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Plymouth   1 - 3   Cardiff

Michael Chopra continued his red-hot scoring streak as his hat-trick against Plymouth Argyle fired ten-man Cardiff City to the top of the Championship.

The £4m summer signing hit the visitors into a fourth minute lead after good build-up play from Jay Bothroyd.

Chopra struck twice more in the final 10 minutes as he celebrated his sixth goal in his opening three league games.

Alan Gow scored a penalty consolation for Plymouth after Tony Capaldi was sent off for handling inside the box.

The Cardiff full-back's second yellow card - and subsequent suspension - was the only blemish on a fine night for Cardiff as they continue their unbeaten start to the Championship season.

Chopra's well executed treble ensures Cardiff have already scored 11 goals in their first four games this season.

The Cardiff striker's early goal settled the visitors and he lifted Peter Whittingham's through ball over Plymouth keeper Romain Larrieu for his second in the 80th minute.

He completed his treble from the penalty spot after Cardiff winger Chris Burke was brought down by Marcel Seip.

Plymouth's Gary Sawyer had earlier crashed a header against the Cardiff bar before Joe Ledley did likewise for the Bluebirds.


Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock said:

Sturrock waiting for team to settle

"If Jamie had put that first half effort away it might have been a different story.

"With the score going to 1-1 at half time it might have put a different complexion on the game but it wasn't to be.

"In the first half our central defenders weren't with it and against players like Chopra and Bothroyd, you can't afford to give them anything. You saw what happen when we did.

"Cardiff are a quality team and deserved to win the game."

Interview: Cardiff manager Dave Jones

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones said:

"It was a hard-earned win, it was a superb first half. We stood firm in an aerial bombardment in the first 20 minutes of the second half before we took control the game late on - but we had to weather a lot of pressure.

"Tony Capaldi's sending off was annoying because it was for a handball whereas Chris Burke was brought down for a penalty when clean through and the player was not booked.

"And Michael Chopra was brought down when he was clean through in the first-half and the player was not booked - and Capaldi gets sent off for a handball. It's not the best but I thought the referee did okay."

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Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Plymouth 1-3 Cardiff FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Gow (pen) 90
  • Chopra 4
  • Chopra 80
  • Chopra (pen) 85

Plymouth

  • 01 Larrieu
  • 05 Timar
  • 16 McNamee
  • 18 Sawyer yellow card
  • 19 Seip
  • 03 Paterson
  • 04 Fletcher
  • 08 Mackie
  • 25 Judge (Noone 74)
  • 14 Fallon
  • 21 Sheridan (Gow 25)

Substitutes

  • 23 Letheren,
  • 17 Noone,
  • 22 Rede Johnson,
  • 02 Duguid,
  • 11 Kari Arnason,
  • 20 Summerfield,
  • 26 Gow

Cardiff

  • 01 Marshall
  • 05 Hudson
  • 15 Gerrard
  • 04 Rae
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 11 Burke
  • 12 Capaldi yellow card, red card
  • 16 Ledley
  • 27 Matthews yellow card
  • 08 Chopra (Comminges 90+1)
  • 09 Bothroyd (Magennis 88)

Substitutes

  • 20 Enckelman,
  • 06 Gyepes,
  • 24 Comminges,
  • 28 Wildig,
  • 32 Morris,
  • 23 Blake,
  • 29 Magennis
Ref: Russell BoothAtt: 11,918
PLYMOUTH
CARDIFF

