Wilfried Zaha

England Under-21: Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow in squad

England Under-21: Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow in squad

Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow has received his first call-up to the England Under-21 squad for their European Championship qualifier against Wales and the Toulon Tournament.

The 19-year-old, who played in Fulham's final six Premier League games of the season, is one of eight potential new caps named by coach Gareth Southgate.

Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran returns to the 25-man squad.

England face Qatar, Colombia, Brazil and South Korea in their Toulon group.

They lead their by six points and would all but seal their place in the finals in the Czech Republic if they beat Wales at Swansea's Liberty Stadium on Monday.

Southgate's squad will fly to France the following day to prepare for the which runs from 21 May to 1 June.

Manchester United's Wifried Zaha and Jesse Lingard, Tom Ince of Crystal Palace and Burnley's Danny Ings will only be available for the game against Wales as they are too old to take part in Toulon.

Goalkeepers: Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Sam Johnstone (Manchester United).

Defenders: Tyias Browning (Everton), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Michael Keane (Manchester United), Liam Moore (Leicester City), Brad Smith (Liverpool).

Midfielders: Nat Chalobah (Chelsea), Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Tom Ince (Crystal Palace)*, Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)*, Jordan Obita (Reading), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United)*

Forwards: Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Ings (Burnley)*, Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

* Only available for Wales match.

 

Cardiff City’s turbulent season: Where did it all go wrong?

Cardiff City's turbulent season: Where did it all go wrong?

"Goodbye Manish, Hello Gary" read the banner as Cardiff City's fans celebrated finally reaching the Premier League.

A year on, the Bluebirds are waving farewell to BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker to once again have their team's action brought to them on a Saturday night by Manish Bhasin on the Football League show.

Few of the supporters who partied on the pitch in April 2013 could have predicted the turbulent times that lay ahead – nor that their stay in the top-flight after a 50-year absence would be so brief or turn so sour.

As relegation was confirmed after their the question is simple: Where did it go wrong?

A dream start

Cardiff City's turbulent season: Where did it all go wrong?

Fraizer Campbell (centre) scored twice in the early season victory over Manchester City

Cardiff spent heavily in pre-season, twice breaking their transfer record as Dane followed by

was also a £9m buy as the Bluebirds made seven signings.

Those signings turned out to be the cause of off-field controversy which would dominate their season.

Before that, in their first home game, Cardiff announced their arrival in the big league with a sensational

For supporters, it was a moment that made all the cold nights at Scunthorpe, Rochdale and Colchester worthwhile. However, it was a rare highlight in a troubled campaign.

The start of the off-field controversies

Owner Vincent Tan had split opinion with his decision to in the summer of 2012. However he had kept a low profile during their run to promotion and the Championship title. He would barely be out of the headlines over the ensuing months.

Cardiff City's turbulent season: Where did it all go wrong?

Malky Mackay was sacked after the home defeat to Southampton

First, head of recruitment for an alleged overspend of £15m on transfers in the summer – something manager Malky Mackay denied.

Tan then replaced Moody with little-known who had previously been on work experience at the club.

Reports then emerged before October's defeat at Chelsea

Mackay dismissed the story, but some were questioning whether the Scotsman's position was becoming increasingly untenable.

Mackay sacking

Despite the off-field distractions, Mackay continued to pick up the results needed to keep Cardiff out of the bottom three.

in the first-ever Premier League south Wales derby in November, and

But, just before Christmas, it emerged that Tan had sent Mackay an email with the ultimatum:

The Malaysian businessman was not happy with a combination of results, style of play, and a perceived failure of the summer signings.

in which he was unanimously backed by the travelling fans. The final straw for Tan was the and They were 16th in the table, one point above the relegation places and four clear of bottom-placed Sunderland.

OGS at the CCS

Former Manchester United striker and his reign started with an

He was also backed by Tan in the January transfer window as seven new players arrived, including

Cardiff City's turbulent season: Where did it all go wrong?

Results did not improve though. Cardiff won just one of Solskjaer's first eight league games, dropping into the relegation zone after a home on 11 January. They would not get above 17th for the rest of the season.

Big games came and went with heavy defeats: in February; and

Leak allegations

Less than a week after Palace's win, it emerged Cardiff had complained to the Premier League, alleging that now the sporting director of Crystal Palace. The Eagles have denied the claim.

In a letter sent to the league by Cardiff, the though Solskjaer himself denied he had asked for this.

The controversy initially seemed to galvanise the squad as they and raise hopes of a "miracle" escape from trouble.

Relegation confirmed

Cardiff's 'six-pointer' at Sunderland in late April was a crucial point, with a

What many fans had feared for months and others had become resigned to, was confirmed with the in their penultimate game of the season.

And after just one season, Cardiff were once again a Championship club.

Cardiff City's turbulent season: Where did it all go wrong?

Fans protested against Vincent Tan following Mackay's sacking

Some claim they could have survived had Mackay had stayed.

Others believe his signings did turn out to be poor business – Cornelius having failed to score in Cardiff colours – and that Solskjaer was in an impossible position.

The Norwegian, though, remains committed to the challenge of bringing the club back up next season.

However, the season that Cardiff fans had longed for was marred for many by the background noise.

The dream, became a nightmare. Goodbye Gary, hello Manish.

 

Newcastle v Cardiff

Newcastle v Cardiff

Cardiff have been relegated from the Premier League after a single season, with defeat at Newcastle sending the Welsh side back to the Championship.

Newcastle, who had lost their previous six games, took the lead through Shola Ameobi's first-half header.

A sizeable number of Magpies fans walked out after 69 minutes

They missed a brief rally from Cardiff before late goals from Loic Remy and Steven Taylor sealed their fate.

