Michael Chopra's eighth goal of the new season inspired Cardiff City to Carling Cup victory over Bristol Rovers.
The £4m summer signing latched onto new boy Kelvin Etuhu's pass to cut inside from the left and the on-form striker fired in his eighth goal in six games.
Peter Whittingham scored his third of the season when he tapped home Chris Burke's low cross before Steve Elliot's late consolation for Rovers.
Teenage striker Josh Magennis's first professional goal sealed the 3-1 win.
Chopra twice went close for the Bluebirds in the first half before his breakthrough in the 33rd minute.
And Cardiff defender Gabor Gyepes hit the post from a Whittingham corner before Geordie striker Chopra settled Cardiff's nerves.
The Bluebirds started the second half in sloppy fashion but the impressive Etuhu, making his first start on loan from Premier League big-spenders Manchester City, lifted Cardiff in the 65th minute.
Cardiff, though, were in danger of enduring an uncomfortable finish before Magennis's goal as Rovers defender Elliot's free header from Stuart Campbell's corner gave the high-flying League One visitors hope against the Championship leaders.
But Cardiff academy graduate Magennis, who only celebrated his 19th birthday last week, ensured safe passage into the Carling Cup's third round.
The Northern Ireland under-21 international enjoyed a late birthday present when he headed home Chopra's flick from Paul Quinn's cross from close range for his first goal in his fourth professional start.
This second-round win ensures free-scoring Cardiff have enjoyed a 100% record in the four games since moving into their new £50m Cardiff City Stadium - scoring 13 goals in the process.
Cardiff boss Dave Jones: "We had to be at our best - it doesn't matter who we play.
"We didn't get our rewards in the first half. A bit more care and luck would have won it.
"We allowed them back into the game by giving away a sloppy goal. But I was really pleased with our movement and passing.
"We've got a strong squad here and wanted to use them.
"There's a good buzz about the place. Everyone is enjoying themselves and it was important to continue the winning streak."
Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope: "We were disappointed with our first-half display.
"They ripped us apart on a number of occasions. Their movement behind us was fantastic.
"We spoke about a few issues at half-time and asked for a response. They did that and got on top for spells.
"We couldn't quite get an equaliser, but we got a foothold on the game and had a small window to force extra time.
"It wasn't to be. But there are lessons we could learn from playing against a good Championship side.
"The quality was better than we see week in week out. We accept the defeat and move on now."
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Wednesday, 26 August 2009
04 Rae (Scimeca 72)
11 Burke (Wildig 87)
08 Chopra yellow card
17 Etuhu (Magennis 79)
14 Pipe (Reece 90)
16 Blizzard (Swallow 61)
10 Duffy (Williams 69)
Ref: EastAtt: 9,767
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:42 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+2:44 Michael Chopra takes a shot. Byron Anthony gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Charles Reece makes
89:59 Stuart Campbell takes the inswinging corner, Andrew Williams produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
89:22 Substitution Charles Reece comes on in place of David Pipe.
89:22 The ball is sent over by Ben Swallow, Anthony Gerrard manages to make a clearance.
86:34 Substitution (Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Aaron Wildig coming on for Chris Burke.
85:11 Assist by Paul Quinn.
85:11 GOAL - Josh Magennis:Cardiff 3 - 1 Bristol Rovers Josh Magennis finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Cardiff 3-1 Bristol Rovers.
84:55 Paul Quinn produces a cross,
84:30 The ball is crossed by Chris Burke, Steve Elliott makes a clearance.
83:03 The ball is crossed by Chris Burke.
82:40 Steve Elliott is penalised for a handball. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
81:55 Shot on goal by David Pipe from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
78:36 Substitution Josh Magennis is brought on as a substitute for Kelvin Etuhu.
75:00 Stuart Campbell provided the assist for the goal.
75:00 GOAL - Steve Elliott:Cardiff 2 - 1 Bristol Rovers Steve Elliott finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Cardiff
2-1 Bristol Rovers.
74:33 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Campbell from the right by-line,
73:43 Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the left by-line to the near post, Effort from deep inside the area by
Kelvin Etuhu misses to the left of the goal.
73:04 Unfair challenge on Tony Capaldi by Andrew Williams results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.
71:15 Substitution Riccardo Scimeca joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gavin Rae.
71:15 Corner from right by-line taken by Peter Whittingham.
