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League One round-up: Oldham beat Hartlepool 3-0 in Lee Johnson"s first game in charge but Gary Johnson"s Yeovil lose 2-0 to Swindon

League One round-up: Johnson's Oldham era starts on a high… but his dad's promotion tilt with Yeovil suffers a blow

Graeme Yorke


22:20 GMT, 19 March 2013



22:39 GMT, 19 March 2013


Bury 2-0 Stevenage

Crewe 2-1 MK Dons

Oldham 3-0 Hartlepool

Yeovil 0-2 Swindon

New Oldham boss Lee Johnson marked the first match of his managerial career by taking the Latics out of the npower League One relegation zone with a 3-0 win at home to fellow strugglers Hartlepool on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old, the son of Yeovil boss Gary Johnson, is the youngest manager in the Football League following his appointment on Monday.

On the rise: Swindon beat Yeovil 2-0 to move into third place in the League One table

On the rise: Swindon beat Yeovil 2-0 to move into third place in the League One table


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And he saw his new side go in front
after 17 minutes through Robbie Simpson's header, with Jean Yves Mvoto
nodding home a second shortly before the half hour.

Jose Baxter finished the visitors off in the 69th minute. The win took Oldham a point above the drop zone.

Gary Johnson could not match his son's success, though, as his Yeovil side slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Swindon.

Adam Rooney's 77th-minute penalty opened the scoring and James Collins made it two deep into stoppage time as the Robins moved to within a point of the top two, three ahead of their opponents.

Bury moved off the foot of the table, and sent Portsmouth bottom, as two late goals earned them a 2-0 win at home to Stevenage.

Steven Schumacher missed a 20th-minute penalty and it looked like that might be costly until Craig Jones broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute and Jonson Clarke-Harris made the points safe in the last minute.

Mathias Pogba scored twice as Crewe came from behind to beat MK Dons 2-1.

Patrick Bamford headed the Dons into a 31st-minute lead, but Pogba levelled nine minutes later and got the winner six minutes from time.

The Dons finished the match with 10 men thanks to Antony Kay's 86th-minute sending-off.

Home defeat: Gary Johnson's Yeovil were undone by second-half goals from Adam Rooney and James Collins

Home defeat: Gary Johnson's Yeovil were undone by second-half goals from Adam Rooney and James Collins

Joey Barton attends QPR v Liverpool match

A happy return, Joey Barton back from Marseille to watch parent club QPR collapse against Liverpool at Loftus Road



00:12 GMT, 31 December 2012

Joey Barton made the trip across the Channel from Marseille to watch his parent club Queens Park Rangers suffer a crushing defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

Barton played in Marseille's 1-0 victory over Saint Etienne on December 23, but took the opportunity to put in an appearance at Loftus Road to watch the basement side attempt to topple the visiting Reds.

It didn't go well for Harry Redknapp's men. Luis Suarez hit a double and Daniel Agger headed home to condemn Rangers to yet another defeat, leaving them rock bottom and eight points from safety.

Familiar face: Joey Barton (second row, centre) was back at Loftus Road

Familiar face: Joey Barton (second row, centre) was back at Loftus Road

The loanee made the switch to the Ligue 1 club this summer, but first had to serve a 12-match domestic ban for his part in the final-day fracas at the Etihad Stadium last season.

The 30-year-old midfielder has deputised 12 times for Marseille, who are level on points with league-leaders Paris Saint Germain and second-placed Lyon in the French league.

Barton scored his first and only competitive goal for the Ligue 1 title hopefuls against Borussia Mnchengladbach in their 2-2 Europa League draw in November.

Impressed Barton watched his parent club get hammered 3-0

Impressed Barton watched his parent club get hammered 3-0

Impressed Barton watched his parent club get hammered 3-0

Redknapp's QPR, on the other hand, are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, having picked up a paltry 10 points from the first 19 games.

Barton, who has won over the fans of his temporary club, will be back in France for Marseille's Coupe de France tie against Guingamp on January 6 at the Stade Velodrome.

