Bamba gives Cardiff rare win

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CARDIFF City’s Sol Bamba net­ted a dra­matic late goal af­ter a goal­mouth scram­ble as they snatched a 2-1 home vic­tory over 10-man Brighton & Hove Al­bion yes­ter­day to boost their hopes of avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion from the Premier League.

With sec­onds of nor­mal time left Bamba’s over­head kick come back off the post and the re­bound fell to Cal­lum Pater­son, whose ef­fort can­noned off the bar. But Bamba made no mis­take third time round when he fired the ball into the roof of the net.

Brighton had led through an early Lewis Dunk goal be­fore Pater­son equalised and the vis­i­tors then had Dale Stephens sent off for a dan­ger­ous chal­lenge be­fore the break.

The win com­pleted a day to re­mem­ber for Neil Warnock, who was cel­e­brat­ing 100 games in charge of Cardiff, as the Welsh club recorded their sec­ond top-flight vic­tory of the sea­son.

“I feel re­ally proud to be man­ager of this group.” Warnock said.

The re­sult lifted Cardiff to eight points from 12 games, while Chris Hughton’s mid-ta­ble Brighton re­mained on 14 points.

Warnock added: “We are ev­ery­body’s favourites to go down, and we need three or four play­ers In Jan­uary, but we have come a long way in 18 months. You can’t say no to com­ing into the Premier League and we are go­ing to en­joy it.”

Cardiff did it the hard way af­ter Brighton went in front in the sixth minute when Eng­land de­fender Dunk was left un­marked at the far post to head into the cor­ner of the net af­ter Solly March de­liv­ered a per­fect free-kick from the left.

Then the hosts showed their fight­ing qual­i­ties when they drew level af­ter 28 min­utes. Pater­son’s header took a de­flec­tion as it flew past keeper Mathew Ryan af­ter Kadeem Har­ris had weaved into the penalty box and chipped the ball into his path.

Their cause was helped when Brighton went down to 10 men in the 34th. Stephens took a heavy touch and in try­ing to win the ball back he flew into a chal­lenge with Greg Cun­ning­ham and was shown a red card.

Cardiff even­tu­ally took ad­van­tage of the ex­tra man when Bamba scored the late win­ner but Hughton was fum­ing and felt the ref­eree should have dis­al­lowed the ef­fort for off­side.

“We should be go­ing home with a point. We knew we’d be un­der pressure when we went down to 10 men, but we stayed in the game.” Hughton said. | Reuters

AT A GLANCE

Yes­ter­day: Cardiff City 2, Brighton 1; Hud­der­s­field v West Ham; Leicester v Burnley; Newcastle v AFC Bournemouth; Southamp­ton v Watford; Crys­tal Palace v Tot­ten­ham (late kick-offs)

To­day: Liver­pool v Fulham (2pm SA time kick-off); Chelsea v Ever­ton (4.15pm); Arsenal v Wolves, Manch­ester City v Manch­ester United (both 6.30pm)

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Cardiff City’s Sol Bamba cel­e­brates scor­ing their sec­ond goal

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