An slow start to the first-half costly as Brentford ended the home side’s unbeaten run at Cardiff City Stadium. The Bluebirds left themselves too much to do as they found themselves 3-0 down just thirty-three minutes in. Goals from Alex Pritchard, Andre Gray and Jota handed Mark Warburton’s side a commanding lead at the break, before a Cardiff side buoyed by substitute Kenwyne Jones pulled two back in the second period; ultimately falling just short of completing what would have been a memorable comeback. It was Jones’ goal that followed Craig Noone’s first which made for an edgy final quarter of an hour, but Brentford held on for the three points that took them third.
Cardiff City: Marshall ©, Brayford, Fábio (John), Ecuele Manga, Turner, Whittingham, Le Fondre, Noone, Macheda (Jones), Gunnarsson, Harris. Subs Not Used: Moore, Connolly, Adeyemi, Ralls, Morrison.
Brentford: Button, Bidwell, Craig ©, Dean, Douglas (Toral), Odubajo, Judge, Gray (Smith), Diagouraga, Pritchard, Jota (Dallas). Subs Not Used: Bonham, Saunders, Tarko.