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Cardiff City v Burnley

Clarets go hunting for first away win on 'Super Sunday'

29 September 2018

The Clarets and Cardiff City meet for the first time in the Premier League on Sunday with both sides out to break new ground.

Cardiff are looking for a first win of the season after regaining top-flight status for only the second time in 56 years by finishing as Championship runners-up last season.

And Burnley are seeking a first win at the Cardiff City Stadium after five fruitless attempts since the Bluebirds re-located there in 2009.

However, only one of those trips ended in a league defeat – a 4-0 loss in October, 2012 in the week before Sean Dyche took over as Burnley manager.

Since then, all three Championship meetings have finished all square, including a 2-2 draw in November, 2015 when the Clarets came back from 2-0 down to take a point on their way to the title.

Ben Mee is likely to be the only member of the Clarets’ starting line-up that day to start again on Sunday.

Mee will lead out a side looking to back up last Saturday’s impressive 4-0 win over Bournemouth, which gave the Clarets their first three-pointer and lifted them above Cardiff and out of the bottom three.

Only Huddersfield now keep Cardiff off bottom spot thanks to alphabetical order – both sides having scored three goals and conceded 14 times.

But Dyche knows his side is not in for an easy ride as he prepares for another fight for the points.

The Burnley boss said: “They’ve had a tough start, partly because of the realities of their fixtures, partly because it’s tough in the Premier League.

“We’ve been through that ourselves and been through that before in this division.

“The main thing for me is to focus on what we do and the clear focus of how we perform. And I thought that was very pleasing last week to get a result.

“We have to earn the right again. There are no ‘gimmes’ and no easy games.

“Every game in the Premier League is a must-win, every game is a big game and every game you have to give everything to win, or certainly when you’re Burnley or a number of other clubs in the Premier League.”

Team news

The Clarets welcomed back midfielder Steven Defour in mid-week and he could be involved in a Premier League squad for the first time since 20 January.

Robbie Brady is edging nearer a return but is a week away from being in first-team contention.

Cardiff winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing remains sidelined, while defender Lee Peltier is out after suffering a dislocated shoulder last weekend’s loss to Manchester City.

Fit-again summer signing Josh Murphy and defender Sol Bamba could start, but midfielder Aaron Gunnarsson is a doubt and so may miss out an Icelandic showdown with Clarets winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Form guide

While the Clarets recorded their first league win last weekend, the Bluebirds are still without a victory in the Premier League since returning to the top-flight this season.

Neil Warnock’s side drew two of their first three games but have lost three on the spin since then – albeit against heavyweight opposition in the shape of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

They are the joint lowest scoring side in the division, along with bottom club Huddersfield Town, with three goals each.

Opposition camp

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has the experience not to panic after a testing start.

But having just played three of the division's big guns and Tottenham and Liverpool providing two of the Bluebirds' next three opponents, Warnock sees the visit of the Clarets as a key game in the search for a first win.

He said: “The fixture list hasn’t been too kind to us. In the first 10 games we're playing nearly all of the top seven from last year. It is a little bit cruel, but we’ve got to hang in there.

“I always believe, apart from that top six, everything is winnable in this league - and Burnley are in that category.

“We know that Sean has got a really good work ethic, but we have to be ready for what’s coming, and hopefully we can cause them problems.

“It isn’t must-win, but it’s a game that’s really important to us, with the fixtures coming up."

Warnock, whose promotion with Cardiff last season was a record-breaking eighth as a manager, added: “Winning your first game is always important.

"That’s why I’m disappointed so early on that we didn’t take our opportunities when we did have them. But then you’ve just got to stop feeling sorry for yourselves and get on with it.

“I can’t fault the lads. They’re trying as hard as they can. They’ve just got to eliminate the mistakes really and we need to make more of a game of it for the 90 minutes.

"That's what we need to do - get the home crowd going too, and give them something to shout about."

Match stats

Sunday’s game will be the first top-flight meeting between the two sides since March, 1962. Brian Miller scored for the Clarets in a 1-1 draw at Ninian Park.

Nine of the last 11 league games between the two sides have ended in draws.

The Clarets haven't beaten Cardiff in the last 13 games in all competitions.

Referee

Martin Atkinson

Kick-off

It’s a Super Sunday for the Clarets who kick off the televised clash at 4pm.

 

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Cardiff City 1 Burnley 2

Centurion Sam is the hero with winner on his 100th Premier League appearance

30 September 2018

Sam Vokes marked his 100th Premier League appearance in fitting style as the Clarets’ match-winner.

The Wales international upset his countrymen as his first league goal of the season made it back-to-back wins for Burnley and a first victory over the Bluebirds in 14 attempts.

Cardiff looked as though they might again prevent the Clarets from laying the 11-year-old bogey when Josh Murphy cancelled out Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s headed opener with an hour gone.

But the Clarets are beginning to build some momentum and when Vokes nodded home 19 minutes from the end he brought up his ton in the best way possible as a first away success of the campaign lifted Sean Dyche’s men up to 12th-place in the table.

All the excitement had come in a second half which brought three goals in a dramatic 20-minute spell as momentum swung both ways before Vokes had the decisive say.

A disappointing first half had seen the Clarets offer little, other than a commitment to try and keep Cardiff out, as they struggled to keep possession.

An injury to James Tarkowksi forced a defensive re-shuffle less than half an hour in, with Kevin Long coming on for a first taste of Premier League action.

The Clarets at least managed to stay level as they prevented Cardiff - whose major threat came from set-pieces and the long throws of captain Sean Morrison - from adding to the joint lowest goalscoring tally in the division.

But it took one fine save from Joe Hart, who got down smartly to keep out Kenneth Zohore’s bottom corner-bound toe poke, and a headed goalline clearance from Ashley Westwood to do so, as the Clarets' midfielder nodded a Callum Paterson effort away from under the crossbar four minutes before the break.

Things could only improve from an attacking perspective and a more positive start to the second half was rewarded within six minutes by the opening goal.

Vokes had already got in behind the City defence without being able to capitalise before Burnley grabbed the lead.

Cardiff were caught napping by Westwood’s forward run to meet a throw-in from Charlie Taylor and when Westwood looped a cross beyond the far post, Gudmundsson leaped highest to head down and past goalkeeper Neil Etheridge at the foot of the post.

That could have been a major blow for a side without a win all season, but Cardiff hit back just nine minutes later to make it 1-1 with a classy first-time finish from Murphy as he drilled Bruno Ecuele Manga’s low cross past Hart to claim his first Cardiff goal.

Murphy was one of four players brought back into the starting line-up by Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock following a run of three successive defeats and the summer signing from Norwich almost made it 2-1 seven minutes later with a curling effort which was superbly tipped over by Hart.

And the importance of that save was underlined almost immediately as Vokes nipped Cardiff's comeback in the bud by grabbing the winner.

Westwood’s excellent ball forward released Gudmundsson and this time the Icelander was the provider with a cross which Vokes met with a stooping header he guided perfectly into the corner of the net to claim his landmark moment as Burnley then threw up the barricades to keep the other Welshmen at bay.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Cunningham, Camarasa, Ralls (Madine 78), Arter, Murphy, Paterson, Zohore (Ward 72). Substitutes: Murphy, Bennett, Richards, Decordova-Reid, Harris.

Booked: Cunningham

Burnley: Hart, Lowton, Tarkowski (Long 27), Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, Lennon, Vydra (Wood 72), Vokes. Substitutes: Heaton, Barnes, Hendrick, Defour, Bardsley.

Booked: Lowton, Westwood, Lennon.

Referee: Graham Atkinson

Attendance: 30,411

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