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Brighton 0-2 Cardiff City: Neil Warnock's side just two points from position of safety

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing curls his shot around the Brighton defence for his goal in the first half
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored his second goal of the season

Neil Warnock says Cardiff are "alive and kicking" after they moved to within two points of Brighton - and safety - with a vital Premier League win at Amex Stadium.

A brilliant Nathaniel Mendez-Laing goal gave Cardiff a first-half lead, which was doubled after the break by Sean Morrison's header.

"We don't know when we're beaten," said Warnock.

Brighton have now lost their past four games without scoring.

Warnock's side, who earned their third away victory of the season, are third from bottom with four games left.

The south coast club have five games remaining, one more than Cardiff.

"We enjoyed the scrap, and played some good stuff probably because the pressure was off," added Warnock. "We are far from finished yet."

Glenn Murray came closest to scoring for the Seagulls, skimming the bar with a shot in the second half and then hitting the post with a header in injury time.

Problems piling up for toothless Brighton

Brighton had imploded spectacularly just three days earlier, losing 5-0 at home to Bournemouth with a performance where weak defending allowed the visitors time and space on numerous occasions.

Anthony Knockaert's red card for a reckless foul when Brighton were already 2-0 behind had made a bad situation worse, and three more goals after the Frenchman's dismissal added to his side's misery.

Chris Hughton responded by making five changes, with Pascal Gross playing for the first time since defeat by Leicester on 26 February.

Murray and Solly March also returned, and the latter went close with a shot into the side-netting in the first minute.

But by the time Murray sent a shot just over the Cardiff bar, his side were already 2-0 behind and struggling to make an impact.

That the striker, without a goal at home since 4 December, only came closest to scoring when he hit the post in stoppage time at the end of the match says much about the problems mounting up for Hughton.

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We have a fight on our hands - Brighton boss Hughton

"It's a reflection of where we are. We had a lot of possession in their half but we are not scoring to get that breakthrough and we are putting ourselves under pressure," said the Brighton manager.

"We are on the back of two poor home defeats. We don't have a choice and we have a fight on our hands. This is a proper fight. We have to make sure we turn it round by staying together, digging deep and making ourselves hard to beat."

Brighton may have a game in hand on Cardiff, but all five of their remaining fixtures will be difficult to earn any points at all from.

Remaining fixtures
BrightonCardiff
20 April: Wolves (away)21 April: Liverpool (home)
23 April: Tottenham (away)
27 April: Newcastle (home)27 April: Fulham (away)
4 May: Arsenal (away)4 May: Crystal Palace (home)
12 May: Man City (home)12 May: Man Utd (away)

Momentum shift to Cardiff?

Warnock's full-time celebrations with his players and staff were as passionate and as heartfelt as might be expected from the experienced manager.

And despite the fact that they are still in the bottom three, Cardiff's performance gives the sense of a change in direction at the foot of the Premier League.

"We're quite capable of picking points up off any of the teams we've got to play," said Warnock.

"You might think I'm in cuckoo land, but I think that we've got that ability on our day."

They resisted a strong start from Brighton before striking through to a superb long-range shot from Mendez-Laing, who ran from deep in his own half before receiving the ball back and curling it into the far corner of the net.

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Cardiff are alive and kicking - Warnock

Morrison rose virtually unchallenged at the far post to tighten Cardiff's grip with his first Premier League goal for the club.

Taking points off title-chasing Liverpool next Sunday will be tough, but a visit to relegated Fulham on 27 April will be crucial if the momentum that looks to have swung Cardiff's way is to be maintained.

Man of the match - Sean Morrison (Cardiff City)

Sean Morrison on Cardiff celebrates his goal at Brighton
Cardiff captain Sean Morrison led from the front. winning 83.3% of his duels, 87.5% of his aerial duels and making 10 clearances - as well as scoring his first top-flight goal

'Can you do it on a cold Tuesday?'- key stats

  • Cardiff's Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored just his second Premier League goal of the season with the opener, each of his goals have come away from home on a Tuesday night
  • The Bluebirds have completed the league double over Brighton for the first time since the 1998-99 season - when the two clubs were in the fourth tier.
  • Cardiff have won a top-flight away match by more than a single goal for the first time since November 1956 (2-0 at Charlton Athletic).
  • Only relegated Fulham (six) and Huddersfield (four) have won fewer Premier League points in 2019 than Brighton (eight).
  • Brighton have lost three consecutive home league games for the first time since January 2016 in the Championship - they failed to score a single goal in both these losing runs.
  • Cardiff's Sean Morrison has scored his third Premier League goal, his first for the Bluebirds and his first for 2,327 days since scoring for Reading against Manchester United in December 2012.

What's next?

Brighton visit Wolves on Saturday, 20 April (15:00 BST). Cardiff host Liverpool on Sunday, 21 April (16:00).

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 2Bruno
  • 4Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Bernardo
  • 6Stephens
  • 24Pröpper
  • 16JahanbakhshSubstituted forIzquierdoat 69'minutes
  • 13GroßSubstituted forAndoneat 54'minutes
  • 20March
  • 17Murray

Substitutes

  • 3Bong
  • 7Kayal
  • 9Locadia
  • 10Andone
  • 19Izquierdo
  • 27Button
  • 33Burn

Cardiff

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 3BennettBooked at 79mins
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forBacunaat 55'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forK Harrisat 80'minutes
  • 21Camarasa
  • 33Hoilett
  • 29NiasseSubstituted forZohoreat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Zohore
  • 11Murphy
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 15Bacuna
  • 23K Harris
  • 28Murphy
  • 32Healey
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
30,226

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Cardiff City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Cardiff City 2.

Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City).

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Solly March with a cross.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenneth Zohore replaces Oumar Niasse.

Foul by Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).

Attempt blocked. Oumar Niasse (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.

Foul by Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Davy Pröpper.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Booking

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis Dunk following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by José Izquierdo.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. José Izquierdo replaces Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

goal

As It Stood

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2Man City33272486226483
3Tottenham332211064343067
4Arsenal33206766402666
5Chelsea34206857362166
6Man Utd33197763441964
7Leicester34145154645147
8Wolves33138124142-147
9Everton34137144644246
10Watford33137134748-146
11West Ham34126164252-1042
12Bournemouth34125174961-1241
13Crystal Palace34116174046-639
14Burnley34116174260-1839
15Newcastle34108163243-1138
16Southampton3399153954-1536
17Brighton3396183253-2133
18Cardiff3494213063-3331
19Fulham3455243276-4420
20Huddersfield3435261967-4814
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