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  • Date:26 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Cardiff City Stadium
  • Attendance:24,595
  • Olofinjana (20) Bellamy (82)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93:22 +3.22

The offside flag is raised against Andrew Keogh. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

89:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seyi Olofinjana by Clive Platt. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.

89:11

The ball is sent over by Craig Bellamy.

88:10

The offside flag is raised against Clive Platt. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

87:37

Craig Bellamy delivers the ball, James McPake manages to make a clearance.

85:40

Unfair challenge on Lee Naylor by Marlon King results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen McPhail.

85:25

The ball is delivered by Craig Bellamy.

84:56

Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.

82:27

Craig Bellamy fires in a goal from just outside the area low into the middle of the goal. Cardiff 2-0 Coventry.Richard Keogh is shown a yellow card.

80:53

Marlon King sends in a cross, Gabor Gyepes manages to make a clearance.

79:44

Lee Naylor produces a cross, save by Keiren Westwood.

79:02

The official flags Andrew Keogh offside. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

77:56

Stephen McPhail fouled by Freddy Eastwood, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

77:29

Shot from 18 yards from Andrew Keogh. Save made by Keiren Westwood. Lukas Jutkiewicz crosses the ball, clearance made by Stephen McPhail.

76:58

Craig Bellamy delivers the ball, clearance by Richard Wood.

75:45

Effort on goal by Peter Whittingham from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

75:11

The ball is sent over by Marlon King, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.

73:32

Freddy Eastwood crosses the ball, Marlon King produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

72:41

The ball is delivered by Craig Bellamy, Effort on goal by Stephen McPhail from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

72:07

The ball is delivered by Marlon King, David Marshall makes a comfortable save.

70:55

Foul by Andrew Keogh on James McPake, free kick awarded. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.

69:36

Craig Bellamy delivers the ball, Michael Chopra takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.

69:18

The ball is crossed by Richard Wood, save by David Marshall.

67:54

Gabor Gyepes comes on in place of Chris Riggott. The official flags Marlon King offside. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

66:35

Effort from 20 yards by Michael Chopra. Blocked by Nathan Cameron. Inswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line, save by Keiren Westwood.

65:18

The ball is delivered by Michael Doyle, Lukas Jutkiewicz produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

64:56

A cross is delivered by Lukas Jutkiewicz, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.

64:38

Richard Wood delivers the ball, save by David Marshall.

63:47

Unfair challenge on James McPake by Andrew Keogh results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

63:04

Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

62:20

Michael Chopra takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Peter Whittingham, save made by Keiren Westwood.

61:40

Unfair challenge on Lee Naylor by Clive Platt results in a .

61:40

Clive Platt challenges Lee Naylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Naylor takes the direct free kick.

60:00

Corner taken by Marlon King, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Lukas Jutkiewicz goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

59:29

Craig Bellamy is cautioned. Foul by Craig Bellamy on Marlon King, free kick awarded. Richard Keogh restarts play with the free kick.

58:11

Clive Platt comes on in place of Jordan Clarke. Freddy Eastwood on for Gary McSheffrey.

57:47

Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

55:16

Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood. Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

53:19

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy played to the near post, Marlon King makes a clearance.

51:24

Shot from outside the penalty box by Jordan Clarke goes wide right of the goal.

50:21

Effort from the edge of the box by Andrew Keogh goes wide of the right-hand upright.

49:49

The ball is swung over by Michael Chopra, Richard Wood manages to make a clearance.

48:58

The ball is sent over by Marlon King, Close range shot by Gary McSheffrey goes wide of the left-hand upright.

48:10

The ball is sent over by Michael Chopra, clearance by James McPake.

45:01 +0.01

The ball is crossed by Kevin McNaughton, clearance made by James McPake.

43:59

The ball is delivered by Jordan Clarke, Stephen McPhail makes a clearance.

43:06

Andrew Keogh concedes a free kick for a foul on James McPake. Direct free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

42:46

Jordan Clarke sends in a cross, clearance made by Peter Whittingham.

42:02

Andrew Keogh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McPake. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.

39:41

Marlon King sends in a cross, Chris Riggott manages to make a clearance. Gary McSheffrey takes the inswinging corner, Chris Riggott manages to make a clearance.

38:38

Shot from just outside the box by Craig Bellamy goes over the bar.

37:42

Jordan Clarke challenges Craig Bellamy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Naylor restarts play with the free kick.

36:42

Peter Whittingham produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

35:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen McPhail on Michael Doyle. Direct free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

34:18

Michael Doyle shown a yellow card. Stephen McPhail fouled by Michael Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

31:37

Centre by Craig Bellamy, save made by Keiren Westwood.

