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December 14, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Cardiff City Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 26632‎
 
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Craig Noone
Craig Noone
Cardiff City
David Marshall
David Marshall
Cardiff City
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Liam Ridgewell
Liam Ridgewell
West Bromwich Albion
Peter Odemwingie
Peter Odemwingie
Cardiff City

Cardiff City 1-0 West Brom: Whittingham winner gets Bluebirds back on track

Malky Mackay's side picked up all three points thanks to the midfielder's header, inflicting a fourth straight defeat on the Baggies in the process

 Peter Whittingham Cardiff City v West Bromwich Albion - English Premier League 12142013
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Cardiff City snapped a five-game winless streak with a hard-fought 1-0 success over West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.

Both sides came into the game short of form, resulting in a scrappy first half devoid of chances and quality at the Cardiff City Stadium.

However, the hosts seized the initiative after the break and took the lead through Peter Whittingham's excellent header from a fine cross by Craig Noone - starting in the Premier League for the first time.

West Brom saw strong appeals for a penalty turned down as they sought an equaliser, but remain with just one away win to their name all season - September's memorable triumph at Manchester United.

Cardiff made three changes from last week's defeat at Crystal Palace, including the recall of Peter Odemwingie against his former club, while West Brom reinstated Jonas Olsson and Shane Long to their side.

After Boaz Myhill tipped Whittingham's free-kick away, Gary Medel lashed an effort over the crossbar as the hosts settled into the game quickly, but the opening period was characterised by sloppy possession from both sides with neither goalkeeper fully tested.

Steven Caulker slashed wide from close range after Olsson failed to deal with a corner, while the former Tottenham defender had to be alert to deny Gareth McAuley from Chris Brunt's swirling set-piece.

The heavens opened during the half-time break, making conditions tricky, but Cardiff began the second period strongly and Odemwingie blasted over as West Brom dithered on the edge of their own box.

The visitors had a superb chance to score in the 56th minute as Morgan Amalfitano squared to Claudio Yacob, whose mis-hit fell kindly for McAuley, but the Northern Ireland defender was denied on the line by a combination of Medel and keeper David Marshall.

Cardiff then broke the deadlock on 65 minutes, Noone swinging a great ball in from the right and Whittingham directing his header beyond Myhill.

Both teams saw penalty appeals waved away by referee Howard Webb, with West Brom particularly aggrieved as Shane Long was bundled over in the penalty area by Ben Turner.

Substitutes Scott Sinclair - jeered onto the pitch as a former Swansea City player - and Saido Berahino combined well out wide with the latter's cross somehow evading colleagues in the box.

And West Brom threatened again soon after, McAuley heading across the face of goal, before Marshall rescued the result with a magnificent reaction save to keep out Long's firm header.

The win moves Cardiff four points clear of the relegation zone, and above West Brom - who have now lost four successive matches.



Cardiff City

1
David Marshall
Goalkeeper
3.50
3
Andrew Taylor
Defender
2.50
4
Steven Caulker
Defender
3.00
6
Ben Turner
Defender
3.00
28
3.50
7
Peter Whittingham
Midfielder
65′
3.50
8
Gary Medel
Midfielder
36′ 87′
3.50
16
Craig Noone
Midfielder
65′
4.00
18
Jordon Mutch
Midfielder
63′
3.00
10
2.00
9
2.50

West Bromwich Albion

2.00
13
B. Myhill
Goalkeeper
2.00
3
2.00
6
2.50
23
2.50
28
Billy Jones
Midfielder
51′
2.00
5
Claudio Yacob
Midfielder
74′
2.00
11
Chris Brunt
Midfielder
2.50
18
2.50
21
2.00
28
3.00
21
Shane Long
Striker
88′

Substitutes

32
Joe Lewis
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Mark Hudson
Defender
 - 
13
Bo-Kyung Kim
Midfielder
90′
 - 
17
 - 
19
Don Cowie
Midfielder
 - 
29
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
19
Luke Daniels
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
7
James Morrison
Midfielder
 - 
22
Zoltán Gera
Midfielder
 - 
21
Scott Sinclair
Midfielder
74′
 - 
20
 - 
38

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