Cardiff scored twice within the second half to assert the third victory below new boss Sabri Lamouchi as they beat Bristol Metropolis 2-0 within the Severnside Derby to shut in on security on the backside of the Championship.
They’d goalkeeper Ryan Allsop despatched off within the first minute of the six added on the finish of the sport. Allsop got here out of aim in an try and stifle an assault and claimed he used his chest reasonably than his hand to thwart Bristol.
Referee Matt Donohue instantly confirmed his purple card and after utilizing his three home windows for substitutions, the house aspect needed to put defender Perry Ng in aim for the ultimate 5 minutes.
He survived a free-kick simply outdoors his field via his wall and made one other save, however by then the Bluebirds had been actually in management because of these second-half objectives from Sory Kaba on the 52nd minute and the distinctive Jaden Philogène within the seventieth.
Bristol arrived after a 10-game unbeaten streak within the Championship and had been searching for a fourth straight win on this specific derby. Nigel Pearson’s solely large concern was how a lot the FA Cup conflict with Manchester Metropolis earlier within the week had taken from them.
There have been no indicators of early fatigue and the primary probabilities of the sport went to the guests. A Mark Sykes cross from the proper within the opening minutes brought about early panic, then a Joe Williams cross was headed in by George Tanner.
Cardiff’s first aim try got here within the twelfth minute when Sheyi Ojo recovered in midfield, drove onerous in the direction of the Bristol field and unleashed a left-footed shot that compelled Max O’Leary to dive over his left to fend off the ball for the sport’s first nook.
Bristol had extra possession and extra pictures in a really gradual first half. The most effective probability of the opening 45 minutes got here to Bristol when a Sykes cross was headed in by Alex Scott.
The ball was cleared from the road by Cédric Kipre then Allsop threw himself on the ft of Anis Mehmeti to avoid wasting bravely from three meters.
The second half began effectively for the house aspect when Kaba headed house from the left nook as he fell again to hit a Ryan Wintle cross from the proper.
Allsop was compelled into one other nice save minutes later from a Mehmeti free-kick earlier than the superb Philogene hammered within the second within the seventieth minute together with his left foot.