Donny darkened by Bellamy super-show

Craig Bellamy announced his arrival at Cardiff in style with a goal and two assists as they cruised to a 4-0 home victory over Doncaster

Last Updated: 21/08/10 at 17:40 Post Comment

Bellamy: Star of the show on Cardiff debut

Bellamy: Star of the show on Cardiff debut

The on-loan Manchester City man never looked like disappointing a capacity crowd and almost enjoyed a dream start but his close-range shot was saved by Neil Sullivan.

However, it did not take long for Bellamy to make a telling contribution and he played in Jay Bothroyd who opened the scoring after 36 minutes.

Cardiff doubled their lead in the 62nd minute when Chris Burke, who had earlier came on for Michael Chopra, crossed from the right for Bothroyd to head in his second of the game.

Bellamy was getting all over the pitch and six minutes later he found himself in the left-back area and launched a fine ball to set Burke free and he made it 3-0 with aplomb.

It was almost inevitable that Bellamy would get a debut goal and so it proved when Bothroyd was upended, allowing the 31-year-old Wales striker to flash home a superb free-kick from 35 yards.

Cardiff started well and Bellamy sprung into action after only two minutes, latching onto a ball from Chopra but his lofted effort was kept out by Sullivan.

However, Doncaster were looking dangerous themselves and a clearance from Peter Whittingham fell to Brian Stock who flashed a long-range effort just wide.

Minutes later Stock fired in a shot from 20 yards but Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall did well to tip the ball around the post.

Doncaster looked the more likely to open the scoring but with 15 minutes gone Chopra was sent clear and tried to lob Sullivan, who made a superb save with his fingertips.

That proved to be Chopra's last meaningful contribution as his afternoon was brought to a premature end just after the half-hour mark when he limped off to be replaced by Burke.

The loss of Chopra was a blow for Cardiff but they took the lead five minutes later. Bellamy played a good ball into Bothroyd who miscontrolled before slipping the ball past Sullivan.

Cardiff immediately went in search of a second and four minutes before half-time Burke crossed into the path of Peter Whittingham who looked likely to score but completely mis-hit his effort.

All eyes were on Bellamy once again at the start of the second half and his pace continued to trouble the Doncaster defence.

For all Bellamy's intelligent running, it was Doncaster who once again looked the more threatening and they almost drew level in fortuitous circumstances when James Coppinger's mis-hit cross clipped the bar with Marshall scrambling.

Burke continued to look lively and it was inevitable that he would be involved in Cardiff's second goal after 62 minutes.

The former Rangers man skipped past George Friend and got to the right byline before crossing for Bothroyd to head in his second.

Six minutes later Bellamy's excellent ball upfield found Burke who held off Adam Lockwood and fired superbly past Sullivan.

The home crowd were itching to see Bellamy grab a goal and with six minutes remaining Lockwood fouled Bothroyd and Bellamy, who had also received a booking for dissent, fired in superbly.

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.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Saturday, 19 April 2014
15:00
Barnsley 0-1 Leeds Report
Middlesbro' 1-2 Millwall Report
N Forest 1-0 Birmingham Report
Watford 3-1 Ipswich Report
12:15
Leicester 1-0 QPR Report
Friday, 18 April 2014
19:30
Doncaster 0-2 Derby Report
17:15
Blackpool 0-1 Burnley Report
15:00
Blackburn 0-0 Yeovil Report
Bournemth 2-4 Sheff Wed Report
Charlton 0-0 Bolton Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 43 36 93
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 43 14 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 43 6 64
9 N Forest 43 5 62
10 Bournemth 43 -1 62
11 Blackburn 43 3 61
12 Watford 42 18 60
13 Middlesbro' 43 9 58
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 43 -8 53
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 42 -11 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Millwall 43 -29 43
21 Charlton 42 -24 42
22 Blackpool 43 -27 42
23 Barnsley 43 -29 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Steven Gerrard hopes 'phenomenal' Brendan Rodgers enjoys long Liverpool reign

Captain Steven Gerrard has hailed Brendan Rodgers as "phenomenal" and hopes the manager can build a legacy at Liverpool.

World Cup 2014: Jack Wilshere in good shape for England, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident England midfielder Jack Wilshere will be in good shape for the World Cup.

Premier League: Chelsea's Jose Mourinho 'congratulates' officials after loss to Sunderland

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho fired a thinly-veiled criticism at the officials after the 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property