Newcastle's rotten recent form was partly behind the open mutiny from their fans, but the supporters who stayed until the end were able to celebrate what turned out to be a comfortable victory.

Newcastle 3-0 Cardiff: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ready for the Championship

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won 2-1 at St James' Park in his first game in charge of the Bluebirds – – but his side never seriously looked capable of staging a repeat.

Solskjaer has picked up just 12 points in his 17 league matches in charge and his side's deficiencies at both ends of the pitch were clear to see.

Fraizer Campbell missed a good early chance to put the visitors ahead, scuffing his shot wide after Tim Krul made a hash of Fabio's cross.

But Newcastle were already looking far more dangerous, with Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy facing little resistance as they staged repeated raids down the right.

Remy saw one effort blocked from a Sissoko cross, before Debuchy advanced from right-back and flashed in a shot that David Marshall pushed away.

Cardiff's lack of clean sheets

Cardiff have kept only seven clean sheets in 37 top-flight games this season, the lowest number in the Premier League. The Bluebirds have had problems in attack too – failing to score in 19 of those games.

From the resulting corner, Debuchy saw Marshall claw his header onto the bar but there was no stopping Ameobi's far-post header after more good work by Sissoko.

The French midfielder made his side's first goal with a precise cross and twice almost extended their lead, seeing first a shot and then a cross deflected against the woodwork.

Cardiff's best hope of a reply seemed to lie with Wilfried Zaha but the on-loan Manchester United forward was denied by Krul's outstretched leg after a mazy run and faded after the break.

In truth, there was little fight from Zaha's team-mates either and Cardiff looked like dropping out of the top-flight with a whimper until Kenwyne Jones came off the bench with 17 minutes to go.

By then, with their relegation rivals the Bluebirds needed a win to keep their survival hopes alive until the final day.

Jones had an immediate impact, forcing a point-blank stop from Krul, but Cardiff's frustration continued when Fabricio Coloccini somehow cleared Aron Gunnarsson's shot off the line with his keeper beaten.

Newcastle v Cardiff

Many home fans had already departed by then, after another public display of displeasure against club owner, Mike Ashley, and manager Alan Pardew.

Ashley was not present but Pardew, back in the home dug-out for the first time since 1 March was given something to smile about before the end.

Remy was left alone to slot home from six yards with three minutes left and Taylor completed the scoring from even closer after Remy's header was saved.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on the Magpies fans' protests:

"It is understandable. We had gone so long without winning and they are very frustrated. They want to see us challenging at the top of the league.

Newcastle 3-0 Cardiff: Alan Pardew understands fan abuse

"That is difficult with the finances that we have, but we have got the chance in the summer to hopefully to bring in some quality players and try to get into the top five or six.

"We are all frustrated. But I have to take my hat off to the players because the environment was very, very tough for them and they showed tremendous character. It was that depth of character that we needed."

For a gallery of photos from Saturday's Premier League action, head to the

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 26 Debuchy Booked
  • 36 Dummett (Haidara – 45′ )
  • 24 Tioté
  • 06 Williamson
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 08 Anita (Taylor – 79′ )
  • 23 Ameobi
  • 14 Remy
  • 11 Gouffran (Gosling – 70′ )

Substitutes

  • 13 Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 15 Gosling
  • 18 de Jong
  • 19 Haidara
  • 21 Elliot
  • 27 Taylor
  • 43 Armstrong

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 35 Fabio (Wolff Eikrem – 86′ )
  • 42 John
  • 18 Mutch
  • 04 Caulker
  • 06 Turner
  • 36 Zaha
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 10 Campbell (Jones – 73′ )
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 13 Kim Bo-kyung (Bellamy – 45′ )

Substitutes

  • 09 Jones
  • 15 Wolff Eikrem
  • 19 Cowie
  • 25 McNaughton
  • 32 Lewis
  • 34 Berget
  • 39 Bellamy
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Att: 50,239

Shots

22 16

On target

6 3

Corners

10 6

Fouls

9 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newcastle United 3, Cardiff City 0.

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newcastle United 3, Cardiff City 0.

90:00 +2:25

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by David Marshall.

90:00 +2:23

Attempt saved. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Fabricio Coloccini.

90:00 +1:44

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Steven Taylor.

90:00 +0:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 3, Cardiff City 0. Steven Taylor (Newcastle United) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Loïc Remy following a corner.

90:00 +0:19

Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan Gosling with a cross.

89:36

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ben Turner.

89:34

Attempt blocked. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

86:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 2, Cardiff City 0. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

86:49

Attempt blocked. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

85:45

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

85:45

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

85:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Magnus Wolff Eikrem replaces Fabio.

84:22

Attempt blocked. Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:01

Offside, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham tries a through ball, but Craig Bellamy is caught offside.

80:43

Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:43

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

78:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Steven Taylor replaces Vurnon Anita.

77:35

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

77:33

Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Debuchy with a through ball.

77:21

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:21

Foul by Ben Turner (Cardiff City).

75:54

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left following a corner.

75:28

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.

75:25

Attempt blocked. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

75:08

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

74:56

Attempt saved. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson with a headed pass.

73:25

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

72:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Fraizer Campbell.

70:41

Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:41

Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

69:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Dan Gosling replaces Yoan Gouffran.

67:55 Booking

Booking Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:48

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United).

67:48

Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:48

Offside, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.

63:46

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

63:17

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

63:17

Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:48

Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bellamy.

61:19

Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shola Ameobi.

60:30

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

60:30

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

59:56

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Moussa Sissoko.

59:55

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

56:13

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ben Turner.

56:09

Attempt blocked. Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

55:36

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.

52:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:35

Delay in match Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

50:23

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

50:23

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

49:20

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Massadio Haidara.

46:54

Attempt missed. Ben Turner (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

46:53

Attempt blocked. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

46:27

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Vurnon Anita.

45:00

Second Half begins Newcastle United 1, Cardiff City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Massadio Haidara replaces Paul Dummett.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Bellamy replaces Kim Bo-Kyung.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Cardiff City 0.

41:25

Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

39:47

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a set piece situation.

39:22

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

39:22

Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:23

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

38:23

Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:18

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

35:18

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:30

Attempt missed. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

31:48

Attempt missed. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

31:08

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.

29:04

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

28:41

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tim Krul.

28:37

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Caulker.

26:16

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:16

Foul by Ben Turner (Cardiff City).

25:38

Attempt missed. Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordon Mutch with a cross.

24:40

Hand ball by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

21:19

Attempt blocked. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

19:11

Attempt blocked. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Loïc Remy.

18:50

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Fabio.

17:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 1, Cardiff City 0. Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

16:09

Attempt saved. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Vurnon Anita with a cross.

15:36

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by David Marshall.

15:32

Attempt saved. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

13:23

Attempt blocked. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:48

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:48

Foul by Ben Turner (Cardiff City).

11:59

Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran following a corner.

11:12

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

8:05

Attempt blocked. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:21

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:21

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

7:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

5:57

Delay in match Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

5:16

Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

1:17

Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Loïc Remy with a cross following a corner.

0:42

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Fabio.

0:41

Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shola Ameobi.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Cardiff City: Solskjaer defends Zaha against Shearer criticism

Cardiff City: Solskjaer defends Zaha against Shearer criticism

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Wilfred Zaha has been "hurt" by Alan Shearer's criticism after Cardiff's recent loss to Sunderland.

The 21-year-old England international is at Cardiff on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season.

Shearer felt Zaha lacked effort in the at the Stadium of Light, but Solskjaer defended his player.

"Being singled out like that hurts, because I don't think it's fair," said the former United striker.

'Wilf is a young player; this is the first time he's in the Premier League.

"If he [Shearer] wanted to, or if anyone wanted, they could have highlighted two or three things that Wilf did great."

Former England international Shearer made his comments on Match of the Day 2.

The former England striker – who was linked with the following the departure of Dave Jones in 2011 – criticised what he felt was Zaha's poor workrate.

"I'd be slightly concerned with what I saw from Wilfried Zaha," he said.

"He had to do more for me when he came on."

Cardiff were trailing 2-0 and down to 10-men when Zaha made his entry against the Black Cats.

'[He's] come on, 10 men, and he's ran more than anyone else in that half," said Solkjaer.

The Norwegian also praised Zaha's efforts to improve off the pitch.

"My apartment overlooks the training ground and on Thursday, five, six o'clock, he is there again, training, finishing," said Solskjaer.

"He is just a boy who wants to play football, wants to do his best, wants to improve.

"I think he will have a very good career, wherever he plays."

That is unlikely to be at Cardiff, who face a mountainous task to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

They lie bottom of the table with two games remaining, and have to , before facing Chelsea at home in the final game of the season on 11 May.

 

Sunderland v Cardiff

Sunderland v Cardiff

Sunderland thrashed 10-man Cardiff to climb out of the Premier League's bottom three and push the Bluebirds closer towards relegation.

Connor Wickham's guided header from a corner gave the hosts the lead.

Fabio Borini scored Sunderland's second from the spot after Wickham was fouled by Juan Cala, who was sent off.

Sunderland 4-0 Cardiff: This win feels fantastic – Gus Poyet

Emanuele Giaccherini slotted in and Wickham nodded in another corner as the Black Cats moved out of the drop zone on goal difference.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet had spoken of his side to stay up and the prospect of avoiding relegation became more of a reality with a first home league win since 29 January.

The Black Cats have taken seven points from their last three matches and have a game in hand on the teams below them. They next travel to Manchester United before finishing the season with home fixtures against West Brom and Swansea.

Cardiff have the worst away record in the division and their survival prospects look bleak. The Bluebirds are two points from safety and are at Newcastle before ending the season at home to Chelsea.

Cardiff's run-in

  • Sat 3 May: v Newcastle (A)
  • Sun 11 May: v Chelsea (H)

The Black Cats, who had drawn at Manchester City and won at Chelsea in their last two games, applied the early pressure and Sebastian Larsson headed a Wickham cross straight at Cardiff keeper David Marshall before the visitors might have had a spot-kick.

Sunderland defender Wes Brown fell into Fraizer Campbell to stop the City striker getting a shot away, although the forward made light of any foul as he got up and chased down the loose ball as the chance went begging.

If an organised Cardiff's plan was to stifle their hosts and try to sneak a goal on the counter-attack then their strategy received a setback when Sunderland took the lead.

Sunderland 4-0 Cardiff: We have mountain to climb – Solskjaer

A Larsson corner bounced in the six-yard box before a watchful Wickham did well to steer the ball into top corner for his fourth goal in three games.

Sunderland's second came in controversial circumstances. Wickham pounced on an error by Juan Torres Ruiz – commonly known as Cala – and had his arm pulled by the centre-back in an offence which stretched to just inside the area.

Referee Phil Dowd initially played the advantage but, when Wickham failed to capitalise, he awarded the home side a penalty and showed a red card to Cala. Cardiff were furious at the decision, but Borini kept his nerve to slot home the spot-kick.

Despite being a man down, Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sent on winger Wilfried Zaha and strikers Kenwyne Jones and Craig Bellamy.

