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  • English Npower Championship
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Cardiff City Stadium
  • Attendance: 26,098
CardiffCardiffvPalacePalace
2
  • Noone, 44
  • Gunnarsson, 73
1
  • Jedinak, 4

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Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Crystal Palace 1.

90+4 mins:Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Crystal Palace 1.

90+3 mins:Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90+1 mins:Joe Mason (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90 mins:Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

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

90 mins:Foul by Mark Hudson (Cardiff City).

90 mins:Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick.

87 mins:Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jermaine Easter replaces Jonathan Parr.

85 mins:Attempt missed. Daniel Gabbidon (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

84 mins:Corner, Crystal Palace.

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

83 mins:Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick.

82 mins:Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

82 mins:Offside, Cardiff City. Joe Mason tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

80 mins:Foul by André Moritz (Crystal Palace).

80 mins:Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

79 mins:Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

78 mins:Foul by Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace).

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

76 mins:Substitution, Cardiff City. Joe Mason replaces Craig Noone.

76 mins:Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76 mins:Foul by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

76 mins:Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

75 mins:Attempt blocked. Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Owen Garvan with a cross.

74 mins:Foul by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City).

74 mins:Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick.

74 mins:Substitution, Crystal Palace. André Moritz replaces Yannick Bolasie.

73 mins:Goal! Cardiff City 2, Crystal Palace 1. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Bellamy with a cross.

73 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

72 mins:Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

71 mins:Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).

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

70 mins:Offside, Crystal Palace. Yannick Bolasie tries a through ball, but Yannick Bolasie is caught offside.

70 mins:Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

69 mins:Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

69 mins:Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

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

68 mins:Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick.

67 mins:Offside, Crystal Palace. Glenn Murray tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

66 mins:Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

64 mins:Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

64 mins:Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

63 mins:Corner, Crystal Palace.

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

62 mins:Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

62 mins:Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

60 mins:Craig Noone (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60 mins:Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

60 mins:Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick.

60 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

60 mins:Attempt saved. Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

59 mins:Foul by Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace).

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

58 mins:Attempt missed. Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

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

55 mins:Foul by Heidar Helguson (Cardiff City).

55 mins:Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick.

54 mins:Foul by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).

54 mins:Mark Hudson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

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

47 mins:Attempt missed. Daniel Gabbidon (Crystal Palace) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie.

46 mins:Corner, Crystal Palace.

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

Second Half begins Cardiff City 1, Crystal Palace 1.

45+3 mins:First Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Crystal Palace 1.

45+3 mins:Attempt saved. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

45+2 mins:Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

45+2 mins:Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick.

45+1 mins:Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

44 mins:Goal! Cardiff City 1, Crystal Palace 1. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Bellamy with a cross.

43 mins:Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

41 mins:Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

40 mins:Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

40 mins:Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

39 mins:Attempt blocked. Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

39 mins:Foul by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

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

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

35 mins:Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick.

34 mins:Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

34 mins:Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

34 mins:Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

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

32 mins:Foul by Mark Hudson (Cardiff City).

32 mins:Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick.

31 mins:Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

31 mins:Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

29 mins:Offside, Cardiff City. Mark Hudson tries a through ball, but Mark Hudson is caught offside.

28 mins:Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

28 mins:Heidar Helguson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

26 mins:Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).

26 mins:Andrew Taylor (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

25 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

25 mins:Attempt saved. Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

23 mins:Hand ball by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

22 mins:Corner, Crystal Palace.

22 mins:Attempt saved. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved.

22 mins:Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

21 mins:Attempt blocked. Heidar Helguson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21 mins:Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

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

20 mins:Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

20 mins:Heidar Helguson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

20 mins:Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).

20 mins:Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

19 mins:Foul by Mark Hudson (Cardiff City).

19 mins:Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick.

17 mins:Foul by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).

17 mins:Mark Hudson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

16 mins:Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

16 mins:Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

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

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

11 mins:Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

11 mins:Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

10 mins:Mark Hudson (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

10 mins:Foul by Mark Hudson (Cardiff City).

10 mins:Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick.

9 mins:Foul by Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace).

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

6 mins:Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

6 mins:Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick.

6 mins:Foul by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).