Is that it Luis Suarez led the charge for Liverpool and scored twice

Is that it Luis Suarez led the charge for Liverpool and scored twice

Contrast: It's all smiles at Marseille, who are level on points with league leaders Paris Saint Germain

Contrast: It's all smiles at Marseille, who are level on points with league leaders Paris Saint Germain

Hull 2 Leeds 0 – match report

Hull 2 Leeds 0: Quickfire double from Evans and Meyler sends Warnock's Whites packing


14:27 GMT, 29 December 2012



14:40 GMT, 29 December 2012

Premier League hopefuls Hull overcame their problems in front of goal to see off a woeful Leeds side at the KC Stadium.

Steve Bruce's men are in the thick of the promotion race and cemented themselves in second place heading in to 2013 with this win, eventually brought about by goals from Corry Evans and David Meyler.

Prior to Evans' 52nd-minute opener it had looked as though the one thing to have blighted Hull this season – a dismal lack of goals – would haunt them again, but once the seal was broken they did not look back.

Job done: David Meyler scored Hull's second to put the game beyond doubt

Job done: David Meyler scored Hull's second to put the game beyond doubt


Hull City: Jakupovic, Chester, Hobbs, Evans, Koren (Proschwitz 76), Faye, Aluko (Simpson 89), Elmohamady (Rosenior 82), Quinn, Meyler, Brady

Subs not used: Amos, McShane, Cairney, Olofinjana

Goals: Evans 52, Meyler 55

Booked: Brady

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Hard fought: Sone Aluko tries to hold off Leeds United's Jason Pearce

With no possession to speak of, Leeds
reverted to unsavoury methods of staying in the game, with Aidy White
and McCormack booked for late challenges and Michael Brown shown a
yellow card for refusing to step off the field while he received

The pattern of the match continued
into the second half, Aluko drilling just wide after cutting in, with
Paddy Kenny then doing well to get down and deny Meyler after Brown's
error had set Hull free.

Aluko then turned Pearce inside out
and flashed a cross-cum-shot across goal which Koren should have turned
in, but the latter was more effective with 52 minutes gone as he laid on
Evans' goal.

His neat reverse pass put the Northern
Ireland international in down the right-hand side of the box and,
without a moment of hesitation he rammed a low drive across Kenny and
into the bottom corner.

It was no more than Hull deserved, in
fact another couple of goals would have been justified, and one arrived
three minutes later as Meyler, due to return to Sunderland tomorrow,
rose to head in Robbie Brady's corner at the near post.

Only the theatrics of Kenny from Brady
and Koren's wasteful follow-up denied Hull a third, with other near
misses coming and going as both sides happily saw the game through to
its conclusion.

Charles Sale: MCC chief "insults" election hopefuls

MCC chief 'insults' election hopefuls



22:46 GMT, 20 December 2012

The MCC are embroiled in yet another
internal row after chairman Oliver Stocken astonished members of
cricket’s most famous private club with his comments about the main
committee election.

Stocken, who has been accused by
legal grandee Lord Grabiner of running MCC like a ‘personal fiefdom’,
damned the six candidates in the ballot, saying he wouldn’t recommend
any of them because they did not have the qualities of those retiring
from the MCC committee.

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Stocken’s letter to members said: ‘It has been decided not to recommend any nominees but instead to refer to the skills and attributes possessed by the four elected members who are due to retire. It is highly unlikely the qualities of the new members will match those retiring.’

The six nominees include Hampshire president and former county captain Nick Pocock and City high-flyer Vicky Griffiths, who has been nominated by Andy Flower and Mike Gatting.

Senior MCC member Laurence Dillamore described Stocken’s comments as ‘the most insulting and condescending communication from the club in all the 40 years I have been a member’. He added: ‘It is breathtaking contempt and directly questions the competence of the proposers and seconders.’

An MCC spokesperson said the chairman’s letter was for guidance and had not meant to be a slight on anyone.