Sunderland's run-in

  • Sat 3 May: v Man Utd (A)
  • Wed 7 May: v West Brom (H)
  • Sun 11 May: v Swansea (H)

However, the closest the visitors got to a goal was when a deflected Whittingham free-kick was saved by home goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

Instead, Sunderland clinched their biggest win of the season as Borini played in Giaccherini to slot calmly past Marshall and Wickham headed in from six yards.

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:

"Of course, they (the players) have taken a big blow, but we have got two games – we have got to win those two.

"We looked at this one as a possibility for three points but then we have got to look at the next one (against Newcastle) and Chelsea. The next two games, you have got to win them."

For a gallery of photos from Saturday's Premier League action, head to the

Sunderland

  • 25 Mannone
  • 27 Vergini Booked
  • 28 Alonso
  • 33 Cattermole
  • 16 O’Shea
  • 05 Brown
  • 07 Larsson Booked (Giaccherini – 73′ Booked )
  • 14 Colback (Bridcutt – 84′ )
  • 10 Wickham
  • 11 Johnson (Gardner – 84′ Booked )
  • 31 Borini Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Bardsley
  • 08 Gardner
  • 17 Altidore
  • 23 Giaccherini
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 30 Scocco
  • 32 Ustari

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 28 Théophile-Catherine
  • 35 Fabio Booked (Jones – 64′ )
  • 08 Medel Booked
  • 04 Caulker
  • 27 Torres Ruiz Dismissed
  • 19 Cowie (Zaha – 45′ )
  • 18 Mutch Booked
  • 10 Campbell (Bellamy – 74′ )
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 29 Daehli

Substitutes

  • 06 Turner
  • 09 Jones
  • 15 Wolff Eikrem
  • 32 Lewis
  • 36 Zaha
  • 39 Bellamy
  • 42 John
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 42,397

Shots

21 6

On target

7 1

Corners

11 5

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sunderland 4, Cardiff City 0.

90:00 +4:38 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sunderland 4, Cardiff City 0.

90:00 +4:07

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Santiago Vergini.

90:00 +3:49 Booking

Booking Craig Gardner (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +3:45

Foul by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

90:00 +3:45

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

90:00 +1:11

Attempt saved. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fabio Borini.

88:46

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

87:31

Attempt missed. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Craig Bellamy with a cross.

86:41

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland).

86:41

Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 4, Cardiff City 0. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini with a cross following a corner.

84:50

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Kévin Théophile-Catherine.

83:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Craig Gardner replaces Adam Johnson.

83:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Liam Bridcutt replaces Jack Colback.

82:57 Booking

Booking Fabio Borini (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

82:44

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

82:44

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

82:41

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

80:01

Attempt missed. Jack Colback (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Johnson following a corner.

79:40

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Gary Medel.

79:39

Attempt blocked. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Johnson.

79:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:09

Delay in match Fabio Borini (Sunderland) because of an injury.

76:36 Booking

Booking Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

75:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 3, Cardiff City 0. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fabio Borini with a through ball.

74:58

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini.

73:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Bellamy replaces Fraizer Campbell.

72:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini replaces Sebastian Larsson.

71:36

Attempt saved. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Colback with a cross.

71:32

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

71:27

Attempt blocked. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabio Borini.

70:10

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

70:10

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

68:36

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Kévin Théophile-Catherine.

68:33

Attempt blocked. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

68:12

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:12

Foul by Gary Medel (Cardiff City).

67:24

Attempt missed. Wes Brown (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

67:00

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Kenwyne Jones.

66:32

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.

64:42

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:42

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

63:54

Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

63:51

Attempt saved. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

63:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Fabio.

62:36

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

62:36

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:14

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Colback.

60:34

Attempt blocked. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabio Borini.

56:55

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

56:34

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Sebastian Larsson.

55:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:00

Delay in match John O’Shea (Sunderland) because of an injury.

53:40

Foul by Wes Brown (Sunderland).

53:40

Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:10 Booking

Booking Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

52:40 Booking

Booking Fabio (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

51:52

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

51:52

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

49:17

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

46:45

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Kévin Théophile-Catherine.

45:00

Second Half begins Sunderland 2, Cardiff City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Wilfried Zaha replaces Don Cowie.

45:00 +2:37 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sunderland 2, Cardiff City 0.

45:00 +0:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 2, Cardiff City 0. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

44:31 Dismissal

Dismissal Cala (Cardiff City) is shown the red card.

44:25

Penalty conceded by Cala (Cardiff City) after a foul in the penalty area.

44:25

Penalty Sunderland. Connor Wickham draws a foul in the penalty area.

38:58 Booking

Booking Gary Medel (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:40

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:40

Foul by Gary Medel (Cardiff City).

36:28 Booking

Booking Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36:19

Foul by Santiago Vergini (Sunderland).

36:19

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

35:26 Booking

Booking Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

35:12

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:12

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

34:16

Attempt missed. Jack Colback (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Fabio Borini with a headed pass.

32:44

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

31:52

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:52

Foul by Cala (Cardiff City).

31:11

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

31:11

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

30:17

Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:17

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City).

25:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Cardiff City 0. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross following a corner.

25:00

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Don Cowie.

23:01

Foul by Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City).

23:01

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:03

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:03

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

19:26

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Fabio Borini.

16:04

Attempt missed. Don Cowie (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

15:30

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

12:53

Foul by Gary Medel (Cardiff City).

12:53

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:17

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City).

12:17

Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:36

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Santiago Vergini.

7:53

Attempt saved. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

6:38

Attempt blocked. Mats Daehli (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

5:28

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Don Cowie.

3:23

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by David Marshall.

2:26

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Fraizer Campbell.

