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A post match demonstration against the club’s controversial owner Vincent Tan
brought down the curtain on yet another sobering experience for Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer and Cardiff
First-half goals from Tom Huddlestone and Nikica Jelavic set the trend for a
chastening afternoon that was compounded in the second half when the
irrepressible Jelavic and Jake Livermore put the seal on Hull
City‘s second league win in eight games. Sadly, the facts and
figures are far from encouraging for Cardiff.
This was not only their 10th league defeat in 15 games but their worst home
defeat since Cambridge United won by the same margin, at Ninian Park, in
Nobody at the Cardiff City Stadium was predicting another sacking, as the dust
settled on the latest setback for Solskjaer, however, with the recent record
of Tan and his board still fresh in the memory, nothing either, should be
taken for granted.
It is one win in seven in the league for the Norwegian and four points from a
“We were not good enough in both boxes,” said the former Manchester United
striker, who flew out to Abu Dhabi with his side for a spot of warm weather
training immediately after the game.
“We concede two goals from the only two attacks they had in the first half,
which is not very good defending.
“The first mistake we made they pounced on it because they reacted quicker
than we did. Also, if you don’t take your chances, you have to hold up your
“I think everyone realises where we are and you cannot hide the fact that we
lost to a team in and around us which is hard to take. Looking at the table,
I think it will take a momentous run to catch some of the teams.
“I have targeted five more wins to stay up and now we have 11 games left. The
only way to get out of it is to work hard and not make rash decisions. We
are working every day to address the problems. We need to roll up our
For Steve Bruce, whose side had won only one of their previous seven league
games, it was a welcome three points. He said; “I didn’t think we passed the
ball particularly well in the first half. We gave the ball away too much,
but we had that bit of quality up top. That’s why we invested in them.
“That for me was the big difference – the ability to score a goal. The two of
them have got a great appetite for the game and they have a wonderful work
ethic. The energy of Long and the physical presence of Jelavic means it will
be difficult for any defence.”
“Yes, we still fear relegation because in this league you can go six or eight
weeks without a win. But the players have got a fantastic hunger for the
Premier League and that’s good to see.”
Huddlestone struck first, in the 18th minute, after David Marshall had kept
out a Jelavic shot from point blank range and seven minutes before the
interval, the Croatian popped up to convert Shane Long’s precise assist.
Money well spent by Bruce in the January transfer window, that’s for sure.
A Jelavic header, 12 minutes into the second half, settled the issue with
Livermore popping up, unmarked, 10 minutes later, to put the seal on a job
very well done.
Cardiff City (4-1-3-2) Marshall 6; Fabio 4, Caulker 5, Cala 6, Taylor 5
(John 75, 5); Eikrem 5; Noone 5, Cowie 4, Zaha 4 (Daehli 45, 6); Campbell 6
(Berget 79,5), Jones 5. Subs Lewis, Turner, Whittingham, Gunnarsson Booked
Hull City (3-5-2) McGregor 6; Davies 7, Bruce 6 (Chester 70, 6),
Figueroa 7; Elmohamady 7, Huddlestone 7 (Boyd 61, 6), Livermore 7, Meyler 7,
Rosenoir 7; Long 7 (Quinn 76,6), Jelavic 8 Subs Harper, Koren, Sagbo,
Aluko. Booked Boyd.
Referee H Webb (Yorks)