Cardiff regained the Championship top spot on goal difference following an emphatic Severnside derby win over Bristol City.
Jamie McCombe sent Adam Matthews' low cross into his own net to give the Bluebirds a 37th-minute lead.
Bristol City's Marvin Elliott hit the post before Michael Chopra doubled Cardiff's lead on the stroke of half time, his seventh goal of the season.
Midfielder Gavin Rae added a third on 66 minutes to seal the win.
The win means Cardiff remain unbeaten in their opening four Championship games, while bringing Bristol City's unbeaten start to an end.
The score-line could have been bigger had Cardiff been able to make the most of their first half chances.
On 14 minutes, Chris Burke raced into the box and rounded keeper Dean Gerken only to see his shot crucially blocked by Liam Fontaine.
And three minutes later, Chopra fed Joe Ledley in the box but Gerken raced out to deny him with a fine save.
Gerken was later almost left embarrassed when he ran out of his area to clear the ball, but his clearance only reached Paul Quinn who fired at an empty goal from at least 45 yards out, but the Bristol City stopper managed to scramble back in time and prevent the goal.
Cardiff did eventually break the deadlock eight minutes before the break when youngster Matthews sent a low cross from the right, and as McCombe tried to cut it out in the six-yard box he managed to put it into his own net.
Bristol City struggled to create chances but came closest to scoring three minutes later.
Jamie McAllister's free kick was headed goal-bound by McCombe which David Marshall saved well and Elliott then hit the post with the rebound.
Chopra added the Bluebirds' second in first half stoppage time latching on to Burke's incisive through-ball and coolly lifted the ball over the onrushing Gerken.
And Burke was on hand again to set-up Rae in similar fashion to send the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.
Cardiff have now taken 10 points from a possible 12 and top the table ahead of Middlesbrough on goal difference, while Bristol City slip to 10th.
Jones hails table-topping Cardiff
Cardiff City boss Dave Jones:
"Everything we asked off them they did and more.
"It was a hard battle, but we controlled the game after a few early scares.
"The running off the ball and picking out the pass was top class. Every single player here did their job.
"They've got some very quick players and we dealt with that admirably. To a man it was a great performance.
"At the moment the fans are enjoying it and we are enjoying it. But there's a lot of games to go. It's nice to be top though.
"Michael Chopra is on fire, he's scored seven goals already and he's shown he will get the goals if he gets the supply."
Robins boss Gary Johnson:
"It was one of our poor away days. We have them now and then.
"We are an honest group and credit to Cardiff they deserved to win the day.
"It's important to us that we believe we are better than what we produced here.
"It's what you do in disappointment and adversity which is the biggest test. We are not in a bad position in the league."
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Sunday, 23 August 2009
McCombe (og) 37
08 Chopra (Etuhu 79)
09 Bothroyd (Magennis 90)
22 Gerken yellow card
08 Johnson yellow card (Williams 75)
11 Hartley yellow card
31 Haynes (Sproule 75)
09 Clarkson (Akinde 46)
Ref: FriendAtt: 20,853
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:07 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+2:00 Nicky Maynard is ruled offside. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
89:57 Unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Gavin Williams results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham
from left channel, Jamie McCombe makes a clearance.
89:07 Substitution Josh Magennis comes on in place of Jay Bothroyd.
88:45 John Akinde takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.
87:59 A cross is delivered by Jamie McAllister.
86:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Fontaine on Kelvin Etuhu. Free kick taken by Adam Matthews.
84:06 Inswinging corner taken by Paul Hartley, Marvin Elliott has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
83:21 Peter Whittingham produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
80:17 Joe Ledley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Maynard. Jamie McAllister takes the direct free kick.
78:57 Substitution Michael Chopra goes off and Kelvin Etuhu comes on.
77:58 Chris Burke delivers the ball.
77:04 John Akinde sends in a cross, clearance made by Mark Hudson. Inswinging corner taken by Jamie McAllister from the right by-line,
save made by David Marshall.
75:26 Outswinging corner taken by Paul Hartley from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jamie
McCombe goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
74:07 Substitution Ivan Sproule comes on in place of Danny Haynes.
74:07 Substitution Gavin Williams on for Lee Johnson.
71:25 John Akinde challenges Joe Ledley unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.
70:46 Jamie McAllister takes the inswinging corner, save made by David Marshall.
70:39 Jamie McAllister sends in a cross, David Marshall makes a clearance.
68:14 Strike on goal comes in from Peter Whittingham from the free kick.
68:14 Booking Dean Gerken goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
68:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Dean Gerken.
66:42 John Akinde is ruled offside. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
65:41 Assist by Chris Burke.
65:41 GOAL - Gavin Rae:Cardiff 3 - 0 Bristol City Gavin Rae grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 3-0 Bristol City.
64:54 Marvin Elliott takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.
64:18 Centre by Nicky Maynard, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.
