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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 February 2006, 16:54 GMT
Cardiff 3-0 Stoke
Cardiff defender Neil Cox celebrates his second goal against Stoke
Cardiff defender Neil Cox celebrates his second goal against Stoke
Defender Neil Cox struck his first goals of the season as Cardiff eased to victory at Ninian Park.

Midfielder Kevin Cooper scored first on 18 minutes with a powerful left-foot drive after cutting in from the wing.

Cooper's croner then found its way to the unmarked Cox to convert from six yards on the half hour mark.

Cox rose to head home Neal Ardley's cross in the 68th minute to complete the scoring, before Stoke rallied as Hannes Sigurdsson twice went close.

  • Cardiff boss Dave Jones:
    "What won us the game was a strong defensive display by our back four.

    "Our two central defenders Neil Cox and Darren Purse certainly know they have been in a battle.

    "Stoke's front men were big and strong and presented a major challenge to us but the lads held firm."

  • Stoke boss Johan Boskamp:
    "We had warned the players beforehand about Cooper's left foot but we still allowed him to drift inside and shoot."

    Boskamp was also bemused by the continued absence of Guinea striker Sanbegou Bangoura.  

    He said: "I don't know what has happened to him since he left for the African Nations Cup."

    Cardiff: Alexander, Ardley, Purse, Cox, Barker, Scimeca, Boland, Ledley, Cooper, Jerome, Ndumbu-Nsungu.
    Subs Not Used: Margetson, Whitley, Weston, Mulryne, Ferretti.

    Booked: Ndumbu-Nsungu, Purse.

    Goals: Cooper 18, Cox 30, 68.

    Stoke: Simonsen, Broomes (Hill 68), Hoefkens, Duberry, Buxton, Henry, Brammer (Junior 77), Sweeney (Kopteff 45), Skoko, Sidibe, Sigurdsson.
    Subs Not Used: de Goey, Rooney.

    Booked: Sidibe.

    Att: 10,780.

    Ref: M Jones (Wales).


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