Cardiff City manager Mick McCarthy celebrates with his players after beating Bournemouth in the Sky Bet Championship. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews / PA Wire.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Twitter
Kieffer Moore’s 15th goal of the season helped Cardiff beat play-offs Bournemouth 2-1 as Mick McCarthy’s men scored six straight wins.
Moore’s penalty and an excellent header from captain Sean Morrison kept Cardiff up 2-0 at halftime.
Bournemouth were much better in the second half, but Shane Long’s 23rd-minute header wasn’t enough to stop Jonathan Woodgate from being losing first game as permanent head coach.
Clear scoring opportunities were in short supply in the early exchange with Junior Stanislas’ tame free kick in the seventh minute, which Cardiff goalkeeper Dillon Phillips was able to easily save.
Two minutes later he had to Home stopper Asmir Begovic went sharply off his line to slip out, preventing ex-Bournemouth loanee Harry Wilson from the end of a quick free kick. Josh Murphy scored Cardiff’s first meaningful goal tried when he flamed over from 22 meters.
Philip Billing from Bournemouth and Curtis Nelson from Cardiff were both shown with a yellow card after a Fracas on the center line.
Cardiff made their aerial advantage clear in the 28th minute when captain Morrison climbed the highest of the near post to throw his header from a Wilson corner behind Begovic and score the 1-0.
Moore almost extended Cardiff’s lead six minutes later, but his swivel shot went off somehow kept away from Begovic’s legs.
The Bluebirds had the chance to double their lead eight minutes before break after Perry Ng was clumsily overturned by Diego Rico.
Sam Surridge would have been behind in 41. Should reduce the minute, Phillips could not beat a cross from Rico from very close range.
Woodgate, who played his first game since taking office until the end of the season, called Long and Arnaut Danjuma off the bench in the second half.
Bournemouth’s Shane Long scores his side’s goal in the Sky Bet Championship loss to Cardiff. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews / PA Wire.
Eleven minutes into the restart, Phillips cleverly rescued again to remove Stanislas’ low left foot from eight meters.
Bournemouth received his rewards for a vastly improved performance in the second half, when Long scored the 2-1 with his second goal in as many games in the 67th minute.
He went home under the crossbar for a long time after Morrison had blocked Danjuma’s first shot for the ball into the sky.
Stanislas then set another 25-yard free kick to the top of the net as the home team tried to equalize.
Enter your email address
This field is required
Eight minutes before the end, Danjuma shot tame in the arms of Phillips after being fired by Stanislas.
If social media and radio phone-in shows are a barometer, there was no red carpet for Mick McCarthy when he was appointed manager of Cardiff City 33 days ago. Disappointment and indifference were the main emotions as a city hurt by the failures of its soccer team shrugged.
An INM website