30:59

Peter Whittingham delivers the ball, Nathan Cameron manages to make a clearance.

30:41

Craig Bellamy sends in a cross, Michael Chopra takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.

28:15

Chris Riggott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lukas Jutkiewicz. Strike comes in from Marlon King from the free kick, Stephen McPhail gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey, Richard Keogh takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.

26:46

The official flags Craig Bellamy offside. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood. Stephen McPhail challenges Lee Carsley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Keogh restarts play with the free kick.

26:11

Michael Chopra takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood. Craig Bellamy decides to take a short corner.

25:10

Foul by Mark Hudson on Nathan Cameron, free kick awarded. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

24:27

Outswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the left by-line, Nathan Cameron manages to make a clearance.

23:49

Craig Bellamy produces a cross, clearance made by Richard Wood.

23:14

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.

22:38

Michael Chopra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

21:56

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.

21:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh by Andrew Keogh. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.

20:06

Seyi Olofinjana gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-0 Coventry.Richard Keogh challenges Andrew Keogh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Keogh takes the direct free kick. The assist for the goal came from Craig Bellamy.

17:21

Nathan Cameron challenges Kevin McNaughton unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Peter Whittingham, Chris Riggott takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.

16:20

Peter Whittingham fouled by Richard Wood, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin McNaughton.

14:06

The ball is swung over by Stephen McPhail, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance. Stephen McPhail crosses the ball, save made by Keiren Westwood.

13:18

Michael Chopra produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

11:29

Inswinging corner taken by Gary McSheffrey, Foul by Richard Keogh on David Marshall, free kick awarded. David Marshall takes the free kick.

10:12

Effort from 20 yards by Peter Whittingham. James McPake gets a block in. The ball is sent over by Lee Naylor.

8:52

The ball is delivered by Jordan Clarke, save by David Marshall.

7:57

Lukas Jutkiewicz fouled by Chris Riggott, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Richard Wood.

7:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lukas Jutkiewicz by Peter Whittingham. Direct free kick taken by Richard Keogh.

5:16

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Keogh. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

2:32

Outswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the left by-line, Header on goal by Chris Riggott from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

2:20

Centre by Peter Whittingham, clearance made by Richard Keogh.

0:58

Craig Bellamy sends in a cross, James McPake manages to make a clearance.

The match gets underway.

The referee blows for half time.

The game restarts for the second half.

The final whistle is blown by the referee.

Match Preview

Bluebirds expect Bothroyd return Cardiff are expected to have Jay Bothroyd available for their Boxing Day clash at home to Coventry. The influential striker was pencilled in to return for last weekend`s postponed encounter against Burnley and the extra week will have only boosted his chances of being involved against his former club. The City camp has had to battle a virus over recent weeks, with the likes of Mark Hudson, Jason Koumas and Gabor Gyepes all feeling under the weather ahead of the Burnley clash. And manager Dave Jones will assess his options this time around. Defender Chris Riggott could come in for his debut having finally overcome injury and a lengthy battle to regain his fitness, while Michael Chopra may also be recalled in attack. Cardiff`s encounters against Coventry have become somewhat grudge matches over recent seasons, with the recent October encounter proving no exception. Bothroyd and Craig Bellamy were handed hot receptions upon their returns to the midlands club before the former netted a late winner in a 2-1 triumph. Afterwards, Bothroyd used his Twitter account to say "I hate playing Coventry. They should put up rugby posts" and "Coventry tried to bully us". Aron Gunnarsson`s suspension is countered by the return of captain Lee Carsley. Gunnarsson was shown a straight red in last Saturday`s 2-1 defeat to Norwich for a lunging challenge on Henri Lansbury and will now serve a three-match ban. Fellow midfielder Carsley missed the encounter having served a one-match suspension of his own for amassing five bookings and will return to fill the void, while also taking the captain`s armband back off Michael Doyle. Carsley`s comeback alongside Doyle in the middle of the park provides a like-for-like replacement for Gunnarsson, who only switched to a central position from out wide to cover the former Everton and Birmingham man`s omission. David Bell is now likely to continue on the right flank in Gunnarsson`s absence. Sammy Clingan and Carl Baker returned to training last week after their respective knee and hernia problems and, having been deemed not quite ready to face the Canaries, could be included in Boothroyd`s matchday 18 in the Welsh capital.

