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Portsmouth   0 - 2   Cardiff

By David Dulin
BBC Sport Wales at Fratton Park

Jay Bothroyd
Cardiff's Jay Bothroyd celebrates his sixth goal in as many games

Jay Bothroyd struck his sixth goal of the season as Cardiff City went joint-top of the Championship.

The Bluebirds went ahead eight minutes before the break when Hayden Mullins turned the ball into his own net.

Bothroyd added their second after capitalising on a mix-up between keeper Jamie Ashdown and Ibrahima Sonko.

Portsmouth had chances through captain Marc Wilson and David Nugent, but Cardiff keeper David Marshall saved both efforts.

The Bluebirds remain second in the table, but are now level on 10 points with leaders Queens Park Rangers, while cash-strapped Pompey are bottom, with just one point from four games.

It was sweet revenge for Cardiff boss Dave Jones in the first meeting between the two sides since Portsmouth beat Cardiff 1-0 in the 2008 FA Cup final at Wembley.

Both clubs have since suffered much-publicised financial problems, necessitating a number of visits to the High Court.

But Pompey's problems have been far greater, as was evident to see in the form of the ex-Premier League side's threadbare squad.

Cardiff appear to be turning a corner, and the capture of Craig Bellamy on loan from Manchester City is a sign that the new Malaysian investors mean business.

The visitors deservedly came away with the points, with the goals typifying Portsmouth's struggles.

Both sides took their time to get going though, with Pompey striker John Utaka looking the most useful in the early stages.

But it was captain Marc Wilson, widely tipped for a move away from Fratton Park, who had the first chance on 12 minutes.

That came after Bothroyd clumsily bundled Carl Dickinson, and Wilson drilled the resulting 30-yard free-kick towards goal, forcing Marshall pushed over the bar.

Two minutes later, it was the turn of the home side to defend as Cardiff looked dangerous on the attack.

Chris Burke made a brilliant run down the right before cutting inside and laying off to the onrushing Bellamy, who curled right-footed just around the far post.

It spurred on the visitors, and they should have done better, but didn't have players in the right places when Pompey twice failed to clear their lines.

Cardiff joy at Portsmouth win

Keeper Ashdown was called upon to make his first save on the half-hour when he had to turn away Burke's cross-cum-shot at the near post.

It was still a pretty even contest and with 10 minutes to go before the break, Wilson chipped a long free-kick into the box which Sonko headed just over from six yards.

But Stoke-target Wilson, who had done little wrong in the first half, was caught out two minutes later, which led to Cardiff's first goal.

He was dispossessed in his own half by Danny Drinkwater, and the Manchester United loan signing hit a through-ball aimed for Bothroyd, which Mullins diverted into his own net.

Pompey could have made amends just before the break when Nugent was picked out in the box only to see his right-foot was brilliantly saved by Marshall.

But Cardiff showed their intent at the start of the second half and got their reward with just four minutes of it gone, moments after Mark Hudson headed just wide from a corner.

Ashdown and Sonko were guilty of messing up a straightforward clearance, allowing Bothroyd to nip in and fire into an empty net his sixth goal in as many games.

Portsmouth battled to find a way back in, but rarely looked like penetrating a stubborn Cardiff defence.

Bluebirds boss Dave Jones brought on new loan signing Andy Keogh for Bellamy in the last 10 minutes, who had the ball in the net in injury time with a header from Lee Naylor's cross, but it was ruled out for offside.

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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Portsmouth 0-2 Cardiff FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Mullins (og) 37
    • Bothroyd 49

    Portsmouth

    • 01 Ashdown
    • 03 Dickinson
    • 25 Sonko
    • 04 Mokoena yellow card
    • 06 Wilson
    • 08 Mullins
    • 11 Brown (Pack 83)
    • 17 Utaka (Ritchie 87)
    • 22 Hughes (Ciftci 67)
    • 10 Nugent
    • 21 Smith

    Substitutes

    • 37 Flahavan,
    • 05 Ritchie,
    • 24 Ciftci,
    • 40 Pack

    Cardiff

    • 01 Marshall
    • 03 Naylor
    • 05 Hudson
    • 06 Gyepes
    • 07 Whittingham
    • 11 Burke
    • 20 Olofinjana
    • 21 Drinkwater
    • 23 Blake (Matthews 28)
    • 09 Bothroyd (Koumas 90+1)
    • 39 Bellamy (Keogh 80)

    Substitutes

    • 22 Heaton,
    • 15 Gerrard,
    • 04 Rae,
    • 10 McPhail,
    • 19 Koumas,
    • 27 Matthews,
    • 17 Keogh
    Ref: PennAtt: 15,866
    PORTSMOUTH
    CARDIFF

