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Cardiff City 0-2 Hull City

Fabio Da Silva of Cardiff City is restrained by players and the referee as he challenges Alex Bruce of Hull City
The Championship match between Cardiff City and Hull City was hotly contested at times

Hull City produced a clinical performance to inflict a first defeat of the season on Cardiff City.

Mohamed Diame seized on sloppy Cardiff defending to fire Hull into an early lead.

The Bluebirds pressed for an equaliser but were frustrated by their opponents, who sealed victory with Abel Hernandez's late drilled effort.

Hull's win sees them climb to third in the Championship table, leapfrogging Cardiff, who slip to sixth.

Having guided his team to three straight wins, Cardiff manager Russell Slade named the same side for the fourth successive game.

But Hull were well prepared and their sturdy 5-3-2 formation stifled their in-form opponents.

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Cardiff were close to taking a fortuitous lead in the fifth minute when Kagisho Dikgacoi's mishit cross floated over Hull goalkeeper Alan McGregor but was cleared at the back post.

An open start saw both sides attack at a high tempo, and there was an element of luck to Hull's opener.

Cardiff centre-backs Sean Morrison and Matt Connolly both failed to clear Sone Aluko's cross, leaving an unmarked Diame to blast in from close range.

Hull seemed content to protect their lead, the visitors' five-man defence repelling a flurry of free-kicks and corners from their opponents.

The second half followed a similar pattern, Steve Bruce's organised outfit dealing comfortably with Cardiff pressure, which was wholehearted but lacked cutting edge.

Dikgacoi headed wide from a Peter Whittingham free-kick and Bruno Ecuele Manga mishit a shot from the edge of the box as the home side struggled to create genuine scoring opportunities.

Cardiff's bluntness in attack was punished with nine minutes left as Diame's lofted pass found Hernandez, who chested the ball down and shot low beyond David Marshall into the bottom corner.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside:

"As a manager you sometimes need a reaction from an awful performance like that aat the weekend and that's exactly what we've got.

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Bruce on Cardiff City v Hull City

"It's a bit more like it, a bit of of resilience, a bit of bottle and they threw a load of balls into our box and I thought the three defenders with three centre-backs were terrific in dealing with that.

"All round it was a really, really good performance and more like it showing that resilience that we need to win football matches away from home. It's got us up and running and lets hope it continues.

"We seem to settle straight back into it which was pleasing because we've got away from it and for one or two reasons so we reverted back to tight today and it paid off."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2PeltierBooked at 90mins
  • 4Morrison
  • 16ConnollySubstituted forEcuele Mangaat 45'minutes
  • 3da SilvaBooked at 35mins
  • 13PilkingtonBooked at 42minsSubstituted forAmeobiat 63'minutes
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 59mins
  • 8RallsSubstituted forNooneat 78'minutes
  • 9Jones
  • 10Mason

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 11Noone
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 19Revell
  • 21Moore
  • 28Malone
  • 38Ameobi

Hull

  • 1McGregorBooked at 90mins
  • 21Dawson
  • 4Bruce
  • 6Davies
  • 2Odubajo
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 11Clucas
  • 26RobertsonBooked at 42minsSubstituted forEl Mohamadyat 69'minutes
  • 17Diamé
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forMeylerat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forAkpomat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Taylor
  • 7Meyler
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 19Akpom
  • 20Hayden
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 32Luer
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
13,763

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamHull
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Hull City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Hull City 2.

Booking

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

Booking

David Meyler (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

Offside, Cardiff City. Sammy Ameobi tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

Booking

Allan McGregor (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Moses Odubajo.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Sam Clucas.

Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chuba Akpom (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Michael Dawson (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Clucas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Chuba Akpom (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. David Meyler replaces Sone Aluko.

Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City).

Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Hull City).

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Peltier.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Chuba Akpom replaces Abel Hernández.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 0, Hull City 2. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé with a through ball.

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

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Noone replaces Joe Ralls.

Attempt saved. Sam Clucas (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Curtis Davies.

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

Foul by Sam Clucas (Hull City).

Offside, Cardiff City. Bruno Ecuele Manga tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Morrison with a headed pass.

Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

Hand ball by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Ahmed Elmohamady replaces Andrew Robertson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton7610115619
2Middlesbrough7421124814
3Burnley7421118314
4Hull7412105513
5Ipswich74121212013
6Cardiff7331107312
7Birmingham6321117411
8Nottm Forest732276111
9QPR63121110110
10Derby724176110
11Reading723210649
12Charlton72328719
13Fulham62229818
14Leeds71517708
15Wolves6213810-27
16MK Dons721468-27
17Bolton714236-37
18Sheff Wed7133710-36
19Preston713347-36
20Huddersfield713359-46
21Brentford6123912-35
22Bristol City7124915-65
23Blackburn603347-33
24Rotherham7025716-92
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