Sir Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco

Former Tesco chief Sir Terry Leahy (right), tipped to be FA chairman before David Bernstein was appointed, is again being linked with the role.

Leading businessman Leahy, long-time Everton supporter, England 2018 bid adviser and knowledgeable about the FA through Tesco's sponsorship, ticks most boxes.

But there is doubt whether Leahy could commit at least two days a week to the FA having taken up a number of advisory roles since leaving Tesco.

Others in the frame are Football League chairman Greg Clarke, St George's Park chairman David Sheepshanks and independent FA director Heather Rabbatts. Dame Sue Campbell, who is stepping down from the chairmanship of UK Sport, should certainly be on the FA headhunters' list.

It's Roger and out…

The Lawn Tennis Association remuneration committee, which awarded chief executive Roger Draper his 640,000-a-year package, have Draper as one of two executive staff invitees who attend meetings. And you wouldn’t have put it past the hapless LTA for Draper to be present when his salary was discussed. However, it was confirmed yesterday that Draper left the room before his 201,000 bonus was awarded. Cathie Sabin, the LTA deputy president, would not discuss Draper’s money yesterday but said: ‘The board is backing Roger.’

Moz Dee, talkSPORT's programme director who has done a lot to raise the profile of the station, is leaving to set up Contented Digital Media, supplying original material to broadcasters. Dee, who will want to earn more than he did at talkSPORT, is unlikely to have made such a move without deals – most probably with BT Sport – already in place.

British Olympic Association pleasure at securing Minas Tennis Club in Belo Horizonte for their Team GB preparation camp for the 2016 Rio Games will be enhanced by the knowledge Australia were also chasing the venue.

Hard-hitting BBC political editor Nick Robinson, who hosted Manchester United’s UNESCO dinner, hardly put the players through the wringer. United fan Robinson asked Nemanja Vidic what it was like to be back from injury, Rio Ferdinand what it was like to have Vidic back and Wayne Rooney what it was like playing alongside Robin van Persie. The only remotely edgy question was put to Rooney, with Robinson asking for advice on his hairline.

David Stockdale recalled from Hull loan

Stockdale recalled from loan after Fulham stopper Etheridge injured



18:17 GMT, 19 December 2012

Fulham have recalled goalkeeper David Stockdale from a loan spell at Hull after Neil Etheridge suffered an injury.

With Mark Schwarzer the regular No 1 at Craven Cottage, Stockdale was last month allowed to join the npower Championship promotion hopefuls.

The 27-year-old impressed in his short time with the Tigers but is now heading back to the Fulham ranks.

Recall: David Stockdale has been brought back to Fulham from Hull

Recall: David Stockdale has been brought back to Fulham from Hull

'The club can confirm that goalkeeper David Stockdale has been recalled from his loan spell at Hull City with immediate effect and will resume training with Fulham from Thursday 20th December,' read a club statement.

'Stockdale made five appearance for the Tigers, helping them to earn 10 points and two clean sheets in the process.'

Stockdale goes into the squad for Saturday's trip to Liverpool, while an update on 22-year-old Etheridge's injury will be given by manager Martin Jol at tomorrow's pre-match press conference.

Etheridge is believed to have sustained a leg injury on Monday, playing for Fulham's under-21 team against their Manchester City counterparts.

Napoli match-fixing scandal: Paolo Cannavaro, Gianluca Grava and Matteo Gianello banned as club are docked points

Napoli deducted two points for part in match-fixing scandal as shamed defenders Cannavaro and Grava get six-month bans


10:50 GMT, 18 December 2012



10:50 GMT, 18 December 2012

Serie A title hopefuls Napoli will be deducted two points after defenders Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava were handed six-month bans for failing to report match-fixing.

Former Azzurri goalkeeper Matteo Gianello has been banned for 39 months for admitting an attempt to fix Napoli’s top-flight meeting with Sampdoria in 2010, with Cannavaro and Grava punished for failing to report their knowledge of Gianello’s actions and Napoli penalised as the players’ employer.

