Bluebirds move clear after win
Mark Hudson, Craig Bellamy, Joe Mason and Kim Bo-Kyung were on
target as Cardiff moved four points clear at the top of the
Championship table after a 4-1 win at Blackburn on Friday
Having earlier collected a fifth booking of the season to rule
himself out of City’s next game against Peterborough, captain
Hudson headed the visitors into a 30th minute lead from Craig
Bellamy, who counts Rovers among his vast collection of former
clubs, struck the crossbar towards the end of a first half where
Blackburn produced a woeful 45 minutes – a worryingly familiar
theme of their recent outings.
One of Rovers’ few bright sparks, on-loan Manchester United
forward Josh King, brought them level in the 51st minute, only for
Bellamy to restore Cardiff’s advantage four minutes later.
Substitutes Mason and Kim completed Blackburn’s misery, leaving
Henning Berg to survey a fourth defeat from eight games in charge
that leaves his side 15 points behind the leaders after 21 games
and, perhaps more significantly, four shy of the play-off places
ahead of the weekend fixtures.
The visitors started the brighter and after Jason Lowe’s
yellow-card challenge on Bellamy in the 29th minute and an
associated bout of handbags, Peter Whittingham punted the resulting
free-kick hopefully forward. Rovers could only clear as far as
Noone and his left-footed delivery from the right was planted past
Paul Robinson by Hudson.
As Rovers pressed forward, Bellamy raced clear of a vacant
backline and clipped against the bar.
Kazim-Richards was introduced for Markus Olsson as Berg looked
to spark fresh impetus at the break and the change proved to be
inspiredas the Turkey international controlled a Rhodes’ flick on
and released King to slot under onrushing Cardiff goalkeeper David
Moments later Kazim-Richards saw a rasping 20-yard effort
deflected behind, but no sooner had Blackburn briefly assumed the
ascendancy they were behind once more.
Again a long, hopeful free-kick was not dealt with and Bellamy
finished emphatically after cleverly exchanging headers with
In the 63rd minute Mauro Formica spurned a glorious opportunity
for a second equaliser. Marshall saved magnificently after Etuhu’s
shot deflected off King’s back but, when Rhodes selflessly cut the
loose ball across, the Argentinian attacker should have done far
better than to blaze against the top of the bar with the goal at
Bellamy departed to applause from all sides of the ground and
replacement Mason made the points safe six minutes from time,
catching Grant Hanley flat-footed to slip Helguson’s header on
Fellow replacement Kim then got in on the act, sweeping home
Helguson’s return ball after capitalising on a terrible pass from
Scott Dann that served to sum up Blackburn’s evening.