Formation:442Manager: Dave Jones

Cardiff

Formation: 442Manager: Adrian Boothroyd

Coventry

  • David Marshall
  • Kevin McNaughton
  • Mark Hudson
  • Chris Riggott
  • Lee Naylor
  • Peter Whittingham
  • Stephen McPhail
  • Seyi Olofinjana
  • Craig Bellamy
  • Michael Chopra
  • Andrew Keogh
  • SUBS
  • Tom Heaton
  • Gavin Rae
  • Gabor Gyepes
  • Jason Koumas
  • Darcy Blake
  • Adam Matthews
  • Aaron Wildig

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Match Report

Bluebirds rediscover home comforts Cardiff climbed back into second in the npower Championship with only their second victory in eight attempts and their first at home since October as they beat Coventry 2-0. The scoreline flattered fellow promotion contenders Coventry, who were firmly second best and could have conceded half a dozen if not for a handful of stunning saves from Keiren Westwood. Seyi Olofinjana's cool finish was the only breakthrough of a dominant first half for the Bluebirds, who were well and truly back to their best. And although Coventry put up a fight after the break, it was the inspirational Craig Bellamy who grabbed a deserved goal courtesy of a deflected effort late on. The visitors could have no complaints about the result though as Cardiff, watched by a sell-out home crowd, claimed their first Boxing Day victory for 11 years. Encounters between the two sides have become grudge matches in recent seasons, with the October meeting proving no exception. Former Sky Blues duo Bellamy and Jay Bothroyd were both handed hot receptions upon their returns to the club before the latter netted a dramatic winner in a 2-1 triumph. Afterwards, Bothroyd - nursing a foot wound - used his Twitter account to say "I hate playing Coventry. They should put up rugby posts" and "Coventry tried to bully us". The England international missed the chance to be reminded of those comments having not fully recovered from a hamstring injury, while Cardiff manager Dave Jones handed a debut to centre-back Chris Riggott along with starts for Michael Chopra and Stephen McPhail. Opposite number Aidy Boothroyd also made three changes from last time out, captain Lee Carsley returning from suspension in the middle of the park along with Jordan Clarke on the right and Lukas Jutkiewicz in attack. The hosts started brightly and Chopra drilled narrowly wide before Westwood produced a great reflex save to keep out Riggott's left-footed flick from Peter Whittingham's set-piece. And it came as no real surprise when Olofinjana side-footed home from the penalty spot, meeting Bellamy's low cross after he had latched onto a quick free-kick from Andy Keogh to burst past Richard Keogh down the left. Westwood was at it again after the opener, twice denying Chopra with superb saves in the space of 10 minutes as Cardiff's free-flowing attacking play continued to cause all sorts of problems. Coventry emerged with more urgency after the restart but it was not long before Westwood was called upon again to produce a reaction stop from Bellamy. Boothroyd turned to substitutes Clive Platt and Freddy Eastwood in an attempt to try and inject some attacking impetus and the visitors were certainly making more of a game of things. Another top-drawer save from Westwood left Chopra wondering what he had to do to beat the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper. The next goal could have come at either end and Eastwood fired into the side-netting. But it was left for Bellamy to grab the goal he deserved, via a deflection off James McPake, before being denied a quick second by that man Westwood.

Form Guide

    DWLLDL
  • Cardiff
  • VS
  • Coventry
  • LWWWDL

Last Meetings

  • Coventry
  • 1 - 2
  • Cardiff
  • 19/10/2010
  • Coventry
  • 1 - 2
  • Cardiff
  • 16/03/2010
  • Cardiff
  • 2 - 0
  • Coventry
  • 20/10/2009
  • Coventry
  • 0 - 2
  • Cardiff
  • 28/01/2009
  • Cardiff
  • 2 - 1
  • Coventry
  • 30/09/2008
  • Coventry
  • 0 - 0
  • Cardiff
  • 12/02/2008

Top Scorers

Cardiff

  • J Bothroyd 13
  • M Chopra 4
  • C Bellamy 3
  • S Olofinjana 3
  • L Naylor 2
  • C Burke 2
  • P Whittingham 2
  • A Keogh 2
  • G Rae 1

Coventry

  • G McSheffrey 5
  • B Turner 4
  • C Platt 3
  • AE Gunnarsson 3
  • F Eastwood 2
  • M King 1
  • D Bell 1
  • M Doyle 1
  • C Baker 1
  • L Jutkiewicz 1
  • J Clarke 1

Goals

Cardiff

    • Total goals 57
    • Goals per game 35
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Coventry

    • Total goals 51
    • Goals per game 29
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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