A disciplinary commision statement published by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) today read: 'Two penalty points for Napoli and a 70,000 euro fine.

Shamed: Paolo Cannavaro was banned for six months for failing to report match-fixing

Shamed: Paolo Cannavaro was banned for six months for failing to report match-fixing

'A ban of three years and three months for Matteo Gianello and bans of six months for Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava.'

Gianello, now a free agent, confessed to attempting to fix the outcome of Napoli's Serie A match at Sampdoria in May 2010.

Cannavaro and Grava denied any wrongdoing but are set to miss the rest of the season for failing to report Gianello's activities to the authorities at the time.

Despite making a strong start to the season, Napoli had fallen eight points behind league leaders and reigning champions Juventus, with today's deduction further distancing Walter Mazzarri's side as they slip into fifth place behind Inter Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina.

Slammed: Former Napoli keeper Matteo Gianello was banned for 39 months after admitting an attempt to fix a game against Sampdoria in 2010

Slammed: Former Napoli keeper Matteo Gianello was banned for 39 months after admitting an attempt to fix a game against Sampdoria in 2010

FIGC prosecutor Stefano Palazzi had previously suggested a ban of 16 months for Gianello but a disciplinary tribunal recommended a lengthier suspension.

A one-point deduction was the original proposal for Napoli, with Cannavaro and Grava facing nine-month bans, but those verdicts have also been amended.

Napoli, Cannavaro and Grava are likely to appeal the hefty sanctions through the FIGC before approaching the TNAS tribunal court in Rome should they be unsuccessful.

The disciplinary commission also issued a two-point deduction for Lega Pro side Portogruaro while Crotone were acquitted of any wrongdoing in a 2011 match between the two sides.

Hitting the heights: Edinson Cavani (right) has helped Napoli to third in the Serie A this term

Hitting the heights: Edinson Cavani (right) has helped Napoli to third in the Serie A this term

The FIGC's wide-ranging investigation into match-fixing, known as 'Calcioscommesse' saw Juventus head coach Antonio Conte suspended from the game for four months for failing to report his knowledge of match-fixing during his time in charge of Siena.

Conte's former club accepted a six-point deduction for their role in the scandal, with former Bari defender Andrea Masiello receiving a 22-month suspended prison sentence after admitting scoring an own-goal during a relegation decider.

Ex-Siena defender Emanuele Pesoli chained himself to the headquarters of the FIGC for four days in protest against a three-year ban.

Leicester 2 Barnsley 2 – match report

Leicester 2 Barnsley 2: Tykes unlucky as Fox in the box Vardy leaves it late to level


17:30 GMT, 8 December 2012



17:33 GMT, 8 December 2012

A last-minute goal from Jamie Vardy gave Leicester a share of the spoils against Barnsley, but the promotion hopefuls will consider it two points dropped against struggling Barnsley.

Vardy struck home from close range after good work from David Nugent, but Keith Hill's side deserved the plaudits after a battling show.

Nugent was back up top with Martyn Waghorn after bagging a brace for the Foxes from the bench against Derby.

Delight: Reuben Noble Lazarus celebrates scoring Barnsley's second

Delight: Reuben Noble Lazarus celebrates scoring Barnsley's second

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (Marshall 60), King, Drinkwater, Dyer (Futacs 76), Nugent, Waghorn (Vardy 68).

Subs Not Used: Logan, James, Moore, Lingard.

Booked: Nugent, Marshall.

Goals: Knockaert 9, Vardy 90.

Barnsley: Steele, Stones (Perkins 80), Cranie, Wiseman, Golbourne, Dawson, Buzsaky (Tudgay 68), Greening, O'Brien, Noble-Lazarus (Etuhu 80), Davies.

Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Hassell, Foster, Sinclair.

Booked: Wiseman.

Goals: Dawson 27, Noble-Lazarus 39.

Att: 23,579

Ref: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).

