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Shot from deep inside the area by Craig Bellamy clears the bar.
Foul by Jon Parkin on Jonathan Hogg, free kick awarded. Jamie Ashdown takes the direct free kick.
Dave Kitson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Koumas. Dave Kitson is booked. Paul Quinn leaves the field to be replaced by Darcy Blake. Kevin McNaughton takes the direct free kick.
Jason Koumas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephen McPhail.
Headed effort from inside the area by Danny Webber misses to the right of the goal.
Ritchie De Laet takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin McNaughton.
Jon Parkin takes a shot. Aaron Mokoena gets a block in.
Liam Lawrence gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke. Direct free kick taken by Stephen McPhail. Jon Parkin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jay Bothroyd.
Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Stephen Bywater makes a save.
Effort from inside the six-yard box by Danny Webber goes wide right of the target.
A goal is scored by Peter Whittingham from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 3-0 Portsmouth.The assist for the goal came from Craig Bellamy.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Peter Whittingham, Dave Kitson makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham, clearance by Aaron Mokoena.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Aaron Mokoena gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Lawrence by Chris Burke. Liam Lawrence takes the free kick.
Aaron Mokoena concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Bothroyd. Free kick taken by Stephen McPhail.
Effort on goal by Craig Bellamy from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Seyi Olofinjana concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Hogg. (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Danny Webber coming on for David Cotterill. Carl Dickinson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Lawrence by Jlloyd Samuel. Caution for Jlloyd Samuel. Carl Dickinson on for David Nugent. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Greg Halford from right wing, Jlloyd Samuel makes a clearance.
Foul by Liam Lawrence on Seyi Olofinjana, free kick awarded. David Nugent goes into the book for dissent. Stephen McPhail takes the direct free kick.
Dave Kitson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jlloyd Samuel. Peter Whittingham crosses the ball in from the free kick, David Cotterill makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Joel Ward by Jay Bothroyd results in a free kick. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin McNaughton fouled by David Nugent, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Bywater restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jlloyd Samuel on Dave Kitson. Liam Lawrence crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Kevin McNaughton makes a clearance.
A goal is scored by Jay Bothroyd from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Cardiff 2-0 Portsmouth.The assist for the goal came from Craig Bellamy.
Greg Halford concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bellamy. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Dave Kitson manages to make a clearance.
Jay Bothroyd is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Bellamy on Liam Lawrence. Liam Lawrence takes the free kick.
Hermann Hreidarsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Seyi Olofinjana. Kevin McNaughton restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke, Hermann Hreidarsson makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Chris Burke from the right by-line, Greg Halford manages to make a clearance.
Header from deep inside the area by David Nugent goes over the bar.
David Cotterill is ruled offside. Dekel Keinan takes the free kick.
Kevin McNaughton fouled by Dave Kitson, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Bywater takes the free kick.
Chris Burke takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Hogg.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen McPhail on Jonathan Hogg. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Greg Halford.
Unfair challenge on Jonathan Hogg by Jay Bothroyd results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Hermann Hreidarsson.
Foul by Dave Kitson on Paul Quinn, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.
The ball is swung over by Craig Bellamy, Close range headed effort by Seyi Olofinjana goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Ricardo Rocha results in a free kick. Ricardo Rocha is sent off. Strike comes in from Peter Whittingham from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dave Kitson on Jay Bothroyd. Stephen Bywater takes the free kick.
Joel Ward fouled by Seyi Olofinjana, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Liam Lawrence, Jay Bothroyd manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Craig Bellamy on Joel Ward, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
Liam Lawrence gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton. Liam Lawrence booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Greg Halford manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Jonathan Hogg on Stephen McPhail, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham from left channel, Liam Lawrence manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, Seyi Olofinjana manages to make a clearance.
Chris Burke fouled by Hermann Hreidarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kevin McNaughton, clearance made by Liam Lawrence.
Jay Bothroyd challenges Hermann Hreidarsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Greg Halford takes the free kick.
