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Craig Conway takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
Craig Conway is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
The official flags Joe Mason offside. Neal Eardley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
Matt Phillips finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-3 Blackpool.Roman Bednar provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson by Barry Ferguson. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save by David Marshall. Long range shot by Kevin Phillips goes wide left of the net.
Foul by Barry Ferguson on Craig Conway, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.
Rudy Gestede is brought on as a substitute for Kenny Miller.
Matt Phillips gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-2 Blackpool.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matt Phillips, David Marshall makes a save. Kevin Phillips scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-1 Blackpool.Assist on the goal came from Matt Phillips.
Darcy Blake is brought on as a substitute for Kevin McNaughton.
Stephen Crainey crosses the ball, clearance made by Don Cowie.
Anthony Gerrard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roman Bednar. Stephen Crainey crosses the ball in from the free kick, Aron Gunnarsson fouled by Danny Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. David Marshall takes the free kick.
Joe Mason takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Basham.
The referee blows for offside against Kenny Miller. Barry Ferguson takes the indirect free kick.
Roman Bednar comes on in place of John Fleck. Kevin Phillips comes on in place of Nouha Dicko.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher challenges Craig Conway unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Unfair challenge on Don Cowie by Nouha Dicko results in a free kick. Kevin McNaughton restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Andrew Taylor. Joe Mason finds the back of the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Cardiff 1-0 Blackpool.Assist on the goal came from Don Cowie.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.
Kenny Miller produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
Foul by Barry Ferguson on Andrew Taylor, free kick awarded. Andrew Taylor takes the direct free kick.
Nouha Dicko produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Craig Conway takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
Barry Ferguson takes a shot. Anthony Gerrard gets a block in.
Nouha Dicko takes a shot. Don Cowie gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Matt Phillips from the left by-line to the near post, Peter Whittingham manages to make a clearance.
Aron Gunnarsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Fleck. Stephen Crainey delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Don Cowie manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Peter Whittingham by Barry Ferguson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.
(Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Joe Mason coming on for Joe Ralls.
Shot from outside the area by Peter Whittingham misses to the left of the goal.
Effort on goal by Matt Phillips from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Basham on Craig Conway. Chris Basham is cautioned. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
Craig Cathcart fouled by Joe Ralls, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Cathcart restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Baptiste on Craig Conway. Free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.
The official flags Nouha Dicko offside. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher fouled by Ben Turner, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Crainey has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by David Marshall.
Kenny Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Cathcart. Craig Cathcart takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the box by Craig Conway goes wide of the left-hand post.
Anthony Gerrard concedes a free kick for a foul on Nouha Dicko. Matt Phillips has an effort direct from the free kick.
Alex Baptiste gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. Don Cowie crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Matthew Gilks.
Corner taken by Matt Phillips from the left by-line, clearance by Kenny Miller.
Nouha Dicko concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Gerrard. Anthony Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.
Craig Conway crosses the ball, Kenny Miller takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
Nouha Dicko takes a shot. Save by David Marshall. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by John Fleck from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ben Turner.
Craig Conway has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The official flags Nouha Dicko offside. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
Effort from just outside the box by Nouha Dicko goes over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Anthony Gerrard misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Don Cowie from the left by-line, save by Matthew Gilks. Don Cowie takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Danny Wilson.
Unfair challenge on Don Cowie by Stephen Crainey results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Gary Taylor-Fletcher manages to make a clearance.
Chris Basham concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Ralls. Free kick taken by Joe Ralls.
Kenny Miller is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
Peter Whittingham handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
Matt Phillips has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
The official flags Kenny Miller offside. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
Hudson in Bluebirds reckoning
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay may be able to call on Mark Hudson for the visit of Blackpool.
Mackay has been sweating on the fitness of defender Hudson, who missed the Carling Cup semi-final victory over Crystal Palace and the 1-1 draw with Southampton with a calf strain, but the Bluebirds captain could make his return to the matchday squad this weekend.
However, Hudson will have to displace one of Ben Turner and Anthony Gerrard, both of whom have been excellent in his continued absence.
Full-back Kevin McNaughton is likely to keep his place in defence after starting ahead of Darcy Blake against the Saints in midweek, while strikers Joe Mason and Rudy Gestede are both aiming for recalls.
A victory for Cardiff could take the Welsh outfit top of the npower Championship table, if results elsewhere go in their favour.
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has an embarrassment of attacking riches.
Quicksilver trio Matt Phillips, Tom Ince and Lomana LuaLua have all impressed in recent weeks although Holloway turned to the substitutes' bench as his free-flowing forward line struggled to make headway against Coventry in midweek.
Roman Bednar - making his debut after joining the Seasiders on loan from West Brom - laid on the equaliser for fellow sub Kevin Phillips before the more robust talents of Gary Taylor-Fletcher secured a 2-1 win, presenting the manager with a selection headache.
Liverpool loanee Danny Wilson and Neal Eardley could both feature in defence as centre-back Ian Evatt serves the first game of a two-match suspension for collecting 10 bookings.
Midfielder Keith Southern remains a doubt with a gashed ankle.
Phillips double inspires Seasiders
Matt Phillips scored twice in the final seven minutes as Blackpool came from behind to earn a deserved 3-1 npower Championship win at Cardiff.
The Bluebirds looked to be heading for victory after Joe Mason came off the bench to put them ahead on the hour mark against the run of play, when he converted Don Cowie's knock-down.
But veteran Blackpool striker Kevin Phillips, also a substitute, scored an equalising goal for the third successive game with a sublime volleyed finish in the 79th minute.
The turnaround was completed four minutes later when Matt Phillips also provided an astute finish from Roman Bednar's centre, and the points were made safe when the same scorer drove home in added time.
It was no more than Ian Holloway's side deserved as they bossed the majority of the play and registered a fourth win in the last five league games to move within two points of the high-flying Bluebirds.
It was an off-day for Malky Mackay's home side who were looking to keep the pressure on West Ham and Southampton, the top two in the Championship.
With only the Saints and Blues scoring more goals than these two sides ahead of today's fixtures, an open game looked on the cards.
But it took 20 minutes for the first real chance to materialise and Cardiff's David Marshall had to be alert to keep his side level and deny Nouha Dicko a debut goal.
Alex Baptiste made good progress down the right, whipped a cross in, and Dickoh connected well at the near post, forcing Marshall to superbly tip the ball over.
Blackpool continued to threaten when Stephen Crainey drilled a 25-yard free-kick over the wall, but Marshall was again equal to it.
Holloway would have been the happier of the two managers at half-time, but he was left disappointed with a piece of Dicko finishing when he found himself through on goal.
The hosts were on the attack, but Craig Conway's shot was blocked and Robert Fleck fed the on-loan Wigan striker, and with only Marshall to beat he dragged his weak effort wide.
Holloway was even more disappointed shortly after as Cardiff took an unlikely lead on the hour mark.
Andrew Taylor's cross found Cowie and his pinpoint header found Mason, who made no mistake from close range.
But, after his heroics against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup last week and Coventry in the league in midweek, 39-year-old Kevin Phillips was the super-sub again as he found space to volley Blackpool level.
Four minutes later they were ahead when Matt Phillips, who was a constant threat throughout, superbly finished Bednar's low cross at the far post.
The win was made secure in time added on when the winger again finished with aplomb, after again being set free by Bednar.
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