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Grant Holt booked for unsporting behaviour. Grant Holt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
Chris Martin takes a shot. Kevin McNaughton gets a block in.
Shot from deep inside the area by Jason Koumas goes over the bar.
Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, clearance made by Elliott Ward.
Foul by Russell Martin on Lee Naylor, free kick awarded. Jason Koumas crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Andrew Crofts manages to make a clearance.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy. Inswinging corner taken by Jason Koumas, clearance made by Elliott Ward.
Oli Johnson replaces Wesley Hoolahan.
Michael Chopra leaves the field to be replaced by Stephen McPhail.
Shot from just outside the box by Jay Bothroyd misses to the right of the goal.
Chris Burke takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
Anthony McNamee takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Naylor.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot.
Craig Bellamy leaves the field to be replaced by Jason Koumas. The referee blows for offside. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Mark Hudson.
Andrew Crofts goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Andrew Crofts on Jay Bothroyd, free kick awarded. Lee Naylor takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy, clearance by Andrew Crofts.
Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabor Gyepes. Direct free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
Jay Bothroyd concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Crofts. Free kick taken by Elliott Ward.
Jay Bothroyd booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Bothroyd on Steven Smith. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.
Chris Martin replaces Simeon Jackson. Simon Lappin goes off and Anthony McNamee comes on.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton by Grant Holt. Mark Hudson takes the direct free kick. Jay Bothroyd is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
Leon Barnett receives a caution. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Bellamy by Leon Barnett. Craig Bellamy has a direct shot on goal from the free kick. Craig Bellamy takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Elliott Ward. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, clearance by Leon Barnett.
Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Blocked by Elliott Ward.
Unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Andrew Crofts results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
Andrew Crofts takes a shot. Blocked by Gabor Gyepes.
Shot from 18 yards from Gabor Gyepes. Save by John Ruddy.
Peter Whittingham produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
Chris Burke takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.
Unfair challenge on Gabor Gyepes by Grant Holt results in a free kick. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line, John Ruddy makes a save.
Shot from inside the area by Grant Holt clears the bar.
Unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton by Simeon Jackson results in a free kick. Craig Bellamy produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Corner taken by Simon Lappin.
Penalty scored by Peter Whittingham. Cardiff 3-1 Norwich.Elliott Ward handles the ball and concedes a .
Wesley Hoolahan finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Cardiff 2-1 Norwich.The assist for the goal came from Steven Smith.
Wesley Hoolahan takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
Caution for Steven Smith. Steven Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Chopra. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton by Simon Lappin results in a free kick. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
Korey Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Naylor. Direct free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Foul by Mark Hudson on Grant Holt, free kick awarded. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Mark Hudson concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Holt. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
Andrew Crofts takes a shot. Seyi Olofinjana gets a block in.
Wesley Hoolahan challenges Seyi Olofinjana unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
Simeon Jackson takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Hudson. Direct free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
Andrew Crofts takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Corner taken by Simon Lappin from the right by-line played to the near post, Seyi Olofinjana makes a clearance.
Simeon Jackson takes a shot. Mark Hudson gets a block in. Corner taken by Simon Lappin from the left by-line, clearance made by Gabor Gyepes.
Goal scored by Michael Chopra from close in low into the middle of the goal. Cardiff 2-0 Norwich.Assist on the goal came from Jay Bothroyd.
A goal is scored by Jay Bothroyd from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-0 Norwich.Corner taken by Peter Whittingham, Gabor Gyepes provided the assist for the goal. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Unfair challenge on Grant Holt by Mark Hudson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.
Chris Burke crosses the ball, Steven Smith gets a block in.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy. The ball is delivered by Mark Hudson, Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.
Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Russell Martin gets a block in.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Craig Bellamy. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Simon Lappin from the left by-line, Leon Barnett produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Seyi Olofinjana concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Lappin. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
The match has kicked off.
It is the end of the first-half.
The second half begins.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Same again for on-song Bluebirds
Dave Jones has no fresh injury or suspension concerns ahead of the visit of Norwich and could possibly hand Danny Drinkwater a place on the bench.
Jones has named an unchanged side for the past two games - victories at Coventry and Leeds - and is set to go with the same XI once again as second meets fourth in the Championship.
That would mean in-form Jay Bothroyd partnering Michael Chopra up front, with an attack-minded midfield of Craig Bellamy, Peter Whittingham, Chris Burke and Seyi Olofinjana just behind.