2:24

Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:39

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

1:39

Dangerous play by Fabio (Cardiff City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Ryan Giggs will be a top manager says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ryan Giggs will be a top manager says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ryan Giggs

Manchester United interim boss Ryan Giggs will be a "top manager" according to Cardiff City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The pair were team-mates for more than a decade at Old Trafford, winning a historic treble in 1999.

Giggs is in charge for United's final four Premier League games after

"Giggsy has all the attributes to become a top, top manager one day," said Solskjaer.

"I have spoken to Giggsy, of course, and I wished him all the best because a boy from Cardiff should do us some favours. The next two games are important for us."

Welshman Giggs, 40, and Solskjaer, 41, were part of the United team that won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1999, under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Giggs, the Old Trafford club's most decorated player, has played a record 962 times for United, and will be assisted in his managerial duties by old team-mates Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes.

But Giggs and Solskjaer find themselves in similar positions taking over from managers after they have been sacked by their respective clubs during the season.

'Proud' Giggs outlines Man Utd vision

Giggs takes over from Moyes who was sacked after only ten months in charge after he started as manager in July 2013 after the following 26 years at the helm.

Solskjaer at Cardiff City in January.

The Norwegian revealed he had spoken to Moyes to thank him for the role he played allowing the signing of full-back Fabio Da Silva and the loan deal for Wilfried Zaha from United.

He refused to be drawn on Moyes's sacking but believes United will emerge from their current slump in the Premier League.

"I don't think it is for me to talk about, I have to concentrate on myself," said Solskjaer.

"But when it comes… they must have taken a longer term view. I'm sorry to see managers leave and lose their jobs.

"I have to say I have had contact with David, and thanked him for his help – we bought Fabio with his help and he helped us with Wilf. I just wish him all the best.

"Manchester United will always be challenging for the top places, so they will be fine and make the right decisions."

Giggs is not under consideration to become Manchester United's next full-time boss to turn things round after this season's slump.

 

David Moyes: Manchester United manager sacked by club

David Moyes: Manchester United manager sacked by club

The club thanked Moyes for his 'hard work, honesty and integrity'.

Manchester United manager David Moyes has been sacked, only 10 months after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.

His dismissal was announced shortly after 0830 BST, following a meeting with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the club's training ground.

Moyes – from 'Chosen One' to sacked

Moyes, 50, was chosen by Ferguson to succeed him last summer.

United said player-coach Ryan Giggs will take charge "until a permanent appointment can be made".

His first match as interim boss will be the home game against Norwich on Saturday.

The BBC understands coaches Steve Round and Jimmy Lumsden have also left their posts, but goalkeeping coach Chris Woods and first-team coach Phil Neville will remain with the club for the rest of the season.

United shares, which trade on the New York Stock Exchange, were up more than 6.5 per cent at $18.80 at 1830 BST, signalling investor relief at the decision to sack Moyes.

On Monday, United had refused to comment on that Moyes, who left Everton to sign a six-year deal with the Premier League champions, would be sacked before the end of the season.

Man Utd's disappointing season

  • Defeated in Champions League quarter-final by Bayern Munich
  • Beaten in League Cup semi-final by Sunderland
  • Lost at home to Swansea in the third round of the FA Cup
  • Five points from a possible 24 against the current Premier League top four of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal
  • Defeat against Everton confirmed club will miss out on Champions League for first time since 1995-96

However, those reports prompted club officials to hold talks with the Scot late on Monday in a move designed to prevent a drawn-out dismissal process.

In a short statement on Tuesday, the club said Moyes had departed, adding it "would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role".

Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal, Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, Atletico Madrid's manager Diego Simeone and Paris St-Germain's Laurent Blanc have been tipped as possible successors.

However, Klopp has ruled himself out of the job, the 46-year-old "Man Utd is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans. But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable."

Former Manchester United and England striker "Huge news at Old Trafford but with the summer looming and a huge transfer kitty available United had to be 100% Moyes was the right man.

"Evidently they didn't have the confidence in him in which case makes the timing absolutely right. Now the big question is who's next?"

The Daily Telegraph suggest United will make discreet moves to see if to leave Bayern Munich.

But BBC Sport has learned that Giggs is

"I definitely think Ryan will be a manager," said former United captain Bryan Robson. "Whether he gets it full-time at a club like Manchester United is a big ask."

United, who lie seventh in the table with four games remaining, are guaranteed to record their lowest points tally in the Premier League having struggled at Old Trafford in particular this season.

Under Moyes, they have lost six league games at home, been beaten in at Old Trafford and were unable to prevent in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

In March, some supporters during their Premier League game against Aston Villa trailing a banner with the words "Wrong One – Moyes Out", a reference to the banner at Old Trafford that proclaimed Moyes to be the "Chosen One".

David Moyes: Manchester United manager sacked by club

A spectator dressed as the Grim Reaper taunted Moyes in his last game in charge of Manchester United

The Red Devils will miss out on Champions League football for the first time since 1995 and are in danger of missing out on European competition altogether for the first time since 1990.

United reached the last eight of the Champions League before and Moyes argued that their best displays had been in the competition.

But the Scot has been dogged by claims he has fallen out with members of his squad.

When midfielder Anderson joined Serie A side Fiorentina on loan in January, he was quoted as saying other although he later denied it.

Analysis

Simon Stone BBC Sport

The sacking of Moyes was inevitable after Sunday's awful performance at Everton.

A dressing-room source labelled the performance as "lacking desire and passion" and "the basic heart of the team has disappeared". It had seemed for some time the players had stopped trying for Moyes. This confirmed it.

In truth, the Scot has never looked at ease in the job. He was taken aback by the sheer scale of the media interest in United and failed to impress players who own more medals than he can ever hope to amass.

