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Oussama Assaidi delivers the ball.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Clearance made by Ben Turner.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine manages to make a clearance.
Clearance by Steven Caulker.
Declan John takes a shot. Parried by Asmir Begovic back into danger.
Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine crosses the ball.
Charlie Adam produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. David Marshall parries the ball but the danger is not over.
The referee shows Ben Turner a yellow card.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Turner on Marko Arnautovic.
Steven Caulker makes a clearance.
The official flags Marko Arnautovic offside.
Charlie Adam delivers the ball.
Marko Arnautovic has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
Marc Muniesa takes a shot and cleared the bar.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Don Cowie results in a free kick.
Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
Clearance made by Steven Caulker.
Peter Odemwingie on for Fraizer Campbell.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Jordon Mutch.
The ball is delivered by Oussama Assaidi.
The ball is swung over by Marc Muniesa.
Clearance made by Marc Wilson.
Shot by Charlie Adam missed to the right of the net.
Shot by Jordon Mutch missed to the right of the net.
Don Cowie takes a shot. Charlie Adam gets a block in.
Stephen Ireland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Whittingham.
Header by Peter Crouch goes harmlessly over the bar.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The ball is sent over by Jordon Mutch.
Clearance by Charlie Adam.
Marc Muniesa challenges Jordon Mutch unfairly and gives away a free kick.
David Marshall takes the free kick.
Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Turner.
Clearance made by Don Cowie.
Stephen Ireland on for Glenn Whelan.
Marc Muniesa makes a clearance.
Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Declan John.
Peter Whittingham produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. Asmir Begovic safely holds on.
Glenn Whelan challenges Peter Whittingham unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance made by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Marko Arnautovic by Ben Turner results in a free kick.
Free kick taken by Steven Caulker.
Ben Turner makes a clearance.
Geoff Cameron takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Medel.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Peter Whittingham.
The referee starts the second half.
The first half comes to an end.
Shot by Jordon Mutch. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Peter Whittingham crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Aron Gunnarsson fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick.
Marc Muniesa on for Erik Pieters.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Geoff Cameron.
Oussama Assaidi produces a cross.
Jordon Mutch heads at goal. A parry by Asmir Begovic prevents the goal.
Shot by Kevin Theophile-Catherine. Blocked by Erik Pieters.
Shot by Jordon Mutch. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson.
Ben Turner challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Centre by Declan John.
Free kick crossed by Peter Whittingham.
Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Fraizer Campbell.
Free kick taken by David Marshall.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Oussama Assaidi.
Peter Crouch has an effort at goal.
Oussama Assaidi takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Ryan Shawcross restarts play with the free kick.
Fraizer Campbell concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Wilson.
Gary Medel takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Fraizer Campbell by Glenn Whelan results in a free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Peter Whittingham.
Free kick taken by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fraizer Campbell by Marc Wilson.
Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.
Fraizer Campbell concedes a free kick for a foul on Erik Pieters.
Header at goal by Ryan Shawcross goes right of the post.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line.
Erik Pieters delivers the ball.
Jordon Mutch challenges Glenn Whelan unfairly and gives away a free kick.
A cross is delivered by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Gary Medel takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Marc Wilson.
Aron Gunnarsson manages to make a clearance.
Erik Pieters makes a clearance.
Glenn Whelan takes a shot.
Unfair challenge on Fraizer Campbell by Marc Wilson results in a free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Peter Crouch.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Turner on Charlie Adam.
Clearance by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Oussama Assaidi takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Steven Caulker.
Peter Crouch fouled by Don Cowie, the ref awards a free kick.
Header by Ben Turner misses to the right of the target.
Jordon Mutch takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Peter Whittingham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Geoff Cameron.
The match has kicked off.
Mackay not concerned by form
Boss Malky Mackay is not concerned by Cardiff's current position as they prepare to face Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
Saturday's 3-0 home defeat to Arsenal dropped the Bluebirds to 17th in the table, keeping them level with Stoke three points above the drop zone.
But Mackay insists Wednesday's game, and Saturday's fixture at Crystal Palace, will not prove critical in the final analysis of their season come May.
"The gap between the bottom right up to 10th is minute and I don't see that changing between now and the end of season," he said.
"I have said before that with two weeks to go last season 10 teams could still have been relegated.
"It's about us picking up points and keeping that belief. It is a long-term view I am taking and the group have got belief they can perform at this level, compete at this level and pick up points.
"The last couple of games we have played top teams in this league, but now we are playing teams who are in and around us.
"We all know that counts for nothing. You saw that with Liverpool going to Hull at the weekend. They are both going to be tough games but we will be competitive and do our best to bring points home."
Mark Hughes must decide whether to stick with Marc Muniesa at centre half after he was part of a back four which conceded four at Everton.
Full-back Geoff Cameron plays at centre-back for the United States and could move into the centre, while Marc Wilson is another option, with Robert Huth out with a knee injury.
Hughes was keen not to blame the German's absence for the scoreline, saying: "It's too easy and too convenient to say that because we didn't have Robert, that wasthe reason we got beat.
"There were other parts of our game we didn't execute well enough. You'll always miss Robert's experience and his presence, and he comes across to the opposition as a huge barrier to overcome.
"I thought Marc did okay. I thought it was important that I tested Marc at Premier League level.
"Obviously Brek Shea got a little bit bit of the game as well, so it was a case of making sure everybody has an understanding of the Premier League. We've got lots of games coming up so we're going to have to use everybody.
"Marc certainly wasn't the reason we got beaten, I thought he was one of our better performers in the back four. We just need to be a little bit better collectively."
Stoke are expected to be without forward Marko Arnautovic, who is still recovering from a hamstring strain, while striker Jonathan Walters is a doubt with a thigh problem.
Remarkably, the Republic of Ireland international has started Stoke's last 102 Premier League games.
Whoever plays, Hughes is confident the side will react in the right way to their Goodison Park mauling.
The Welshman felt the timing of the goals was the biggest factor, with Everton opening the scoring just before half-time and then adding a second four minutes after the break.
"There are key moments and periods in games where you have to make sure you're nice and solid," he said.
"Everton on the day were probably better than us and deserved to win. The scoreline didn't make great reading for us but that was because we were trying to get into the game and they hit us on the break.
"We'll get a response on Wednesday. It's a key game for us, a big opportunity to get more points on the board and we're looking forward to it.
"We've had a good reaction. They were a little bit quiet on Monday but that's understandable because we were disappointed. They've trained well the last couple of days and now the key is that we pick ourselves up and get going again."
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