Sol Bamba’s last-minute winner bags Cardiff victory
LNeil Warnock took charge of his 100th game as Cardiff manager and there was plenty to celebrate as Sol Bamba scored a 90th-minute winner to overcome 10-man Brighton 2-1.
Warnock was among those jumping for joy as Bamba’s close-range effort - after Cardiff had twice struck the frame of the goal in a crazy sixyard box incident - took the Bluebirds out of the Premier League relegation zone before the later kick-offs. Cardiff striker Callum Paterson had cancelled out Lewis Dunk’s early effort before Brighton were handicapped by Dale Stephens’ 34th-minute dismissal for a studsup challenge on Greg Cunningham.
It was not a new experience for Cardiff to be playing against 10 men, as Newcastle and Huddersfield had players sent off against them earlier this season. Cardiff had let points slip in those goalless draws, but such profligacy was avoided this time in a frantic late goalmouth skirmish. Bamba sent an overhead kick against a post before Paterson’s follow-up effort was deflected onto the crossbar by Dunk.
There was no third let-off for Brighton, though, as Bamba had clambered back onto his feet to thump home.