Possession

  • Plymouth 47%
  • Cardiff 53%

Attempts on target

  • Plymouth 6
  • Cardiff 9

Attempts off target

  • Plymouth 5
  • Cardiff 3

Corners

  • Plymouth 9
  • Cardiff 5

Fouls

  • Plymouth 15
  • Cardiff 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:07 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+1:49 Josh Magennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcel Seip. Romain Larrieu takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:33 Corner taken short by Chris Burke.
  • 90:00+1:03 Rory Fallon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Matthews. Free kick taken by Adam Matthews.
  • 89:51 Sent off The referee shows Tony Capaldi a red card for second bookable offence.
  • 89:48 Substitution Michael Chopra goes off and Miguel Comminges comes on.
  • 89:48 GOAL - Alan GowPlymouth 1 - 3 Cardiff Penalty taken left-footed by Alan Gow and scored. Plymouth 1-3 Cardiff.
  • 88:42 Tony Capaldi is penalised for handball and concedes a .
  • 87:09 Craig Noone takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Mark Hudson.
  • 87:09 Substitution Josh Magennis is brought on as a substitute for Jay Bothroyd.
  • 84:28 GOAL - Michael ChopraPlymouth 0 - 3 Cardiff Penalty taken right-footed by Michael Chopra and scored. Plymouth 0-3 Cardiff.
  • 83:24 Marcel Seip gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke.
  • 81:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by David McNamee. Free kick taken by Tony Capaldi.
  • 79:23 The assist for the goal came from Chris Burke.
  • 79:23 GOAL - Michael ChopraPlymouth 0 - 2 Cardiff Goal scored by Michael Chopra from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Plymouth 0-2 Cardiff.
  • 79:00 Michael Chopra has an effort at goal from 18 yards.
  • 77:51 Craig Noone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Matthews. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 76:23 Shot from long distance by Jamie Mackie misses to the right of the goal.
  • 73:29 Substitution Craig Noone comes on in place of Alan Judge.
  • 72:47 Inswinging corner taken by James Paterson from the right by-line, Gary Sawyer takes a shot.
  • 72:32 Alan Judge takes a shot. Blocked by Gavin Rae.
  • 71:10 Foul by Peter Whittingham on David McNamee, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Romain Larrieu.
  • 70:15 Unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Krisztian Timar results in a free kick. Tony Capaldi takes the direct free kick.
  • 69:45 Shot from just outside the box by Alan Gow goes over the bar.
  • 69:19 Alan Gow is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 67:21 Jay Bothroyd fouled by Marcel Seip, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jay Bothroyd.
  • 65:02 Corner taken by Alan Judge played to the near post, Jay Bothroyd makes a clearance.
  • 63:03 The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Chopra. Free kick taken by Romain Larrieu.
  • 61:22 Michael Chopra produces a lobbed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 60:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Krisztian Timar. Tony Capaldi takes the free kick.
  • 58:54 Foul by Michael Chopra on Alan Gow, free kick awarded. Gary Sawyer takes the free kick.
  • 56:28 Outswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham, Foul by Michael Chopra on Romain Larrieu, free kick awarded. Romain Larrieu restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:00 Carl Fletcher is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:39 Inswinging corner taken by James Paterson from the right by-line, clearance made by Mark Hudson.
  • 54:25 Gary Sawyer delivers the ball, save made by David Marshall.
  • 53:53 Jay Bothroyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcel Seip. Romain Larrieu takes the free kick.
  • 53:33 Rory Fallon takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.
  • 51:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Fallon on Mark Hudson. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.
  • 47:52 David McNamee sends in a cross, Rory Fallon takes a shot.
  • 47:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Chopra on Krisztian Timar. Romain Larrieu takes the free kick.
  • 45:32 Marcel Seip concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Bothroyd. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Krisztian Timar makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:03 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+1:34 The referee blows for offside against Jay Bothroyd. Free kick taken by Marcel Seip.
  • 43:04 Corner taken by Alan Judge played to the near post, Gavin Rae makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 42:14 Unfair challenge on Anthony Gerrard by Rory Fallon results in a free kick. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:14 Foul by Rory Fallon on Anthony Gerrard, free kick awarded. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
  • 41:04 Unfair challenge on Marcel Seip by Jay Bothroyd results in a free kick. Romain Larrieu takes the free kick.
  • 40:35 Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. James Paterson gets a block in.
  • 39:52 Short corner worked by Alan Judge.
  • 38:54 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line to the near post, Rory Fallon manages to make a clearance.
  • 38:30 Chris Burke takes a shot. Romain Larrieu makes a save.
  • 36:46 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Romain Larrieu makes a save.
  • 35:43 Alan Judge delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line, clearance made by Jay Bothroyd.
  • 35:43 Booking The referee cautions Adam Matthews for unsporting behaviour.
  • 35:28 Adam Matthews challenges Alan Judge unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 34:09 Jamie Mackie produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 33:19 Adam Matthews has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 27:52 David McNamee takes the free kick.
  • 27:52 Booking Tony Capaldi goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 27:38 Tony Capaldi concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Mackie.
  • 26:02 Carl Fletcher takes a shot. Gavin Rae gets a block in.
  • 24:19 Substitution Alan Gow replaces Cillian Sheridan.
  • 23:25 Free kick crossed by Peter Whittingham, clearance made by Marcel Seip.
  • 23:25 Booking Gary Sawyer receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 23:13 Chris Burke fouled by Gary Sawyer, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 22:48 Foul by Alan Judge on Michael Chopra, free kick awarded. Mark Hudson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 22:09 The referee blows for offside against Jay Bothroyd. Romain Larrieu takes the indirect free kick.
  • 21:13 Michael Chopra fouled by James Paterson, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Peter Whittingham, clearance made by Marcel Seip.
  • 18:23 Foul by Mark Hudson on Cillian Sheridan, free kick awarded. Carl Fletcher has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by David Marshall.
  • 16:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Capaldi on Jamie Mackie. Free kick crossed right-footed by Alan Judge from right wing, clearance made by Gavin Rae.
  • 14:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Capaldi on Jamie Mackie. A cross is delivered by James Paterson, Carl Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Gavin Rae.
  • 13:11 Michael Chopra fouled by Krisztian Timar, the ref awards a free kick. Tony Capaldi takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Hudson on Krisztian Timar. Romain Larrieu takes the free kick.
  • 12:24 Inswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham, clearance by Krisztian Timar.
  • 12:07 Michael Chopra takes a shot. Krisztian Timar gets a block in.
  • 9:52 Corner taken right-footed by Alan Judge from the left by-line, Foul by Rory Fallon on David Marshall, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 9:30 Cillian Sheridan takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.
  • 8:21 Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Marcel Seip gets a block in.
  • 7:24 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gary Sawyer.
  • 7:05 Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Marcel Seip gets a block in.
  • 5:45 Corner taken by James Paterson from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Jay Bothroyd.
  • 5:01 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Alan Judge, clearance made by Mark Hudson.
  • 3:34 Jay Bothroyd provided the assist for the goal.
  • 3:34 GOAL - Michael ChopraPlymouth 0 - 1 Cardiff Michael Chopra grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Plymouth 0-1 Cardiff.
  • 3:02 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Save made by Romain Larrieu.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Championship results

