Matthew Connolly scored twice as Cardiff maintained their 100% home record with victory over Blackpool.

Connolly opened his account on 17 minutes with an accomplished finish before Peter Whittingham doubled the lead with a stunning free-kick.

Cardiff extended their lead 11 minutes after the interval through a Connolly header following a corner.

Matt Phillips hit the post late on but Blackpool were poor.

The win moves Cardiff up to second in the Championship but Blackpool have now won just one of their last five matches.

Blackpool included only four players who had started in Monday's 3-1 defeat to Huddersfield and Kirk Broadfoot was handed his debut.

Malky Mackay opted to make only one change to Cardiff's side, with Craig Noone replacing Don Cowie in midfield.

Cardiff paid tribute to their former manager Jimmy Andrews  prior to kick-off with a minute's applause.

Both sides showed a willingness to attack early on with Craig Bellamy's effort gathered comfortably by Matt Gilks, while, for the visitors, Matt Phillips tried his luck with a long-range effort.

It was the home side who broke the deadlock when Connolly met a Bellamy cross to fire the ball into the back of the net from close range.

And Cardiff doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Whittingham fired home a stunning free-kick from the edge of the area.

Veteran Kevin Phillips had the chance to reduce the deficit five minutes later but his effort from close range cleared the crossbar.

The impressive Whittingham continued to cause problems and, as the half drew to a close, he played in Bellamy, whose effort was saved well by Gilks.

Having failed to add to their tally in the first half, Cardiff did not have to wait long after the restart for a third goal.

Connolly, having earlier scored his first Cardiff goal, doubled their lead with a header from a Bellamy corner.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway made changes in a bid to galvanise his side but the visitors did little to trouble Cardiff.

Bellamy fired over the crossbar while Matt Phillips hit the post for the visitors in the 74th minute.

Stephen Crainey's free-kick hit the crossbar in injury time to complete a disappointing and frustrating afternoon for the Seasiders.

Cardiff manager Malkay Mackay: "That was our best performance of the season when you consider the team we were up against.

"They are most people's favourites to win the league with the squad they have but we scored three goals, created a lot of chances and kept a clean sheet.

"It was great to get our fourth home win. The stadium is rocking with the fans right behind us and we're looking a real goal threat from all areas of the pitch."

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway: "In the last two games we have passed and moved and Cardiff's crowd were on top of their team at the start, but goals change games and that's what Cardiff did.

"The goals we conceded weren't good enough from our point of view. Cardiff played well but they won't score easier goals in their lives than those they got against us.

"We had a spell like this last season so we just have to put our heads down and get through it."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Cardiff

  • 01 Marshall
  • 02 McNaughton
  • 03 Taylor
  • 05 Hudson Booked
  • 12 Connolly
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 16 Noone
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 14 Smith (Mason - 25' )
  • 22 Helguson (Cowie - 81' Booked )
  • 39 Bellamy (Kim Bo-Kyung - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 32 Lewis
  • 06 Turner
  • 04 Kiss
  • 08 Cowie
  • 13 Kim Bo-Kyung
  • 09 Velikonja
  • 20 Mason

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey Booked
  • 06 Evatt Booked
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 42 Broadfoot
  • 04 Robertson (Osbourne - 59' )
  • 07 M Phillips
  • 14 Sylvestre (Delfouneso - 58' )
  • 31 Angel
  • 09 K Phillips
  • 38 Dicko (Eccleston - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Halstead
  • 05 Eardley
  • 08 Gomes
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 18 Osbourne
  • 40 Delfouneso
  • 41 Eccleston
Ref: Boyeson
Att: 21,216

Match Stats

Shots

12 9

On target

5 2

Corners

5 4

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:16

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Angel Martinez misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +3:05 Booking

Booking Don Cowie goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:39

Unfair challenge on Stephen Crainey by Don Cowie results in a free kick. Alex Baptiste takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:31

Peter Whittingham fouled by Stephen Crainey, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Noone.

90:00 +1:05

Short corner worked by Craig Noone.

89:11

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stephen Crainey.

89:11 Booking

Booking Mark Hudson goes into the book.

88:54

Mark Hudson challenges Stephen Crainey unfairly and gives away a free kick.

84:25

Kirk Broadfoot produces a cross.

83:12 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

82:50

Bo-Kyung Kim is ruled offside. Kirk Broadfoot takes the indirect free kick.

81:50

Craig Noone produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

79:30 Substitution

Substitution Don Cowie replaces Heidar Helguson.

