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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
19:20 3th April 2010

Injury-time heartbreak in the derby

Paulo Sousa has made just one change to his side for this afternoon's south Wales derby.

It comes in attack where Gorka Pintado returns to the fold in place of Shefki Kuqi for the front-man to start his first game since mid-February when he lined-up at Plymouth.

Alan Tate skippers the side but club captain Garry Monk returns to the bench.

Cardiff:David Marshall, Adam Matthews, Darcy Blake, Anthony Gerrard, Tony Capaldi, Ross McCormack (Kelvin Etuhu, 71'), Gavin Rae (Joe Ledley, 63'), Stephen McPhail (Aaron Wildig, 90+2'), Peter Whittingham, Michael Chopra, Jay Bothroyd (C).

Subs: Peter Enckelman, Solomon Taiwo, Warren Feeney, Aaron Morris.

Swans:Dorus de Vries; Angel Rangel, Alan Tate(C), Ashley Williams, David Edgar; Leon Britton, Andrea Orlandi, Darren Pratley, Nathan Dyer (David Cotterill, 70'), Cedric van der Gun (Mark Gower, 84'); Gorka Pintado (Shefki Kuqi, 76').

Not Used:David Cornell (GK), Garry Monk, Joe Allen, Lee Trundle.

Attendance: 25,130 Away: 1,963

The atmosphere inside the Cardiff City Stadium was electric at the start of this fixture with both sets of fans making their voices heard.

But the visitors were forced to endure an early stage of pressure with Cardiff keeping a firm hold of the ball for the first three minutes, and in that time their first chance of the afternoon fell to Peter Whittingham who let fly from 20-yards but, fortunately, his strike drifted wide of goal.

The Swans stayed patient and while a series of passing moves came to nothing a fine solo run from Darren Pratley almost created a ninth minute opening - the midfielder took on and beat three players before reaching the byline, found Nathan Dyer inside the six-yard area only to be outmuscled by Darcy Blake.

Three minutes later and there was a first attempt at goal, courtesy of the returning Gorka Pintado, but his effort ended high up in the stand.

Cedric van der Gun also saw a shot blocked shortly afterwards but the Bluebirds continued to be on top, and as the half hit the midway point Stephen McPhail saw a low strike deflect over Dorus de Vries' goal for a corner.

Whittingham's delivery was a poor one, Andrea Orlandi cleared it up into the Cardiff half of the field where Nathan Dyer picked up possession only for the defence to scupper the attack.

But despite the hosts' strong start it was their visitors who drew first blood just before the half-hour, breaking the deadlock from a right-sided corner to send the Swans fans into raptures.

Andrea Orlandi took the delivery and goalkeeper Marshall looked to have got a touch to it just before it crossed over the line - Orlandi celebrated as if he claimed it, that's good enough for the 1,900 travelling Jacks.

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Swansea certainly had the momentum as the home side grew frustrated, evident as Bluebirds' skipper Jay Bothroyd was booked for a challenge of David Edgar.

Cedric van der Gun came close to adding a second five minutes before the break as he forced a save out of Marshall from just inside the area.

That missed chance proved to be Cardiff's gain, however, as just before half-time they clawed their way back into this fixture. Adam Matthews' free-kick into the area was flicked on by Bothroyd and Michael Chopra pounced to convert into the roof of the net from close-range.

Half-Time: Cardiff 1 Swans 1

The Swans were on offensive right at the beginning of the second period and within 60 seconds were awarded a corner as Angel Rangel's attempted cross was deflected out by Ross McCormack.

Orlandi took the delivery which was cleared to Nathan Dyer's path, his flick dipped over the defence and Alan Tate was close to getting on to the end of it.

Another delivery from the Barcelona product on 50 minutes was fumbled by Marshall and David Edgar was inches away from scoring his first Swansea goal as it dropped kindly for him outside the box, only for his low strike to drift past the upright.

There seemed to be more of a level playing field in this period but, just like at the end of the first period, van der Gun got himself into another fine position inside the Cardiff box, firing low at goal but saw his effot deflect wide for another corner.

Neither 'keeper was forced into making any key saves of note until the game reached its final quarter when both de Vries and Marshall came to their sides rescue.

A Peter Whittingham corner was punched clear by the Dutchman which prompted a Swansea counter attack, substitutes Shefki Kuqi and David Cotterill combined midway inside the Cardiff half with the latter firing fiercely at Marshall who got his body behind the strike.

Swansea were certainly enjoying spells of possession in the closing minutes and as the fourth official raised his board to indicate that a further three would be played Kuqi could have won the game only for his flick from Cotterill's free-kick to be stopped by Marshall.

But this game can be so cruel on some occasions, and this was to be one of those cruel days as the Bluebirds snuck the win deep into inury-time - a long Adam Matthews throw was flicked into Michael Chopra's path, the striker kept his cool to put the ball across de Vries and into the bottom corner.

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