Cardiff 6-1 Derby

29 September 2009 08:37
Four-goal Michael Chopra fired Cardiff back to form in a crushing victory.Peter Whittingham got the first in an early sign that Derby's offside trap would be exposed, then he set up Chopra for his first strike since August.

Rob Hulse gave the Rams hope straight after the break, before the division's top-scorer Chopra took over, first latching on to Chris Burke's back-heel.

Stephen McPhail set up the hat-trick, a sweet chip, McPhail playing a part in Chris Burke's goal and Chopra's closer.

The Bluebirds had previously lost five of their last six matches in all competitions, an awful run that had seen the early season Championship leaders slip to ninth spot in the league.

But Derby provided the perfect opposition, having lost seven of their last nine away league games.

McPhail made a huge impression on his return from suspension, replacing Wales midfielder Joe Ledley who was banned for the game.

Peter Whittingham nets Cardiff's opener past Stephen BywaterAfter 10 minutes the Irishman spotted Jay Bothroyd on a great run, the speedy striker beating the offside trap and finding Whittingham who netted his fifth of the season from close range.

The goal-scoring winger then turned provider with a long ball to Chopra, who made no mistake with a right-footed finish past Stephen Bywater to end his run of six games without a goal.

But the 18,670 home crowd - the first Cardiff attendance below 20,000 this season - were to endure some anxious moments.

Two minutes after the break, a weak Gavin Rae header from a defensive corner fell to Lee Hendrie.

Hulse battled with Mark Hudson to get on the end of the cross, the ball falling to the big Derby striker who toe-poked home.

After a nervy 10 minutes Rae made amends, heading to Burke who put a delightful back-heel flick into Chopra's path, the striker finishing coolly.

The Geordie completed his second hat-trick of the season just a minute later, McPhail finding him on the edge of the box with a superb ball, Chopra lifting a sweet chip over Bywater with the inside of his foot.

A diagonal ball from McPhail then found Burke on the right, the wide man bursting into the box and unleashing a fierce finish past Bywater.

McPhail, making the 100th start of his career, was again provider as a memorable night was rounded off.

Chopra took the midfielder's pass on the outside of his boot and finished off the instep for his 12th goal of the season.



Cardiff manager Dave Jones:"Chopra's movement and finishing was top class and he showed us all what a good player he is.

"We had a lot of the ball and used it well but results like that don't come very often and we have to enjoy it while we can.

"Stephen McPhail came back into the side and was instrumental in at least three of the goals.

"When the team play like this they are superb but sometimes they switch off and perhaps that is why they are in this division.

"They are all good players and just because of one or two poor results it doesn't mean that they should be sent out of the club and new players brought in.

"We have to carry on working hard in training and it will be back to the grind [on Wednesday] because we have an important match on Saturday and one of our problems this season has been our inconsistency.

"If we can beat that then there is no reason why we cannot be a force in this division and we want to get out of it as quickly as possible."

Derby manager Nigel Clough:"I am very disappointed at the way we let the goals in particularly after getting back into the game straight after half time.

"Cardiff were due a big win and Chopra some goals but it was a pity it had to come against us.

"We had some reasonable possession and should have done better but we are decimated by injuries and only had six players on the bench."



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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

