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Championship: Cardiff 1-1 Bournemouth

Bruno Ecuele Manga’s second-half header secured a point for Cardiff as Bournemouth were knocked off the Championship summit.

Harry Arter’s stunning long-range strike gave the pre-match league leaders a half-time advantage.

Cardiff deservedly levelled when Ecuele Manga headed home his third goal of the season from Peter Whittingham’s corner.

Bournemouth slip down to third after promotion rivals Watford and Middlesbrough won on the road.

The draw sees Cardiff move up one place to 13th as they secured a second notable result in four days against promotion hopefuls.

Cardiff, chasing their first home win in two months, made two changes to the side which had won 2-1 at Brentford on Saturday.

Striker Kenwyne Jones replaced the suspended Federico Macheda while Matthew Connolly was added to the defence in place of Lee Peltier.

Bournemouth’s only change to the side which started in the 4-0 win over Blackpool saw Arter return from suspension to replace Shaun MacDonald.

Marc Pugh gave the home side an early warning of Bournemouth’s intent when the winger struck the crossbar after a fine run.

Craig Noone and then Alex Revell tested Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc in what was a lively opening.

The visitors took the lead in stunning fashion with the returning Arter’s powerful 35-yard shot giving Simon Moore no chance.

Brett Pitman fired wide with a volley as Bournemouth went after a second, although Revell fired over the crossbar as Cardiff responded.

Fabio’s timely interception stopped Matt Ritchie doubling Bournemouth’s lead early in the second half while at the other end Jones’s header was saved by Boruc.

But Boruc was beaten by Ecuele Manga’s powerful header from six yards, the Bournemouth defence having failed to deal with Whittingham’s corner.

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Championship: Huddersfield 0-0 Cardiff

Cardiff City’s winless run was extended to seven league games as they were held to a goalless draw at Huddersfield.

Cardiff, who have now drawn four matches in a row, had the better chances in a dour struggle.

Terriers goalkeeper Alex Smithies denied Eoin Doyle with a wonder save on the half-hour, adjusting his body in mid-air to tip over his header.

Huddersfield’s Tommy Smith was lucky not to be sent off in first-half injury time for a foul on Kenwyne Jones.

Smith, who was booked, appeared to be the last man when he brought Jones down on the edge of the box following a swift counter-attack by the Bluebirds.

The home side had an early chance through former Cardiff skipper Mark Hudson, who headed over a Jacob Butterfield corner, while Cardiff keeper David Marshall smothered at the feet of Nahki Wells.

Just after the restart, Matthew Kennedy’s low cross found Peter Whittingham alone near the penalty spot, but the midfielder’s shot was blocked by Hudson.

Huddersfield went close through shots from Butterfield and Smith, while Wells had a header saved on 65 minutes.

Cardiff, seeking only a second away win all season, soaked up Town pressure late on and hit on the break.

A timely intervention from Murray Wallace denied Jones and a shot from Craig Noone was charged down on 89 minutes as Huddersfield battled to avoid a third consecutive home defeat for the first time in 15 years.

Huddersfield drop to 16th place and are eight points above the relegation zone, with Cardiff one place and one point below the Yorkshire side.

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FA Cup: Cardiff 1-2 Reading

Hal Robson-Kanu struck a late winner as Reading beat fellow Championship side Cardiff in the FA Cup fourth round.

The home side built up a spell of pressure before taking the lead when a Peter Whittingham corner was headed in by striker Kenwyne Jones.

Reading were frustrated by Cardiff until Oliver Norwood equalised when he fired in a 20-yard free-kick.

Robson-Kanu had a header excellently saved before he swept in a shot to secure Reading’s progress.

There were a smattering of boos from the home crowd at the final whistle as Reading avenged a 2-1 league defeat in Cardiff in November.

Going into the tie, both of these sides had endured faltering campaigns which had left them in the bottom half of the Championship.

Reading were the first to threaten when Nathaniel Chalobah found fellow midfielder Norwood, but his first-time shot from just outside the area flew over.

