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REPORT | BLUEBIRDS SEAL HOME WIN OVER BLACKBURN

17 August 2016


Cardiff City recorded a 2-1 home victory over Blackburn Rovers under the Cardiff City Stadium floodlights.


Blackburn centre-half Shane Duffy scored two own goals in seven first-half minutes to give the Bluebirds the well-deserved points. Danny Graham did pull one back in the 77th minute, before Duffy was dismissed in the closing moments on a night to forget for the Republic of Ireland international.

DUFFY AT THE DOUBLE
BLUEBIRDS BUILD PRESSURE

, much to the Irishman’s dismay.Sean Morrison and Bruno Manga, whilst being put under pressure from Jason Steele again found the back of the net – and once again, it was at the wrong end. The centre half, who has now netted three own goals in two League matches, awkwardly headed the ball past Duffy Six minutes later,

inadvertently hit home the rebound, giving City the lead. Duffy. The full-back’s shot crashed against the post, before Declan John found advanced Welshman Peter WhittinghamThe Bluebirds dominated possession in the opening stages, frequently venturing into the Rovers’ half. After fourteen minutes, the home side were rewarded, opening the scoring in bizarre fashion. A sublime cross-field pass from



, who smashed agonizingly wide from a corner. Matt Connolly calmly collected.  However, another great chance for the Bluebirds did fall to David Marshall Looking to get back into the game, Owen Coyle’s Blackburn acquired more of the ball, and created some chances of their own. An inviting ball into the box wasn’t initially cleared by the City defence, before stopper

just after the hour mark saw him beat three players, before his effort was deflected over the bar. Kadeem Harris pass.  A great run from substitute Aron Gunnarsson After the break, the Irishman had another great chance – firing wide from in the box after an

had the best opportunity to do so on the half-hour mark, after being played through on goal. City’s number 13 raced into the box, before dragging his shot wide of the mark. Anthony Pilkington. His shot was deflected just wide of the far post, as the Bluebirds looked to seal the game. Joe Ralls Moments after doubling the lead, Cardiff almost went three up thanks to


ROVERS COMEBACK QUASHED

– who truly had a night to forget – was sent off for a second bookable offense. The defender booted the ball away in frustration, having been flagged for offside to halt a Blackburn counter-attack. The full-time whistle signaled three points for Cardiff after an enthralling fixture, with the Bluebirds facing Fulham at Craven Cottage in their next match. Duffy There was still time for one more major moment, as

, who beat his man and went clean through, only to force a great one handed save from Steele. Frédéric Gounongbe found fellow substitute Harris As the minutes ticked down, Blackburn threw all they had at the City defence, who stood firm, before helping to almost add a third. A long clearance from

shot on 85 minutes looked dangerous, but was well held by the Rovers’ stopper. Ralls’s heard tipped over by Steele. A fizzing Morrison, the striker managed the squeeze the ball in at the near post, to give Rovers a lifeline. In response, City came close from a corner, with Manga. Despite the best efforts of the battling Danny Graham Seconds later, Blackburn found a way back into the game, thanks to


FULL TIME: CARDIFF CITY 2-1 BLACKBURN ROVERS (Duffy OG ’14, ’20, Graham ‘77)

Raya, Guthrie, Mahoney, Wharton.Subs not used:
Steele, Greer, Lowe, Duffy, Hendrie, Byrne, Akpan (Lenihan ’84), Marshall (Feeney ’88), Conway, Graham, Stokes (Gallagher ’62)

Blackburn Rovers:
Moore, Ajayi, Huws, Noone, Zohore. Subs not used:
Marshall, Peltier (Harris ’57), Manga, Morrison, Connolly, John, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Immers (Huws ’88), Pilkington (Gounongbe ’76). Cardiff City:



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