Date: Saturday 12th September 2015, 3pm K.O.
Sky Bet Championship football returns after the international break, as City welcome Huddersfield Town to the Welsh capital.
Saturday's visitors, Huddersfield, have had some tricky fixtures to open their 2015/16 campaign, leaving them with just three points from a possible fifteen – those coming in successive 1-1 draws with Blackburn, Brighton and Fulham.
Chris Powell’s men were particularly unfortunate against the Cottagers, and in their most recent match at home to QPR, as they conceded late in both encounters to deny them vital points.
While the Terriers have lost some key players over the summer in Alex Smithies, Conor Coady and Jacob Butterfield, they still have plenty of Championship experience in their squad. Mark Hudson will miss out on a welcome return to Cardiff City Stadium due to injury with Dean Whitehead taking over the captains armband in Hudson's absence, as confirmed by Chris Powell in his Friday morning press conference.
Further forward, star striker Nahki Wells, who already has two strikes to his name this season, could be aided in attack by new loan signings Mustapha Carayol and Jamie Paterson.
City winger Anthony Pilkington made over 100 appearances for the Terriers, while two of the Bluebirds’ current back four have also lined up for the side in recent seasons. Sean Morrison moved to Huddersfield on loan from Reading on two occasions, making twenty-two appearances and scoring his penalty in the Play-Off Final shoot-out against Sheffield United, as they booked their place in the Championship.
Lee Peltier also had two spells at the John Smith’s Stadium, pulling on the shirt from 2009-2011 and in the 2014/15 season. The defender was named Player of the Season in his first year with the Terriers, while he captained the Club upon his return.
As mentioned earlier, former Bluebird Mark Hudson currently wears the armband in West Yorkshire. Hudson, who played for City over the course of six seasons after joining in 2009, recently reached the impressive milestone of four hundred career appearances.
League Division 2, Ninian Park
The Bluebirds defeated Huddersfield Town by four goals to nil at Ninian Park, thanks to magic from Jason Bowen and Rob Earnshaw.
City played some superb, attacking football in front of the Ninian faithful, and found themselves 1-0 up when Bowen ran on to Fan Zhi-Yi’s pass and planted the ball in the bottom corner from twenty yards.
While the Terriers played the ball around on the floor well, City grabbed a second just before the break to put them on the path to victory. Neil Alexander claimed the assist, as his long free-kick put Earnshaw clean through, and City’s number ten made no mistake in slotting home.
With Cardiff two up, the Terriers’ Danny Schofield was dismissed for a tackle from behind, and City soon took advantage in superb style.
After Bowen’s trickery, Peter Thorne dummied Earnshaw’s low cross into the box, and Bowen was on hand to back-heel into the net. Earnshaw then rounded things off with the Bluebirds' fourth strike, keeping City in third place in Division 2.
Cardiff City: Alexander, Fan Zhi Yi (Maxwell 81), Prior (Young 75), Weston, Legg, Barker, Croft, Boland, Bowen, Thorne (Fortune-West 75), Earnshaw.
Subs not used: Margetson, Campbell.
Huddersfield Town: Bevan, Jenkins, Moses, Youds, Brown, Sharp, Irons (Mattis 45), Schofield, Ashcroft (Worthington 66), Smith (Thorrington 71), Andy Booth.
Subs not used: Senior, Stead.
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