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Bristol City   0 - 6   Cardiff

Michael Chopra

Bristol City 0-6 Cardiff

Cardiff City produced an astonishing display to brush aside fellow play-off hopefuls Bristol City and move into fourth in the Championship table.

Peter Whittingham followed up a Dean Gerken save to slot home the first.

Ross McCormack made it 2-0 from close range and Michael Chopra drilled in the third from the edge of the area.

Liam Fontaine scored an own goal before Chopra and McCormack added fine finishes from outside the box to pile the misery on the Robins.

The defeat, which featured three goals in five first-half minutes and a plentiful supply of hapless defending, will heap pressure on City manager Gary Johnson.

The Robins have now won just twice in 12 league games and have slipped six points behind the play-off places.

It was the third meeting between these sides in the space of a fortnight, after Cardiff knocked the Robins out of the FA Cup in a fourth-round replay.

And the hosts were protecting a proud record of nine wins and five draws in their past 14 home matches against Cardiff.

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Although Johnson included new loan signing Patrick Agyemang, the striker could not have endured a more miserable debut as Cardiff ran riot.

Whittingham had already gone close before he opened the scoring after 19 minutes.

Joe Ledley's pass sent Chopra clear, and although Gerken pulled off a superb save, the ball fell for Whittingham to stroke home.

The Bluebirds doubled their advantage when Adam Matthews' long ball found Gavin Rae, whose scuffed shot beat Gerken, leaving McCormack with a tap-in.

Two became three less than a minute later when Ledley played the ball to Chopra, who drilled a low shot past the keeper.

The former Newcastle and Sunderland striker turned creator for the fourth, whipping in a low cross which Fontaine slammed into his own net.

In his half-time team talk, Johnson may have reminded his men of the fact that Cardiff let a four-goal lead slip against Peterborough on 28 December.

But any hope of a repeat was extinguished less than a minute after the restart when Chopra added a fifth goal.

Mark Kennedy slipped the ball through for Jay Bothroyd, and his touch sent Chopra clear to score his second of the game.

The final gloss was applied by McCormack who received the ball from a corner and smashed it home from distance.

Bristol City did manage to avoid further embarrassment in the final half-hour and briefly threatened a consolation goal.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce fired straight at David Marshall from six yards and Nicky Maynard had the keeper scrambling to keep out a 25-yard effort.

But the night belonged to the Welsh side, whose first win in five league games keeps them right in the hunt for the play-offs.


Bristol City boss Gary Johnson

Bristol City manager Gary Johnson:

"It's the sort of night when it is best not to say much.

"Whatever reason I try to offer for that performance will be picked apart.

"We have a lot of soul searching to do over the next few days before our next game at Middlesbrough.

"It wasn't that we forgot how to defend, we just couldn't defend on the night."

Cardiff manager Dave Jones

Cardiff manager Dave Jones:

"Our running off the ball and passing were first class. Virtually everything we hit went in but we could even have had a couple more goals.

"I know I have players capable of scoring in every game.

"But we also defended strongly throughout and all departments of the team deserve credit."

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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bristol City 0-6 Cardiff FT
(HT 0-4)
    • Whittingham 19
    • McCormack 23
    • Chopra 24
    • Fontaine (og) 43
    • Chopra 46
    • McCormack 57

    Bristol City

    • 22 Gerken
    • 02 Orr
    • 03 McAllister (Nyatanga 46 yellow card)
    • 04 Fontaine
    • 06 Carey
    • 11 Hartley (Sno 79)
    • 14 Skuse
    • 20 Campbell-Ryce
    • 10 Maynard
    • 31 Haynes (Elliott 50)
    • 36 Agyemang

    Substitutes

    • 13 Collis,
    • 07 Elliott,
    • 09 Clarkson,
    • 32 Nyatanga,
    • 17 Sproule,
    • 29 Sno,
    • 33 Saborio

    Cardiff

    • 01 Marshall
    • 06 Gyepes
    • 15 Gerrard
    • 03 Kennedy
    • 04 Rae (Blake 64)
    • 07 Whittingham (Burke 90+1)
    • 16 Ledley
    • 27 Matthews
    • 08 Chopra
    • 09 Bothroyd (Feeney 80)
    • 44 McCormack

