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February 1, 2014 4:00 PM WAT
Cardiff City Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 26748‎
 
Top of the Match
David Marshall
David Marshall
Cardiff City
Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha
Cardiff City
Flop of the Match
Peter Whittingham
Peter Whittingham
Cardiff City
Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha
Cardiff City

Cardiff 2-1 Norwich: Bluebirds fight back for first league win under Solskjaer

The Bluebirds trailed at half-time but second-half strikes from Craig Bellamy and Kenwyne Jones earned them their first Premier League win under their new manager

Craig Bellamy Wilfried Zaha Cardiff City Norwich City Premier League 02012014
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Cardiff City came back from behind to beat Norwich City 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side went into the break trailing by a solitary Robert Snodgrass strike but Craig Bellamy and Kenwyne Jones netted within the space of two minutes early in the second half.

The Trinidadian, signed from Stoke City as part of a swap deal involving Peter Odemwingie, poked home the winner five minutes into the second half to complete a stunning comeback for the hosts, who won for the first time in the Premier League under Solskjaer.

It was Jones' first league goal since December 2012 and came a minute after Bellamy had put Cardiff back on level terms to end a drought of his own and simultaneously set a new Premier League record.

VIEW FROM WALES
By Harry Sherlock

It was a tale of two managers here and Chris Hughton will be wondering how his side failed to beat Cardiff this afternoon. Apart from two crazy minutes which saw the home side equalise and then take the lead, Norwich dominated the game and deserved more.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, will be delighted and rightly so, with his goalkeeper and his defence in fine form. David Marshall made a number of stunning stops and Solskjaer will be glad the transfer window has shut - as such a quality performance from the Scot would surely have prompted a few enquiries in January.

Perhaps the real story is that of Wilfried Zaha. Indeed, David Moyes' loss is very much Solskjaer's gain.
The former Wales international had gone 33 matches without finding the net, and in cancelling out Snodgrass' early opener for Norwich, became the first man in Premier League history to score for seven different clubs.

Fabio Da Silva and Jones made their debuts for Cardiff after joining before the transfer deadline while a third addition, Wilfried Zaha, started on the bench.

But it was the visitors who started the brightest - and they were ahead as early as the fifth minute. Martin Olsson broke free down the left and pulled the ball across the box, where it fell nicely for Snodgrass to sidefoot home from eight yards.

Cardiff struggled to make any inroads into the Norwich half, with efforts from distance the best they could muster in the opening half an hour.

Peter Whittingham curled an effort narrowly wide from 20 yards in the 38th minute, before being immediately withdrawn in what appeared to be a tactical switch by Solskjaer, who sent on Zaha in a bid to increase his side's attacking threat.

That change reaped rewards four minutes after the break as Zaha picked up on a loose ball and slipped a pass in for Bellamy, who tucked a neat finish underneath John Ruddy.

And a minute later, the hosts completed a remarkable turnaround, Jones hooking the ball high into the net from close range after his initial header had been blocked.

The visitors came agonisingly close to an immediate response, Bradley Johnson seeing his curling effort from 25 yards tipped onto the crossbar by David Marshall, before Jones almost inadvertently doubled his tally in the 59th minute, deflecting Jordon Mutch's shot onto the outside of the post with his stomach.

But Norwich pressed hard in the final stages, Marshall producing a superb save low to his right to deny substitute Nathan Redmond in the 80th minute, before Bellamy cleared Gary Hooper's effort off the line.

Marshall clawed out Leroy Fer's header and Snodgrass hit the post in the final five minutes as Cardiff held on to lift themselves off the foot of the table, while Norwich are left looking over their shoulder, with just two points separating Chris Hughton's men from the bottom three.


Cardiff City

1
David Marshall
Goalkeeper
4.50
4
Steven Caulker
Defender
3.00
6
Ben Turner
Defender
2.50
42
Declan John
Striker
3.00
35
Fabio Da Silva
Defender
75′
3.00
7
Peter Whittingham
Midfielder
39′
1.50
8
Gary Medel
Midfielder
3.00
16
Craig Noone
Midfielder
59′
3.00
18
Jordon Mutch
Midfielder
67′
3.50
39
Craig Bellamy
Striker
49′
3.50
9
Kenwyne Jones
Striker
50′
3.00

Norwich City

2.50
1
John Ruddy
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
2.50
5
S. Bassong
Defender
3.00
23
2.50
24
3.00
4
3.50
7
2.50
15
2.50
27
3.00
11
2.50
16

Substitutes

32
Joe Lewis
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
M. Eikrem
Midfielder
 - 
17
2.50
29
M. Daehli
Midfielder
 - 
10
 - 
36
Wilfried Zaha
Midfielder
39′ 49′
4.00

Substitutes

 - 
13
Mark Bunn
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
3.00
10
Leroy Fer
Midfielder
75′
 - 
12
3.50
22
Nathan Redmond
Midfielder
75′
 - 
19

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
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Striker
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Striker
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Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0