63:50 Brian Wilson produces a cross, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.
62:34 Nicky Maynard takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.
61:18 Jamie McCombe challenges Jay Bothroyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Quinn restarts play with the free kick.
58:23 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Fontaine.
57:55 Inswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, clearance by Jamie McCombe.
57:25 Peter Whittingham takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Liam Fontaine.
56:52 Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham, clearance by Jamie McCombe.
56:52 Booking The referee books Paul Hartley for unsporting behaviour.
56:46 Paul Hartley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Chopra.
55:28 Marvin Elliott challenges Anthony Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
55:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie McCombe by Jay Bothroyd. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.
53:28 Gavin Rae fouled by Nicky Maynard, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Gerrard.
52:35 Gavin Rae has an effort at goal. Blocked by Michael Chopra.
50:30 Handball decision goes against Jay Bothroyd. Dean Gerken takes the free kick.
49:32 The ball is crossed by Jamie McAllister, Unfair challenge on David Marshall by Marvin Elliott results in a free kick. Direct
free kick taken by David Marshall.
49:02 Adam Matthews sends in a cross, Liam Fontaine manages to make a clearance.
48:52 The ball is swung over by Joe Ledley, clearance by Dean Gerken.
48:33 The ball is sent over by Paul Quinn, clearance by Jamie McAllister.
47:42 Jamie McAllister takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save.
46:54 Danny Haynes fouled by Paul Quinn, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
46:18 Adam Matthews delivers the ball, clearance by Jamie McAllister.
45:01 The second half begins.
45:01 Substitution David Clarkson leaves the field to be replaced by John Akinde.
45:00+3:15 The ref blows to signal half-time.
45:00+1:21 Chris Burke provided the assist for the goal.
45:00+1:21 GOAL - Michael Chopra:Cardiff 2 - 0 Bristol City Michael Chopra scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Cardiff 2-0 Bristol City.
44:52 Unfair challenge on Jamie McCombe by Jay Bothroyd results in a free kick. Dean Gerken takes the free kick.
43:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie McCombe on Jay Bothroyd. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
40:38 Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.
40:38 Booking Lee Johnson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
40:33 Lee Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Rae.
39:22 Paul Quinn is penalised for a handball. The ball is crossed by Jamie McAllister, Jamie McCombe takes a shot. Marvin Elliott
takes a shot from inside the six-yard box that hits the post.
37:59 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Peter Whittingham, Gavin Rae challenges Marvin Elliott unfairly and gives
away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Gerken.
Correction - 36:59 Adam Matthews crosses the ball.
36:59 Adam Matthews sends in a cross.
36:59 GOAL - Jamie McCombe:Cardiff 1 - 0 Bristol City Jamie McCombe concedes an unfortunate own goal. Cardiff 1-0 Bristol City.
34:32 Shot by Paul Quinn. Dean Gerken makes a save.
33:48 Joe Ledley concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Maynard. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.
33:09 Marvin Elliott takes a shot. Blocked by Gavin Rae.
32:29 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie McCombe.
32:06 Centre by Adam Matthews, Jamie McCombe manages to make a clearance.
31:01 Joe Ledley crosses the ball, clearance by Jamie McCombe.
30:48 Peter Whittingham sends in a cross, Jamie McCombe manages to make a clearance.
28:11 David Clarkson challenges Jay Bothroyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Matthews.
25:01 Centre by Paul Quinn, clearance by Jamie McCombe.
24:27 Brian Wilson crosses the ball, clearance made by Joe Ledley.
22:41 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Paul Hartley gets a block in.
22:19 Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie McAllister.
21:06 Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Hartley, Jay Bothroyd makes a clearance.
21:01 The ball is swung over by Liam Fontaine, clearance made by Adam Matthews.
20:16 Gavin Rae gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Maynard. Jamie McAllister takes the direct free kick.
17:18 The official flags Danny Haynes offside. Chris Burke takes the free kick.
16:37 Joe Ledley takes a shot. Save by Dean Gerken. Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the left by-line.
13:31 Chris Burke takes a shot. Liam Fontaine gets a block in.
12:23 Nicky Maynard takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
10:29 Jay Bothroyd challenges Liam Fontaine unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Gerken takes the free kick.
10:04 Marvin Elliott crosses the ball, David Marshall makes a save.
8:27 Centre by Danny Haynes, Mark Hudson manages to make a clearance.
7:08 Liam Fontaine concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Ledley. Anthony Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.
6:06 Paul Hartley takes a shot. Liam Fontaine manages to make a clearance.
4:56 Short corner worked by Peter Whittingham.
3:45 Foul by Jamie McCombe on Jay Bothroyd, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham from left channel.
3:15 The referee blows for offside against Nicky Maynard. David Marshall takes the free kick.
1:34 Nicky Maynard takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.
0:00 The referee starts the match.
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