count with substitutes Joe Mason and Kim Bo-Kyung scoring in the final six minutes.

Bellamy, 33, said: ‘I was so fortunate to win a trophy with Liverpool last season but if I can finish my career by getting Cardiff to the Premier League with Cardiff it might be a dream come true.’

Cardiff were on top from the start and there was little doubt they would take their current run to 16 points from a possible 18 on offer. Their constant harrying of Rovers midfield ensured they quickly won back possession and they used it effectively once in control of the ball.

Defender Hudson gave them a 30th-minute lead by heading in his fourth goal of the season from Craig Noone’s cross.

King levelled at the start of the second half, converting a intelligent pass on the turn from substitute Colin Kazim-Richards.

But parity was short-lived. Bellamy, who had hit the bar in the first half, swapped headers with Heidar Helguson and angled a shot home.

Helguson grew increasingly influential and it was his work as a link man that set up Cardiff’s grandstand finish.

Flying high: The Bluebirds are now four points clear at the top of the Championship

Flying high: The Bluebirds are now four points clear at the top of the Championship

His header allowed Mason to run
through and shoot past Robinson before his square ball picked out
Bo-Kyung to fire into the corner.

The defeat extended Rovers’ poor form under new boss Henning Berg.

The Norwegian is yet to see his team
win at home in four attempts and one victory in eight games overall has
seen the side plummet down the table.

Berg admitted: ‘Cardiff were a better
all over. They had better finishing and defended better than us. The
way we used the ball in first half is way off where we want to be. We
can play better.’

Rout: Kim (left) completed the scoring

Rout: Kim (left) completed the scoring

Cardiff 2 Hull 1: match report

Cardiff 2 Hull 1: Hudson strike maintains Bluebirds' 100 per cent home record

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17:29 GMT, 10 November 2012

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17:29 GMT, 10 November 2012

Cardiff recorded their eighth successive home win this season with victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Hull.

Heidar Helguson's third-minute header looked set to be the only goal until captain Mark Hudson threw himself at Aron Gunnarsson's cross with eight minutes to go.

Robert Koren's goal in the 90th minute made the home side sweat in the closing seconds but they held on to maintain their 100 per cent record at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Home and hosed: Cardiff have won eight on the bounce after Hudosn's strike

Home and hosed: Cardiff have won eight on the bounce after Hudson's strike

Match facts

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton (Kiss 19), Hudson, Turner, Taylor,
Noone, Whittingham, Kim, Gunnarsson, Mason, Helguson (Gestede 66), Kiss (Ralls 46).

Subs not used: Lewis, Conway, Frei, Nugent.

Booked: Kim, Turner.

Goals: Helguson 3, Hudson 82.

Hull: Amos, Rosenior, Chester, McShane (Brady 56), Faye, Elmohamady, Evans, Koren,Quinn (Mclean 75), Simpson (Meyler 56), Aluko.

Subs not used: Jakupovic, McKenna, Olofinjana, Proschwitz.

Goals: Koren 90.

Attendance: 20,058

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire).

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Manager Malky Mackay responded to his
side's 5-4 defeat at Charlton last time out by making three changes
with Kevin McNaughton, Gunnarsson and Kim Bo-kyung coming back into the
side.

Steve Bruce, taking charge of a team
for the 600th time, made just one change with injured son Alex being
replaced in defence by Abdoulaye Faye.

Cardiff have made a habit of starting
games well and they scored within the opening five minutes for the
third time in their last four games when Craig Noone stood up a cross
for Helguson, who nodded home after three minutes.

The chances continued to flow freely
for the Bluebirds with Hudson's header rattling the bar and Joe Mason
and Gunnarsson also having chances.

The Tigers began to come back into
the game as the match headed towards half-time. Koren, who shone
throughout for Bruce's men, had a shot blocked and then Sone Aluko's
effort went over the bar.

Jay Simpson did have the ball in the net just before the break but it was ruled out for offside.

Noone had been in fine form for
Cardiff in recent weeks and he was only denied on 55 minutes by the feet
of Ben Amos after the former Brighton winger cut inside his marker and
lashed a low shot towards goal. A minute later Helguson failed to test
Amos when he headed just over when unmarked.

