Cardiff leads as former Swansea defender stuns visitors with header


Steven Caulker, formerly a fixture under Brendan Rogers at Swansea, has given Cardiff City the lead at home in the South Wales derby.

One of the fiercest rivalries in the Premier League, Cardiff City Stadium has erupted after Caulker’s towering header beat Michel Vorm to the near post off a corner.

The header also beat Jonjo Shelvey, who was a few feet away from the post on his assignment to cover that area.  Caulker rose above Chico Flores to connect.

Cardiff now lead in a match that saw a first half of two timid sides.  The match has opened up much more now, with some early second-half chances for the Bluebirds leading to a more confident style of possession play by the home side.

Swansea will also have to try and respond to Cardiff’s score without Michu, who left with an ankle injury just after the goal.