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Martin Woods has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
Effort from just outside the box by Chris Burke goes over the bar.
Wayne Thomas takes a shot. David Marshall makes a comfortable save.
James Coppinger decides to take the corner short.
Chris Burke is ruled offside. Craig Bellamy goes off and Jason Koumas comes on. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
James Coppinger takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Gabor Gyepes.
Dean Shiels takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save.
Adam Lockwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Bothroyd. Booking for Adam Lockwood for unsporting behaviour. Craig Bellamy finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from a long way out high into the middle of the goal. Cardiff 4-0 Doncaster.
Brian Stock takes a shot. Blocked by Gabor Gyepes.
Craig Bellamy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James O'Connor. Craig Bellamy is given a yellow card. Neil Sullivan takes the direct free kick.
Simon Gillett leaves the field to be replaced by Steve Brooker. Mustapha Dumbuya comes on in place of George Friend.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Neil Sullivan makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Coppinger by Craig Bellamy. Free kick taken by Brian Stock.
Billy Sharp is ruled offside. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, James Coppinger manages to make a clearance.
Chris Burke fouled by Martin Woods, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jay Bothroyd.
Adam Matthews gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Gillett. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Thomas.
Unfair challenge on Seyi Olofinjana by Simon Gillett results in a free kick. Mark Hudson takes the direct free kick.
Chris Burke grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Cardiff 3-0 Doncaster.The assist for the goal came from Craig Bellamy.
Shot by Daniel Drinkwater from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Jay Bothroyd finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Cardiff 2-0 Doncaster.Assist on the goal came from Chris Burke.
Dean Shiels comes on in place of Ryan Mason. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Woods from the left by-line to the near post, Jay Bothroyd manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line, clearance by Ryan Mason.
The ball is crossed by James Coppinger.
Corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line.
Brian Stock challenges Daniel Drinkwater unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Craig Bellamy, Header on goal by Mark Hudson from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Clearance by Wayne Thomas.
Chris Burke sends in a cross, save made by Neil Sullivan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Bothroyd on Adam Lockwood. Adam Lockwood restarts play with the free kick.
Jay Bothroyd gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-0 Doncaster.Assist on the goal came from Craig Bellamy.
Seyi Olofinjana challenges Ryan Mason unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brian Stock takes the free kick.
Foul by Wayne Thomas on Jay Bothroyd, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
Chris Burke is brought on as a substitute for Michael Chopra.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Seyi Olofinjana. James O'Connor takes the free kick.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Martin Woods goes wide right of the goal.
Handball decision goes against Simon Gillett. Mark Hudson restarts play with the free kick.
Simon Gillett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd. Daniel Drinkwater restarts play with the free kick.
Brian Stock takes a shot. Lee Naylor gets a block in. Short corner taken by Martin Woods.
Foul by Michael Chopra on George Friend, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by George Friend.
Corner from the left by-line taken by George Friend, clearance by Adam Matthews.
Inswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy, clearance made by James Coppinger.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy, James Coppinger makes a clearance.
Martin Woods takes a short corner. Unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Ryan Mason results in a free kick. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jay Bothroyd. Neil Sullivan takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken by Peter Whittingham, James O'Connor manages to make a clearance.
(Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Lee Naylor coming on for Kevin McNaughton.
Michael Chopra takes a shot. Save made by Neil Sullivan. Inswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Neil Sullivan fouled by Jay Bothroyd, the ref awards a free kick. Neil Sullivan takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against James O'Connor. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
James Coppinger has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Billy Sharp takes a shot. Save by David Marshall. Short corner taken by George Friend.
Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan.
Brian Stock has a shot and missed to the right of the target.
Shot by Ryan Mason from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
The official flags Billy Sharp offside. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.
Craig Bellamy takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.
The referee gets the match started.
The half-time whistle blows.
The match restarts for the second half.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Bellamy set for Bluebirds bow
Craig Bellamy is poised to make his Cardiff debut against Doncaster after the club confirmed his registration to play.
