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Cardiff1Bristol City0

Cardiff City 1-0 Bristol City

Bobby Reid and Gary Madine challenge for the ball in the air
Cardiff had won eight of their last 10 home matches against the Robins in all competitions, drawing the other two

Cardiff City restored their four-point cushion in the Championship automatic promotion places as Kenneth Zohore's late strike sank rivals Bristol City.

A full-blooded first half was high on endeavour and passion but low on chances, the best of which Cardiff could not convert.

They upped the ante after the break and, with eight minutes left, Zohore blasted in from close range.

Cardiff stay second in the table, four points clear of Aston Villa in third.

Bristol City, meanwhile, remain sixth but a run of one win in 10 league games means they are only two points in front of Middlesbrough, who are seventh.

The managers, Neil Warnock and Lee Johnson, had both stoked the fires for this encounter; the former saying there is "genuine" bad blood between the two and the latter dismissing the atmosphere at Cardiff City Stadium as being less than intimidating.

With a bone-chilling breeze swirling around the venue, there was certainly hostility in the stands as both sets of players confronted each other with the aggression that has come to be associated with this fixture.

After just five minutes, Bristol City's Nathan Baker was booked for handing off Callum Paterson in the face, sparking the first melee of a niggly, scruffy affair.

There was no lack of commitment from either team but, with the ball spending long periods in the air, scoring opportunities were at a premium.

One scramble in the visitors' penalty area saw Gary Madine and Joe Ralls go close with two blocked shots in quick succession, while Liam Feeney had the game's first strike on target when his sliding effort from Sol Bamba's fine through ball was saved by Frank Fielding.

Cardiff sought to increase the tempo and the introduction of Zohore at half-time proved significant, with the Danish striker bringing some much-needed dynamism to the Bluebirds attack.

His low cross was almost turned into his own net by Korey Smith and the visitors seemed unsettled by Zohore's pace.

Bristol City had chances of their own, with substitute Jamie Paterson seeing one deflected effort go narrowly wide, but Cardiff were rewarded for a positive second-half effort.

Ralls delivered a low cross from the left and, four days after scoring the winner at Ipswich, Zohore was on hand to fire in another crucial goal to extend Cardiff's unbeaten run in the Championship to eight games.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said: "It was never going to be pretty. The pitch was terrible, the wind was bad, it was the coldest day of the year, the ball was lively and it was a derby.

"We said at half-time it would be a sloppy goal, make sure we don't make a mistake because it's a mistake which will cost the game.

"We're delighted to come out of it with three points. I thought we shaded it. I thought we had the better opportunities but it was always going to be close.

"And it was great to come out with another clean sheet - that was our target we set at the start of the season, 16 clean sheets. It's a great achievement."

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson said: "It was a horrible game, let's be honest. I got in for free and I still want my money back.

"I'm disappointed. It was the game we expected it to be, scruffy and scrappy, conditions not ideal, pretty much a 0-0 game.

"I was pleased with the way we stood up to the physicality of the Cardiff side but I thought we were mediocre on the ball, which was the bit which bugged me more than anything.

"We set up with a side which was good in physical duels but we didn't particularly play our game and get the ball down enough and show that bravery.

"We've got to be a bit better. It's a bit of a dilemma because your little ones are your good footballers, naturally a bit braver on the ball, and the taller ones are a bit more physical and sometimes revert to type."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 25Etheridge
  • 16ConnollyBooked at 14mins
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 14Bamba
  • 3Bennett
  • 18Paterson
  • 15HalfordBooked at 65mins
  • 8Ralls
  • 12FeeneySubstituted forK Harrisat 73'minutes
  • 44MadineSubstituted forZohoreat 45'minutes
  • 33Hoilett

Substitutes

  • 10Zohore
  • 11K Harris
  • 13Pilkington
  • 20Damour
  • 21Bryson
  • 24Grujic
  • 28Murphy

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 5Wright
  • 4Flint
  • 6BakerBooked at 5minsSubstituted forKentat 85'minutes
  • 23Magnusson
  • 8Brownhill
  • 14Reid
  • 7Smith
  • 3Bryan
  • 9DiedhiouSubstituted forWalshat 85'minutes
  • 39DionySubstituted forPatersonat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Walsh
  • 15Steele
  • 19Eliasson
  • 20Paterson
  • 25Kelly
  • 28O'Neil
  • 40Kent
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
21,018

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Bristol City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Bristol City 0.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Bristol City).

Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Josh Brownhill (Bristol City).

Attempt blocked. Aden Flint (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Hand ball by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Liam Walsh replaces Famara Diedhiou.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Ryan Kent replaces Nathan Baker because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nathan Baker (Bristol City) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 1, Bristol City 0. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Attempt missed. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kadeem Harris with a cross.

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sol Bamba (Cardiff City).

Foul by Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City).

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

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Offside, Bristol City. Frank Fielding tries a through ball, but Josh Brownhill is caught offside.

Aden Flint (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

Attempt blocked. Korey Smith (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Liam Feeney.

Foul by Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City).

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

Foul by Bailey Wright (Bristol City).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Cardiff City. Callum Paterson tries a through ball, but David Junior Hoilett is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jamie Paterson replaces Lois Diony.

Foul by Lois Diony (Bristol City).

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

Attempt saved. Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathan Baker.

Booking

Greg Halford (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Greg Halford (Cardiff City).

Bailey Wright (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).

Foul by Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 25th February 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves34227559283173
2Cardiff34207750272367
3Aston Villa34189753322163
4Derby341612653312260
5Fulham341611757372059
6Bristol City34141284840854
7Middlesbrough341571246341252
8Sheff Utd33164134639752
9Preston34121574033751
10Brentford341311105041950
11Leeds34147134743449
12Millwall341212104035548
13Ipswich34146144543248
14Norwich341211113437-347
15Nottm Forest34124184153-1240
16QPR34109153851-1339
17Sheff Wed34813133744-737
18Reading33810153845-734
19Bolton34810162951-2234
20Hull33711154450-632
21Barnsley33710163347-1431
22Birmingham3486202251-2930
23Burton3478192660-3429
24Sunderland34512173761-2427
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