Bruce sent on David Meyler and Robbie Brady but it was Koren who had the next chance, firing a snap-shot wide from 18 yards.

At the other end referee Iain
Williamson waved away penalty appeals from the home side after Joe Mason
felt he was fouled inside the box. It was then Noone's chance to
threaten the Hull backline with two shots in quick succession, the first
was blocked and the second was kept out by Amos.

Aluko then came incredibly close to
his seventh goal of the season in the 70th minute with a 25 yard
free-kick that clipped the bar.

Peter Whittingham then tried his luck
from a free-kick only to see Amos to make a sensational save but just a
minute later Hudson's flying header set them on course for the three points.

There was still time for Whittingham
to hit the bar with a 30 yard free-kick before Koren set up a
nail-biting finale with a stunning 25-yard volley.

Cardiff 4 Burnley 0 – match report

Cardiff 4 Burnley 0: Rampant Bluebirds continue run to move top of the pile

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16:32 GMT, 27 October 2012

Cardiff extended their run of successive home victories to seven and moved to the top of the npower Championship with a comprehensive win over Burnley.

Recalled striker Joe Mason became the first of four players to get his name on the scoresheet after just three minutes after Craig Noone had hit the bar, and the winger grabbed the second himself from long range before the interval.

Matthew Connolly and Aron Gunnarsson both scored in the final eight minutes to wrap up an impressive three points for the in-form Bluebirds.

Early Bluebird: Joe Mason (left) took three minutes to score against Burnely

Early Bluebird: Joe Mason (left) took three minutes to score against Burnely

MATCH FACTS

CARDIFF: Marshall, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Connolly, Whittingham, Cowie, Kim (Gunnarsson 78), Noone (Frei 83), Mason, Helguson (Gestede 63). Subs Not Used: Lewis, McNaughton, Kiss, Conway.

Goals: Mason 3, Noone 41, Connolly 82, Gunnarsson 85.

BURNLEY: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mills, McCann, Marney, Stock (Stewart 78), Paterson (Ings 72), Stanislas (Vokes 46), Austin. Subs Not Used: Jensen, Lafferty, Edgar, O'Neill.

Booked: Mills.

Attendance: 21,191

Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham).

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Injuries to attackers Craig Bellamy and Tommy Smith meant a full debut for South Korean Kim Bo-kyung and a recall for Mason.

Both sides snatched last-gasp wins on
Tuesday night and Burnley caretaker boss Terry Pashley, having overseen
two victories since Eddie Howe's departure, replaced the suspended Ben
Mee with Joseph Mills.

But that rejigged back four, who came
into this game with the second-worst defensive record in the division,
conceded after just three minutes when Noone's left-footed effort hit
the post and Mason was there to slot the ball home from just inside the
box.

The former Plymouth striker was
inches away from doubling Cardiff's lead when put through by Peter
Whittingham in the 21st minute, but his low drive from the edge of the
box rattled the post with Lee Grant beaten.

Kim, Whittingham and Heidar Helguson
all had opportunities for the Bluebirds as they enjoyed a lively opening
half-hour, while Charlie Austin's first real sniff of goal after 34
minutes was blocked by defender Mark Hudson.

Just seven minutes later a flowing
move from Cardiff saw them deservedly double their lead. Noone let rip
from 25 yards and although Grant got a hand to the former Brighton man's
effort, he could not keep it out and the winger celebrated his second
of the campaign.

Try as he might: Martin Patterson got little change from Ben Turner and Don Cowie

Try as he might: Martin Patterson got little change from Ben Turner and Don Cowie

The Clarets started the second half
the stronger and Austin was close to his 15th league goal of the season
when he thumped a shot towards goal that Hudson did extremely well to
turn over his own crossbar.

At the other end Noone's curling left-footed effort came back off the bar as
Cardiff looked to extend their impressive home record against the
visitors, having not tasted defeat against the Clarets in south Wales
since 2000.

David Marshall had enjoyed a
relatively quiet afternoon for the home side until the 76th minute when
the Scotland international made a fine save to deny half-time substitute
Sam Vokes after he met Danny Ings' low cross.

