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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion

9 November 2018

Neil Warnock’s men host the Seagulls on Saturday lunchtime at CCS!

Tickets for our match with Brighton & Hove Albion are still available!

In the hot seat

Chris Hughton’s Seagulls travel to CCS following a disappointing 3-1 defeat away to Everton at Goodison Park. The result ended a run of three straight wins for the East Sussex side. This was the first time they had managed this feat in the top-flight since May 1981.

The 59 year-old was named manager at the AMEX on New Year’s Eve in 2014 on a three-and-a-half year contract after leaving Norwich City. Hughton, who has taken charge of over 400 matches since he began managerial duties, guided the Seagulls to automatic promotion in their 2016-17 campaign, finishing runners-up to his former club, Newcastle United.

Hughton holds an impressive record with a 44% win rate for the club since his arrival. Prior to his current role, the former Republic of Ireland international had managerial stints at Newcastle United and Birmingham City as well as having a successful playing career, making over 360 appearances as a full back.

His greatest spell on the pitch was during his time at Tottenham Hotspur where he served the club for 13 years from 1977-1990, netting 12 times for the Whites in just shy of 300 appearances. During his time in North London, Hughton won back-to-back FA Cup medals in 1980-81 and 1981-1982 as well as winning the UEFA Cup in 1983-1984 and the FA Charity Shield in 1981. He then had brief stints at West Ham United and Brentford from where he later retired at the age of 34.

Squad Info

Ten new faces were brought into the first team fold over the summer including Florin Andone, Jason Steele, Bernardo and Martin Montoya. The latter (pictured above) has found it hard to cement his place in the side since arriving on the South Coast due to the consistent displays from club stalwart, Bruno.

Brighton will be without long-term absentees Pascal Groß and Davy Pröpper, whilst central midfielder Beram Keyal is just one booking away from a suspension.

Tickets for our match with Brighton & Hove Albion are still available!



Memorable Meeting

Cardiff City 4-1 Brighton & Hove Albion, 20th February 2016

The Bluebirds brushed aside our opponents 4-1 at CCS in early 2016, extending their run of six matches without defeat in the process.

City struck the opener with just over quarter of an hour of play gone. Peter Whittingham connected with Matthew Connolly’s pass and fired the ball past David Stockdale in the Brighton net.

The hosts doubled their advantage after Stockdale’s poor clearance found the feet of Stuart O’Keefe. The former Palace man rolled the ball to loanee Lex Immers, who in-turn slipped it to Anthony Pilkington before he fired the ball past the shot-stopper.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors after only 30 minutes played. Immers netted the third for the Bluebirds after a diverted block off Whittingham whizzed across the centre of the box to the Dutchman, who calmly stroked the ball home.

The visitors did reduce the deficit to 3-1 in the second half through Dale Stephens after the defender rose well, guiding his header through the legs of David Marshall to give his side hope.

However, the Bluebirds put the game beyond all doubt with less than 25 minutes left to play. Pilkington invited the challenge from Connor Goldson inside the Brighton penalty area and the defender took the invitation and clumsily brought him down. Whittingham stepped up from the resulting spot-kick and emphatically tucked away the penalty. This was the first time City had netted four goals at CCS since December 2012.

Club Connections

Joe Bennett will be familiar to our opposition this Saturday. The left-back made 41 appearances for the Seagulls during the 2014-15 season on loan from Aston Villa, netting once for the East Sussex side.

Paul Trollope, the man who signed Bennett for the Bluebirds, returns to South Wales this weekend with the Seagulls as their current assistant manager. Trollope was made head coach of Cardiff City in February 2015 before taking over the reigns at CCS in the summer of 2016. His brief stint in charge of the Bluebirds ended after just 12 matches. He again linked up with Chris Hughton, who he'd previously worked with at Birmingham City & Norwich City, in December 2016.

Former Cardiff City winger Craig Noone joined the Club from Brighton & Hove Albion in August 2012. Noone featured 59 times for the Seagulls prior to his move to South Wales, netting four times for our counterparts. The Liverpudlian made an impressive 158 appearances for the Bluebirds, netting 16 times for the club - including some wonder goals - before departing to join Bolton Wanderers on deadline day in August 2017, this time at the AMEX.

Former City manager Russell Slade and winger Craig Conway also had brief spells with our opposition. Slade took charge of the Seagulls in March 2009 and kept the struggling side in League One. Despite this impressive effort, he left the club in November of the same year. Conway, who holds seven international caps for Scotland, joined from City on a short-term loan deal in September 2013, netting once in 13 appearances.