The home side responded with a Jones shot being palmed wide by goalkeeper Adam Federici before they turned their growing threat into a goal when Jones nodded in.

Cardiff held their rivals at arm’s length until they conceded a free-kick and paid the price when Norwood beat keeper Simon Moore with a low effort.

Royals boss brought on Robson-Kanu and it proved an inspired substitution as he latched on to Jordan Obita’s cross to score.

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Championship: Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan agrees return to blue home kit

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan agrees return to blue home kit

Cardiff City will return to playing in their home blue strip from Saturday.

Owner Vincent Tan gave the go-ahead during overnight boardroom discussions, after a decisive consultation meeting with supporters on Thursday.

The Malaysia-based businessman has also sanctioned a change of badge to give the Bluebird mascot more prominence.

The rebrand to red was controversially introduced by Tan in June 2012 after he bought the club, and the red shirt will remain as Cardiff’s away kit.

The Football League has given its permission for Cardiff to change their playing strip mid-campaign and the players will wear blue shirts for Saturday’s home Championship game against Fulham.

Tan’s rebranding of the club, whose nickname is the Bluebirds, was undertaken to generate “appeal in international markets”, but he has now been persuaded to reverse the decision.

Cardiff were on the verge of administration when Tan took over the Welsh club in May 2010 and survived three winding-up orders in the 2009-10 season over unpaid taxes.

An outstanding debt of £24m to main creditors Langston – whose spokesperson is former Cardiff City owner Sam Hammam – was settled in July 2013.

In January 2014, Cardiff City reported a loss of £30m for the 2012-13 season, when they were promoted to the Premier League, and the club’s overall debt rose to £118m, with just over half – £66m – owed to Tan.

Cardiff were relegated back to the Championship after one season and currently sit 12th in the table.

Russell Slade’s side return to league action against Fulham on Saturday following their FA Cup third-round win over Colchester United, notable for a record-low attendance of 4,194 for a football match at Cardiff City Stadium.

Slade has described the club’s move back to blue as a “giant step” which will allow them to sustain future success.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to build a new platform and put the bricks in place to rebuild and start again,” he said.

“If you’re going to be successful in any business, any football club, you need everyone pulling together as a unit.

“My job is to focus purely on football and preparing the team for games., but if your football club is even slightly dysfunctional these things can have a detrimental effect.

“I believe this will be a giant step forward to go with the traditional blue.

“The owner and I have talked about the shirt and he was aware of the issue. He was not closing his eyes to it.”

“If we can play in blue on Saturday I would expect it to be the best atmosphere I would have experienced here and probably, for some of the players, it would be the best they have experienced for a long time.

“We are always looking for momentum and this could be the spark to get us in the play-off places but it is down to the players as well as the fans.”

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FA Cup: Cardiff 3-1 Colchester

Cardiff beat Colchester at a near-empty Cardiff City Stadium to become the first team to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Joe Ralls’s deflected effort gave the Championship side a 1-0 half-time lead against their League One opponents.

Kadeem Harris’s hooked volley doubled the lead before Kenwyne Jones headed in seconds after coming on.

Freddie Sears pulled one back for Colchester with a low drive, but Cardiff were comfortable winners.

The attendance of 4,194 was the smallest ever at Cardiff City Stadium, lower than the crowd of 5,545 which watched Cardiff’s League Cup match against Dagenham & Redbridge in 2009.

Despite facing a Colchester side 35 places below them in the Football League, Cardiff named a strong and experienced side.

One of the six changes from Sunday’s dismal 4-2 defeat to Watford, Ralls, had the game’s first chance as his well-struck shot was palmed away by Sam Walker.

The Colchester goalkeeper did not fare as well against Ralls’s next effort, the Cardiff midfielder’s strike from the edge of the area deflecting off Kaspar Gorkss and Cole Kpekawa and looping into the net.

Colchester had chances of their own, Gorkss heading narrowly wide and Gavin Massey forcing Simon Moore into a superb save with a low shot from close range.

