• Date: Sun 21 March 2010
  • Venue: Ninian Park
  • Ref: Crossley, P
  • Attendance: 20,130
Cardiff City

Cardiff City

McCormack (7)

Whittingham (63)

Burke (78)

3 - 1


Helguson (90)

Cardiff City vs Watford

Team Lineups

Cardiff City

David Marshall
Gabor Gyepes
Paul Quinn
Mark Kennedy (Tony Capaldi, 46)
Gavin Rae
Peter Whittingham
Stephen McPhail
Chris Burke
Darcy Blake
Jay Bothroyd (Warren Feeney, 81)
Ross McCormack (Michael Chopra, 85)


Scott Loach
Adrian Mariappa
Lloyd Doyley
Martin Taylor
Lee Hodson
Don Cowie (Will Buckley, 67)
Ross Jenkins (Stephen McGinn, 53)
Tom Cleverley
John Eustace
Heidar Helguson
Will Hoskins (Danny Graham, 63)

Match Report
Cardiff City kept up their play-off hopes with a hard-earned 3-1 victory over struggling Watford. Goals from Ross McCormack in the first half and two from Peter Whittingham and Chris Burke after the break brought victory against a Hornets side that battled hard throughout. The Bluebirds were forced to make changes with Darcy Blake at centre-back in place of Anthony Gerrard and Paul Quinn at full-back for Kevin McNaughton. McCormack retained his place up front leaving Michael Chopra on the bench. Watford were without injured skipper Jay DeMerit and were captained by veteran John Eustace as they tried to put a stop to a run of 11 away matches without a victory. After pushing the visitors right back from the opening whistle, the Bluebirds took the lead in the seventh minute with a superb strike from McCormack. Whittingham sent over a deep corner kick and McCormack raced in to volley first time into the net from just inside the area. The Hornets went close when an overhead kick by Will Hoskins flew over the home crossbar and midway through the half Mark Kennedy headed a goalbound effort behind for a corner. When the flag-kick came in, the ball crashed against the City crossbar from a Martin Taylor header with David Marshall beaten. Watford were well on top and Quinn was forced into a goal-line stop to prevent Hoskins levelling just before the break. Kennedy suffered a back injury in the first half and was replaced by Tony Capaldi for the start of the second period. Totally against the run of play, the Bluebirds doubled their lead in the 63rd minute when a cross from Chris Burke was headed in by Whittingham for his 21st goal of the season. Watford keeper Steve Loach made an acrobatic save to keep out a Jay Bothroyd header but City pushed forward and a length of the field move ended with Burke having two shots at goal before beating Loach with his second attempt in the 78th minute. The Hornets deservedly pulled a goal back in time added on through Heidar Helguson but City's victory pushed them further away from the pack chasing play-off places.
Live Text Commentary

Goal!! Heidar Helguson scores for Watford.


Ross McCormack is replaced by Michael Chopra.


Jay Bothroyd is being taken off, Warren Feeney has come on in his place.


Goal!! Cardiff have scored with Chris Burke putting it in the back of the net.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Stephen McGinn.


Don Cowie is replaced by Will Buckley.


Goal!! Cardiff have scored with Peter Whittingham putting it in the back of the net.


Will Hoskins is being taken off, Danny Graham has come on in his place.


Ross Jenkins is being taken off, Stephen McGinn has come on in his place.


Cardiff are replacing Mark Kennedy with Tony Capaldi.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

Half time

Half time whistle is blown by P Crossley

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Jay Bothroyd.


Goal!! Ross McCormack scores for Cardiff.


It's 3pm on Sunday, March 21st, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff

Cardiff face Watford at 3pm on Sunday, March 21st.