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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Middlesbrough

The Bluebirds host their second fixture of the week…

15 February 2018

Cardiff City welcome play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough to the Welsh capital this weekend, with Neil Warnock's men looking to build on their impressive five-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship.

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Middlesbrough travel to South Wales following a 2-1 victory over Reading at the Riverside, seeing them move within four points of the play-off spots.

What to expect from Boro…

Tony Pulis’ side have only suffered defeat on three occasions since the Welshman took the reins at the Riverside.

Since the turn of the year, Boro have engineered away victories over Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers, with their trip to Cardiff City Stadium being just their fourth league away journey this year.

The North Yorkshire side have an array of attacking talent available to them this season, with Britt Assombalonga topping their goal-scoring charts netting 12 goals in all competitions since his move from Nottingham Forest in the summer.

Spanish winger Adama Traoré has also been a standout performer, scoring both goals in that win over Reading last weekend. The Barcelona youth product - who conceded a late penalty in City's victory at the Riverside this season - has recently added end-product to his undoubted ability; his January strike against QPR broke a 52-game scoring duck.

In the hot seat…

Born in Pillgwenlly, Newport, Pulis has managed nine clubs since he hung up his boots in 1992.

The 60 year-old has had spells with Stoke City - guiding the Potters to promotion to the Premier League in his second spell in charge - Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion, before succeeding Garry Monk at Middlesbrough.

The former defender has picked up 10 points from a possible 21 during his time on Teesside thus far.

Previous meetings…

In the reverse fixture back in October, an 84th minute penalty courtesy of Joe Ralls saw the Bluebirds register a 1-0 victory at the Riverside, then taking City within just two points of league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The last meeting at Cardiff City Stadium also ended with a Bluebirds triumph, and by the same score line. However, it was an 86th minute own goal from George Friend that secured the three points on that occasion.

Club connections…

City fan favourite Fábio da Silva is currently plying his trade with Boro following his move from the Bluebirds in 2016. The Brazilian international spent two years in the Welsh capital making 69 League and Cup appearances.

Cardiff legend Graham Kavanagh spent 5 years at Middlesbrough, between 1991 and 1996. Kav joined City in 2001 and went on to become a club legend. The midfielder scored 31 goals in his time at Ninian Park, including a famous free-kick equaliser against Leeds United in 2002. 

Others to play for both clubs include Andrew Taylor and Sammy Ameobi, now both with Bolton Wanderers, and our 2003 Second Division Play-Off Final winning goal-scorer, Andy Campbell.

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Match Report: Cardiff City 1-0 Middlesbrough

The skipper sends the Bluebirds second...

17 February 2018

Sean Morrison scored the only goal in a battling home victory over Middlesbrough, putting the Bluebirds second in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Neil Warnock made two changes to the side that defeated Bolton Wanderers last time out, with Joe Bennett and Sol Bamba coming in for Lee Peltier & Jamie Ward.

The Bluebirds’ first opportunity came after eight minutes, when Junior Hoilett fired over from 12 yards out. Callum Paterson did well to set up the Canadian international after winning an aerial duel inside the box.

Cardiff City continued their strong start and came close again just two minutes later. Kenneth Zohore showed great strength in the build-up before setting up Paterson from 25 yards. However, his left-footed half-volley drifted narrowly wide of Darren Randolph’s goal.

Tony Pulis’ side soon responded with a spell of their own. The in-form Adama Traoré evaded a sliding challenge from Marko Grujić on the halfway line, before charging goalwards and seeing his 20 yard shot saved comfortably by Neil Etheridge.

Just after the half-hour mark, the hosts were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area as Ryan Shotton brought down Zohore. Hoilett stepped up to take the set-piece and swung in an exquisite delivery putting an opportunity on a plate for Sean Morrison. The skipper made no mistake, heading home his third in four games to put the Bluebirds ahead.

The now dominant home side almost doubled their lead ten minutes later. Joe Ralls out-muscled Jonny Howson but was unfortunate to see his low effort glance just wide of the near post.

Into the second half, and the lively Armand Traoré showed fantastic skill to outfox two defenders before shooting just wide of goal.

The Bluebirds had to be careful though, as they were caught on the break five minutes later. Former England international Stewart Downing surged forward before shooting low across goal from the edge of the box.

Cardiff City responded to Boro’s effort to draw level by almost extending their lead. Grujić found space just inside the box before delivering a high ball to Zohore who headed just off-target.

Substitute Loïc Damour came on to provide invaluable energy in the middle of the park, and almost netted in spectacular fashion. The Frenchman volleyed first time from 20 yards but Randolph made a superb diving save to his right to keep out the powerful effort.

The referee added on an additional four minutes, but the Bluebirds were able to see out a tense finale to gain another home victory at Cardiff City Stadium.

Full-Time: Cardiff City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Paterson (Halford 87’), Ralls, Grujić (Damour 70’), Hoilett, Traoré (Peltier 67’), Zohore.

Subs not used: Murphy, Pilkington, Mendez-Laing, Wildschut.

Middlesbrough: Randolph, Shotton, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, Leadbitter, Bešić (Assombalonga 61’), Howson (Harrison 83’), Downing, Traoré, Gestede (Bamford 83’).

Subs not used: Dimi, Clayton, Cranie, Fry.

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