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Home Team Score Away Team Time Cardiff 6 - 1 Derby R (HT 2 - 0) Whittingham 10 Chopra 36 Chopra 57 Chopra 62 Burke 63 Chopra 75 Hulse 47 Cardiff 01 Marshall 05 Hudson 15 Gerrard 03 Kennedy 04 Rae (Scimeca 86) 07 Whittingham 10 McPhail (Taiwo 83) 11 Burke 27 Matthews 08 Chopra (Magennis 89) 09 Bothroyd Substitutes 20 Enckelman, 06 Gyepes, 14 Quinn, 24 Comminges, 18 Taiwo, 19 Scimeca, 29 Magennis Derby 01 Bywater 06 Leacock (McEveley 30) 14 Barker 21 Moxey 27 Stoor 07 Croft (Pringle 69) 08 Savage 11 Teale 24 Livermore yellow card 26 Hendrie 09 Hulse (Dickov 80) Substitutes 13 Deeney, 03 McEveley, 18 Pringle, 22 Mendy, 25 Dickov, 31 Vaughan Ref: HooperAtt: 18670bbc.fmtj.net.json.model.addModule({renderer: {src: "/js/app/sports_stats/football/football_team_list_renderer.js",id: "footballTeamListRenderer"},moduleObject: {id: "footballTeamListRenderer"},feedObject: {updatePeriod: 30, dataSource: "/sport/hi/english/static/football/statistics/matches/2009/09/29/team52_v_team7/match_summary.json"}}); CARDIFF DERBY Possession Cardiff 49% Derby 51% Shots on target Cardiff 10 Derby 6 Shots off target Cardiff 1 Derby 2 Corners Cardiff 1 Derby 4 Fouls Cardiff 9 Derby 8 bbc.fmtj.net.json.model.addModule({renderer: {src: "/js/app/sports_stats/football/football_match_stats_renderer.js",id: "footballMatchStatsRenderer"},moduleObject: {id: "matchStats_3149668"},feedObject: {updatePeriod: 30, dataSource: "/sport/hi/english/static/football/statistics/matches/2009/09/29/team52_v_team7/match_summary.json"}});gloader.load(["glow", "1", "glow.dom", "glow.events", "glow.tweens"], {onLoad: function(glow){glow.ready(function() {//default state may be 'open' or 'closed'bbc.fmtj.apps.collapsible.init({'containers': [{'componentId': '#oPPM_teamList_matchStats_Wrapper','collapsedSize': 0,'collapseRate': '0.5','headerText': 'team line-ups and match stats','defaultState': 'closed'}]});});}}); Final Result Full Time 90:00+3:06 The referee blows his whistle to end the game. 90:00+2:41 Josh Magennis takes a shot. Blocked by James McEveley. 90:00+2:33 Chris Burke delivers the ball, clearance made by Shaun Barker. 90:00+0:01 Gary Teale sends in a cross, Mark Hudson manages to make a clearance. 88:34 Ben Pringle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Marshall takes the free kick. 88:14 Substitution Michael Chopra goes off and Josh Magennis comes on. 87:53 Centre by Ben Pringle, clearance made by Peter Whittingham. 85:52 The referee gives a free kick against Dean Moxey for handball. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham from right wing, clearance by Shaun Barker. 85:36 Substitution Riccardo Scimeca joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gavin Rae. 84:27 Centre by Fredrik Stoor. 83:37 Jay Bothroyd is ruled offside. James McEveley restarts play with the free kick. 82:06 Substitution Stephen McPhail leaves the field to be replaced by Solomon Taiwo. 81:53 Jay Bothroyd has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left. 79:38 Substitution (Derby) makes a substitution, with Paul Dickov coming on for Rob Hulse. 75:53 Shaun Barker challenges Jay Bothroyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen McPhail restarts play with the free kick. 74:11 Stephen McPhail provided the assist for the goal. 74:11 GOAL - Michael Chopra:Cardiff 6 - 1 Derby Michael Chopra finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 6-1 Derby. 73:39 Lee Hendrie delivers the ball, save by David Marshall. 73:15 Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary Teale, clearance made by Jay Bothroyd. 73:02 Ben Pringle takes a shot. Mark Kennedy gets a block in. 71:49 The ball is delivered by Gary Teale, Mark Hudson fouled by Rob Hulse, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall. 71:30 Corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale from the right by-line, Jay Bothroyd manages to make a clearance. 71:25 Rob Hulse sends in a cross, clearance made by Adam Matthews. 71:03 Michael Chopra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. James McEveley takes the indirect free kick. 70:12 The ball is crossed by Fredrik Stoor. 68:57 Stephen McPhail challenges Lee Hendrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robbie Savage. 68:57 Substitution Ben Pringle replaces Lee Croft. 68:32 Mark Kennedy produces a cross, clearance made by James McEveley. 68:00 A cross is delivered by Lee Croft, clearance made by Anthony Gerrard. 67:31 Michael Chopra is caught offside. Stephen Bywater restarts play with the free kick. 66:38 Centre by Dean Moxey, Mark Hudson manages to make a clearance. 66:26 The ball is delivered by Dean Moxey, clearance made by Mark Hudson. 62:50 The assist for the goal came from Stephen McPhail. 62:50 GOAL - Chris Burke:Cardiff 5 - 1 Derby Chris Burke scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 5-1 Derby. 61:45 Assist on the goal came from Stephen McPhail. 61:45 GOAL - Michael Chopra:Cardiff 4 - 1 Derby A goal is scored by Michael Chopra from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Cardiff 4-1 Derby. 