Stubborn Cardiff hold wasteful Crystal Palace

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  • Palace dominate but fail to score
  • Eagles hit woodwork twice
  • Second away point of season for Cardiff
  • Palace has 31 attempts at goal

Crystal Palace somehow failed to beat Cardiff City at Selhurst Park on Boxing Day, as the Eagles hit the woodwork twice but could only draw 0-0 against the Bluebirds.

Andros Townsend and Luka Milivojevic hit the post in either half, while Cardiff occasionally threatened on the break but held on for dear life as Wilfried Zaha led the Palace attack.

With the draw Palace move on to 19 points, while Cardiff have 15 points for the season.

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Palace nearly got off to a perfect start as Wilfried Zaha opened up Cardiff’s defense, and teed up Townsend who clipped the ball onto the crossbar.

Cardiff settled down a little and Bobby Reid flicked a header over from close range for the Bluebirds.

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Palace continued to knock at the door as Zaha’s cross was pushed out and Max Meyer had two efforts blocked with the Eagles pushing hard for an opener.

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At the start of the second half Palace continued to push forward as Townsend’s cross almost found one of his teammates and soon after Palace should have been ahead.

Meyer’s shot was half cleared and the ball then fell to Cheikhou Kouyate who smashed over from six yards out. Cardiff were lively on the counter but Palace were always the more likely to score.

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Meyer drilled over after racing clear, Zaha hit an effort over and James McArthur had a shot blocked. Connor Wickham then turned and fizzed an effort over the bar and then Luka Milivojevic hit the post from a free kick.

Cardiff then had a glorious chance to snatch the win but Kadeem Harris‘ shot was saved by Vicente Guaita after Mamadou Sakho made a mess of his clearance.

Late on Zaha went close again, and Patrick Van Aanholt was also denied, as Palace just couldn’t break through and were left frustrated.

Watford edge Cardiff in five-goal thriller

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  • Deulofeu, Holebas, Quina score
  • 6th away defeat on spin for Cardiff
  • Watford up to ninth in the table
  • First win in seven for Watford

Watford beat Cardiff City 3-2 at Vicarage Road on Saturday, as the Hornets were in control of the game at 3-0 but then survived a late scare to secure all three points.

Superb goals from Gerard Deulofeu, Jose Holebas and Domingos Quina did the damage, while Cardiff’s Neil Etheridge also made a string of fine stops to keep the score down. But Junior Hoilett curled home a magnificent strike and then Bobby Reid made it 3-2 within a few moments, as Cardiff almost pulled off an incredible late comeback.

With the win Watford climbed to ninth in the table and have 24 points, while Cardiff remain on 14 points.

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Watford started well and Deulofeu had an effort but Cardiff’s defense sat back to soak up the pressure.

The Hornets took the lead as Deulofeu danced past two tackles and slotted home to put the home side 1-0 up.

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Cardiff threatened on the break every now and then with Josh Murphy surging down the left whenever he could, but Watford looked comfortable and they were only denied a second after a fine save from Neil Etheridge.

Roberto Pereyra was found on the left side of the box after good work from Deulofeu but his shot was deflected away by Etheridge. Cardiff’s goalkeeper then denied Pereyra superbly with a save from his free kick right on half time.

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At the start of the second half Pereyra was again denied by Etheridge as his side-footed shot was saved, but soon Watford did grab a well-deserved second.

Deulofeu cut in from the left and found Holebas on the edge of the box and the Greek defender curled home a stunner to double Watford’s lead.

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Watford wrapped up the lead late on as Quina curled home with another fine finish as the Hornets continued their clinic of wonderful composure around the box. In the process the 19-year-old former West Ham midfielder became Watford’s youngest-ever Premier League goalscorer.

At the other end Hoilett headed just over and the Canadian winger then grabbed a superb goal, which looked like being a consolation, as he bent an effort into the far corner.

But two minutes later Reid tapped home after mayhem in the box following Sol Bamba’s miss to make it 3-2. The Bluebirds pushed hard to find an equalizer but Watford held on in a game of high drama.

Cardiff City 2-1 Wolves: Hoilett stunner caps Cardiff comeback

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Cardiff City came back from a 1-0 first-half deficit to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers at home 2-1 for a massive three points in the relegation battle. Aron Gunnarsson and Junior Hoilett were the goalscorers who gave the home fans the day’s excitement, striking 12 minutes apart for the victory.

