Cardiff City 0-2 Derby County

28 Sep

Kenneth Zohore of Cardiff City is challenged by Alex Pearce of Derby County


Kenneth Zohore of Cardiff City and Derby’s Alex Pearce tussle

Derby claimed their second Championship win of the season as they beat Cardiff without manager Nigel Pearson following his suspension by the club.

In Pearson’s absence Chris Powell took charge of the Rams, who led thanks to Tom Ince’s low second-half strike.

Nick Blackman scored with a penalty after he was tripped by Matt Connolly, who was sent off for the foul.

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Chris Powell is a former Huddersfield Town manager

Victory lifts Derby up to 20th in the table, with Cardiff taking their place in the relegation zone.

Derby’s players were only told about Pearson’s suspension three hours before kick-off in south Wales, and the news made for a sense of bemusement inside the Cardiff City Stadium.

Although the visitors enjoyed more possession, Cardiff had the better chances in a low-key first half, the best falling to Sean Morrison, whose free header was well saved by Scott Carson.

Derby improved after the break and took a deserved lead when Ince fired past Cardiff’s scrambling defence to score what was only the Rams’ fourth goal in 10 Championship matches this season.

The Bluebirds’ fate was sealed when Connolly saw red for tripping Blackman and denying him a scoring opportunity, with the Derby substitute calmly converting the spot-kick himself to condemn Cardiff to a sixth defeat from 10 league games.

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Derby County 2.

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Derby County 2.

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a headed pass.

Substitution, Derby County. Andreas Weimann replaces Ikechi Anya.

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stuart O’Keefe (Cardiff City).

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Derby County).

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Declan John.

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Attempt saved. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stuart O’Keefe.

Substitution, Cardiff City. Bruno Ecuele Manga replaces Lex Immers because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Tom Ince.

Delay in match Lex Immers (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal! Cardiff City 0, Derby County 2. Nick Blackman (Derby County) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) is shown the red card.

Penalty Derby County. Nick Blackman draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lex Immers (Cardiff City).

Substitution, Derby County. Nick Blackman replaces Matej Vydra.

Cyrus Christie (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

Attempt missed. Max Lowe (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Ikechi Anya (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Stuart O’Keefe (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Joe Ralls.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

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