Tickets for our match with Brighton & Hove Albion are still available!

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Match Reports

Match Report | Cardiff City 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Late delight for Neil Warnock's men at CCS...

10 November 2018

Sol Bamba scored a ninetieth minute winner to secure a hard-fought victory over the Seagulls.

The Bluebirds and Seagulls paid their respects pre-match as Cardiff City Stadium honoured the 100th anniversary of Armistice. We will remember them.

Neil Warnock made three changes to the side that faced Leicester City; Joe Ralls returned to the starting lineup in the place of suspended Harry ArterGreg Cunningham came in for Joe Bennett and Kadeem Harris replaced Bobby Decordova-Reid in attack.

The visitors took an early lead at Cardiff City Stadium, netting after six minutes. Solly March delivered a free-kick towards the back post, where Lewis Dunk was positioned to nod home. His low header from close range left Neil Etheridge with no chance, giving the Seagulls an early advantage.

City recovered from their early setback and began to make inroads into the Brighton half. The Bluebirds grabbed an equaliser after twenty-eight minutes, with their first clear-cut opportunity of their half. Kadeem Harris burst forward from the left-flank, attacking the centre of the pitch before cutting into the right-hand side of the box. The winger’s clipped cross took a deflection off Gaëtan Bong, floating perfectly into the path of Callum Paterson, who stooped to head home his third goal of the season.

There was further drama six minutes later, when Albion were reduced to ten men. Midfielder Dale Stephens was shown a straight red card by referee Martin Atkinson, following a poorly-timed lunge on City’s Cunningham. Chris Hughton duly substituted attacker Solly March for midfielder Yves Bissouma, meaning that, despite dominating possession for the remainder of the half, Warnock’s men were unable to make their numerical advantage count before the half-time break.

The second half began in fairly quiet fashion compared to the first, but was almost lit up by a moment of magic just before the hour mark. The impressive Aron Gunnarsson fed Harris on the edge of the box, and the winger curled a wonderful dipping shot toward goal. His shot agonizingly struck the crossbar, before Josh Murphy fired over from the rebound. After a spell of set-piece pressure, Paterson went close to doubling his personal tally. He made the most of Glenn Murray’s hesitancy on the ball, using his strength to power in and nick the ball towards goal. Mat Ryan pushed away his close-range effort, though the referee had signaled for a foul by the Scot.

With nine minutes remaining, Etheridge was called into his first real piece of action since conceding. Jozé Izquierdo drove at the City defence and fired a shot which moved considerably on its way towards goal. Etheridge did well to pull out his trailing hand, sending the ball over the bar.

The Bluebirds looked to make the most of their extra man in the time remaining, with Víctor Camarasa testing Ryan. The Spaniard volleyed a strong effort from the edge of the area, which was initially dropped by the Australian goalkeeper, although he did well to recover and gather the ball from the advancing Sol Bamba.

As the clock ticked towards ninety minutes, City upped the ante once more, with Camarasa again testing Ryan. On this occasion, the midfielder’s effort from a well-worked corner routine brought a low save from the Albion stopper, forcing another City set-piece. Bruno Ecuele Manga’s blocked effort kept the pressure up with another corner kick, as the home fans sensed a winner was in the offing.

Another short routine led to the ball being launched into the box, with Manga’s header dropping at the feet of Bamba. The Ivorian flipped acrobatically and struck a bicycle kick which crashed against the foot of the post. Junior Hoilett and Paterson raced to meet the rebounding ball, with Paterson’s strike deflecting off Dunk and onto the crossbar. Amongst the ensuing scramble of players from both teams, Bamba kept his cool to storm in, smashing the ball into the roof of the net for his second goal of the season, sparking wild scenes of celebration around Cardiff City Stadium.

Brighton looked to steal an equaliser but the Bluebirds held firm, recording their second Premier League win of the season. Neil Warnock’s men will return to top-flight action after the international break, with a trip to Goodison Park next up, as City face Everton on November 24th.

FINAL SCORE: CARDIFF CITY 2-1 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Cunningham, Gunnarsson, Ralls (Decordova-Reid 76’), Camarasa, Harris, Murphy (Hoilett 72’), Paterson. Subs not used: Smithies, Peltier, Bennett, Damour, Ward.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Kayal, Stephens, Knockaert, March (Bissouma 39’), Izquierdo, Murray (Andone 63’). Subs not used: Steele, Bruno, Balogun, Bernardo, Gyökeres.

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