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The visitors, meanwhile, were merely
looking to stop the rot after a winless run of nine games, stretching
all the way back to October 20.

And Barnsley could have been one down
within two minutes of the start. John Stones impeded Lloyd Dyer and
from the resultant free-kick, Tykes keeper Luke Steele tipped Waghorn's
shot around a post.

Two minutes later, Steele had to be at his best again to deny the Leicester man as the Foxes went for the jugular.

A goal looked inevitable even at this
early stage and it duly arrived after nine minutes when Anthony
Knockaert drilled home left footed from 12 yards to give the overworked
Steele no chance with his fifth goal of the season.

It had been an early procession
towards the Tykes' goal and the Yorkshiremen were finding it hard to
gain any sort of foothold in the match as Nigel Pearson's promotion
hopefuls ran them ragged.

But eventually Hill's men made their
presence felt with a series of zealous challenges intended to disrupt
the rhythm of the impressive hosts.

It worked, and Barnsley drew level
after 27 minutes when Stephen Dawson struck beyond Kasper Schmeichel to
make it 1-1 from 12 yards.

The goal gave the visitors the lift
they needed but it also stung the Foxes into renewed action, Dyer trying
his luck from inside the box and seeing his effort clear the crossbar.

But if Leicester had been rattled by
the equaliser, they were left distraught after conceding a second after
39 minutes. This time it was Reuben Noble-Lazarus who finished off a
move involving Jim O'Brien with a stylish overhead kick from close range
to put his side 2-1 ahead.

Another Waghorn effort from distance
was well held by Steele but at the other end Akos Buzsaky shot wide when
well placed to add to the Tykes' tally just a minute from the break.

Leicester knew they had to up the
tempo after the break and Knockaert went close, first with his right
boot and then with his head after 58 minutes, his 12-yard effort just
clearing the crossbar as the Foxes forced the pace.

He was replaced just on the hour, giving way to Ben Marshall as boss Pearson looked to shuffle his options.

Waghorn then made way for Vardy, who turned into Leicester's saviour.

Watford 4 Barnsley 1: match report

Watford 4 Barnsley 1: Terriers trounced in latest Troy story


17:33 GMT, 1 December 2012



17:57 GMT, 1 December 2012

Striker Troy Deeney celebrated his 100th appearance for play-off hopefuls Watford with a pair of goals against struggling Barnsley.

Deeney headed in after just 10 minutes, and after midfielder Mark Yeates had produced a slide-rule finish from a tight angle just before the hour mark, Deeney struck again seven minutes later to take his season's goal tally to eight.

Going close: Watford's Fernando Forestieri takes a pop at the Barnsley goal

Going close: Watford's Fernando Forestieri takes a pop at the Barnsley goal

Match facts

WATFORD: Almunia, Hall, Hoban, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Yeates, Hogg, Chalobah (Battocchio 71), Pudil, Deeney (Geijo 81), Forestieri (Vydra 66). Subs not used: Bonham, Dickinson, Murray, Mujangi Bia.

Goals: Deeney 10, 66, Yeates 59, Vydra 83 (pen)

BARNSLEY: Steele, Cranie, Foster, McNulty, Golbourne, Mellis (dawson 32), Greening (O'Brien 81), Buzsaky, Davies, Sinclair (Noble-Lazarus 70), Tudgay. Subs not used: Alnwick, Wiseman, Cywka, Stones.

Goals: Tudgay 90+4

Referee: Fred Graham

Att: 11,335

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Substitute Matej Vydra rounded off a
one-sided second half by converting an 83rd-minute penalty after he had
been hacked down from behind by Jimmy McNulty.

On-loan striker Marcus Tudgay did manage to notch a consolation goal for the visitors in stoppage-time.

The win saw the in-form Hornets extend their unbeaten record to seven matches and move into the top six on goal difference.

But Barnsley face a winter of
discontent, having now gone nine matches without a victory and being
dragged ever closer towards the bottom three.

