Cardiff City produced a big performance at the right time as they put pressure on their relegation rivals with a vital home victory over a lacklustre .

The Bluebirds made a perfect start when Junior Hoilett swept home a fine move after just four minutes thanks to some questionable Hammers defending.

They doubled their advantage seven minutes after half time with Victor Camarasa bundling the ball home, and the Bluebirds might have added to that advantage in their most dominant home display of the season.

Declan Rice hit the post for the Hammers with 20 minutes remaining, but ’s side never truly looked capable of mounting a comeback, even when Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge denied .

Bluebirds boost their survival hopes

For Cardiff, there was a sense that this represented a must win occasion, with the Bluebirds’ form having turned dramatically recently at the worst possible time.

Wins over Bournemouth and had taken Cardiff clear of the relegation zone, but they came into this one on the back of three defeats in succession with an aggregate score of 10-1 and having lost their most important defender, Sol Bamba, to a season-ending knee injury.

The Bluebirds do not play for three weeks now and three of their next four matches are against sides in the top six, just adding to the feeling that they had to win this one.

And they made exactly the start they would have hoped for, taking the lead via a fine driving run from Camarasa following his long injury layoff. His clever ball allowed to cross and Hoilett was able to hook the ball home at the near post as ’s defenders stood statuesque around him.

Manager would scarcely have believed how comfortably his side were able to keep their advantage in a first period of very few chances.

When did eventually fashion an attempt, striker Javier Hernandez was booked for simulation after Bruno Manga’s challenge – a rather apt summary of a toothless first half display.

City started the second half strongly, with Harry Arter shooting wide, and it was no surprise that they doubled their lead on 52 minutes with the same three players involved again.

This time Hoilett and Murphy were the providers. Hoilett crossed, Murphy headed back across the goal and Camarasa was on hand to beat to the loose ball and bundle home.

Oumar Niasse could have killed the contest when Aron Gunnarsson robbed Manuel Lanzini to send him clean through, but he missed the target.

Fabianski also denied Cardiff with a super double save from Niasse and Camarasa’s follow-up.

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Peltier
  • 4MorrisonBooked at 85mins
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 3BennettSubstituted forBacunaat 62′minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7ArterBooked at 29minsSubstituted forPatersonat 84′minutes
  • 11Murphy
  • 21CamarasaSubstituted forRallsat 68′minutes
  • 33Hoilett
  • 29Niasse

Substitutes

  • 8Ralls
  • 10Zohore
  • 12Smithies
  • 13Paterson
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 15Bacuna
  • 23K Harris

  • 1Fabianski
  • 24Fredericks
  • 23Diop
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 41Rice
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 16NobleSubstituted forNasriat 58′minutes
  • 10LanziniSubstituted forAntonioat 58′minutes
  • 8Felipe AndersonSubstituted forArnautovicat 45′minutes
  • 17HernándezBooked at 36mins

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 7Arnautovic
  • 13Adrián
  • 14Obiang
  • 18Nasri
  • 26Masuaku
  • 30Antonio
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
32,458

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway Team
Possession
Home29%
Away71%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 2, United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, United 0.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

Corner, United. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

(Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, United. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Callum Paterson replaces Harry Arter.

Foul by Robert Snodgrass ( United).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass ( United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Cresswell ( United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Oumar Niasse (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Oumar Niasse (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, United. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. ( United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

Attempt blocked. ( United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

Declan Rice ( United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Joe Ralls replaces Víctor Camarasa because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Víctor Camarasa (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Angelo Ogbonna ( United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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