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November 4, 2013 12:00 AM MYT
Cardiff City Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 27463‎
 
 
Top of the Match
Steven Caulker
Steven Caulker
Cardiff City
Craig Bellamy
Craig Bellamy
Cardiff City
Flop of the Match
Michel Vorm
Michel Vorm
Swansea City
Jonjo Shelvey
Jonjo Shelvey
Swansea City

Cardiff City 1-0 Swansea City: Caulker header settles south Wales derby

The towering centre-back climbed above Chico Flores in the second half to plant a header beyond Michel Vorm and secure three valuable points at the Cardiff City Stadium

By Nicholas McGee

Steven Caulker Cardiff City v Swansea City - English Premier League 11032013
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Steven Caulker scored against his former club as Cardiff City beat Swansea City 1-0 in the first top-flight Wales derby on Sunday.

The defender, who spent a season on loan with Swansea, netted just his second Bluebirds goal to seal a historic victory for the hosts as their rivals finished the game with 10 men following Michel Vorm's late dismissal.

Cardiff went into the much-anticipated encounter looking to end a run of three games without a win, while Swansea knew that they could move into the top half with maximum points.

The hosts made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 with West Ham as Don Cowie and Craig Bellamy replaced Kim Bo-Kyung and Campbell. Alvaro Vazquez was dropped for Swansea, with manager Michael Laudrup bringing Jonjo Shelvey into the starting XI.

MATCH VIEW
By Tim Poole
Game, set and match for Malky Mackay's side as the first ever south Wales derby in the Premier League goes in Cardiff City's favour - and their fans will never forget it.

In a truly special atmosphere, Steven Caulker was the match-winner and Michel Vorm the pantomime villain in the closing minutes.

In truth, this game may go down as one of he worst of the season but Cardiff fans will not care in the slightest, as thousands and thousands of them attested jubilantly at full-time. For Michael Laudrup's charges, however, their form is a worry.
Swansea made the better start to proceedings but saw two promising opportunities wasted as Michu and Jonathan de Guzman both shot hopelessly wide from good areas in the early stages.

The visitors continued to press and forced the first save of the game 10 minutes in, David Marshall keeping out Michu's effort from the edge of the area after the Spain international had evaded the home defence.

Cardiff took 25 minutes to create their first chance, Bellamy's free kick deflecting wide off Leon Britton.

Swansea dictated the game for large periods but it was Cardiff who began the second half the stronger. However, they too showed a similar lack of composure in front of goal when Peter Whittingham sliced Bellamy's lay-off well wide four minutes into the half.

The deadlock was finally broken just after the hour mark, though, Caulker rising to head Bellamy's corner past a stranded Vorm.

Laudrup threw substitute Wilfried Bony into the fray immediately after falling behind and the Ivory Coast international almost had an instant impact as he prodded wide from point-blank range.

De Guzman and Alejandro Pozuelo also went close in the closing stages for Swansea but any hopes they had of earning a point were virtually ended when Vorm was dismissed after bringing down Campbell after the former Hull City striker had broken through on goal.


Cardiff City

1
David Marshall
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Andrew Taylor
Defender
2.50
4
Steven Caulker
Defender
62′
4.00
6
Ben Turner
Defender
3.00
28
2.50
7
Peter Whittingham
Midfielder
87′
2.50
8
Gary Medel
Midfielder
88′
3.50
18
Jordon Mutch
Midfielder
54′
2.00
19
Don Cowie
Midfielder
3.00
9
2.50
39
Craig Bellamy
Striker
62′
3.50

Swansea City

1.50
1
Michel Vorm
Goalkeeper
91′
2.00
3
Neil Taylor
Defender
91′
2.50
4
Chico
Defender
2.50
6
2.50
22
2.50
7
Leon Britton
Midfielder
71′
2.50
8
Jonjo Shelvey
Midfielder
2.00
9
Michu
Midfielder
65′
2.50
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
2.50
15
2.00
20

Substitutes

32
Joe Lewis
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Mark Hudson
Defender
 - 
13
Bo-Kyung Kim
Midfielder
88′
 - 
16
Craig Noone
Midfielder
 - 
17
2.50
10
2.00
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Substitutes

 - 
25
 - 
2
Jordi Amat
Defender
 - 
21
 - 
21
2.50
24
Pozuelo
Midfielder
71′
2.00
10
2.00
26
Álvaro
Striker
81′

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Coach/Manager

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18 6
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Striker
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15 2
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Striker
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15 0