60:58 Effort on goal by Lee Hendrie from long range goes harmlessly over the bar. 59:26 Corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale from the left by-line to the near post, Foul by Rob Hulse on David Marshall, free kick awarded. David Marshall takes the free kick. 59:13 Rob Hulse takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall. 58:52 Anthony Gerrard challenges Rob Hulse unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Hendrie takes the direct free kick. 58:11 Michael Chopra fouled by James McEveley, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen McPhail takes the free kick. 56:55 Chris Burke provided the assist for the goal. 56:55 GOAL - Michael Chopra:Cardiff 3 - 1 Derby Michael Chopra scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 3-1 Derby. 56:12 The assistant referee flags for offside against Rob Hulse. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick. 55:04 Jay Bothroyd is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater. 54:17 The ball is sent over by Gary Teale, clearance by Mark Hudson. 53:34 Peter Whittingham produces a cross. 52:54 Mark Hudson challenges Rob Hulse unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robbie Savage takes the free kick. 51:45 Foul by Mark Kennedy on Lee Croft, free kick awarded. Lee Croft produces a cross, Rob Hulse takes a shot. Save by David Marshall. 49:55 A cross is delivered by Lee Croft, Mark Hudson makes a clearance. 49:20 The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Whittingham. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater. 46:34 Assist on the goal came from Lee Hendrie. 46:34 GOAL - Rob Hulse:Cardiff 2 - 1 Derby Rob Hulse gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 2-1 Derby. 46:30 Lee Hendrie produces a cross, 46:08 Corner taken right-footed by Lee Croft from the right by-line, clearance made by Gavin Rae. 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway. Half Time 45:00+0:54 The referee calls an end to the first half. 44:27 Michael Chopra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater. 42:30 Booking Jake Livermore receives a yellow card. 42:21 Stephen McPhail challenges Jake Livermore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Bywater takes the direct free kick. 39:34 Unfair challenge on Lee Hendrie by Stephen McPhail results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary Teale, clearance by Mark Kennedy. 39:25 Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save made by Stephen Bywater. 37:51 Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Bywater by Mark Hudson. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater. 37:38 Michael Chopra takes a shot. Save by Stephen Bywater. 36:30 Centre by Fredrik Stoor, Stephen McPhail manages to make a clearance. 35:40 Assist by Peter Whittingham. 35:40 GOAL - Michael Chopra:Cardiff 2 - 0 Derby Michael Chopra fires in a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 2-0 Derby. 35:14 A cross is delivered by Peter Whittingham, 34:30 Gavin Rae takes a shot. Blocked by Robbie Savage. 34:05 Rob Hulse is ruled offside. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick. 31:38 James McEveley challenges Michael Chopra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Whittingham takes the direct free kick. 31:28 The ball is swung over by Lee Croft, Stephen McPhail manages to make a clearance. 30:29 The ball is sent over by Stephen McPhail, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance. 29:38 Substitution James McEveley replaces Dean Leacock. 27:49 Lee Hendrie takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Hudson. 27:23 The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, clearance made by Shaun Barker. 24:55 Lee Hendrie takes a shot. Anthony Gerrard gets a block in. 24:41 Lee Croft produces a cross, clearance by Mark Hudson. 23:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Leacock by Jay Bothroyd. Stephen Bywater restarts play with the free kick. 21:51 Mark Kennedy delivers the ball. 19:12 Rob Hulse concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Hudson. Mark Hudson takes the free kick. 16:41 The ball is swung over by Gary Teale, save by David Marshall. 14:47 Unfair challenge on Anthony Gerrard by Rob Hulse results in a free kick. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick. 14:22 Peter Whittingham is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Bywater. 13:35 Shot by Fredrik Stoor from just outside the area goes over the net. 11:34 Jay Bothroyd handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Bywater. 9:49 Assist on the goal came from Jay Bothroyd. 9:49 GOAL - Peter Whittingham:Cardiff 1 - 0 Derby Peter Whittingham grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-0 Derby. 8:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen McPhail by Lee Hendrie. Stephen McPhail restarts play with the free kick. 7:02 Chris Burke produces a cross, save made by Stephen Bywater. 6:03 The ball is delivered by Jay Bothroyd, Dean Leacock makes a clearance. 5:41 Rob Hulse is ruled offside. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick. 5:20 Michael Chopra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stephen Bywater restarts play with the free kick. 4:12 The ball is crossed by Chris Burke, Dean Leacock makes a clearance. 1:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Hendrie by Stephen McPhail. Stephen Bywater takes the direct free kick. 0:00 The match has kicked off. Live text and data provided by The Press Association.

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