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  • Date:03 May 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Cardiff City Stadium
  • Attendance:23,029
  • Collison (8) Collison (40)
Goal!

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94:52 +4.52

The ball is crossed by Nicky Maynard.

93:45 +3.45

Matthew Taylor decides to take the corner short.

87:02

Julien Faubert challenges Aron Gunnarsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Caution for Julien Faubert. Stephen McPhail restarts play with the free kick.

86:50

The ball is swung over by Carlton Cole.

85:29

Jack Collison leaves the field to be replaced by Nicky Maynard.

84:50

Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Shot by Joe Mason from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.

84:44

The ball is sent over by Darcy Blake, clearance made by George McCartney.

83:20

Jack Collison is caught offside. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

82:58

Carlton Cole produces a cross.

82:01

Effort from outside the box by Aron Gunnarsson goes wide right of the target.

80:18

Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble.

80:01

Gary O'Neil takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Stephen McPhail gets a block in.

79:29

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Taylor, Mark Hudson makes a clearance. The ball is delivered by Jack Collison, Ben Turner makes a clearance.

79:17

Effort on goal by Mark Noble from 20 yards. Ben Turner gets a block in.

79:14

Centre by Matthew Taylor.

77:49

Robert Earnshaw produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

77:41

The ball is delivered by Aron Gunnarsson, clearance made by Winston Reid.

75:55

The ball is delivered by Jack Collison, David Marshall makes a save.

75:44

The ball is delivered by Matthew Taylor.

74:06

Julien Faubert on for Guy Demel.

73:53

Robert Earnshaw on for Kenny Miller.

73:35

Stephen McPhail comes on in place of Don Cowie.

73:13

The ball is swung over by Aron Gunnarsson, Header by Mark Hudson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

71:57

A cross is delivered by Matthew Taylor, Headed effort from close range by Kevin Nolan goes wide left of the target.

70:58

The official flags Joe Mason offside. Robert Green takes the free kick.

69:28

Darcy Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Taylor. The ball is sent over by Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.

68:52

Foul by Joe Mason on Winston Reid, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Robert Green.

66:22

Jack Collison challenges Andrew Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Marshall takes the free kick.

66:14

Centre by Jack Collison, clearance by Mark Hudson.

64:36

The referee penalises Liam Lawrence for handball. Winston Reid takes the direct free kick.

63:13

Kevin Nolan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Marshall. Kevin Nolan goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.

62:10

Kenny Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary O'Neil. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.

61:33

Effort on goal by Kenny Miller from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

61:00

Mark Noble concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Whittingham. Mark Noble booked for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.

59:58

George McCartney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ricardo Vaz Te.

58:48

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, Ben Turner makes a clearance.

57:07

The offside flag is raised against Jack Collison. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

56:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Mason on Winston Reid. Free kick taken by Matthew Taylor.

56:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Mason on Mark Noble. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.

55:10

Foul by Winston Reid on Aron Gunnarsson, free kick awarded. Peter Whittingham takes the direct free kick.

54:27

James Tomkins goes into the referee's book for dissent.

53:32

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Mark Hudson takes a shot. Carlton Cole gets a block in.

53:23

A cross is delivered by Joe Mason, blocked by Matthew Taylor.

52:50

Jack Collison is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Marshall.

51:22

Carlton Cole sends in a cross, save made by David Marshall.

50:38

The ball is sent over by Ben Turner.

50:31

The ball is swung over by Peter Whittingham, Jack Collison manages to make a clearance.

50:20

Centre by Aron Gunnarsson, clearance made by Ricardo Vaz Te.

49:24

The ball is delivered by Darcy Blake, clearance made by Guy Demel.

49:05

Foul by James Tomkins on Liam Lawrence, free kick awarded. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.

48:16

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line to the near post, Peter Whittingham manages to make a clearance.

47:30

The offside flag is raised against Liam Lawrence. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.

46:53

Unfair challenge on Liam Lawrence by Ricardo Vaz Te results in a free kick. Mark Hudson takes the direct free kick.

45:51

Effort from outside the penalty box by Peter Whittingham goes wide right of the target.

45:47

Liam Lawrence crosses the ball, clearance by James Tomkins.

44:59

Header by James Tomkins from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

44:39

Corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, save made by David Marshall.

44:16

Centre by Gary O'Neil, Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.

43:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan by Ben Turner. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.

42:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Noble on Don Cowie. Liam Lawrence takes the free kick.

40:27

Jack Collison grabs a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 0-2 West Ham.

39:47

Mark Noble takes a inswinging corner.

37:50

The offside flag is raised against Jack Collison. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.

36:23

Joe Mason sends in a cross, free kick awarded for a foul by Aron Gunnarsson on James Tomkins. Free kick taken by Robert Green.

34:26

Kenny Miller has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

33:58

The ball is delivered by Andrew Taylor.

31:04

The ball is sent over by Guy Demel, Foul by Ricardo Vaz Te on Darcy Blake, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.

30:44

Centre by Matthew Taylor.

30:37

The ball is delivered by Guy Demel.

28:32

The official flags Kevin Nolan offside. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

28:07

Ben Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlton Cole. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.

27:27

The assistant referee flags for offside against Guy Demel. David Marshall takes the free kick.

24:35

The ball is crossed by Guy Demel, Kevin Nolan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Hudson. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.

