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  • English Npower Championship
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • King Power Stadium
  • Attendance: 25,055
LeicesterLeicestervCardiffCardiff
01
  • Bellamy, 25

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Match ends, Leicester City 0, Cardiff City 1.

90+4 mins:Second Half ends, Leicester City 0, Cardiff City 1.

90+4 mins:Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

90+4 mins:Craig Conway (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

90+3 mins:Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

90+3 mins:Craig Conway (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

90+2 mins:Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

90+2 mins:Mark Hudson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

90+1 mins:Corner, Leicester City.

86 mins:Foul by Rudy Gestede (Cardiff City).

86 mins:Zak Whitbread (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

85 mins:Foul by Rudy Gestede (Cardiff City).

85 mins:Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

83 mins:Foul by Craig Conway (Cardiff City).

83 mins:Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

82 mins:Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79 mins:Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79 mins:Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

79 mins:David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

79 mins:Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bellamy with a cross.

76 mins:Substitution, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson replaces Jordon Mutch.

73 mins:Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

73 mins:Corner, Leicester City.

69 mins:Attempt blocked. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68 mins:Substitution, Leicester City. Jesse Lingard replaces Lloyd Dyer.

68 mins:Substitution, Leicester City. Ben Marshall replaces Anthony Knockaert.

67 mins:Offside, Cardiff City. Craig Bellamy tries a through ball, but Craig Bellamy is caught offside.

67 mins:Offside, Cardiff City. Rudy Gestede tries a through ball, but Rudy Gestede is caught offside.

65 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

65 mins:Attempt missed. Mark Hudson (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

64 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

61 mins:Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61 mins:Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

61 mins:Martyn Waghorn (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

60 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

58 mins:Foul by Don Cowie (Cardiff City).

58 mins:Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

57 mins:Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

56 mins:Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

56 mins:Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

55 mins:Substitution, Cardiff City. Don Cowie replaces Kim Bo-Kyung.

55 mins:Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

54 mins:Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

53 mins:Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Ritchie de Laet with a cross.

51 mins:Substitution, Cardiff City. Rudy Gestede replaces Heidar Helguson.

51 mins:Corner, Leicester City.

51 mins:Substitution, Leicester City. Martyn Waghorn replaces Jamie Vardy.

50 mins:Foul by Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City).

50 mins:Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

46 mins:Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

46 mins:Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

Second Half begins Leicester City 0, Cardiff City 1.

45+2 mins:First Half ends, Leicester City 0, Cardiff City 1.

45+1 mins:Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Konchesky with a cross.

45 mins:Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

45 mins:Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

42 mins:Hand ball by Andrew Taylor (Cardiff City).

41 mins:Attempt missed. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot misses to the right.

38 mins:Ben Turner (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38 mins:Foul by Ben Turner (Cardiff City).

38 mins:Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

37 mins:Corner, Leicester City.

37 mins:Attempt blocked. Andrew Taylor (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

36 mins:Attempt blocked. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35 mins:Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

35 mins:David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

34 mins:Corner, Leicester City.

31 mins:Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

31 mins:Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

26 mins:Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

26 mins:Craig Conway (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

25 mins:Goal! Leicester City 0, Cardiff City 1. Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

23 mins:Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

18 mins:Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

18 mins:Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

17 mins:Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16 mins:Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

15 mins:Offside, Leicester City. David Nugent tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

15 mins:Andy King (Leicester City) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

14 mins:Attempt saved. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

14 mins:Corner, Leicester City.

13 mins:Attempt blocked. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12 mins:Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

9 mins:Foul by Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City).

9 mins:Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

7 mins:Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

2 mins:Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

2 mins:David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

1 mins:Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

1 mins:Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • English Npower Championship
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • King Power Stadium
  • Attendance: 25,055
LeicesterLeicestervCardiffCardiff
01
  • Bellamy, 25

match report

Cardiff bounced back from their surprise home defeat to Peterborough with a smash-and-grab 1-0 victory at Leicester in the Championship on Saturday.

The win moved Cardiff three points clear at the top of the table.

Leicester laid siege to the Bluebirds' goal in the first half with chance after chance going begging. David Marshall made a handful of saves to keep the Foxes at bay and, when he was beaten by Andy King's long-range effort, a post came to his rescue.

Craig Bellamy looked a threat on the counter-attack throughout and it was he who grabbed the only goal of the game against the run of play after 25 minutes. The Wales international showed great technique after collecting Craig Conway's pass to find the bottom left-hand corner of the net from 12 yards out.

That seemed to knock the stuffing out of Leicester, who created very little afterward.

Leicester started brightly with Danny Drinkwater firing over early on.

David Nugent became the first home player of the afternoon to be frustrated by Marshall when the Scot parried his effort from the edge of the area.

King struck a post after 13 minutes when the ball broke to him outside the area after Marshall had kept out Wes Morgan's header.

Marshall then twice denied Anthony Knockaert when the Frenchman let fly from long range before Bellamy delivered the killer blow for the Foxes.

Jamie Vardy might have done better than head over the crossbar before half-time in what turned out to be Leicester's final real chance.

Pearson's side tried to push for an equalising goal in the second half, but were always wary of the threat caused by Bellamy's pace, perhaps preventing them from committing as many players forward as they would have liked.

Nugent and substitute Ben Marshall fired in shots from outside the box but never worried the Cardiff keeper.

Back-to-back defeats are a blow to Leicester's automatic promotion aspirations, which will come under intense scrutiny again on Boxing Day when they travel to Pearson's former club Hull.

The victory gives Cardiff a slight cushion ahead of their home game against title rivals Crystal Palace in four day's time.

team line-up

1Kasper Schmeichel
6Zak Whitbread
3Paul Konchesky
2Ritchie de Laet
5Wes Morgan
4Daniel Drinkwater
10Andy King
24Anthony Knockaert68
11Lloyd Dyer68
9Jamie Vardy51
35David Nugent

substitutes

13Conrad Logan
7Ben Marshall68
16Matthew James
14Martyn Waghorn51
23Jesse Lingard68
22Liam Moore
29Marko Futacs

referee

Graham Salisbury

team line-up

1David Marshall
6Ben Turner
3Andrew Taylor
5Mark Hudson
12Matthew Connolly
7Peter Whittingham
13Kim Bo-Kyung55
18Jordon Mutch76
11Craig Conway
22Heidar Helguson51
39Craig Bellamy

substitutes

32Joe Lewis
17Aron Gunnarsson76
20Joe Mason
16Craig Noone
15Rudy Gestede51
2Kevin McNaughton
8Don Cowie55

referee

Graham Salisbury

match stats

possession %5148
shots on target71
shots off target51
corners63
tackles won00
offsides12