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Cardiff City 0-2 Derby County

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium
Kenneth Zohore of Cardiff City is challenged by Alex Pearce of Derby County
Kenneth Zohore of Cardiff City and Derby's Alex Pearce tussle

Derby claimed their second Championship win of the season as they beat Cardiff without manager Nigel Pearson following his suspension by the club.

In Pearson's absence Chris Powell took charge of the Rams, who led thanks to Tom Ince's low second-half strike.

Nick Blackman scored with a penalty after he was tripped by Matt Connolly, who was sent off for the foul.

Chris Powell
Chris Powell is a former Huddersfield Town manager

Victory lifts Derby up to 20th in the table, with Cardiff taking their place in the relegation zone.

Derby's players were only told about Pearson's suspension three hours before kick-off in south Wales, and the news made for a sense of bemusement inside the Cardiff City Stadium.

Although the visitors enjoyed more possession, Cardiff had the better chances in a low-key first half, the best falling to Sean Morrison, whose free header was well saved by Scott Carson.

Derby improved after the break and took a deserved lead when Ince fired past Cardiff's scrambling defence to score what was only the Rams' fourth goal in 10 Championship matches this season.

The Bluebirds' fate was sealed when Connolly saw red for tripping Blackman and denying him a scoring opportunity, with the Derby substitute calmly converting the spot-kick himself to condemn Cardiff to a sixth defeat from 10 league games.

Line-ups

Cardiff

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Amos
  • 6Richards
  • 4Morrison
  • 16ConnollyBooked at 80mins
  • 12John
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 33mins
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 11Noone
  • 10ImmersSubstituted forEcuele Mangaat 85'minutes
  • 8RallsSubstituted forK Harrisat 59'minutes
  • 19LambertSubstituted forZohoreat 13'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 23Kennedy
  • 24K Harris
  • 25Huws
  • 26Zohore
  • 29Ajayi
  • 30Wilson

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 16Pearce
  • 25Lowe
  • 19Hughes
  • 15JohnsonBooked at 90mins
  • 18ButterfieldBooked at 52mins
  • 10InceSubstituted forRussellat 84'minutes
  • 23VydraSubstituted forBlackmanat 77'minutes
  • 8AnyaSubstituted forWeimannat 90+5'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Russell
  • 11Bent
  • 12Baird
  • 14Wilson
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Weimann
  • 35Mitchell
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
14,131

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Derby County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Derby County 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a headed pass.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Andreas Weimann replaces Ikechi Anya.

  5. Post update

    Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City).

  7. Booking

    Bradley Johnson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Derby County).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Declan John.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Will Hughes.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Bruno Ecuele Manga replaces Lex Immers because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Tom Ince.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Lex Immers (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield10712138522
2Norwich96211610620
3Brighton10532126618
4Brentford10523189917
5Bristol City105231711617
6Birmingham10451139417
7Sheff Wed105231212017
8Reading105231114-317
9Newcastle95131771016
10Barnsley105142014616
11Wolves104331412215
12Fulham10352911-214
13Ipswich1034388013
14Leeds104151012-213
15Nottm Forest103341820-212
16QPR103341216-412
17Aston Villa101721010010
18Burton102441416-210
19Preston103161014-410
20Derby1023559-49
21Wigan102261214-28
22Blackburn102261219-78
23Cardiff10226817-98
24Rotherham101361124-136
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