    Possession

    • Portsmouth 46%
    • Cardiff 54%

    Attempts on target

    • Portsmouth 2
    • Cardiff 1

    Attempts off target

    • Portsmouth 5
    • Cardiff 5

    Corners

    • Portsmouth 4
    • Cardiff 8

    Fouls

    • Portsmouth 10
    • Cardiff 12
    • Final Result
    • 93:53 The referee starts the match.
    • 93:53 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:45 Peter Whittingham takes a short corner.
    • 90:00+2:03 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Nugent from the left by-line, save by David Marshall.
    • 90:00+1:40 The offside flag is raised against Andrew Keogh. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:36 Substitution Jason Koumas on for Jay Bothroyd.
    • 90:00+0:36 Hayden Mullins concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Burke. Lee Naylor takes the free kick.
    • 89:23 Defending throw-in by Ibrahima Sonko (Portsmouth).
    • 88:33 Chris Burke is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 86:53 Substitution Portsmouth substitution: John Utaka replaced by Matt Ritchie (tactical).
    • 86:53 Substitution Matt Ritchie is brought on as a substitute for John Utaka.
    • 86:07 Shot by David Nugent from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
    • 85:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tommy Smith by Adam Matthews. Free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.
    • 84:33 Attacking throw-in by Tommy Smith (Portsmouth).
    • 84:02 Shot by Chris Burke from outside the box goes over the net.
    • 82:44 Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Marlon Pack coming on for Michael Brown.
    • 82:00 Peter Whittingham takes the inswinging corner, save made by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 81:31 Unfair challenge on Lee Naylor by Nadir Ciftci results in a free kick. Lee Naylor takes the direct free kick.
    • 80:56 Defending throw-in by Carl Dickinson (Portsmouth).
    • 78:58 Substitution (Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Andrew Keogh coming on for Craig Bellamy.
    • 78:58 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham.
    • 78:06 A cross is delivered by Tommy Smith.
    • 76:45 Corner taken by Tommy Smith played to the near post, clearance by Jay Bothroyd.
    • 76:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Naylor on Nadir Ciftci. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
    • 75:25 Foul by Marc Wilson on Jay Bothroyd, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Chris Burke.
    • 73:41 Craig Bellamy fouled by John Utaka, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Naylor takes the direct free kick.
    • 73:08 Unfair challenge on Aaron Mokoena by Jay Bothroyd results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Brown.
    • 72:49 Defending throw-in by Adam Matthews (Cardiff).
    • 68:42 Attacking throw-in by Hayden Mullins (Portsmouth).
    • 67:33 The official flags Craig Bellamy offside. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
    • 66:34 Substitution Nadir Ciftci joins the action as a substitute, replacing Richard Hughes.
    • 66:34 The referee blows for offside against Jay Bothroyd. Aaron Mokoena takes the free kick.
    • 65:02 Defending throw-in by Carl Dickinson (Portsmouth).
    • 63:46 The offside flag is raised against David Nugent. Lee Naylor takes the free kick.
    • 61:44 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 61:31 Effort from deep inside the area by John Utaka clears the bar.
    • 61:02 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Ashdown (Portsmouth).
    • 60:19 Ibrahima Sonko concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Drinkwater. Free kick crossed left-footed by Lee Naylor from left wing.
    • 58:48 The ball is swung over by Daniel Drinkwater, save by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 58:05 Booking Aaron Mokoena goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 57:32 Aaron Mokoena concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Bothroyd. Free kick taken by Craig Bellamy.
    • 55:39 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Ashdown (Portsmouth).
    • 55:23 Attacking throw-in by Lee Naylor (Cardiff).
    • 54:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Matthews by John Utaka. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Peter Whittingham, clearance made by Marc Wilson.
    • 53:48 Michael Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Drinkwater. Peter Whittingham delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
    • 53:01 Adam Matthews fouled by Michael Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
    • 51:47 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 51:42 John Utaka crosses the ball.
    • 50:32 Jay Bothroyd has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
    • 50:22 Attacking throw-in by Adam Matthews (Cardiff).
    • 48:07 GOAL - Jay BothroydPortsmouth 0 - 2 Cardiff Jay Bothroyd fires in a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Portsmouth 0-2 Cardiff.
    • 47:02 Attacking throw-in by Lee Naylor (Cardiff).
    • 46:39 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Ashdown (Portsmouth).
    • 46:02 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Mark Hudson has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
    • 45:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Mokoena on Jay Bothroyd. Free kick crossed left-footed by Lee Naylor from left channel, clearance by Aaron Mokoena.
    • 45:14 Defending throw-in by Ibrahima Sonko (Portsmouth).
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 28 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 4 9 10
    2 Cardiff 4 7 10
    3 Ipswich 4 5 10
    4 Millwall 4 7 9
    5 Burnley 4 3 7
    6 Leeds United 4 2 7
    7 Norwich 4 2 7
    8 Coventry 4 1 7
    9 Doncaster 4 0 7
    10 Barnsley 4 -1 7
    11 Scunthorpe 4 1 6
    12 Swansea 4 1 6
    13 Reading 4 0 5
    14 Watford 4 0 5
    15 Derby 4 -1 4
    16 Middlesbrough 4 -3 4
    17 Sheff Utd 4 -3 4
    18 Hull 4 -4 4
    19 Nott'm Forest 4 -1 3
    20 Crystal Palace 4 -4 3
    21 Preston 4 -6 3
    22 Bristol City 4 -5 2
    23 Leicester 4 -5 1
    24 Portsmouth 4 -5 1


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