Wolves struck first 18 minutes in off a corner, the seventh goal Cardiff has conceded from a set-piece this year. The ball swung in and came to the head of Raul Jiminez at the near post. His header was destined for the far corner, but Neil Etheridge made a diving save to push the ball away. His touch fell to a streaking Matt Doherty at the far post, and he roofed the effort from point-blank range.

Cardiff came incredibly close to an equalizer past the half-hour mark after a mad scramble in front of net led to a long-distance volley by Harry Arter that rattled the post, nearly producing a stunning strike.

After the break, Gunnarsson took advantage of poor defending from Wolves to bring Cardiff level. Arter pumped the ball into the box with a clumsy swing that popped it high in the air. Sean Morrison got his head to it, and with Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio indecisive and the rest of the defense nowhere to be found, Gunnarsson lept into the air and scissor-kicked the ball into the net from close range.

That set Cardiff up for the moment of the match came the hosts as Hoilett put them into the lead with 13 minutes to go. Morrison chested down a deep cross into the box, laying it off for Callum Paterson right on the penalty spot, but he whiffed. The ball trickled to substitute Bobby Reid whose wild swing was blocked, and eventually the ball landed at the feet of Hoilett at the top-left corner of the box. He produced what the others could not, a moment of perfection that sailed effortlessly into the top corner of the net, past a helplessly outstretched Rui Patricio.

That strike against the run of play set Cardiff City up for all three points, as the home side kept Wolves off the scoreboard the rest of the way and earned the three points. It was the perfect 70th birthday for Neil Warnock, as his side moved out of the relegation zone with its third win of the season.

For Wolves, it’s a disappointing result against a team they were expected to beat. They miss the chance to jump into the top half of the table, instead sitting in 11th, two points back of Leicester City.

Cardiff City thrashes sorry Fulham to move out of drop zone

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  • Cardiff out of the drop zone
  • Paterson nabs winner
  • Fulham slide into 18th

Four different players scored as Cardiff City finally collected a win, moving out of the drop zone at the expense of woeful Fulham after a 4-2 win at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

Bobby Reid, Josh Murphy, Callum Paterson, and Kadeem Harris scored for the Bluebirds, who move 17th with five points.

Ryan Sessegnon and Andre Schurrle scored for Fulham, who dip into the drop zone on five points and an almost absurd 25 goals allowed through nine matches.

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If you had this one as the “four goals in about 20 minutes” match of the 10 a.m. ET kickoffs, well you’ve got a sick imagination (even with Fulham’s propensity for allowing goals).

But that’s how it went down in Wales, with Andre Schurrle’s remarkable 30 yards laser opening the scoring in the 11th minute.

Cardiff claimed the leader with goals in the 15th and 20th minutes. Josh Murphy equalized with a fine solo goal, and American defender Tim Ream‘s poor touch for Fulham then allowed Bobby Reid in on goal for 2-1.

Sessegnon then became the first player born in the 2000s to score a Premier League goal when he took a flick from Aleksandar Mitrovic and beat Neil Etheridge. 2-2.

But wait: Fulham had more poor defending on offer. A Bruno Ecuele Manga missed every clearing attempt in the fray, and Paterson made it 3-2 with 25 minutes to play.

Etheridge made a strong stop on Alfie Mawson in the 84th minute. And Real Betis loanee Victor Camarasa spotted Harris at the back post for 4-2 with minutes to play.

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Willian, Hazard wow as Chelsea rout Cardiff

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Eden Hazard scored a hat trick while Willian was the star of the second half as Chelsea overcame an early concession to rock Cardiff City 4-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Hazard’s first two goals were set-up by Olivier Giroud, while Willian scored a beauty and drew the penalty kick that became Hazard’s third.

Chelsea goes ahead of Liverpool on goal differential to lead the table, while Cardiff is one point ahead of the Bottom Three.

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Cardiff took a shock lead, with Bamba in position to deposit a Sean Morrison flick beyond the reach of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Pedro missed a significant chance to make it 1-1, failing to challenge Neil Etheridge with a 36th minute shot.

It was one of several first half chances created by the Blues that did not have appropriate finish.

Hazard, however, did when he worked a 1-2 with Olivier Giroud to slot a gorgeous low shot inside the far post.

And it wasn’t long after the Giroud stuck out a leg to perfectly set up Hazard for his second of the game.

Pedro missed making it 3-0, set up by Antonio Rudiger in the 62nd minute.

And it could’ve been 2-2 out of nowhere had Bobby Reid not dragged his shot wide of goal.

That’s when Willian stepped to the front, earning a penalty that Hazard converted for his hat trick and then scoring a gorgeous curling shot from outside the 18 to make it 4-1.

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