Sol Bamba’s last-minute win­ner bags Cardiff vic­tory

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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.

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