18 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Barnsley 0-3 Preston R
Blackpool 0-0 Derby R
Bristol City 1-0 QPR R
Doncaster 0-0 Coventry R
Ipswich 1-3 Crystal Palace R
Nottm Forest 2-4 Watford R
Peterborough 2-3 West Brom R
Plymouth 1-3 Cardiff R
Scunthorpe 0-2 Middlesbrough R
Sheff Utd 1-1 Leicester R
Swansea 0-0 Reading R

Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 18 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Cardiff 3 6 7
2 Middlesbrough 3 5 7
3 Coventry 3 3 7
4 West Brom 3 2 7
5 Bristol City 3 2 7
6 Preston 3 3 5
7 Sheff Utd 3 2 5
8 Leicester 3 1 5
9 Newcastle 2 3 4
10 Crystal Palace 3 1 4
11 Watford 3 0 4
12 Derby 3 0 4
13 Blackpool 3 0 3
14 Doncaster 3 0 3
15 Scunthorpe 3 -5 3
16 Sheff Wed 2 0 2
17 QPR 3 -1 2
18 Plymouth 3 -2 2
19 Reading 3 -3 2
20 Peterborough 3 -2 1
21 Ipswich 3 -3 1
22 Nottm Forest 3 -3 1
23 Swansea 3 -4 1
24 Barnsley 3 -5 1


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