Last time out: Cardiff City 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion - Saturday, 10th February 2015, Sky Bet Championship
The Bluebirds played out a goalless Sky Bet Championship draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on a brisk night in the Welsh Capital City. Kenwyne Jones and Aron Gunnarsson both headed Peter Whittingham corners over the bar in quick succession as the Bluebirds turned up the pressure going into the last ten minutes. Jones had the best effort of the lot when he rose to head Craig Noone’s cross wide of the post on eighty-four minutes. Referee Iain Williamson blew his whistle soon after to end the game goalless, this one ending all-square just as the game between the two sides at the AMEX earlier in the season.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Peltier, Malone, Ecuele Manga, Whittingham, Jones, Noone, McAleny (Harris), Gunnarsson, O’Keefe (Doyle), S. Morrison. Subs Not Used: Fábio, Moore, Connolly, Adeyemi, Revell.
Last time out: Blackburn Rovers 4-1 Stoke City – Saturday, 14th February 2015, F.A. Cup Fifth Round
Josh King's hat-trick helped Blackburn shock 10-man top flight Stoke City to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals. Peter Crouch reacted quickest to poke Stoke ahead from close range after ten minutes. But Rovers were level when forward King, who had earlier hit the crossbar, made amends by flicking in the equaliser from a corner. Geoff Cameron was sent off for bringing down King with former Bluebird Rudy Gestede converting the penalty, before King raced clear to score twice with similar strikes to secure an impressive victory at Ewood Park.
Blackburn Rovers: Eastwood, Henley, Duffy, Kilgallon, Olsson, Taylor, Cairney, Williamson (Evans), Marshall (Conway), Gestede, King (Varney). Subs Not Used: Steele, Spurr, Hanley, Rhodes.
LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING
2014/15: Friday, 8th August, Championship: Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Cardiff City
Cardiff City came away from Ewood Park with a hard-fought point against a battling Blackburn Rovers. A foul by Grant Hanley on Kenwyne Jones allowed Peter Whittingham to deliver a free-kick from the City right on 17 minutes. Predictably, it was inch perfect – allowing Jones to power home with his head. Tom Cairney levelled for Rovers later in the half with an incredible long range effort. An end-to-end second period saw chances come and go for both sides without a third goal. Cardiff City returning home to South Wales with a fair point from a tough opening away fixture.
Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Kilgallon (Williamson), Hanley, Lowe, Cairney, Rhodes, Olsson, Baptiste, Evans, Conway, Gestede. Subs Not Used: Kean, King, Dunn, Marshall, Varney, Taylor.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Brayford, Fábio, Hudson, Connolly, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Dæhli (Adeyemi), Maynard, Le Fondre (Eikrem), Jones (Burgstaller). Subs Not Used: Moore, John, Kim, Théophile-Catherine.