The big problem for United is that, having taken Sir Alex Ferguson's word on the appointment, who do they turn to now?

and also made less than complimentary comments about his management style, while Javier Hernandez and Wilfried Zaha posted cryptic quotes on Twitter.

At the weekend, Manchester-born striker Danny Welbeck was after becoming frustrated at regularly being played out of his favoured position.

Moyes left Everton after 11 seasons saying he could not turn down the opportunity to move to Old Trafford and began his job on 1 July.

However, United endured a difficult summer transfer window and failed in reported bids for Barcelona's and

A was dismissed as "derisory and insulting" by Moyes's old club Everton, although

playing Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in their first five games.

"I find it hard to believe that's the way the balls came out of the bag, that's for sure," he said.

But his reign began in style with a in the Community Shield at Wembley, followed by a in the first league game of the season.

However, things quickly got worse with defeats at Anfield and Etihad Stadium, setting the tone for what would become United's worst Premier League season.

David Moyes: Manchester United manager sacked by club

With the exception of the additional 21 games Matt Busby (manager from 1945-1969) had in charge as emergency manager following Wilf McGuinness's exit in 1970, and the 22 games when Jimmy Murphy stood in for Busby Moyes's reign represents the third shortest in United history.

It is also the first time since 6 November 1986 that Manchester United have sacked a manager.

The Scot's 51 games in charge exceeds the 43 matches that Walter Crickmer presided over during the first of two spells as manager.

Lal Hilditch was in charge for the shortest time, lasting just 33 games between October 1926 and April 1927.

'Only Mourinho could follow Sir Alex'

 

David Moyes: Manchester United boss remains in charge for now

David Moyes: Manchester United boss remains in charge for now

The future of David Moyes remains uncertain a day after reports emerged the 50-year-old Scot's 10-month reign as Manchester United manager was over.

The Premier League champions insisted on Monday that Moyes, who succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson, had not been sacked.

You wouldn’t expect Moyes to be manager by the end of this evening, otherwise it’s just cruel… it’s like death by a thousand cuts

Shaun Custis Chief football writer for The Sun

But national newspapers are adamant the club will dispense with the ex-Everton manager's services after a poor season.

When pressed on whether Moyes was leaving, a spokesperson replied: "We do not comment on speculation."

But most newspapers expect him to be gone in the next 24 hours, with coverage of his seemingly imminent departure filling both the front pages and back.

"You wouldn't expect Moyes to be manager by the end of this evening, otherwise it's just cruel," said Shaun Custis, chief football writer for The Sun. "It's like death by a thousand cuts."

Former United captain Gary Neville, who made more than 600 appearances for the club, wants the situation resolved quickly.

"Usually they don't comment on anything, but they're going to have to clarify this position quickly," Neville told Sky Sports.

David Moyes: Manchester United boss remains in charge for now

Klopp guided Borussia Dortmund to the Champions League final last season

"They might have to break rank and do what they don't normally do and make a statement pretty quickly."

As the speculation continues, security guards at United's training ground told reporters on Tuesday morning that Moyes had arrived at 0500 BST.

But coaching staff heading to Carrington say they have not yet been told anything about their futures.

David Moyes: Manchester United boss remains in charge for now David Bond BBC sports editor

For all his achievements, one must question now whether it was right to allow Ferguson to choose his successor

Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal, Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, Atletico Madrid's manager Diego Simeone and Paris Saint-Germain's Laurent Blanc have already been tipped as possible successors to Moyes.

However, reports suggest United winger Ryan Giggs could be part of a temporary management team until the end of the season.

United lie seventh in the table with four games left and cannot qualify for next season's Champions League following Sunday's 2-0 loss at Everton.

Whatever happens in those remaining matches, United will record their lowest ever points tally in the Premier League.

Moyes was handed a six-year-deal after being chosen by Ferguson to replace his fellow Scot after 26 years in charge of Old Trafford.

David Moyes: Manchester United boss remains in charge for now

A sarcastic banner appeared at Monday's night game between Manchester City and West Brom

Under Moyes, United have lost six league games at home, been beaten in and were unable to prevent of the Capital One Cup at the semi-final stage.

In March, supporters trailing a banner with the words "Wrong One – Moyes Out" during the Premier League win over Aston Villa.

The Reds will also miss out Champions League football for the first time since 1995 and are in danger of missing out on European competition altogether for the first time since 1990.

Moyes has been dogged by claims of fallouts with his squad.

David Moyes: Manchester United boss remains in charge for now

Dutch boss Van Gaal has managed Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich at club level

When United midfielder Anderson joined Serie A side Fiorentina on loan in January, he was quoted as saying other although he later denied he had made those comments.

and also made less than complimentary comments about the Scot's management style, while Javier Hernandez and Wilfried Zaha posted cryptic quotes on Twitter.

This weekend, Manchester-born striker Danny Welbeck was after becoming frustrated at regularly being played out of his favoured position.

Moyes left Everton after 11 seasons saying he could not turn down the opportunity to move to Old Trafford. He began the task of replacing Ferguson, who won 38 trophies during his time at the club, on 1 July.

Archive: Moyes's turbulent season

However, United endured a difficult summer transfer window and failed in reported bids for Barcelona's and

A was dismissed as "derisory and insulting" by his old club Everton, although

during which his side played Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in their first five games.

But his reign began in style with a in the Community Shield at Wembley, followed by a in the first league game of the season.

However, things quickly deteriorated, with defeats at rivals Liverpool and Manchester City just two of 11 league losses so far this season in what will be United's worst ever Premier League campaign.