6 mins:Mark Hudson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

4 mins:Goal! Cardiff City 0, Crystal Palace 1. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Owen Garvan with a cross.

3 mins:Corner, Crystal Palace.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • English Npower Championship
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Cardiff City Stadium
  • Attendance: 26,098
CardiffCardiffvPalacePalace
2
  • Noone, 44
  • Gunnarsson, 73
1
  • Jedinak, 4

match report

Substitute Aron Gunnarsson headed home the winner for Championship leaders Cardiff City, who beat Crystal Palace 2-1 on Boxing Day.

An action-packed first half was book-ended by two goals 40 minutes apart, Mike Jedinak stunning the sell-out crowd with an early opener before Craig Noone's equalised a minute before the interval.

Cardiff's goal led a charmed life with Wilfried Zaha's splendid effort hitting the bar and chances aplenty for Palace but half-time substitute Gunnarsson helped turn the tide for the Bluebirds before scoring his sixth of the season from close range.

The Eagles came into this match having scored in all-but one of their League games this season so it was perhaps no surprise when captain Jedinak nodded home after just 180 seconds.

But Cardiff's reaction was laboured to say the least and it took until the 16th minute for the Bluebirds to really set their sights on Julian Speroni's goal, Craig Bellamy's ambitious half-volley sparking cries of "top of the league, you're having a laugh" from the buoyant travelling support.

And the 1,190 behind Speroni's goal had every right to be boisterous given their team's start which they came incredibly close to extending in two first-half minutes.

First Glenn Murray's touch let him down as he raced clear and then Zaha's trickery bamboozled Kevin McNaughton down the Palace left and his right-footed curler crashed off the crossbar. When the ball bounced back to Yannick Bolasie his deflected drive forced Marshall into a fingertip save.

A minute later Palace were threatening yet again, Owen Garvan's free-kick forcing Marshall into a low-save.

At the other end only the combination of Peter Ramage and his keeper Speroni kept out Bellamy after the Welshman tried a cute lob after racing clear.

Just when it looked like the Bluebirds would go into the interval behind for the second successive home game they drew level. Bellamy's pace helped him get the better of Parr down the Cardiff left and his pull-back into the box was perfect for Noone to hammer a first-time effort into the top of the Palace net.

After an off-colour first-half display Malky Mackay shuffled his midfield at the break with Jordon Mutch being replaced by Gunnarsson. And his change seemed to work a treat, with the Iceland midfielder helping to stop the

constant stream of Palace chances.

And in fact it took 12 minutes of the second period for the next chance, Garvan's drive flying just inches wide of Marshall's near post.

Bellamy was Cardiff's biggest threat and the 33-year-old tested Speroni with a low drive from an angle from Gunnarsson's clever pass as the game reached the hour mark.

Cardiff were beginning to engineer more chances and that pressure paid off 27 minutes into the second half when Gunnarsson rose to head in Bellamy's right-footed corner via the underside of the bar. Only the reactions of Speroni stopped the home side extending their hard-fought lead, the keeper diving right to flick Whittingham's free-kick onto the bar.

team line-up

1David Marshall
5Mark Hudson
6Ben Turner
3Andrew Taylor
2Kevin McNaughton
16Craig Noone76
11Craig Conway
18Jordon Mutch46
7Peter Whittingham
22Heidar Helguson57
39Craig Bellamy

substitutes

24Simon Lappin
13Kim Bo-Kyung
8Don Cowie
32Joe Lewis
17Aron Gunnarsson46
20Joe Mason76
15Rudy Gestede57

referee

Phil Gibbs

team line-up

1Julian Speroni
21Dean Moxey
33Daniel Gabbidon
28Peter Ramage
10Owen Garvan
8Kagisho Dikgacoi
4Jonathan Parr87
15Mile Jedinak
7Yannick Bolasie74
16Wilfried Zaha
17Glenn Murray

substitutes

6Aaron Martin
22Stuart O'Keefe
19Jermaine Easter87
30André Moritz74
20Jonathan Williams
34Lewis Price
24Kwesi Appiah

referee

Phil Gibbs

match stats

possession %4753
shots on target43
shots off target56
corners35
tackles won00
offsides62