24:14

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Noble, Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.

24:07

The ball is swung over by Kevin Nolan, blocked by Mark Hudson.

22:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Collison on Andrew Taylor. Peter Whittingham takes the direct free kick.

21:04

Darcy Blake challenges Carlton Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Taylor takes the direct free kick.

19:08

Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Turner. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.

18:35

Unfair challenge on Mark Noble by Kenny Miller results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Tomkins.

18:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlton Cole on Mark Hudson. Aron Gunnarsson takes the free kick.

17:56

Peter Whittingham challenges Gary O'Neil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.

17:02

Matthew Taylor delivers the ball, James Tomkins produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

16:33

Matthew Taylor takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Don Cowie.

16:05

Carlton Cole sends in a cross.

15:38

Matthew Taylor sends in a cross.

13:42

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Winston Reid.

13:37

Liam Lawrence sends in a cross, clearance by Winston Reid.

13:05

Carlton Cole challenges Darcy Blake unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.

10:41

Gary O'Neil takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.

9:17

Centre by Liam Lawrence.

7:58

The ball is sent over by Ricardo Vaz Te, Effort from 12 yards by Jack Collison. David Marshall makes a save. Jack Collison scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Cardiff 0-1 West Ham.Ricardo Vaz Te provided the assist for the goal.

7:04

Matthew Taylor fouled by Liam Lawrence, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Green.

6:29

Foul by Jack Collison on Andrew Taylor, free kick awarded. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

5:12

The ball is crossed by Matthew Taylor, Aron Gunnarsson makes a clearance.

3:42

Gary O'Neil handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Lawrence.

2:39

Short corner taken by Peter Whittingham.

2:22

Kenny Miller takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Robert Green.

1:50

Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.

1:35

Peter Whittingham takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.

Match Preview

Cardiff are ready - Mackay Malky Mackay is adamant Cardiff will have no hangover from their previous Championship play-off heartaches as they prepare for their semi-final first leg against West Ham at Cardiff City Stadium. The Bluebirds lost out to Blackpool in a thrilling Wembley final two seasons ago, before being downed by Reading at the last-four stage last term. The club, then under the guidance of former boss Dave Jones, had to watch as Welsh rivals Swansea took the tag of being the first side from the principality to make it to the promised land of the Premier League. But, given the major overhaul that took place last summer following Mackay's arrival, there are many in the squad who were not involved in those previous disappointments. And manager Mackay points to Cardiff's run to the Carling Cup final as proof that they can handle the pressure. "That's in the past, you have to take the individual games on their own merit," he said. "Last year losing Craig Bellamy against Reading didn't help and against Blackpool the year before they lost a striker who had got a lot of goals for them just 10 minutes in - Jay Bothroyd. "And Charlie Adam had one of those days where he put the ball in the top corner from 30 yards. "That's the kind of thing you need to go for you to win a final. "But as far as we're concerned this is a group that has got to a Carling Cup final and taken a club like Liverpool all the way to penalties. "That shows there's a strength in character here to enable us to handle a two-legged semi-final." Mackay will select his starting line-up from virtually a full-strength squad. Four unspecified players all sustained various knocks in the last-day win at Crystal Palace that secured the Bluebirds' top-six finish, but are all expected to be back in contention. Striker Rudy Gestede overcame a hip injury to step off the bench in last weekend's 2-1 win and, together with fellow substitutes Robert Earnshaw and defender Darcy Blake, is pushing for a recall. Mackay, able to choose from a settled squad in recent weeks, is expected to opt for Don Cowie in midfield ahead of Stephen McPhail. Meanwhile, West Ham are not afraid of their favourites tag, according to assistant boss Neil McDonald. And Sam Allardyce's right-hand man is confident the Hammers have quickly shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion to Southampton last Saturday. "In our heart of hearts we always knew Southampton would win their last game," said McDonald. "We were more disappointed when we drew at Bristol City before that in a game we needed to win. "But the boys are in really good spirits and we are all ready for the game. There's a great atmosphere and good competition for places. "We were favourites at the start of the season to go up so it was disappointing we didn't do it automatically. But we'll take the favourite tag if everyone wants to give it to us and we are ready for the two games against Cardiff." West Ham have a fully-fit squad available. Midfielder Gary O'Neil was a doubt after taking a whack on the ankle towards the end of Saturday's 2-1 win over Hull but he has been passed fit. Skipper Kevin Nolan is also fine despite suffering a dead leg at the weekend and defender James Tomkins has shaken off a knock to the head. Allardyce was able to take off two-goal Carlton Cole and strike partner Ricardo Vaz Te early in the second half against Hull as the news Southampton were winning made the result academic, so they are expected to start up front. Fit-again George McCartney (concussion), a substitute on Saturday, should reclaim his left-back spot.

Formation:442Manager: Malky Mackay

Cardiff

Formation: 451Manager: Sam Allardyce

West Ham

  • David Marshall
  • Darcy Blake
  • Mark Hudson
  • Ben Turner
  • Andrew Taylor
  • Don Cowie
  • Peter Whittingham
  • Aron Gunnarsson
  • Liam Lawrence
  • Kenny Miller
  • Joe Mason
  • SUBS
  • Tom Heaton
  • Filip Kiss
  • Anthony Gerrard
  • Robert Earnshaw
  • Stephen McPhail

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