 

Crystal Palace result should not stand, say Cardiff City

Crystal Palace result should not stand, say Cardiff City

Cardiff's 3-0 defeat by Crystal Palace in early April should not be allowed to stand, the Welsh club have said in a five-page letter seen by the BBC.

The document, sent by club lawyers to the Premier League, alleges Palace boss Tony Pulis knew sporting director Iain Moody was trying to obtain their starting line-up before the game.

This was not merely an attempt to obtain confidential information – Crystal Palace succeeded in their efforts and achieved an unexpected 3-0 win over the club

Cardiff’s allegation, in a letter to the Premier League

The club say they have proof Moody succeeded. Pulis declined to comment when contacted by the BBC, although Palace previously denied the claims.

A Cardiff spokesman said on Thursday: "A formal complaint has been submitted, concerning what we consider to be a serious breach of Premier League rules.

"We have asked for an investigation into the matter, which is now in the hands of Premier League officials who will report their findings in due course.

"At this time it would be inappropriate to discuss any specifics while the investigation is ongoing. The club has every faith in the process and will welcome the views of the Premier League."

The Premier League has confirmed it has received the complaint from Cardiff and is assessing the evidence to see if there is a case to answer.

If Cardiff's complaint is upheld, this would effectively mean a three-point deduction for Palace that, despite their on Wednesday, could have implications, not only for the south London club, but for many other teams fighting against relegation.

Palace are 11th in the table, while Cardiff are 19th, three points from safety.

Cardiff allege the events leading up to the game on 5 April raise serious questions, not only about the conduct of staff at both clubs but about the integrity of the game between them.

Moody has already publicly denied attempting to obtain the Cardiff line-up, or directly contacting anyone at the club.

Despite that, Cardiff insist Moody, a former director of recruitment at the Welsh club, phoned a former colleague, performance analyst Enda Barron, on 3 April. It is alleged he called to ask Barron if he could help him obtain the team for the match against Palace.

Crystal Palace result should not stand, say Cardiff City

Jason Puncheon scored twice as Crystal Palace won 3-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium on 5 April

Although Barron told Cardiff he was unable to provide Moody with the information, he has since left the club. Cardiff claim Moody induced Baron into breaching his contract. Barron was unavailable for comment.

Cardiff allege that by Friday, 4 April – a day before the match – Moody had obtained the starting line-up from another source. This is based on a follow-up conversation between Moody and Barron in which the Palace sporting director told him he now had the team.

It is this exchange that forms the basis of the claim against Pulis, as Moody is alleged to have told Barron he had to go elsewhere for the information because he was "under pressure from Pulis".

Cardiff then claim Moody mistakenly sent a text message with the starting XI to Bolton manager Dougie Freedman a day before the game.

Freedman is said to have tipped off Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about the leak because they are friends, having attended coaching courses together.

While Aron Gunnarsson is named as the source of the leak in Moody's text, the Cardiff player has denied to the club that he was behind it. His agent, Jerry de Koning, has also denied leaking the team.

For now, Cardiff have accepted the explanations and do not know who gave Moody the information. One of the reasons they want the Premier League to investigate is to find out who might be responsible.

Crystal Palace result should not stand, say Cardiff City

Cardiff claim Tony Pulis and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer discussed the issue after the game

The text message allegedly read: "Straight from Gunnarsson their line up is 4-4-2 Marshall, KTC, Caulker, Turner, Taylor, Daehli, Medel, Mutch, Zaha, Campbell, Jones".

This turned out to be the exact starting line-up for the game against Palace. It contained three changes from their previous Premier League match, against West Bromwich Albion on 29 March.

Cardiff say that, in a meeting last week, Solskjaer placed on record the details of a brief exchange between him and Pulis immediately after the game at the Cardiff City Stadium.

It is claimed Solskjaer said to Pulis: "I am disgusted that your head of recruitment [Moody] is texting one of my players to get our team."

Cardiff's 2013-14 run-in

  • Sat 19 April: v Stoke (H)
  • Sun 27 April: v Sunderland (A)
  • Sat 3 May: v Newcastle (A)
  • Sun 11 May: v Chelsea (H)

Pulis allegedly responded: "Oooh, I know. I didn't ask for it."

Cardiff claim this is evidence Pulis knew about the team well in advance of the set time for the exchange of team-sheets on the day of the game – one hour before kick-off.

According to Cardiff, all this amounts to a serious breach of the spirit of the Premier League's chairman's charter, which requires clubs to behave with "utmost good faith and honesty to each other".

It goes on to say the south London club "failed to maintain confidences", deliberately acted to "breach Premier League and FA rules" and deliberately acted to "induce employees of Cardiff to breach their contractual obligations and responsibilities in order to assist Crystal Palace".

Specifically, Cardiff say Palace have broken three Premier League rules: B15, B16 and B17. Of these, B17 is potentially the most serious as it states that no club shall disclose or divulge confidential information.

They also claim Palace have breached the Football Association's rules by bringing the game into disrepute, although at this stage a formal complaint has not been lodged with the FA.

Significantly, Cardiff claim Palace's actions were "an attempt to obtain a sporting advantage".

Palace's 2013-14 run-in

  • Sat 19 April: v West Ham (A)
  • Sun 27 April: v Man City (H)
  • Sat 3 May: v Liverpool (H)
  • Sun 11 May: v Fulham (A)

The letter states: "This was not merely an attempt to obtain confidential information – Crystal Palace succeeded in their efforts and achieved an unexpected 3-0 win over the club. We will never know the extent to which the confidential information affected the outcome of the match."

Nevertheless, Cardiff say the "result from the match should not be allowed to stand" and urge the Premier League to deal with the matter as soon as possible, arguing that, with just a few games to go to the end of the season, such a reversal could have a huge impact on the league positions of other teams.