The Bluebirds are anticipating a bumper home crowd for the Championship clash, following Bellamy's arrival at his hometown club on a season-long loan from Manchester City earlier this week.
Bellamy's availability could see boss Dave Jones switch to a 4-3-3 formation, with the Wales international joining Michael Chopra and Jay Bothroyd in a three-pronged attack.
Stephen McPhail has returned to light training this week following cartilage surgery.
The clash with Rovers comes too soon for the former Leeds player but fellow midfielder Jason Koumas could return to claim a place on the bench.
Teenager Aaron Wildig has returned to training but will miss out with a knee problem.
Doncaster defender Wayne Thomas could make his full debut.
Thomas, who signed a one-year deal last week following his release from Southampton, stepped off the substitutes' bench to replace Shelton Martis against Bristol City on Saturday.
Manager Sean O'Driscoll could be without James Hayter again. The striker missed out last weekend due to a hamstring strain, so Dean Shiels is likely to continue alongside Billy Sharp up front.
James Coppinger, a second-half substitute last weekend, is pushing for a return to the starting line-up after shaking off a leg injury while striker Steve Brooker, fit again after his ankle injury nightmare, is hoping to play a bigger part following two previous cameo appearances.
Midfielder John Oster and defender James Chambers remain sidelined with their respective knee injuries.
Bellamy makes instant impact for Bluebirds
Craig Bellamy announced his arrival at Cardiff in style with a goal and two assists as they cruised to a 4-0 victory over Doncaster at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The on-loan Manchester City man never looked like disappointing a capacity crowd and almost enjoyed a dream start but his close-range shot was saved by Neil Sullivan.
However, it did not take long for Bellamy to make a telling contribution and he played in Jay Bothroyd who opened the scoring after 36 minutes.
Cardiff doubled their lead in the 62nd minute when Chris Burke, who had earlier came on for Michael Chopra, crossed from the right for Bothroyd to head in his second of the game.
Bellamy was getting all over the pitch and six minutes later he found himself in the left-back area and launched a fine ball to set Burke free and he made it 3-0 with aplomb.
It was almost inevitable that Bellamy would get a debut goal and so it proved when Bothroyd was upended, allowing the 31-year-old Wales striker to flash home a superb free-kick from 35 yards.
Cardiff started well and Bellamy sprung into action after only two minutes, latching onto a ball from Chopra but his lofted effort was kept out by Sullivan.
However, Doncaster were looking dangerous themselves and a clearance from Peter Whittingham fell to Brian Stock who flashed a long-range effort just wide.
Minutes later Stock fired in a shot from 20 yards but Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall did well to tip the ball around the post.
Doncaster looked the more likely to open the scoring but with 15 minutes gone Chopra was sent clear and tried to lob Sullivan, who made a superb save with his fingertips.
That proved to be Chopra's last meaningful contribution as his afternoon was brought to a premature end just after the half-hour mark when he limped off to be replaced by Burke.
The loss of Chopra was a blow for Cardiff but they took the lead five minutes later. Bellamy played a good ball into Bothroyd who miscontrolled before slipping the ball past Sullivan.
Cardiff immediately went in search of a second and four minutes before half-time Burke crossed into the path of Peter Whittingham who looked likely to score but completely mis-hit his effort.
All eyes were on Bellamy once again at the start of the second half and his pace continued to trouble the Doncaster defence.
For all Bellamy's intelligent running, it was Doncaster who once again looked the more threatening and they almost drew level in fortuitous circumstances when James Coppinger's mis-hit cross clipped the bar with Marshall scrambling.
Burke continued to look lively and it was inevitable that he would be involved in Cardiff's second goal after 62 minutes.
The former Rangers man skipped past George Friend and got to the right byline before crossing for Bothroyd to head in his second.
Six minutes later Bellamy's excellent ball upfield found Burke who held off Adam Lockwood and fired superbly past Sullivan.
The home crowd were itching to see Bellamy grab a goal and with six minutes remaining they got their wish.
Lockwood fouled Bothroyd and Bellamy, who had also received a booking for dissent, fired in superbly to send the home faithful home happy.
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