With eight minutes to go though,
Cardiff grabbed a third when Connolly nodded home Whittingham's
inswinging corner at the far post for this third of the season.

And just two minutes later substitute
Gunnarsson grabbed his second goal of the week in emphatic style after
Whittingham's ball was knocked down by fellow sub Rudy Gestede to wrap
up a thoroughly impressive victory for Malky Mackay's table-topping
team.

Ipswich 1 Cardiff 2: Late Helguson double seals points for Bluebirds

Ipswich 1 Cardiff 2: Late Helguson double seals points for Bluebirds

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UPDATED:

19:01 GMT, 6 October 2012

Heidar Helguson's second-half double cancelled out a highly-controversial debut goal by DJ Campbell as Cardiff came from behind against Ipswich to win 2-1 at Portman Road and stay top of the npower Championship.

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell opted to leave out striker Michael Chopra, who attracted headlines for all the wrong reasons on Thursday having been one of nine people charged in connection with race-fixing by the British Horseracing Authority.

Heidar Helguson of Cardiff

Leaving it late: Cardiff's Heidar Helguson bagged two second-half goals to seal the points for the Bluebirds

His place in attack went to Campbell,
who had joined on a three-month loan from QPR only yesterday, and the
former Birmingham, Leicester and Blackpool frontman gave the home side a
deserved lead when netting in first-half stoppage-time after the ball
came off his hand amid confusion in the Cardiff defence.

But for all their dominance in the
opening period, the Tractor Boys were not able to record their first
home win of the season as the Championship strugglers conceded two soft
goals from crosses as Helguson netted both, including the winner in the
88th minute.

Cardiff's Mark Hudson wasted a header from a free-kick early on, before the hosts went on to dominate the first half.

Fine link up play on the left
resulted in Aaron Cresswell curling an inviting ball into the area but
Campbell, at full stretch, was unable to steer the ball past on-rushing
Bluebirds goalkeeper David Marshall and saw his effort go wide.

Match facts

Ipswich: Loach, Cresswell, Chambers, Higginbotham, Edwards, Emmanuel-Thomas, Martin, Wellens (Luongo 73), Drury, Campbell (Scotland 59), Murphy (Bilel 90)

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton (Turner 90), Taylor, Hudson, Connolly, Whittingham, Cowie, Noone (Conway 55), Gunnarsson, Mason (Gestede 64), Helguson

Ref: Ilderton

Att: 16,434

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On 27 minutes, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
sent a powerful, low shot from all of 30 yards that swerved dramatically
towards the bottom right corner and had Marshall at full stretch as he
produced a brilliant finger-tip save.

Daryl Murphy then headed onto the
base of the left-hand post from close range, before the Tractor Boys
made their pressure count.

Lee Martin's dangerous cross from the
left caused a mix up as Marshall and centre-half Matthew Connolly left
the ball to each other and the ball hit the on-rushing Campbell and
rolled into the empty net.

Replays clearly showed the ball hit
the outstretched hand of Campbell and the 30-year-old immediately looked
across at the assistant referee expecting to see a flag, but when it
didn't arrive he ran away to celebrate a first goal as an Ipswich
player.

Campbell received a standing ovation
when he was brought off just before the hour mark to be replaced by
Jason Scotland, but the break in play seemed to work in Cardiff's favour
as they then started coming more into the game and levelled on 63
minutes.

Substitute Craig Conway looked to
have wasted his crossing opportunity on the left as he floated his
delivery too close to Loach, but the Ipswich shot-stopper was unable to
cleanly gather and spilled the ball into the path of Helguson, who had
the easiest of tap-ins.

Both teams enjoyed good spells of
pressure following the goal, but it was Cardiff who started to look the
more likely having taken the sting out of the game with their equaliser.

Andrew Taylor stung the fingers of
Loach with a drilled effort from the left angle of the area, before Rudy
Gestede's header deflected off for a Cardiff corner.

Malky Mackay's side grabbed all the
points when Taylor's high cross into the area from the left caused more
hesitation in the Ipswich defence as Cresswell left the ball thinking
Roach was coming out to claim and Helguson leaped high at the far post
to head home unchallenged with two minutes to go.