    Substitutes

    • 20 Enckelman,
    • 05 Hudson,
    • 18 Taiwo,
    • 11 Burke,
    • 12 Capaldi,
    • 23 Blake,
    • 26 Feeney
    Ref: D'UrsoAtt: 13,825
    BRISTOL CITY
    CARDIFF

    Possession

    • Bristol City 47%
    • Cardiff 53%

    Attempts on target

    • Bristol City 6
    • Cardiff 10

    Attempts off target

    • Bristol City 6
    • Cardiff 3

    Corners

    • Bristol City 8
    • Cardiff 5

    Fouls

    • Bristol City 12
    • Cardiff 7
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:37 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+2:05 Booking Lewin Nyatanga shown a yellow card.
    • 90:00+0:51 Bradley Orr concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Kennedy. Mark Kennedy takes the direct free kick. Chris Burke fouled by Lewin Nyatanga, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 90:00+0:51 Substitution Peter Whittingham leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Burke.
    • 89:49 Nicky Maynard produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 88:09 Foul by Darcy Blake on Jamal Campbell-Ryce, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamal Campbell-Ryce. Nicky Maynard takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.
    • 86:22 Short corner worked by Peter Whittingham, Michael Chopra takes a shot. Blocked by Louis Carey.
    • 84:12 The referee gives a free kick against Bradley Orr for handball. Mark Kennedy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 82:27 Evander Sno concedes a free kick for a foul on Warren Feeney. Anthony Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 79:24 Substitution Warren Feeney on for Jay Bothroyd.
    • 77:56 Substitution Paul Hartley goes off and Evander Sno comes on.
    • 77:56 Marvin Elliott takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.
    • 74:24 Unfair challenge on Louis Carey by Jay Bothroyd results in a free kick. Louis Carey takes the free kick.
    • 71:29 Marvin Elliott takes a shot. Joe Ledley gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Paul Hartley from the right by-line, outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Hartley, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance. Louis Carey takes a shot. Gabor Gyepes gets a block in. Cole Skuse has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
    • 70:48 Joe Ledley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamal Campbell-Ryce. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
    • 69:18 Jamal Campbell-Ryce fouled by Anthony Gerrard, the ref awards a free kick. Jamal Campbell-Ryce takes the free kick.
    • 68:53 Lewin Nyatanga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd. Direct free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
    • 67:38 Jamal Campbell-Ryce takes a shot. Save by David Marshall. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul Hartley, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.
    • 64:57 Michael Chopra takes a shot. Save made by Dean Gerken.
    • 63:32 Substitution Darcy Blake replaces Gavin Rae.
    • 63:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce on Joe Ledley. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
    • 61:12 Corner taken right-footed by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.
    • 61:03 The ball is sent over by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, clearance made by Gabor Gyepes.
    • 58:47 Jamal Campbell-Ryce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Matthews. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
    • Correction - 56:03 GOAL - Ross McCormackBristol City 0 - 6 Cardiff Ross McCormack gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bristol City 0-6 Cardiff.
    • 56:03 Assist on the goal came from Peter Whittingham.
    • 56:03 GOAL - Ross McCormackBristol City 0 - 6 Cardiff Ross McCormack scores a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bristol City 0-6 Cardiff.
    • Correction - 54:54 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Save made by Dean Gerken. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ross McCormack, Short corner taken by Ross McCormack, Lewin Nyatanga makes a clearance.
    • 54:54 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Dean Gerken makes a save. Corner from the left by-line taken by Ross McCormack, Ross McCormack decides to take a short corner, Lewin Nyatanga manages to make a clearance.
    • 54:20 Bradley Orr crosses the ball, Gabor Gyepes manages to make a clearance.
    • 53:26 Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal from 35+ yards. Liam Fontaine gets a block in.
    • 51:24 Unfair challenge on Gabor Gyepes by Nicky Maynard results in a free kick. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:08 Shot by Adam Matthews from just outside the area goes over the net.
    • 49:07 Substitution Danny Haynes leaves the field to be replaced by Marvin Elliott.
    • 47:52 Cole Skuse has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
    • 45:50 Assist on the goal came from Jay Bothroyd.
