By Jack Wilkinson
Cardiff City 1-2 Burnley: Sam Vokes seals second win for resurgent Clarets
Report and highlights as Burnley climb to 12th with victory at winless Cardiff
Last Updated: 30/09/18 11:20pm
Burnley continued their Premier League revival, securing back-to-back wins for the first time since April with a 2-1 victory at struggling Cardiff on Super Sunday.
Second-half strikes from Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Wales international Sam Vokes were enough to secure the win for Sean Dyche's men, who now find themselves 12th in the table having overcome a difficult start to the campaign.
Josh Murphy broke his Cardiff duck with his first Premier League goal to equalise on the hour, but Vokes' winner confirmed a fourth consecutive defeat for Neil Warnock's side.
It means Cardiff, who remain second-bottom in the Premier League, are without a win from their first seven games back in the top flight.
The hosts applied good early pressure on the Burnley goal, with Ben Mee forced to deflect a wicked Murphy cross wide before Callum Paterson's ball narrowly evaded the Cardiff winger in an encouraging opening four minutes.
Cardiff: Etheridge (5), Cunningham (4), Morrison (5), Bamba (5), Manga (5), Arter (5), Ralls (5), Camarasa (6), Murphy (7), Paterson (6), Zohore (5).
Subs: Ward (5), Madine (5).
Burnley: Hart (7), Lowton (5), Tarkowski (4), Mee (6), Taylor (6), Cork (6), Westwood (7), Gudmundsson (7), Lennon (5), Vydra (6), Vokes (7).
Subs: Wood (5), Long (6).
Man of the Match: Joe Hart
Murphy, operating down the left, remained Cardiff's biggest threat. Having played a one-two to get into the area on 18 minutes, he tried to catch Joe Hart out at his near post, but his effort crashed off the woodwork.
Victor Camarasa released Kenneth Zohore through on goal with a clever flick-on four minutes later, but the striker's shot deflected behind. Cardiff had the ball in the back of the net from the resulting corner but Sean Morrison was penalised for climbing all over Kevin Long.
Another flick, this time from the impressive Paterson, presented Zohore with another chance on 41 minutes, and the Dane's near-post poke drew a fine save from Hart.
Morrison then kept the ball from the corner that followed, nodding it back into the area where Paterson's looping header was cleared from under his own crossbar by Matej Vydra.
Neil Warnock made four changes following Cardiff’s defeat to Manchester City. Kenneth Zohore made his first start since August 25, while Sol Bamba, Callum Paterson and Josh Murphy also returned. Fresh from their first win of the season against Bournemouth, Sean Dyche named an unchanged Burnley side.
Vokes' appeals for a penalty four minutes into the second half were correctly overruled by referee Martin Atkinson, who saw the Burnley forward clip his own heels after racing clear of Morrison.
But Burnley were not to be denied much longer as Gudmundsson, after outmuscling Greg Cunningham to reach a deep Ashley Westwood cross, squeezed a header past Neil Etheridge to give the visitors the lead.
Cardiff spurned a glorious chance to respond immediately as Camarasa flashed a volley over. But the lead would only last another seven minutes as Camarasa and Bruno Manga combined down the right before setting up Murphy, who arrived on the scene perfectly to rifle home the equaliser.
Murphy was denied a spectacular second as Hart brilliantly tipped his curling 20-yard effort over the bar. Three minutes later, though, Burnley were back in front as Vokes stooped to meet Gudmundsson's cross and applied the finishing touch to a flowing counter-attack.
Notes for Southgate
With England’s Nationals League double-header against Croatia and Spain just over a fortnight away, injury to Burnley defender James Tarkowski will have concerned Gareth Southgate. Tarkowski, who started England’s 1-0 friendly victory over Switzerland earlier this month, appeared to injure his right shoulder inside 10 minutes but manager Sean Dyche confirmed it was a groin injury that forced the centre-back off after 27 minutes.
- Cardiff have failed to win each of their opening eight games of a season in all competitions for just the second time (W0 D2 L6), following the 1964/65 season.
- Cardiff are winless in their last 11 games in the Premier League (D3 L8), conceding 26 goals and scoring just six themselves in this run.
- Burnley have recorded back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since April, having gone 10 games without a victory prior to their 4-0 win against Bournemouth last week.
- This was Burnley's first victory over Cardiff in all competitions since April 2007 (2-0), having failed to win any of the previous 13 (D9 L4).
- With Cardiff, Newcastle and Huddersfield all yet to win, this is just the third time in Premier League history that as many as three teams have failed to record a victory through their opening seven games of a campaign (also in 2004/05 and 2012/13).
- Since the start of last season, Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other Burnley player (14 - three goals and 11 assists).
- Each of Cardiff's four goals in the Premier League this season have been assisted by defenders (two by Sean Morrison and one each for Bruno Manga and Joe Bennett).
What would VAR have changed?
Cardiff had a shout for handball in first-half stoppage-time when an attempted overhead kick from Paterson appeared to strike the arm of Matthew Lowton. However, under VAR review, the benefit of the doubt would more than likely have been given to the defender, who was protecting his face at such close proximity.
Man of the Match - Joe Hart
Chants of 'England's No. 4' emanated from the Cardiff home support behind the goal Hart was protecting in the second half, but he took that in his stride with the same degree of surety with which he kept a potentially rampant Cardiff side at bay. Burnley were made to work for their victory, and no-one put a bigger shift in than Hart. His overall presence in the area when Cardiff sought a second equaliser was telling, not to mention his spectacular stop to deny Murphy's curling effort.
Both teams resume their Premier League campaign next Saturday at 3pm. Cardiff travel to Wembley to take on Tottenham, while Burnley host Huddersfield at Turf Moor.
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