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Cardiff City 3-0 Queens Park Rangers: Clinical Bluebirds see off visitors

By Michael PearlmanBBC Sport Wales at Cardiff City Stadium
Marlon Pack celebrates after scoring Cardiff's second goal
Marlon Pack celebrates after scoring Cardiff's second goal

Cardiff City maintained their unbeaten home record in the Championship as they proved too powerful and clinical for Queens Park Rangers.

The visitors dominated possession and hit the woodwork twice but Cardiff led through two first half set-piece goals, Sean Morrison heading home before a Marlon Pack tap-in.

A thumping finish by sub Callum Paterson wrapped things up.

The win takes Cardiff to 10th, two points outside the play-offs, while they leapfrog QPR who drop to 11th.

The visitors came into this game with a fine recent record against the Bluebirds, who had beaten the West Londoners only once in their last eight meetings, but Mark Warburton's side wasted too many opportunities and failed to make their possession pay.

By contrast, Cardiff finally found the ruthless touch boss Neil Warnock has called for and were worthy winners despite having less than 30% possession.

The visitors had the best early chance when Bright Osayi-Samuel burst clear and fired at goal, but Alex Smithies was able to block at his near post.

The Hoops also came close on 20 minutes when a superb cross by Ryan Manning was almost turned in by former Swansea defender Angel Rangel, with the Spaniard receiving boos from the home faithful all evening.

However, by midway in the first half Cardiff led from their first real chance despite a lack of possession, with Morrison looping home a header after Aden Flint nodded back Lee Tomlin's inviting free-kick.

Tomlin dragged wide as Cardiff pushed for a second, but QPR improved as the half wore on and almost levelled when Eberechi Eze's curling effort struck the post and bounced clear.

Ilias Chair then tested Smithies as QPR pushed for parity at the interval, but they went in two behind after conceding a second goal entirely of their own making.

The visitors switched off at a corner as Tomlin was able to find Gavin Whyte in yards of space and his excellent cross gave Pack a simple tap-in.

The goal was harsh on QPR - though self-inflicted - and they almost got a score back when Manning struck the post, with Josh Scowen firing the rebound wide.

However, Cardiff managed their lead efficiently and defended well after the break, largely restricting the visitors before Paterson's excellent strike from Leandro Bacuna's cross made it 3-0.

Pack headed just wide as Cardiff sought a fourth, while Todd Kane's late effort was blocked by Smithies to preserve the Bluebirds' clean sheet.

QPR manager Mark Warburton told BBC Radio London:

"Am I wrong to say we played some really good football tonight? We had some very good open chances, hitting the bar and the post.

"You've got to put the ball in the back of the net, there's no excuses. But it's a difficult message to the players as for long, long periods tonight we were very good.

"Without appearing naive, we knew what to expect and we knew Cardiff possessed that real physicality and we know we have to deal with it.

"But I'm more frustrated that we've given away a soft free-kick tonight in the build-up to their first goal and we feel like we've had our pocket picked by falling 2-0 behind just before half-time."

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock told BBC Sport Wales:

"You can see QPR are a good side, they play with freedom, we needed to be well organised and disciplined and I thought we were.

"I was pleased with the game management, really pleased with how well organised we were and it is lovely to see set-pieces from the training ground come off.

"The Championship is about winning games… I think we are getting better, we can still go quite a way yet, but you do need to get on runs, you need to go on two or three runs in the season.

"With the players we've got we should score more goals and the lads have taken it on board. Set-pieces are important in any league… we've got Sean Morrison back in the goals as well, thank goodness."

Line-ups

Cardiff

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Smithies
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Flint
  • 3Bennett
  • 7Bacuna
  • 15Pack
  • 20WhyteBooked at 87minsSubstituted forHoilettat 87'minutes
  • 17TomlinSubstituted forPatersonat 65'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 11Murphy
  • 9GlatzelSubstituted forWardat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 13Paterson
  • 16Nelson
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 23Ward
  • 32Coxe
  • 33Hoilett

QPR

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 32Kelly
  • 22RangelSubstituted forKaneat 68'minutes
  • 37Leistner
  • 5Cameron
  • 14ManningBooked at 84mins
  • 12BallSubstituted forWellsat 63'minutes
  • 11Scowen
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 19ChairSubstituted forPughat 80'minutes
  • 10Eze
  • 9Hugill

Substitutes

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 3Wallace
  • 7Pugh
  • 16Mlakar
  • 21Wells
  • 23Masterson
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
21,387

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 3, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 3, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ryan Manning.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Toni Leistner (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Danny Ward (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Aden Flint.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. David Junior Hoilett replaces Gavin Whyte.

  9. Booking

    Gavin Whyte (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Gavin Whyte (Cardiff City).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ryan Manning.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gavin Whyte (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna.

  14. Booking

    Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Booking

    Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Todd Kane.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Danny Ward replaces Robert Glatzel.

  18. Post update

    Marc Pugh (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Marc Pugh replaces Ilias Chair.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swansea10631157821
2Leeds10622145920
3West Brom105411711619
4Nottm Forest10541159619
5Fulham105321881018
6Preston105321811718
7Bristol City104511713417
8Charlton105231310317
9Sheff Wed10514159616
10Cardiff104421412216
11QPR105141417-316
12Blackburn104241111014
13Hull103431413113
14Birmingham10415913-413
15Brentford1033498112
16Derby102621315-212
17Luton103251518-311
18Millwall10253813-511
19Wigan10325915-611
20Middlesbrough102441014-410
21Reading102261116-58
22Barnsley10136717-106
23Huddersfield10127918-95
24Stoke10028921-122
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