    • 45:50 GOAL - Michael ChopraBristol City 0 - 5 Cardiff Michael Chopra gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bristol City 0-5 Cardiff.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Lewin Nyatanga joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie McAllister.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:13 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+1:30 Ross McCormack takes a shot. Blocked by Bradley Orr.
    • 44:33 Centre by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, save by David Marshall.
    • 42:37 GOAL - Liam FontaineBristol City 0 - 4 Cardiff An own goal is scored by Liam Fontaine. Bristol City 0-4 Cardiff.
    • 42:27 The ball is sent over by Peter Whittingham, clearance by Liam Fontaine.
    • 39:03 Cole Skuse challenges Adam Matthews unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Matthews takes the free kick.
    • 38:28 Peter Whittingham delivers the ball, clearance by Cole Skuse.
    • 36:19 Bradley Orr challenges Jay Bothroyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Kennedy.
    • 34:24 Peter Whittingham has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.
    • 31:34 A cross is delivered by Jay Bothroyd, Jamie McAllister makes a clearance.
    • 27:30 Michael Chopra is caught offside. Free kick taken by Louis Carey.
    • 23:07 The assist for the goal came from Jay Bothroyd.
    • 23:07 GOAL - Michael ChopraBristol City 0 - 3 Cardiff A goal is scored by Michael Chopra from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bristol City 0-3 Cardiff.
    • 22:12 Assist on the goal came from Gavin Rae.
    • 22:12 GOAL - Ross McCormackBristol City 0 - 2 Cardiff Ross McCormack grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bristol City 0-2 Cardiff.
    • 21:09 Inswinging corner taken by Paul Hartley from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Gabor Gyepes by Louis Carey results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
    • 20:39 Unfair challenge on Nicky Maynard by Ross McCormack results in a free kick. Paul Hartley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.
    • 19:49 Jamal Campbell-Ryce produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
    • 18:22 GOAL - Peter WhittinghamBristol City 0 - 1 Cardiff Peter Whittingham finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Bristol City 0-1 Cardiff.
    • 17:46 Shot from long range by Nicky Maynard misses to the right of the goal.
    • 16:43 Jamie McAllister fouled by Gavin Rae, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Fontaine.
    • 16:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Haynes by Jay Bothroyd. Louis Carey takes the free kick.
    • 14:21 Peter Whittingham produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 12:58 The ball is delivered by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, save by David Marshall.
    • 12:24 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Hartley, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.
    • 11:20 Mark Kennedy crosses the ball, Jamie McAllister manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ross McCormack, Dean Gerken makes a save.
    • 9:55 Centre by Danny Haynes, clearance made by Ross McCormack. Corner taken by Paul Hartley played to the near post, Gabor Gyepes makes a clearance.
    • 8:05 Paul Hartley takes the inswinging corner, Jay Bothroyd makes a clearance.
    • 6:55 Nicky Maynard has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 6:25 Cole Skuse takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save.
    • 6:06 Jamie McAllister crosses the ball, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.
    • 5:55 Centre by Jamie McAllister, clearance made by Mark Kennedy.
    • 5:32 Patrick Agyemang delivers the ball, Gabor Gyepes makes a clearance.
    • 4:06 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Liam Fontaine.
    • 2:46 Unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Bradley Orr results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Kennedy.
    • 1:54 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jay Bothroyd. Louis Carey takes the free kick.
    • 0:54 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Mark Kennedy from the right by-line to the near post, Jamie McAllister makes a clearance.
    • 0:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie McAllister on Jay Bothroyd. Direct free kick taken by Mark Kennedy.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 26 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 25 25 52
    2 Nottm Forest 27 24 52
    3 West Brom 26 24 47
    4 Cardiff 26 21 42
    5 Swansea 27 3 42
    6 Sheff Utd 26 6 41
    7 Blackpool 26 10 39
    8 Leicester 25 2 38
    9 Crystal Palace 25 2 37
    10 Middlesbrough 27 7 36
    11 Bristol City 26 -4 35
    12 QPR 26 -3 34
    13 Doncaster 25 0 33
    14 Barnsley 25 -7 33
    15 Preston 25 -4 32
    16 Watford 26 -6 32
    17 Coventry 27 -8 32
    18 Ipswich 26 -6 29
    19 Derby 27 -12 29
    20 Sheff Wed 26 -11 28
    21 Scunthorpe 25 -16 27
    22 Plymouth 25 -13 24
    23 Reading 26 -17 23
    24 Peterborough 27 -17 18


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