Kenwyne Jones paved the way for Cardiff City to beat Huddersfield in their first home game of the season.

The striker forced home a rebound after his initial shot was saved for his first goal, then doubled his tally with an unstoppable close-range effort.

Peter Whittingham opened Cardiff's account with a wonderful long-range strike before Jones doubled their lead.

Murray Wallace gave the Terriers hope from a corner just before half-time but Jones pounced again to seal victory.

Huddersfield arrived at Cardiff City Stadium after the turmoil of last weekend, which had seen them crushed 4-0 at home by Bournemouth and then lose manager Mark Robins after just one game of the season.

Peter Whittingham

Huddersfield are bottom of the league after two defeats

Caretaker boss Mark Lillis led the Terriers to a morale-boosting midweek Capital One Cup win at Chesterfield, but faced a stern test at one of the Championship favourites.

Cardiff had started their season with a draw at Blackburn and a cup win against Coventry, but were eager to make their mark in their first home game of the campaign.

Huddersfield did not look short of spirit as they matched the Bluebirds chance for chance in the early exchanges.

But Cardiff took control with two goals either side of the half-hour mark.

Mats Moller Daehli had been an increasing threat after moving from wide left to the point of a midfield diamond.

A desperate challenge dispossessed the Norwegian as he jinked goalward, but his midfield partner Whittingham picked up the loose ball and unleashed a brilliant 25-yard left-foot shot into the far corner of the net.

Jones doubled Cardiff's lead soon after; his initial shot from John Brayford's excellent cross was saved by Alex Smithies but the striker stabbed in the rebound.

However, the visitors struck back in first-half injury time to give themselves hope.

Cardiff failed to clear a corner and defender Wallace made the most of the confusion to shoot home through a crowd.

Huddersfield continued to press after the break and Radoslaw Majewski drew a good save from David Marshall, diving smartly to his left to push the ball away.

Cardiff rode the pressure and a counter saw Adam Le Fondre and Whittingham work the ball to Daehli, who laid the ball off for Jones to smash the ball over Smithies.

The Huddersfield keeper denied Jones his hat-trick with two decent saves from headers, before the Trinidad and Tobago striker left the field to a standing ovation when he was replaced by Javi Guerra.

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:

"Kenwyne Jones has been working hard this summer. He's still not fit enough to play 90 minutes but he does cause the opposition problems.

"He can get fitter and we're still working on him but he's a big lad and it's hard work. It's natural because he came to us in January having played no football whatsoever.

"Now he's worked this summer, he's had a full pre-season and it's a different starting point for him."

Huddersfield caretaker manager Mark Lillis:

"The third goal was tough to take because we came in at half-time and felt we could get a result. But the pleasing thing for me at 3-1 was that we kept trying to play and get back into the game.

"Unfortunately we haven't got any points on the board and what happened last week was new to me in football.

"But we've got to get on with it. The good thing is that there is a spirit in the camp and no-one has downed tools."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 03 Fabio
  • 16 Connolly
  • 05 Hudson
  • 02 Brayford
  • 30 Burgstaller (Gunnarsson - 55' )
  • 20 Daehli (Wolff Eikrem - 81' )
  • 18 Adeyemi
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 10 Le Fondre
  • 09 Jones (Javi Guerra - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Kim Bo-kyung
  • 15 Wolff Eikrem
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 22 Javi Guerra
  • 23 Maynard
  • 33 Moore
  • 36 Morrison

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 03 Dixon
  • 33 Lynch Booked
  • 27 Smith
  • 15 Wallace Booked
  • 10 Coady
  • 45 Majewski (Ward - 61' )
  • 08 Butterfield
  • 06 Hogg Booked (Hammill - 61' )
  • 21 Wells
  • 14 Stead (Bunn - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Scannell
  • 11 Ward
  • 12 Hammill
  • 13 Murphy
  • 20 Sinnott
  • 22 Crooks
  • 30 Bunn
Ref: Keith Hill
Att: 20,749

Match Stats

Shots

16 21

On target

8 7

Corners

6 9

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cardiff City 3, Huddersfield Town 1.

