Cardiff reclaim second with win

Cardiff climbed back into the top two of the Championship courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 win over 10-man Portsmouth at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Last Updated: 16/04/11 at 18:20 Post Comment

Bothroyd: Scored second for Bluebirds

Bothroyd: Scored second for Bluebirds

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

After Norwich's 2-1 win against Nottingham Forest on Friday night, the Bluebirds went into the encounter knowing they needed three points to lift themselves back into an automatic promotion spot.

And they secured just that thanks, in the main, to a fluent attacking display full of endeavour.

That intent was epitomised by Craig Bellamy, who began a scintillating performance by setting up Seyi Olofinjana's opener.

Pompey's cause was then hampered when Ricardo Rocha received an 18th-minute red card.

The Bluebirds capitalised on their one-man advantage with goals from Jay Bothroyd and Peter Whittingham capping an excellent effort.

Despite the importance of the clash, the Bluebirds started in confident fashion with Bellamy and Bothroyd looking particularly menacing.

And they took the lead in the eighth minute through Olofinjana.

Bellamy was the orchestrator, capitalising on a clever ball from Bothroyd to jink down the right wing before sending in a delicious centre which Olofinjana gleefully headed home.

Portsmouth tried to get back into the game but their chances were hampered considerably midway through the opening period when Rocha was dismissed for appearing to headbutt Bothroyd.

That sparked unsavoury scenes, with the centre-half having to be restrained as he left the field.

Pompey's problems were almost compounded from the resulting free-kick as Whittingham hit just over the crossbar.

Dave Jones' side continued to dominate and could have grabbed a second, but, after being found by Bellamy's excellent cross, Bothroyd headed just wide.

Any hopes the visitors had of getting back into the game all but evaporated on the stroke of half-time as Bothroyd got the goal his industry deserved.

Whittingham's corner caused chaos in the Portsmouth box and, after several ricochets, the ball fell to the former Blackburn striker, who was left with the simplest of finishes.

Picking up where they left off, Cardiff assumed control of proceedings once again after the interval although Portsmouth were threatening with a counter-attacking approach.

The match entered a lull in the second period, with the hosts seemingly content to retain possession.

Chances still came fleetingly, though, with Bothroyd almost netting his second when he saw his goal-bound effort blocked by Aaron Mokoena.

The Bluebirds did get a third in the 73rd minute when Bellamy showed great vision to find Whittingham, who slotted home his 10th goal of the season to wrap up the points.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Eden Hazard lands PFA Player of the Year award

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been named the PFA Player of the Year.

Harry Kane lands PFA Young Player of the Year award

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Arsene Wenger says it is impossible for Chelsea to lose title

Arsene Wenger believes it is just a matter of time before Chelsea are crowned champions after their 0-0 draw at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

Brendan Rodgers Is David Cameron...

Rodgers is compared to the Prime Minister, insomuch as he has a right to peddle bulls**t, apparently. Plus why comparing Arsene Wenger to Diego Simeone is a mug's game...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company