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Peter Whittingham decides to take a short corner.
Corner taken by David Nugent from the left by-line, save by David Marshall.
Andrew Keogh is caught offside. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
Chris Burke fouled by Hayden Mullins, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Naylor. Jason Koumas replaces Jay Bothroyd.
Chris Burke is caught offside. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
Matt Ritchie replaces John Utaka.
Effort from inside the area by David Nugent misses to the left of the goal.
Tommy Smith fouled by Adam Matthews, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.
Effort from just outside the area by Chris Burke goes over the bar.
Marlon Pack joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Brown.
Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, save by Jamie Ashdown.
Unfair challenge on Lee Naylor by Nadir Ciftci results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham. Andrew Keogh joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Bellamy.
The ball is delivered by Tommy Smith.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tommy Smith played to the near post, clearance made by Jay Bothroyd.
Unfair challenge on Nadir Ciftci by Lee Naylor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Wilson on Jay Bothroyd. Chris Burke takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Craig Bellamy by John Utaka results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
Jay Bothroyd concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Mokoena. Michael Brown takes the free kick.
Craig Bellamy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
Jay Bothroyd is ruled offside. Aaron Mokoena restarts play with the free kick. Nadir Ciftci replaces Richard Hughes.
The official flags David Nugent offside. Lee Naylor restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by John Utaka clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Drinkwater by Ibrahima Sonko. Lee Naylor crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
Centre by Daniel Drinkwater, save by Jamie Ashdown.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Aaron Mokoena. Craig Bellamy takes the free kick. Booking for Aaron Mokoena for unsporting behaviour.
Unfair challenge on Adam Matthews by John Utaka results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
Michael Brown challenges Daniel Drinkwater unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Whittingham crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Marc Wilson.
Unfair challenge on Adam Matthews by Michael Brown results in a free kick. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is crossed by John Utaka.
Jay Bothroyd has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
Jay Bothroyd scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Portsmouth 0-2 Cardiff.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Mark Hudson produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Jay Bothroyd fouled by Aaron Mokoena, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Lee Naylor, Aaron Mokoena manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Lee Naylor on Richard Hughes, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Marc Wilson from right wing.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jay Bothroyd. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the box by Craig Bellamy goes wide of the right-hand upright.
David Nugent takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.
A cross is delivered by Lee Naylor.
Handball decision goes against John Utaka. David Marshall takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Mokoena by Jay Bothroyd. Ibrahima Sonko takes the free kick.
An unfortunate own goal is conceded by Hayden Mullins. Portsmouth 0-1 Cardiff.
Foul by Peter Whittingham on John Utaka, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Marc Wilson, Header from close range by Ibrahima Sonko clears the bar.
Marc Wilson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Peter Whittingham, Jamie Ashdown makes a save.
(Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Adam Matthews coming on for Darcy Blake.
Centre by Carl Dickinson.
Lee Naylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tommy Smith. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Lee Naylor on John Utaka, free kick awarded. Marc Wilson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Mark Hudson.
The ball is swung over by Peter Whittingham.
Corner taken right-footed by Tommy Smith, clearance made by Mark Hudson.
Ibrahima Sonko fouled by Craig Bellamy, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line to the near post.
Craig Bellamy takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Richard Hughes.
John Utaka produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot by Craig Bellamy from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Daniel Drinkwater takes a short corner.
Outswinging corner taken by Tommy Smith, Daniel Drinkwater manages to make a clearance.
Carl Dickinson fouled by Jay Bothroyd, the ref awards a free kick. Marc Wilson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, David Marshall makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Tommy Smith, clearance made by Gabor Gyepes.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Brown by Daniel Drinkwater. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.
Jay Bothroyd concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Brown. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Burke. Direct free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.
The match begins.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The second half kicks off.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Nugent wait for Pompey
Portsmouth striker David Nugent needs a late fitness test ahead of the visit of Cardiff.
Nugent scored his first Pompey goal since February 2009 in Tuesday's Carling Cup win over Crystal Palace, but twisted his ankle in the process and had to leave the field.
Boss Steve Cotterill have to check on John Utaka as well after the frontman sat out in midweek with a hamstring strain.
And Cotterill is also waiting on a third forward, veteran Nigerian star Kanu, who could finally be about to resolve his contract wrangle with the club and would therefore be available for the first time this season.
Skipper Marc Wilson is set to play his last game for Pompey with Stoke leading the chase for his signature ahead of Tuesday's transfer deadline.
Cardiff's new striker Andy Keogh could make his debut.
The Republic of Ireland international joined Dave Jones' men on a season-long loan from Wolves on Wednesday and he could parter Craig Bellamy in attack after the Welshman was rested for Cardiff's 2-1 defeat to Peterborough.
However, Cardiff are counting the cost of their Carling Cup defeat to Posh.
Midfield duo Seyi Olofinjana (eye) and his replacement Stephen McPhail both went off injured in the 2-1 defeat and are both doubts.
Striker Michael Chopra, Darcy Blake (both ankle) and fellow defender Kevin McNaughton (hamstring) all picked up injuries in the Welsh outfit's 4-0 win over Doncaster in their last league outing and the trio are all unlikely to feature against Pompey.
Midfielder Jason Koumas played the full 90 minutes for the first time in seven months at London Road so will probably not be risked as he works his way back to full fitness.
Bothroyd has Bluebirds flying
Jay Bothroyd fired Cardiff joint top of the npower Championship as Portsmouth were swept aside 2-0 at Fratton Park.
Bothroyd forced an own goal from Hayden Mullins before the interval and doubled the lead early in the second half thanks to some more calamitous Pompey defending.
These two sides met in the FA Cup final little more than two years ago but are heading in different directions these days.
Pompey, who won that Wembley encounter, are still in administration and could name just four substitutes again while Cardiff, with loan signing Craig Bellamy running the show, are dreaming of the Barclays Premier League.
The hosts actually made a bright start and Marc Wilson, in what is expected to be his last game for the club before a move to the top flight, drilled a 10th-minute free-kick which David Marshall did well to keep out.
Moments later the hosts got their first taste of Bellamy's threat when he fed Chris Burke and then tore into the penalty area to meet the winger's cross, only to fire narrowly wide.
John Utaka, back in the Pompey attack after injury, fired a shot too high and Ibrahima Sonko headed over the crossbar.
But it was Cardiff who went ahead eight minutes before the break after Wilson uncharacteristically lost possession in the middle of the park.
Burke scampered clear and crossed into the area where the ball found its way into the net off the shin of Mullins, under pressure from Bothroyd.
Marshall preserved City's lead shortly before the break with a fine save from David Nugent's drive.
Mark Hudson headed Peter Whittingham's corner narrowly over the top at the start of the second half, but Cardiff did not have to wait long to double their advantage.
They were gifted the goal by another mix-up in the Pompey defence which left Bothroyd with an open net to tuck away his sixth goal of the season in the 49th minute.
Utaka sent a lob over the crossbar and Nugent fired wide of Marshall's goal, but in truth the hosts were rapidly running out ideas, and steam, with Cardiff cruising to victory.
They could even afford to give Bellamy an early finish, the Wales skipper receiving a standing ovation from the visiting fans with 12 minutes remaining.
Bellamy's replacement Andy Keogh thought he had marked his debut with a goal but an offside flag curtailed his celebrations.
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