Bothroyd has escaped punishment for his tackle on Luciano Becchio during Monday night's 4-0 win at Elland Road, with the Football Association of Wales deciding against any action as the referee saw the challenge at the time but decided it should go unpunished.
On-loan Manchester United midfielder Drinkwater has not featured since picking up a thigh injury at the end of August but, having returned to full training and built up his match fitness, City`s medical team could let Jones have him back in action as early as Saturday.
Chris Riggott also continues to work on his fitness levels after a lengthy period on the sidelines and is not too far away, but fellow defender Paul Quinn (knee) remains in the treatment room. Midfielder Solomon Taiwo has returned to Dagenham & Redbridge on loan for the reminder of the season.
Norwich manager Paul Lambert has a welcome selection headache for the trip to south Wales.
Lambert dropped playmaker Wes Hoolahan and youngster Korey Smith to the bench for last Saturday`s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at Carrow Road and saw David Fox and Anthony McNamee perform well on their return to the side.
Whether Lambert sticks with an unchanged line-up remains to be seen but the Scot is relishing the clash with the Bluebirds, who were beaten by Blackpool in last season`s play-off final at Wembley.
He said: "On any given day you can beat anybody. It's a really tough, tough game but it is one we are looking forward to and one we'll be trying to go and win."
Lambert is still without Adam Drury, Michael Nelson, Andrew Surman and Zak Whitbread although he confirmed midfielder Matt Gill has returned to Colney from a month-long loan spell at Peterborough.
Bluebirds hit top spot
Cardiff replaced long-time leaders QPR at the the top of the npower Championship following a comfortable 3-1 victory over Norwich.
Two goals inside the opening 12 minutes from Jay Bothroyd and Michael Chopra put Cardiff in control.
Bothroyd, cleared to play after escaping punishment for his tackle on Luciano Becchio during Monday night's 4-0 league win over Leeds at Elland Road, fired the Bluebirds ahead in the ninth minute with his 12th of the season and fifth in four games.
Three minutes later he turned provider as he set up Chopra for his second goal in a week.
Norwich deservedly reduced the arrears in the 34th minute when Wes Hoolahan, restored to the side, headed home from close range but Peter Whittingham restored Cardiff's two-goal cushion three minutes later from the penalty spot.
With QPR being held at home by Burnley, it meant David Jones' side took over at the summit following a fifth successive league win.
Craig Bellamy - yet to lose since joining his hometown club on loan from Manchester City - was named Cardiff captain for the day against the team where he began his career in an unchanged side.
Norwich boss Paul Lambert made two changes, with Hoolahan and youngster Korey Smith being brought back into the starting line-up at the expense of David Fox and Anthony McNamee, who dropped to the bench.
The Canaries, unbeaten in their last three away games, were first to threaten but from a third-minute corner from Simon Lappin - on his 100th appearance for the club - on-loan Leon Barnett headed well over.
But Cardiff responded and hit Norwich with two goals in three minutes to take a firm grip of the game.
First Bothroyd - who had moments before been denied by goalkeeper John Ruddy - tucked home from close range after Mark Hudson had knocked down a Whittingham corner.
Then Bothroyd played in Chopra who made no mistake as he slotted his effort past Ruddy.
Norwich, though, produced a spirit response and Andrew Crofts fired over the bar before Simeon Jackson saw his shot deflected for a corner.
The visitors had the ball in the net in the 17th minute but captain Grant Holt's header was ruled out after he was adjudged to have committed a foul before Jackson - with a clear sight of goal - was denied by Bluebirds keeper Tom Heaton.
Hoolahan was then thwarted by Heaton but he did pull a deserved goal back for Norwich with a brave header from Lappin's cross.
But Cardiff immediately restored their two-goal advantage after Elliott Ward was penalised for handball and Whittingham made no mistake from the spot with his fourth goal in as many games.
Ruddy bravely saved at the feet of Chopra, who was looking to pounce, early in the second half and the stopper then foiled Gabor Gyepes as Cardiff made a strong start when play resumed.
Bothroyd was unlucky not to get his second of the match 18 minutes from time when his 18-yard effort hit the crossbar and Ruddy made a comfortable save from Chris Burke as the home side enjoyed a good spell of pressure.
Having opening the scoring, Bothroyd came close to having the final say but Ruddy produced a fine finger-tip save to turn his strike around the post.
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