Bluebirds batter Stoke
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Cardiff City boosted their survival hopes with an impressive 3-1 victory at Stoke City.Cardiff City boosted their survival hopes with an impressive 3-1 victory at Stoke City.
Cameron Jerome's double laid the foundations for the success while former Stoke striker Peter Thorne was also on target at The Britannia Stadium.
Gifton Noel-Williams failed to take advantage of a couple of early chances for the hosts while at the opposite end, Jerome's header appeared to be superbly tipped over by Steve Simonsen, only for a goal kick to be awarded.
There were no such doubts on 26 minutes, though, as Gerry Taggart lost possession to allow Jerome to nip in and slot past Simonsen.
Visiting defender James Collins appeared to handle in his own box before Stoke hauled themselves level five minutes before the break when Clint Hill rattled in a shot from 25 yards.
Lady Luck deserted Stoke on the night, though, as Lewis Neal headed against the woodwork before Noel-Williams hacked team-mate Kenwyne Jones's header off the Cardiff line.
The Bluebirds forged back in front on 58 minutes when Thorne and Joe Ledley worked the ball to Jerome, who clipped a shot over Simonsen.
On the hour mark, the game was put beyond Stoke's reach, as Thorne netted from the penalty spot after Lewis Buxton felled Jobi McAnuff (pictured).
The result enhances Cardiff's prospects of avoiding the drop while Stoke's play-off aspirations are fading by the game.