It was more comfortable for Cardiff in the second half, and Harris scored their second goal in acrobatic fashion as he latched on to Ben Turner’s header and connected with an overhead kick.

Victory was sealed seven minutes later as Jones, on as a substitute only a few seconds, headed in from Peter Whittingham’s corner with his first touch of the game.

With hopes of a comeback all but gone, Colchester claimed a late consolation goal as Sears scored with a low shot despite a touch from Moore

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Championship: Bournemouth 5-3 Cardiff

High-flying Bournemouth beat Cardiff in an eight-goal thriller to become the Championship’s new leaders.

Matt Ritchie put the hosts ahead after just 39 seconds as he side-footed home.

Harry Arter’s cool finish and Marc Pugh’s curling shot either side of a Kenwyne Jones goal for Cardiff all came in the final few minutes of the half.

Yann Kermorgant scored a superb free-kick for the hosts in between two Sean Morrison headers, before Callum Wilson rounded David Marshall to seal the win.

The victory for Eddie Howe’s men stretched their unbeaten run to 12 games and moved them ahead of Middlesbrough, who beat Derby in the day’s early kick-off, at the summit because of their superior scoring record.

Bournemouth, who had opened the scoring in every one of their home games this season, did so again as Ritchie fired in his fourth goal of the season from the first attack.

The game eventually settled down after the frantic start but burst back into life again with three goals in as many minutes just before the break.

Arter doubled the Cherries advantage as he slotted the ball into the corner from the edge of the box, but the visitors soon reduced the deficit as Adam Le Fondre robbed Steve Cook after he slipped in possession and squared for Jones to fire home.

However, Bournemouth restored their two-goal lead within a minute as Pugh curled a sublime shot into the top corner to make it 3-1.

Russell Slade’s visitors made the perfect start to the second half as centre-back Morrison rose above a static defence to nod Peter Whittingham’s cross past Artur Boruc, before referee James Adcock was involved in a moment of controversy when he failed to punish Cardiff goalkeeper Marshall, who looked to have handled the ball outside the box.

A moment of brilliance from substitute Kermorgant stretched Bournemouth’s lead, the Frenchman placing a precise free-kick into the top corner after Pugh had been fouled.

Whittingham and Morrison combined again for Cardiff to make it 4-3, but after Bournemouth had let a two-goal lead slip in their last home game against Millwall, Wilson made sure there was to be no repeat as he raced onto Ritchie’s through ball and calmly slotted home.

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Championship: Cardiff 0-0 Rotherham

Cardiff City failed to win at home for the first time in six matches after a goalless draw against struggling Rotherham United.

Federico Macheda had the Bluebirds’ best effort, but his shot was saved by Millers goalkeeper Adam Collin.

Adam Revell hit the crossbar with a header for United in a match of few clear-cut chances.

Rotherham remain one place above the relegation zone in 21st, while Cardiff drop to ninth.

Steve Evans’ side have now gone eight matches without a win in the Championship.

But their hard-fought point at the Cardiff City Stadium extends the gap between them and 22nd placed Brighton, who lost 3-0 at leaders Derby, to two points.

Bluebirds boss Russell Slade, meanwhile, was hoping to exact revenge over the Yorkshire side, who won promotion from League One in the play-off final in May on penalties, when he was in charge of Leyton Orient.

The visitors, who have only won once on the road in the league this season, started the brightest with midfielder Richard Smallwood’s long-range effort going narrowly wide of the Cardiff goal.

Rotherham dominated possession in the first half, but failed to create any real chances of note.

Cardiff also struggled to get going and forced their first corner of the half in the 43rd minute.

After the break United were first to threaten to break the deadlock, as former Manchester United forward Tom Lawrence cut inside the Cardiff penalty area, but saw his effort well held by goalkeeper David Marshall.

Moments later Rotherham’s Argentine midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma, on loan from Middlesbrough, went close, striking a free-kick from 25 yards out, narrowly wide of the Bluebirds’ upright.