90:00 +6:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cardiff City 3, Huddersfield Town 1.

90:00 +5:57

Attempt missed. Javi Guerra (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +5:26

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

90:00 +5:22

Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +4:46 Booking

Booking Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +4:34

Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +4:34

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

90:00 +3:29

Offside, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham tries a through ball, but Aron Gunnarsson is caught offside.

90:00 +2:00

Attempt blocked. Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:39

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

90:00 +1:19

Foul by Mark Hudson (Cardiff City).

90:00 +1:19

Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:09

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Danny Ward.

89:43

Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:43

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

88:46

Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem with a cross following a corner.

88:09

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

86:37

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by David Marshall.

86:32

Attempt saved. Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

85:52

Javi Guerra (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:52

Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).

83:39

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

81:40

Attempt missed. Conor Coady (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

80:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Magnus Wolff Eikrem replaces Mats Daehli.

79:58

Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

77:52

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City).

77:52

Alex Smithies (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:48

Attempt saved. Javi Guerra (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Hudson with a cross.

77:01 Booking

Booking Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

76:53

Javi Guerra (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:53

Foul by Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town).

75:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Harry Bunn replaces Jon Stead.

74:23

Foul by Fabio (Cardiff City).

74:23

Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:00

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) hits the left post with a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

73:26

Foul by Javi Guerra (Cardiff City).

73:26

Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:44

Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

70:24

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Dixon.

69:41

Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross.

67:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Javi Guerra replaces Kenwyne Jones.

67:15

Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

67:15

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:33

Attempt saved. Mats Daehli (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi.

63:37

Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:37

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

63:04

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre with a cross.

60:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Adam Hammill replaces Jonathan Hogg.

60:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Danny Ward replaces Radoslaw Majewski.

60:10 Booking

Booking Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

59:57

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

59:57

Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

57:53

Delay in match Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

57:43

Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Matthew Connolly with a cross following a set piece situation.

57:00

Foul by Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town).

57:00

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 3, Huddersfield Town 1. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mats Daehli.

55:21

Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

54:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson replaces Guido Burgstaller.

51:06

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Kenwyne Jones.

50:34

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Mark Hudson.

50:33

Attempt blocked. Radoslaw Majewski (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

49:40

Attempt missed. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

48:57

Attempt saved. Radoslaw Majewski (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

48:32

Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:32

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

46:54

Foul by Conor Coady (Huddersfield Town).

46:54

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:24

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

46:24

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:31

Attempt saved. Mats Daehli (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Guido Burgstaller.

45:31

Attempt saved. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mats Daehli with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Cardiff City 2, Huddersfield Town 1.

45:00 +3:36 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Huddersfield Town 1.

45:00 +2:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 2, Huddersfield Town 1. Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

45:00 +2:40

Attempt saved. Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Murray Wallace.

45:00 +2:38

Attempt missed. Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +2:18

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by John Brayford.

44:21

Attempt missed. Radoslaw Majewski (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

40:08

Attempt blocked. Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Coady.

39:51

Foul by Guido Burgstaller (Cardiff City).

39:51

Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:45

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by John Brayford.

34:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 2, Huddersfield Town 0. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

34:33

Attempt saved. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Brayford with a cross.

31:16

Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Dixon.

30:27

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jonathan Hogg.

29:51

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

28:55

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City).

28:55

Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 1, Huddersfield Town 0. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi.

22:58

Attempt saved. Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

22:32

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

22:28

Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Radoslaw Majewski.

20:47

Hand ball by Fabio (Cardiff City).

19:48

Attempt missed. Radoslaw Majewski (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

17:54

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

17:54

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:58

Foul by Mats Daehli (Cardiff City).

15:58

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:58

Guido Burgstaller (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:58

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

12:53

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

12:53

Foul by Radoslaw Majewski (Huddersfield Town).

11:03

Attempt saved. Guido Burgstaller (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi.

8:07

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

5:57

Foul by Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town).

5:57

Mark Hudson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:42

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

4:42

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:52

Foul by Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town).

3:52

Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:59

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by John Brayford.

1:58

Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Jon Stead.

1:27

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Mark Hudson.

0:36

Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:36

Foul by Mark Hudson (Cardiff City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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