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Cardiff City v Albion - from the Cardiff City Stadium
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- Full-time: Cardiff 0 Albion 2
- Orlandi scores on 43
- Ulloa adds second in final moments
- Kuszczak heroics deny Bellamy
- Albion keeper in inspired form
- Report, pictures and reaction in The Argus tomorrow
Albion settled the contest deep in added time. David Lopez intercepted a crossfield Bellamy pass just inside his own half, made a lot of ground down the right and then teed up ULLOA for a drive which deflected in off Hudson.
At last Albion managed to get something going in attack and Buckley saw his narrow-angled drive helped into the side-netting by Marshall.
As the game moved into six added minutes, Bruno was booked for kicking the ball away.
It seemed Conway's brillient inswinging cross from the left must bring an equaliser but somehow Gunnarsson failed to make proper contact with his header at the far post.
Striker Helguson replaced Campbell in the 84th minute.
The Seagulls were creating nothing by way of pressure-relieving counter attacks.
Instead, Kuszczak had to react smartly again to hold Gunnarsson's low drive.
Campbell shot over after a nice move down the right. Then Gunnarsson's long throw flicked off an Albion head and seemd to bounce off the outside of the post for yet another City corner.
The limping Hammond made way for Calderon.
Campbell had a presentable chance in the 71st minute but headed Bellamy's corner wide at the far post.
Kuszczak immediately came out of goal to protest at some holding, a move which displeased ref Stroud, who booked the Albion keeper.
Apologies for fewer tweets tonight, by the way. This is down to both technical and time reasons.
Hammond then needed treatment on his left thigh before rejoining the action.
Cardiff really should have taken chances here - Bellamy gifted a couple and hit woodwork once - but Brighton keeping cool in main.— @ChrisWathan 19 February 2013
Orlandi made way for Dicker in the 70th minute.
Conway's next near thing came midway through the second half and was less conventional - a mis-directed cross which cleared the back-tracking Kuszczak and bounced off the top off the bar and behind.
El-Abd took no chances next time Bellamy, teaming up with Conway down the left, ran at him. The defender stood off and saw Bellamy's cross somehow headed away from goal by Campbell.
Then Conway had a run, cutting inside and firing a right foot shot which seemed destined for the top corner until Kuszczak rose to fingertip it over - another super save.
Cardiff were raising the tempo again.
El-Abd walked thin ice when he was adjudged to have barged over Bellamy on the left edge of the box as the home man looked to get to the byline. Ref Stroud awarded a free-kick rather than the penalty home fans demanded and kept his yellow card, which would have been the defender's second, in his pocket. The free-kick was headed away at the near post.
Gunnarsson had half a chance as the ball fell to him on the right-hand corner of the area but his hurried shot flew over the bar.
Conway looked like he might cause a threat down the City left wing.
Noone was replaced by Conway in the 53rd minute.
Bridcutt was booked for a foul to halt a counter attack in the 50th minute. The danger came after Bruno's pass was cut out just outside the City box and the full-back offered a wave of apology to his team mate as the yellow card was brandished.
Goalscorer Orlandi had the first shot of the second half from outside the box, but it rolled harmlessly wide of the goal closest to the corner section occupied by the travelling fans.
#bhafc have no cause to feel guilty. Ball has been on the other foot so often at The Amex.— @AndyNaylorArgus 19 February 2013
Second half is in progress
Ulloa was booked for a foul within seconds of the restart after the goal.
Albion went ahead as the game ticked into its 43rd minute - and it was their former Swansea City man who netted. A neat move involving Bruno, Bridcutt and Hammond led to David Lopez being fed on the right. He crossed low and ORLANDI made a great run across his marker before deftly glancing the ball inside the far post with the outside of his left foot.
Then Albion bodies were flung at two shots in quick succession before the ball ricocheted behind for a corner which came to nothing.
#BHAFC will be indebted to Kuszczak if they get anything from this game, the double save was almost on par with Kuipers's Wolves heroics.— @OfficialBHAFC 19 February 2013
Craig Bellamy might be 104 yrs old, but looks as lively as ever. #BHAFC— @PaulBlackmore3 19 February 2013
Hammond rolled a pass back towards his keeper completely oblivious of Bellamy lurking. Bellamy raced on to the gently rolling ball and seemed to have got past Kuszczak's dive. But the Pole stuck out his left hand and swatted the ball away. The ball came back to Bellamy and Kuszczak was back to deny him again.
Kuszczak rescued his team - and spared Hammond's blushes - in the 32nd minute
Hudson was the first home player in the book after a foul on Ulloa on the Albion left but David Lopez wastefully curled the free-kick high and wide of the far post with team mates waiting for a cross.
Albion, though, might have gone ahead in the 26th minute when David Lopez flighted a free-kick towards the far post area. Orlandi laid it off and Ulloa saw his shot fisted away by Marshall as the keeper plunged high to his left.
Kuszczak's poor pass after receiving the ball to feet gifted Cardiff a throw-in near the corner flag. El-Abd delayed the taking of it and was booked.
Cardiff were cranking up the pressure and Kuszczak did well to punch away a teasing Whittingham cross in a packed goalmouth.
A shot was blocked from the resulting corner, then Bellamy got the ball in the box, to the left of goal, and played in a low cross or shot which came off the diving Kuszczak and, mercifully for Albion, reared up and over the bar.
Whittingham is an intelligent playmaker for City and he showed great awareness to try a curler for a goal in the 20th minute as most people expected a pass or cross. Kuszczak, though, had his wits about him and got across to the top corner at his near post to palm the ball behind.
Noone had a good chance to score against his old club in the 13th minute. Taylor got away from Bruno and pulled the ball back low from the byline but the little Scouser failed to get sweet contact on his left-foot shot on the half turn. Kuszczak dived to his left for a relatively comfortable save.
Bridge's next cross, after good work to beat full-back Connolly, was better. Ulloa failed to make contact with his foot but the ball came off his marker Turner before Marshall dived to grab it.
After that initial Cardiff flurry the game settled down with Albion getting some possession in midfield. But Ulloa was offside as he looked to get on the end of a Bridge cross which was probably overhit anyway.
Albion cleared a corner and then a long throw by Gunnarsson
It was soon clear Cardiff would press high up and they earned a free-kick just outside the box in only the fourth minute after Bellamy's long run was halted.The danger came after Bridcutt gave the ball away on halfway and ended when Bellamy's free-kick was thrashed into the wall.
Albion fans in a corner of the stadium were singing "We're blue and we know we are" as the game got under way.
Match is in progress
Options for the mf/forward set-up. Suspect Orlandi in Barnes role, Buckley right wing. Bridcutt, David, Hammond triangle. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 19 February 2013
You will have seen team news and line-ups elsewhere on this site but essentially David Lopez and Orlandi replace Vicente, who is on the bench, and, of course, the sadly injured Hoskins.
I don't think he was trying to rub it in or anything but the matchday announcer has just mentioned in his build-up that there are 21 points between these two sides. The more significant number for Albion is the four-point deficit compared to sixth place.
Dean Hammond mentioned on The Argus today that the squad have a target figure in mind if they are to finish in a play-off berth. What is that target? Well Andrea Orlandi was talking about 11 more wins when I spoke to him after the recent defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. So ten more then, on that basis. They will be doing well if they get one tonight. Cardiff have 13 wins and a draw in 15 home outings to date.
They are top of the table and have been red hot on their home turf this season. Now Albion are out to give their scarlet-clad hosts the blues and close in on the target which they still believe can take them to the play-offs. We’re at Cardiff City for Championship action.