Second-half substitute Macheda came on for the largely ineffective Kenwyne Jones and his arrival sparked the liveliest spell of the match as Cardiff pressed forward.

Peter Whittingham and Adam Le Fondre had efforts on goal blocked, before Aaron Gunnarsson’s pass picked out Italian striker Macheda in the area, but his shot was parried away by Rotherham keeper Collin.

The visitors counter-attacked in a breathless passage of play, which ended as Revell headed Smallwood’s cross against the Cardiff crossbar.

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Championship: Cardiff 2-1 Reading

Cardiff moved to within three points of the Championship play-off places courtesy of a win over 10-man Reading.

It was a miserable night for Royals defender Alex Pearce, whose own goal gave the home side the lead.

The 26-year-old was then sent off for a trip on Adam Le Fondre in the box that allowed Peter Whittingham to double City’s advantage from the penalty spot.

Michael Hector’s late strike gave the 10 men of Reading hope of a point but Cardiff held on for the victory.

The win is the Bluebirds’ second in five games and their fifth in a row at home.

The Royals remain without an away win since a 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough on 30 August, with them losing six of the last seven on the road.

They were always up against it from the moment Pearce was shown a straight red for his foul on Le Fondre just before half-time.

The Royals already trailed after Pearce had accidentally deflected Whittingham’s cross into his own net, and the Cardiff midfielder made the away side’s task even harder by firing his spot-kick past Adam Federici.

However, Nigel Adkins’ side battled back and were rewarded when Hector’s low drive found its way into the goal through the legs of home goalkeeper David Marshall in the 81st minute.

But Cardiff, assisted by their numerical advantage, were able to see out the remainder of the game to move up to 11th in the Championship table, three places and five points ahead of their opponents.

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Championship: Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

Cardiff City started their return to the Championship with a point as the Football League season openedwith a draw at Blackburn Rovers.

Kenwyne Jones headed Cardiff ahead in the first half at the far post, having had a close-range header saved earlier.

The hosts were level before the break as Tom Cairney sent a 25-yard strike into the corner.

Neither side could threaten in a scrappy second half as the sides shared the points.

Blackburn ended last season unbeaten in 12 league matches and, despite being unable to add significantly to the squad in the summer due to lack of financial clout, were looking to build on that momentum.

They thought they should have had a penalty in the opening minutes when former Bluebird Rudy Gestede headed against Mark Hudson’s hand but a free-kick was awarded, which Cairney wasted.

Television replays suggested that the offence took place inside the area.

Cardiff, relegated from the Premier League in May, managed just three wins in 17 league matches under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season.

But, despite having just two available centre-backs to choose from, they looked a threat from set plays, taking the lead when Jones was left unmarked to head through Paul Robinson’s hands after Hudson flicked on Peter Whittingham’s free-kick.

The lead lasted until six minutes before half-time when Blackburn, looking short of ideas, capitalised on Whittingham’s slip and Cairney fired expertly home from 25 yards.

Gestede headed Craig Conway’s cross just wide as Blackburn started to look the more dangerous at the start of the second period.

Gary Bowyer’s men dominated the possession but rarely managed to create any meaningful opportunities, while Cardiff looked increasingly content with the point.

Solskjaer still hopes to add to his squad before the end of the transfer window and both sides will aim to be in the promotion picture after another 45 games.

Premiership: Jordon Mutch: Cardiff midfielder set to complete £6m QPR move

Cardiff midfielder Jordon Mutch is set to complete a move to newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers.

The Welsh club have accepted an increased offer from QPR which would value the the player at a little under £6m, BBC Radio Wales reports.

Mutch, who scored seven Premier League goals last season, is expected at Loftus Road for a medical on Tuesday.

He will become QPR’s second summer signing from Cardiff, followingthe £8m acquisition of Steven Caulker.

The 22-year-old began his career at Birmingham City, but played in London during a loan spell at Watford in the 2010-11 season where he scored five goals in 23 matches.

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