Deeney had come off the substitutes'
bench to score against Barnsley's South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield
Wednesday in midweek and having been restored by manager Gianfranco Zola
to the starting line-up he wasted little time putting the in-form
Hornets in the driving seat.

He got away from his marker far too easily and stooped to head in Marco Cassetti's excellent 10th-minute corner.

It was the fourth time in three matches that Barnsley had conceded a goal from a set-piece.

The visitors twice came close to levelling matters from two Akos Buzsaky corners.

The first one saw leading scorer
Craig Davies produce a superb 15-yard header that Watford skipper Manuel
Almunia managed to claw away, with the ball grazing the post on its way

Then from Buzsaky's second delivery,
ex-Arsenal stopper Almunia produced an equally fine save to keep out
Tudgay's close-range header.

Luke Steele prevented Watford from
increasing their lead in the 24th minute, going full-stretch to push
away a fierce 25-yard right-footer from Fernando Forestieri.

Sinclair should have brought Barnsley level in the 39th minute when he was sent clear by Buzsaky.

Sinclair's touch was rather heavy as
he rounded Almunia and from a tight angle he saw his shot brilliantly
blocked on the line by the covering Tommie Hoban.

While the opening 45 minutes had been
very even, Watford dominated the second half – as Barnsley endured a
defensive horror show.

Yeates brilliantly found the bottom
corner from a tight angle in the 59th minute, before Forestieri teed up
fellow forward Deeney for a 16-yard finish in the 66th minute.

And Vydra, having replaced Forestieri, beat goalkeeper Steele from the spot seven minutes from time.

Tudgay notched his second goal in as
many matches with a smart finish for Barnsley in stoppage-time, but it
was no more than a consolation.

Tottenham and Chelsea face competition for Pedro Obiang

Spurs and Chelsea face competition from Spain and Italy for Sampdoria starlet Obiang



10:56 GMT, 26 November 2012

Tottenham and Chelsea are facing increasing competition from Italy and Spain to sign highly-rated Sampdoria youngster Pedro Obiang.

A number of clubs have watched Obiang, who is also known as Perico, including Rafa Benitez’s Chelsea and Spurs.

But the English clubs now have competition for the 20-year-old from the continent.

Wanted man: Pedro Obiang (right) is being tracked by Chelsea and Tottenham

Wanted man: Pedro Obiang (right) is being tracked by Chelsea and Tottenham

A further stumbling block for the Premier League sides to overcome is the fact that the Spanish-born midfielder’s agent has cooled talks of Obiang’s exit, and claimed that the youngster is happy at Sampdoria.

Jose Miguel Gonzalez said: ‘We know that several Italian, English and Spanish clubs are following him, but Pedro is a mature guy and is thinking only about Sampdoria.

‘We are excited about the interest of other clubs, there are many rumours, but we have not spoken to anyone.

‘It’s early to talk about the market, Pedro works with humility and wants to help the team to climb up the table. Among February and April we will see what happens.

‘Samp is the team which have focused on him and we will always be grateful to them.’

Growing intetrest: Spanish and Italian clubs are also keen on landing the Sampdoria midfielder, who says he is happy where he is

Growing intetrest: Spanish and Italian clubs are also keen on landing the Sampdoria midfielder, who says he is happy where he is

Both Tottenham and Chelsea have been impressed with the midfielder’s shining displays in Serie A behind 19-year-old striker Mauro Icardi.

Spurs have been monitoring Icardi, who could be available for 2million, but it is believed if the young Argentine does leave, it will be for a team where he will play regularly.

This could be a problem at Tottenham, with Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe already deputising up top for the Champions League hopefuls.

Obiang joined Sampdoria in 2008 from Atletico Madrid, and may be persuaded to make a move back to the country of his birth rather than the Premier League.

Not bad either: Mauro Icardi (right) has also been linked with a move to Spurs

Not bad either: Mauro Icardi (right) has also been linked with a move to Spurs

Cardiff 2 Hull 1: match report

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


17:29 GMT, 10 November 2012



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

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.