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By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium
Whittingham penalty
Peter Whittingham's penalty gave Cardiff a first-half lead

Neil Warnock marked his first game as Cardiff City manager with a highly charged derby win over Bristol City.

Peter Whittingham's nonchalant first-half penalty put Cardiff ahead after Craig Noone was tripped by Joe Bryan.

Debutant Sol Bamba bundled in from close range to double the Bluebirds' lead, only for Lee Tomlin's powerful strike to give Bristol City hope.

Tempers flared late on but Cardiff held on to climb out of the relegation zone and up to 19th in the Championship.

After a run of three successive league wins, Bristol City's defeat sees them stay fifth in the table.

For Warnock, who succeeded Paul Trollope as Cardiff boss, the gutsy display and visceral atmosphere made for a dream start.

The former QPR manager had already made his mark on the squad before a ball was kicked, having signed Bamba, Junior Hoilett, Marouane Chamakh and Kieran Richardson on free transfers within a week of his appointment.

After a subdued start, the match came to life with a moment of opportunism and skill from Noone.

Fighting between the two teams
Tempers flared after Bristol City's goal

He was lucky not to be ruled offside before nutmegging Bryan and drawing a foul which led to the penalty that Whittingham lazily stroked into the bottom corner on 25 minutes.

Bristol City might have felt aggrieved Noone was not flagged offside, but Lee Johnson's side struggled to replicate the form which had seen them win their previous three Championship fixtures.

Their task became harder when Bamba - imperious defensively - volleyed in from close range after Sean Morrison's shot had hit the bar midway through the second half.

The visitors fought back immediately with Tomlin's swerving 20-yard shot but, with Cardiff's Lex Immers lying on the ground as the ball went in, the goal sparked a melee which saw the hosts' Aron Gunnarsson and Tammy Abraham of Bristol City both booked.

Bristol City had a glorious late chance to equalise but substitute Bobby Reid shot over the bar from just a yard out.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol: "We're hurting - it's a derby and we didn't want to lose it.

"We were really poor in the first half and I didn't feel that we played our game.

"It's disappointing, but in the big picture, we've still had a decent start and we have to learn our lessons from this one."



  • 21Amos
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 14Bamba
  • 3BennettBooked at 37mins
  • 11Noone
  • 17GunnarssonBooked at 70mins
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 42minsSubstituted forImmersat 65'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Ralls
  • 33HoilettSubstituted forK Harrisat 72'minutes
  • 19LambertSubstituted forPilkingtonat 84'minutes


  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 10Immers
  • 13Pilkington
  • 15Richardson
  • 24K Harris
  • 27Chamakh
  • 30Wilson

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 2LittleBooked at 86mins
  • 4Flint
  • 23Magnusson
  • 3BryanBooked at 81mins
  • 6O'Neil
  • 21PackSubstituted forReidat 55'minutes
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forWilbrahamat 55'minutes
  • 10Tomlin
  • 15Freeman
  • 9AbrahamBooked at 70minsSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 80'minutes


  • 8Brownhill
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 12O'Donnell
  • 13Golbourne
  • 14Reid
  • 17Moore
  • 18Wilbraham
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Bristol City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Bristol City 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Cardiff City. Lex Immers tries a through ball, but Anthony Pilkington is caught offside.

  4. Booking

    Lex Immers (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Mark Little (Bristol City).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Booking

    Mark Little (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mark Little (Bristol City).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Anthony Pilkington replaces Rickie Lambert.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Gary O'Neil (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).

  18. Booking

    Joe Bryan (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

  20. Post update

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

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