79:30

Bo-Kyung Kim concedes a free kick for a foul on Angel Martinez. The ball is delivered by Stephen Crainey, Header by Nathan Delfouneso from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

77:50

Nathan Delfouneso takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

74:53 Booking

Booking Booking for Ian Evatt for unsporting behaviour.

74:34

Joe Mason fouled by Ian Evatt, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.

74:06

The referee blows for offside. Kirk Broadfoot takes the free kick.

73:38

Matt Phillips produces a right-footed shot from just inside the box and strikes the post.

73:08

Corner taken by Stephen Crainey.

71:43

The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stephen Crainey from right channel.

71:43 Substitution

Substitution Bo-Kyung Kim comes on in place of Craig Bellamy.

71:43

Kirk Broadfoot fouled by Craig Noone, the ref awards a free kick.

71:06

Peter Whittingham is adjudged to have handled the ball. Ian Evatt restarts play with the free kick.

68:54

Andrew Taylor sends in a cross, Matt Gilks manages to make a clearance.

67:19

Effort on goal by Craig Bellamy from just inside the area clears the bar.

65:56

The ball is crossed by Angel Martinez.

65:24

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Angel Martinez, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.

64:46

Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

64:05

Nathan Delfouneso challenges Andrew Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

63:45

The official flags Heidar Helguson offside. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

62:47

The referee blows for offside. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

62:26

Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Andrew Taylor gets a block in.

60:42

The free kick is delivered left-footed by Peter Whittingham from right wing, Matt Gilks manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line.

60:42 Booking

Booking Booking for Stephen Crainey for unsporting behaviour.

60:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Crainey on Craig Bellamy.

59:47

Free kick taken by David Marshall.

59:47 Substitution

Substitution Nouha Dicko goes off and Nathan Eccleston comes on.

59:47

The official flags Nathan Delfouneso offside.

58:42

Inswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Joe Mason goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

58:42 Substitution

Substitution (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Isaiah Osbourne coming on for Scott Robertson.

57:33 Substitution

Substitution Ludovic Sylvestre goes off and Nathan Delfouneso comes on.

56:49

Assist by Peter Whittingham.

56:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Connolly - Cardiff 3 - 0 Blackpool Goal scored by Matthew Connolly from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Cardiff 3-0 Blackpool.

56:09

Corner from the right by-line taken by Peter Whittingham,

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +32:19 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

41:49

Corner taken short by Ludovic Sylvestre.

40:59

Craig Noone takes a shot. Save made by Matt Gilks.

36:34

Aron Gunnarsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Phillips. Alex Baptiste takes the direct free kick.

35:35

The official flags Craig Bellamy offside. Ian Evatt takes the indirect free kick.

35:03

The ball is delivered by Peter Whittingham.

34:07

Foul by Scott Robertson on Aron Gunnarsson, free kick awarded. David Marshall takes the free kick.

31:21

Kevin Phillips produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar. Matt Phillips produces a cross, clearance by David Marshall.

29:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Angel Martinez by Craig Bellamy. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.

26:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Whittingham - Cardiff 2 - 0 Blackpool Peter Whittingham grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 2-0 Blackpool.

25:36

Foul by Ian Evatt on Craig Bellamy, free kick awarded. Peter Whittingham crosses the ball in from the free kick,

25:00 Substitution

Substitution (Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Joe Mason coming on for Tommy Smith.

23:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aron Gunnarsson on Stephen Crainey. Angel Martinez restarts play with the free kick.

22:45

Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Blocked by Ludovic Sylvestre.

20:12

Tommy Smith produces a cross.

19:55

Header by Craig Noone from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

18:44

Stephen Crainey produces a cross, clearance made by Andrew Taylor. Corner from the right by-line taken by Ludovic Sylvestre, Angel Martinez takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Hudson.

18:04

Aron Gunnarsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Baptiste. Direct free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.

16:36

The assist for the goal came from Craig Bellamy.

16:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Connolly - Cardiff 1 - 0 Blackpool A goal is scored by Matthew Connolly from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-0 Blackpool.

15:33

Craig Noone takes a shot. Blocked by Kirk Broadfoot. Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy, Matt Phillips makes a clearance.

13:46

Foul by Mark Hudson on Kevin Phillips, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Ludovic Sylvestre, clearance by Craig Noone.

13:11

Shot from just outside the box by Matt Phillips misses to the left of the target.

10:14

Tommy Smith takes a shot. Save made by Matt Gilks.

9:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Robertson on Craig Noone. Craig Bellamy restarts play with the free kick.

6:13

Kevin Phillips takes a shot.

4:21

Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save by Matt Gilks.

2:07

Centre by Stephen Crainey.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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