A seventh successive home win took Cardiff City back to the top of the Championship table.

The Bluebirds were rarely ruffled once Joe Mason scored from close range on three minutes after Craig Noone's shot fell into his path off the far post.

Noone doubled the advantage with a drilled effort from 25 yards before being denied a second by the crossbar.

Matthew Connolly's header and Aron Gunnarsson's side-foot finish completed Cardiff's biggest win of the season.

The final goals came within three minutes of each other inside the last 10 minutes and meant the scoreline gave a fairer reflection of the home side's dominance.

Peter Whittingham, whose cross was converted by an unmarked Connolly, was again influential in midfield, while Kim Bo-Kyung impressed on his first start of the season.

But Noone will take all the plaudits, rightly given a standing ovation by the appreciative home crowd when substituted moments before Cardiff's third goal.

Cardiff's home comfort

  • Cardiff City are two wins away from equalling a club record nine successive home victories. They are now unbeaten in 13 on their own patch

On a clear but bitterly cold day in the Welsh capital, Cardiff immediately warmed to their task against managerless Burnley.

Mason, benefiting from injuries to Craig Bellamy and Tommy Smith to make only his third start of the season, showed no sign of either rustiness or over-enthusiasm as he kept calm to convert his first opportunity.

When Noone's curling left-foot shot crashed against the far post, striker Mason resisted the temptation to shoot first time and took a touch before lifting the ball over goalkeeper Lee Grant.

The post then denied Mason a second, but his movement throughout was too slick for the static Burnley defence.

Cardiff's pressure delivered a second goal minutes before the break when Noone was given too much space in front of goal.

The winger's driven 25-yard effort moved slightly in the air, and Grant could only palm the ball into his own net.

Apart from a brief period at the start of the second half, Burnley offered little to trouble the Cardiff defence, denying Charlie Austin the opportunity to break a club record by scoring in nine successive games.

The visitors could not match Cardiff's superior work-rate and movement, and were fortunate not to concede a third when defender Ben Turner headed wide.

Noone, a constant threat down the right flank, was then denied a second when his curling shot rebounded off the crossbar to safety.

But Cardiff's probing finally paid dividends in the closing stages as right-back Connolly was left unmarked to head in Whittingham's cross, before Rudy Gestede's cushion header gave substitute Gunnarsson a simple task to score the fourth.

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay:

"We've played against the top scorers in the league and top scorer in Charlie Austin so to keep a clean sheet, take our chances and be clinical at the other end, I'm very pleased.

"The goals were excellent, but we could have had more. I'm delighted that the hard work and good play was finished off well with the goals as well.

"We kept going even at half-time at 2-0 up. We combated them well, played in between the lines and put them to the sword in the second half."

Burnley caretaker manager Terry Pashley:

"The goals we conceded were self-inflicted. After the first goal we never really recovered.

"We tried to be positive in the second half to try to get the next goal, but we conceded a third.

"It was poor decisions in open play and we got punished. But we all have to be accountable. Cardiff are top of the league and it's no fluke - they are playing consistent football. It was a tough afternoon for us."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Cardiff

  • 01 Marshall
  • 03 Taylor
  • 05 Hudson
  • 06 Turner
  • 12 Connolly
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 08 Cowie
  • 13 Kim Bo-Kyung (Gunnarsson - 78' )
  • 16 Noone (Frei - 83' )
  • 20 Mason
  • 22 Helguson (Gestede - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 32 Lewis
  • 02 McNaughton
  • 04 Kiss
  • 11 Conway
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 25 Frei
  • 15 Gestede

Burnley

  • 01 Grant
  • 02 Trippier
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 18 Mills Booked
  • 06 McCann
  • 08 Marney
  • 11 Stanislas (Vokes - 46' )
  • 22 Stock (Stewart - 78' )
  • 10 Paterson (Ings - 72' )
  • 23 Austin

Substitutes

  • 12 Jensen
  • 03 Lafferty
  • 15 Edgar
  • 16 O'Neill
  • 19 Stewart
  • 09 Vokes
  • 14 Ings
Ref: Miller
Att: 21,191

Match Stats

Shots

15 9

On target

8 5

Corners

6 6

Fouls

4 4

Live Text Commentary

92:56 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:24

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kieran Trippier, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:08

Charlie Austin takes a shot.

90:00 +0:59

Unfair challenge on Chris McCann by Aron Gunnarsson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kieran Trippier, clearance by Rudy Gestede.

86:33

Sam Vokes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.

84:30

Assist by Rudy Gestede.

84:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Aron Gunnarsson - Cardiff 4 - 0 Burnley Aron Gunnarsson scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 4-0 Burnley.

84:06

The ball is sent over by Peter Whittingham.

82:48

The ball is delivered by Joe Mason.

82:01 Substitution

Substitution Kerim Frei replaces Craig Noone.

81:14

Assist on the goal came from Peter Whittingham.

81:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Connolly - Cardiff 3 - 0 Burnley Matthew Connolly grabs a headed goal from close in. Cardiff 3-0 Burnley.

80:42

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham,

78:04

Chris McCann produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

77:06 Substitution

Substitution (Burnley) makes a substitution, with Cameron Stewart coming on for Brian Stock.

77:06 Substitution

Substitution Aron Gunnarsson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Bo-Kyung Kim.

75:48

Sam Vokes takes a shot. Save by David Marshall. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Joseph Mills, David Marshall makes a save.

74:46

Don Cowie delivers the ball,

73:53

Brian Stock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bo-Kyung Kim. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.

73:21

Sam Vokes produces a cross, Ben Turner manages to make a clearance. Kieran Trippier takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Bo-Kyung Kim.

72:28

Joseph Mills produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

71:38 Substitution

Substitution Danny Ings replaces Martin Paterson.

68:31

Craig Noone crosses the ball, Kieran Trippier manages to make a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Peter Whittingham, clearance made by Jason Shackell.

67:07

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.

66:55

Andrew Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Brian Stock.

66:06

The ball is crossed by Craig Noone.

62:57 Substitution

Substitution Heidar Helguson goes off and Rudy Gestede comes on.

61:48

Craig Noone takes a shot.

60:39

Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Dean Marney.

60:17

Corner taken by Peter Whittingham, Dean Marney manages to make a clearance.

60:04

The ball is sent over by Craig Noone, clearance made by Kieran Trippier.

59:08

Unfair challenge on Craig Noone by Chris McCann results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.

57:58

Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

56:44

Shot by Heidar Helguson. Lee Grant makes a save.

53:29

The ball is crossed by Peter Whittingham, Header from close range by Ben Turner clears the bar.

52:47

Don Cowie takes the free kick.

52:47 Booking

Booking Joseph Mills receives a caution.

52:25

Joseph Mills gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Noone.

52:11

The referee blows for offside against Heidar Helguson. Michael Duff restarts play with the free kick.

50:57

The offside flag is raised against Joe Mason. Free kick taken by Jason Shackell.

45:45

Corner taken left-footed by Joseph Mills from the right by-line, Charlie Austin takes a shot. Short corner taken by Joseph Mills, Joseph Mills fouled by Peter Whittingham, the ref awards a free kick. Joseph Mills takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Sam Vokes comes on in place of Junior Stanislas.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:07

Dean Marney has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

40:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Noone - Cardiff 2 - 0 Burnley Craig Noone fires in a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 2-0 Burnley.

38:26

Peter Whittingham delivers the ball, Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Lee Grant makes a comfortable save.

34:59

Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Blocked by Don Cowie. Inswinging corner taken by Junior Stanislas, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.

34:16

Charlie Austin takes a shot. Mark Hudson gets a block in.

33:50

Craig Noone delivers the ball, Lee Grant makes a save.

28:51

Heidar Helguson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

28:07

Bo-Kyung Kim fouled by Kieran Trippier, the ref awards a free kick. Andrew Taylor takes the free kick.

27:26

Peter Whittingham concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Marney. Michael Duff takes the direct free kick.

26:48

Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Save by Lee Grant.

23:42

The ball is swung over by Junior Stanislas.

22:53

Shot from just outside the box by Bo-Kyung Kim misses to the right of the goal.

20:27

Effort from inside the penalty box by Joe Mason strikes the post. Peter Whittingham takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Kieran Trippier.

19:47

Heidar Helguson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieran Trippier. Kieran Trippier restarts play with the free kick.

19:13

Charlie Austin takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.

17:51

Don Cowie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Brian Stock restarts play with the free kick.

14:48

Craig Noone crosses the ball.

13:41

The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris McCann. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

10:59

The referee blows for offside. Lee Grant takes the indirect free kick.

7:01

The referee blows for offside against Joe Mason. Free kick taken by Michael Duff.

2:57

Assist by Craig Noone.

2:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Mason - Cardiff 1 - 0 Burnley Goal scored by Joe Mason from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-0 Burnley.

2:30

Craig Noone has an effort at goal from the just inside the area hitting the post.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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