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Cardiff beat Bolton to move within a point of Championship top two

Armand Traore fires the ball past Ben Alnwick in the Bolton goal

Cardiff City moved within a point of the Championship automatic promotion places with an efficient win over Bolton Wanderers.

Armand Traore’s first goal for the club and a headed rebound by Sean Morrison gave the hosts a 2-0 half-time lead.

They coasted through the second half, Bruno Ecuele Manga almost adding a third with a header against the bar.

Bolton limply accepted their fate and remain in 19th place, two points above the relegation zone.

Cardiff stay fourth in the table, level on points with Derby in third place and one behind Aston Villa in second.

Perhaps of equal significance is the increased strength of the Bluebirds’ hold on a play-off spot, nine points clear of seventh-placed Preston.

This result also extended Cardiff’s unbeaten run in the Championship to five games, an impressive response to a December wobble which had seen them lose four consecutive league matches.

Sean Morrison heads Cardiff into a 2-0 lead against Bolton

Neil Warnock’s men made an assertive start against a Bolton side themselves unbeaten in three fixtures.

Callum Paterson’s long throws were Cardiff’s weapon of choice, one setting up Morrison for a header well saved by Ben Alnwick before another fell to Traore, whose shot on the turn looped into the far corner to give the former Arsenal left-back his first goal since 2014.

The Bluebirds struck again from a set-piece shortly before half-time, this time a free-kick from Joe Ralls swung in towards Morrison, whose initial header was saved before he nodded in the rebound.

This was rudimentary football, but it was effective.

In fairness to the hosts, they did not need to produce an exhilarating display against a passive Bolton side who rarely ventured out of their own half with much intent.

The visitors almost fell further behind from yet another set-piece after the interval, as Ecuele Manga headed Junior Hoilett’s free-kick against the crossbar.

Hoilett himself was the next to threaten, skilfully rounding Alnwick but seeing his shot from an acute angle blocked by Mark Beevers.

Those misses proved to be inconsequential as Cardiff strolled to victory with almost embarrassing ease.

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 25Etheridge
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 32Traore
  • 18Paterson
  • 24Grujic
  • 8Ralls
  • 33HoilettSubstituted forBambaat 88′minutes
  • 10ZohoreSubstituted forPilkingtonat 84′minutes
  • 29WardSubstituted forWildschutat 13′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 12Feeney
  • 13Pilkington
  • 14Bamba
  • 20Damour
  • 28Murphy
  • 35Wildschut

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 4Dervite
  • 32BurkeSubstituted forWheaterat 45′minutes
  • 5BeeversBooked at 43mins
  • 22Morais
  • 17DerikSubstituted forCloughat 69′minutes
  • 24Henry
  • 6Vela
  • 15Robinson
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 10AmeobiSubstituted forWalkerat 86′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 3A Taylor
  • 8Karacan
  • 19Walker
  • 31Wheater
  • 33Howard
  • 40Clough
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
16,013

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home24
Away4
Shots on Target
Home11
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Foul by Sol Bamba (Cardiff City).

Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yanic Wildschut following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Marko Grujic (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Sol Bamba replaces David Junior Hoilett.

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Tyler Walker replaces Sammy Ameobi.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Cardiff City).

Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Anthony Pilkington replaces Kenneth Zohore.

Attempt blocked. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore.

Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

Antonee Robinson (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ben Alnwick.

Attempt saved. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Marko Grujic (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.

Hand ball by Yanic Wildschut (Cardiff City).

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Zach Clough replaces Derik.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Derik (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Cardiff City).

Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Vela.

Foul by Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City).

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

Source: BBC

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