Seyi Olofinjana finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Cardiff 1-0 Portsmouth.Assist on the goal came from Craig Bellamy.
Outswinging corner taken by Chris Burke, Hermann Hreidarsson manages to make a clearance.
Duo doubts for Bluebirds
Cardiff boss Dave Jones could be without Stephen McPhail and Lee Naylor when his side host Portsmouth.
Midfielder McPhail and left-back Naylor were forced out of the 2-0 win at Sheffield Utd on Tuesday night with as yet unspecified injuries and are doubtful.
Darcy Blake and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaced the duo at Bramall Lane but Jason Koumas, Gavin Rae, Gabor Gypes and Jlloyd Samuel are also options available to Jones.
Jay Bothroyd and strike partner Craig Bellamy have been suffering from groin and hamstring strains respectively but are expected to be included while defender Kevin McNaughton is set to recover from a gluteal injury in time to retain his place.
Jon Parkin could return to the squad after missing the last two games with a muscle strain but Michael Chopra is not expected to be risked despite returning to training following a hamstring problem.
Centre-back Mark Hudson (knee) and goalkeeper David Marshall (elbow) remain long-term absentees.
Hayden Mullins will miss his first game of the season for Portsmouth.
The midfielder, an ever-present in all competitions this term, was sent off for deliberate handball during Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat by Coventry.
The club appealed against the red card but the decision was upheld and Mullins serves a one-match ban.
Skipper Liam Lawrence has made a timely recovery from a hamstring injury and is likely to step into Mullins' midfield spot.
Lawrence proved his fitness with a run-out as a substitute against the Sky Blues and should start.
Danny Webber came through 75 minutes unscathed after starting his first match in a year following a cruciate injury but fellow striker Kanu may get the nod to face the side he scored the winner against in the 2008 FA Cup final.
Bluebirds flying high
Cardiff moved into the npower Championship automatic promotion places courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 victory over Portsmouth.
After Norwich's 2-1 win against Nottingham Forest on Friday night, the Bluebirds went into this encounter knowing they needed three points to lift themselves back into the top two.
And they secured that thanks, in the main, to a fluent attacking display full of endeavour.
Their intent was epitomised by Craig Bellamy, who began a scintillating performance by setting up Seyi Olofinjana's opener.
Pompey's cause was then hampered when Ricardo Rocha received an 18th-minute red card.
The Bluebirds capitalised on their man advantage with goals from Jay Bothroyd and Peter Whittingham capping an excellent effort.
Despite the importance of the clash, the Bluebirds started in confident fashion with Bellamy and Bothroyd looking particularly menacing.
And they took the lead in the eighth minute through Olofinjana.
Bellamy was the orchestrator, capitalising on a clever ball from Bothroyd to jink down the right wing before sending in a delicious centre which Olofinjana gleefully headed home.
Portsmouth tried to get back into the game but their chances were hampered considerably midway through the opening period when Rocha was dismissed for appearing to headbutt Bothroyd.
That sparked unsavoury scenes, with the centre-half having to be restrained as he left the field.
Pompey's problems were almost compounded from the resulting free-kick as Whittingham hit just over the crossbar.
Dave Jones' side continued to dominate and could have grabbed a second, but, after being found by Bellamy's excellent cross, Bothroyd headed just wide.
Any hopes the visitors had of getting back into the game all but evaporated on the stroke of half-time as Bothroyd got the goal his industry deserved.
Whittingham's corner caused chaos in the Portsmouth box and, after several ricochets, the ball fell to the former Blackburn striker, who was left with the simplest of finishes.
Picking up where they left off, Cardiff assumed control of proceedings once again after the interval although Portsmouth were threatening with a counter-attacking approach.
The match entered a lull in the second period, with the hosts seemingly content to retain possession.
Chances still came fleetingly, though, with Bothroyd almost netting his second when he saw his goal-bound effort blocked by Aaron Mokoena.
The Bluebirds did get a third in the 73rd minute when Bellamy showed great vision to find Whittingham, who slotted home his 10th goal of the season to wrap up the points.
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