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Monday, August 24, 2009

Big Match Review - Cardiff 3 Bristol City 0

Cardiff City 3-0 Bristol City (Att: 20,853)
Sunday August 23, 13:15, Cardiff City Stadium

Rampant Cardiff made it two wins out of two at their new ground as they returned to the top of the Championship table on after a convincing win over previously unbeaten Bristol City.

The home side were dominant in the first half, and could have taken the lead within the first quarter of an hour when Liam Fontaine blocked Chris Burke's shot after the midfielder had rounded Robins keeper Dean Gerken.

Gerken then made a great save to deny Joe Ledley before getting himself into a bit of a pickle with a poor clearance that Paul Quinn could only send wide of the vacant goal.

It was no surprise when Dave Jones' side eventually did take the lead then - Jamie McCombe turning in Adam Matthews' low cross into his own net, eight minutes before the interval.

It seemed to stir the Westcountry side into action, and after David Marshall saved a McCombe header from a free-kick, Marvin Elliott hit the post with the rebound.

And City were soon punished for their profligacy as Michael Chopra lifted the ball over Gerken and into the net in first half stoppage time to double Cardiff's advantage.

2-0 became 3-0 midway through the second half, Burke's through ball allowing Gavin Rae to slot the ball low past the keeper and send the home team top on goal difference.

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