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Stoke City 1-2 Cardiff City: Sean Morrison scores at both ends for Bluebirds

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Sport Wales
Alex Smithies save
Cardiff City goalkeeper Alex Smithies' flying save kept the score at 1-0 early in the second half

Cardiff City captain Sean Morrison had a remarkable evening of lows and highs as his side came from behind to win away against Stoke City.

Morrison scored an own goal to hand the hosts a first-half lead, turning a Tyrese Campbell cross into his own net from close range.

The Bluebirds centre-back then conceded a penalty after the break, but Stoke substitute Sam Vokes' effort was saved by Alex Smithies.

Robert Glatzel then came off the bench to equalise for Cardiff before Morrison sealed his redemption by heading in the winning goal from a corner.

A fourth successive win lifts Cardiff up to ninth in the Championship table, two points behind Stoke who drop to sixth.

And although the Welsh side had seemed destined for defeat for much of this encounter, this was a particularly satisfying result as it was the first time they had won from a losing position since 2019.

This was a meeting of two in-form and miserly teams who had both kept clean sheets in each of their three previous matches.

While Stoke had their eyes on the automatic promotion places, Cardiff were looking to extend a run of three successive wins which had alleviated the pressure on manager Neil Harris.

Attacking openings were scarce during the early exchanges but, in Campbell, Stoke had the game's likeliest source of an opening goal.

Cardiff City boss Neil Harris reflects on Sean Morrison's winning goal

The 20-year-old academy product gave an early glimpse of his threat when he cut inside from the right and curled a left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area narrowly wide.

Then after 25 minutes, Campbell evaded Joe Bennett inside the box and played a low cross which appeared to glance Smithies' hand before deflecting in off a helpless Morrison.

Stoke offered little else in the final third for the rest of the first half but neither did Cardiff, whose efforts amounted to a long-range shot from Harry Wilson.

It was a better game after the interval, Stoke captain James Chester close to doubling the home side's lead when his header crashed against the crossbar.

The Potters were dealt a blow when Campbell was forced off injured, although his replacement Vokes played a fine pass to Nick Powell, who was brought down by the seemingly luckless Morrison to earn his side a penalty.

But Vokes' spot-kick was saved by Smithies, who dived to his right and parried the shot away at a comfortable height.

That was a turning point for Cardiff, who were level 10 minutes later.

Joe Ralls swung a deep cross towards the back post, where an unmarked Glatzel took a touch and settled himself before whipping the ball into the top corner.

The Bluebirds then completed their comeback when another Ralls cross, this time from a corner, found a similarly unmarked Morrison, whose header bounced into the ground and into the roof of the net to cap a remarkable turnaround for the skipper.

Cardiff City manager Neil Harris:

"It's fantastic, I'm so pleased for the players. It wasn't a game for the purists - it was a really tough, physical battle between two good, aggressive Championship sides.

"The conditions were absolutely awful with the wind and the rain and the cold, so credit to my players for digging in and staying in it.

"To have the confidence and belief to come from behind against a team that's been in top form, that was impressive."

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 32Bursik
  • 14SmithBooked at 62minsSubstituted forInceat 81'minutes
  • 37Collins
  • 12Chester
  • 3Fox
  • 24Cousins
  • 35TymonSubstituted forOakley-Bootheat 81'minutes
  • 26CampbellSubstituted forVokesat 55'minutes
  • 25Powell
  • 11McCleanBooked at 73mins
  • 18BrownSubstituted forShawcrossat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Lindsay
  • 7Ince
  • 9Vokes
  • 17Shawcross
  • 20Oakley-Boothe
  • 23Verlinden
  • 28Lonergan
  • 38Porter
  • 39Forrester

Cardiff

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Smithies
  • 7Bacuna
  • 4Morrison
  • 16Nelson
  • 3Bennett
  • 23WilsonSubstituted forGlatzelat 60'minutes
  • 8RallsSubstituted forPackat 80'minutes
  • 6VaulksBooked at 24mins
  • 27OjoBooked at 90mins
  • 29M HarrisSubstituted forWhyteat 80'minutes
  • 10MooreSubstituted forBambaat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Phillips
  • 9Glatzel
  • 11Murphy
  • 13Benkovic
  • 18Cunningham
  • 20Whyte
  • 21Pack
  • 22Bamba
  • 32Bagan
Referee:
Tony Harrington

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home5
Away4
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 1, Cardiff City 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Sheyi Ojo (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nick Powell (Stoke City).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Sol Bamba replaces Kieffer Moore.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by James Chester.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Nick Powell (Stoke City).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

  12. Post update

    Nick Powell (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Tom Ince replaces Tommy Smith.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Tashan Oakley-Boothe replaces Josh Tymon.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Gavin Whyte replaces Mark Harris.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Marlon Pack replaces Joe Ralls.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City).

  19. Post update

    Josh Tymon (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Stoke City 1, Cardiff City 2. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth1787229161331
2Norwich169432115631
3Watford178632112930
4Swansea178631910930
5Reading169342619730
6Stoke178452420428
7Brentford167632415927
8Bristol City168351916327
9Cardiff177552314926
10Blackburn1674531191225
11Middlesbrough166641611524
12Huddersfield177372222024
13Luton176561420-623
14Millwall174941414021
15Preston166282225-320
16Birmingham164751214-219
17Barnsley165471721-419
18QPR174671825-718
19Coventry174671826-818
20Rotherham1734101525-1013
21Nottm Forest16349919-1013
22Wycombe16259923-1411
23Derby16259822-1411
24Sheff Wed17368917-89
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