69:33 Kelvin Etuhu concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart Campbell. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Campbell. Steve Elliott
is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
68:01 Substitution Darryl Duffy goes off and Andrew Williams comes on.
67:37 Gavin Rae takes a shot. Save made by Rhys Evans.
65:19 The assist for the goal came from Chris Burke.
65:19 GOAL - Peter Whittingham:Cardiff 2 - 0 Bristol Rovers A goal is scored by Peter Whittingham from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 2-0 Bristol Rovers.
64:56 Stuart Campbell fouled by Michael Chopra, the ref awards a free kick.
64:06 Rhys Evans restarts play with the free kick.
64:06 Booking Michael Chopra goes into the referee's book for dissent.
62:37 Stephen McPhail challenges Stuart Campbell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rhys Evans.
61:33 Carl Regan concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Whittingham. Free kick taken by Tony Capaldi.
60:39 Substitution Ben Swallow replaces Dominic Blizzard.
60:19 Peter Whittingham takes the inswinging corner, Steve Elliott manages to make a clearance.
60:07 Kelvin Etuhu sends in a cross, Byron Anthony makes a clearance.
54:40 Paul Quinn delivers the ball, save by Rhys Evans.
52:24 Jeff Hughes crosses the ball, Headed effort on goal by Chris Lines from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the
51:01 Kelvin Etuhu is caught offside. Byron Anthony takes the indirect free kick.
49:47 Corner taken right-footed by Stuart Campbell, Foul by Byron Anthony on Kelvin Etuhu, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken
by Peter Enckelman.
49:06 The official flags Kelvin Etuhu offside. Steve Elliott takes the indirect free kick.
47:34 Tony Capaldi produces a cross.
45:40 Inswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Steve Elliott manages to make a clearance. Chris Burke
has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:00+2:12 The match has reached half-time.
45:00+1:47 Effort on goal by Michael Chopra from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Correction - 44:06 David Pipe challenges Stephen McPhail unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony Capaldi.
44:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen McPhail by David Pipe. Direct free kick taken by Tony Capaldi.
41:02 Unfair challenge on Chris Lines by Kelvin Etuhu results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Elliott.
39:06 Corner taken by Stuart Campbell from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Kelvin Etuhu. Corner taken by
Stuart Campbell played to the near post, clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.
38:43 Gabor Gyepes concedes a free kick for a foul on Jo Kuffour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Stuart Campbell from right channel,
save by Peter Enckelman.
36:35 Paul Quinn produces a cross, clearance by Byron Anthony.
34:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Elliott by Kelvin Etuhu. Steve Elliott takes the direct free kick.
33:00 GOAL - Michael Chopra:Cardiff 1 - 0 Bristol Rovers Michael Chopra finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-0 Bristol
31:44 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Carl Regan gets a block in. Short corner worked by Peter Whittingham.
29:06 Close range effort by Kelvin Etuhu goes wide of the left-hand post. Outswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the
left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Steve Elliott. Outswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from
the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Byron Anthony by Anthony Gerrard results in a free kick. Rhys Evans takes the free kick.
27:03 Kelvin Etuhu takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman. Chris Burke takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which
clears the crossbar. Corner taken by Chris Burke.
24:53 Kelvin Etuhu produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
23:30 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the left by-line, save by Rhys Evans. Darryl Duffy produces a right-footed shot from
just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
21:47 Anthony Gerrard challenges Jo Kuffour unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Stuart Campbell, Gabor Gyepes
makes a clearance.
21:04 Michael Chopra has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
20:48 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Elliott.
20:23 Chris Burke sends in a cross, Byron Anthony makes a clearance.
19:57 Chris Burke delivers the ball, Byron Anthony makes a clearance.
13:47 Jeff Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Burke. The ball is crossed by Peter Whittingham, Header from close range
by Gabor Gyepes bounces off the post.
12:07 Darryl Duffy is caught offside. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
11:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jo Kuffour by Gabor Gyepes. Free kick taken by Byron Anthony.
8:16 Effort from the edge of the box by Michael Chopra goes wide of the right-hand upright.
6:30 Inswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Header by Gabor Gyepes from deep inside the penalty area
misses to the left of the target.
4:58 Michael Chopra produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
1:48 Stephen McPhail fouled by Stuart Campbell, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen McPhail takes the free kick.
0:00 The match begins.
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