The Premier League is understood to be treating the complaint seriously, although it believes any inquiry would focus on the conduct of the clubs and their staff, rather than an investigation into the integrity of the match.

Cardiff insist Palace have cheated and that the whole episode undermines the spirit and integrity of the competition. Thus the Premier League will not be able to dismiss the issue lightly, especially with so much money at stake for those teams that are relegated.

Despite attempts by the BBC to obtain a response from Moody and Crystal Palace, they have not yet commented on Cardiff's allegations.

 

Southampton v Cardiff

Southampton v Cardiff

Cardiff sneaked a win at Southampton to edge to within three points of 17th-placed Norwich in the Premier League.

The home side dominated possession and went close when a Gaston Ramirez shot was deflected onto the crossbar.

But Saints struggled to make the most of their play and were punished when Juan Cala powered in a 22-yard effort.

Southampton 0-1 Cardiff: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says side right in the fight

Cardiff endured a nervous finish and needed excellent David Marshall saves from Sam Gallagher and Nathaniel Clyne strikes before securing victory.

Wilfried Zaha had the chance to ease Cardiff's anxiety late on but, after out-muscling Jose Fonte and sidestepping Dejan Lovren, his shot was saved by Paulo Gazzaniga.

Nevertheless, the team with the worst top-flight away record before the weekend earned only their second victory on the road this season.

The result also came on the back of a turbulent week for Cardiff, one which has been clouded by allegations of their team line-up ahead of their last weekend.

Southampton in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day, but lacked the same ruthlessness on this occasion.

Analysis

Southampton v Cardiff Simon Brotherton Match of the Day commentator

"Cardiff are far from finished in their quest to stay in the Premier League. This was an unlikely and precious win – a first away win in 14 games since the end of September."

The home side got into their smooth passing-and-moving stride quickly, only to be kept at bay by a visiting side defending deep and in numbers.

Saints did almost find a way through when Adam Lallana played in Ramirez, but the Uruguayan's shot was deflected onto the crossbar by the outstretched leg of Steven Caulker.

Goalkeeper Marshall has been one of Cardiff's better players amid a troubled campaign, and he was at full stretch to palm away a dipping 22-yard Rickie Lambert free-kick before parrying away a stabbed effort from the same player.

Southampton had 66.4% of possession and managed 10 attempts on goal – four on target – in the first half, but the disciplined defending of the Bluebirds was keeping the game level.

Cardiff's 2013-14 run-in

  • Sat 19 April: v Stoke (H)
  • Sun 27 April: v Sunderland (A)
  • Sat 3 May: v Newcastle (A)
  • Sun 11 May: v Chelsea (H)

Cardiff's strategy was to try to catch Southampton out on the counter-attack, and the tactic almost reaped reward when Jordon Mutch raced at the home defence and had a 20-yard shot beaten away by Gazzaniga.

However, that proved a warning sign that the home side did not heed as Juan Torres Ruiz, commonly known as Cala, scored the winner.

The south-coast side cleared a corner only as far as the centre-back, who chested the ball down and sidestepped Steven Davis before sending a powerful shot past Gazzaniga.

Southampton continued to apply the pressure on Cardiff's defence, and would have equalised had it not been for the impressive Marshall.

Morgan Schneiderlin's chipped ball released Gallagher and his stabbed shot was saved by the Scot, who also palmed away a low shot from Clyne, before Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could enjoy his first away win in charge.

Southampton 0-1 Cardiff: Mauricio Pochettino says Saints not clinical enough

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettiono:

"We are disappointed. If you analyse the game we didn't deserve to lose but it is a learning curve.

"In football it's not just enough to play well. You have to be more clinical and aggressive and that is what we lacked.

"We were dominating the game but in final third we were lacking the attacking edge we needed and their keeper was also making some outstanding saves."

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Southampton

  • 25 Gazzaniga
  • 22 Chambers (Clyne – 67′ )
  • 23 Shaw
  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 06 Fonte
  • 05 Lovren
  • 08 Davis
  • 18 Cork (Do Prado – 79′ )
  • 07 Lambert
  • 10 Ramírez (Gallagher – 66′ )
  • 20 Lallana

Substitutes

  • 02 Clyne
  • 12 Wanyama
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 21 Do Prado
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 40 Gallagher
  • 41 Cropper

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 28 Théophile-Catherine
  • 35 Fabio (McNaughton – 78′ )
  • 08 Medel (Zaha – 61′ )
  • 04 Caulker
  • 27 Torres Ruiz
  • 13 Kim Bo-kyung
  • 18 Mutch
  • 10 Campbell
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 29 Daehli (Bellamy – 87′ )

Substitutes

  • 06 Turner
  • 15 Wolff Eikrem
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 25 McNaughton
  • 34 Berget
  • 36 Zaha
  • 39 Bellamy
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 30,526

Shots

19 6

On target

7 4

Corners

5 5

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 0, Cardiff City 1.

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Cardiff City 1.

90:00 +3:50

Offside, Cardiff City. Jordon Mutch tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.

90:00 +3:26

Offside, Cardiff City. Jordon Mutch tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.

88:46

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

88:18

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cala.

86:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Bellamy replaces Mats Daehli.

85:42

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Cala.

83:06

Attempt saved. Guly (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross.

81:39

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by David Marshall.

81:37

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

79:11

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:11

Foul by Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City).

78:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Guly replaces Jack Cork.

77:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Kevin McNaughton replaces Fabio.

77:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76:54

Delay in match Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

76:05

Attempt saved. Sam Gallagher (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin with a through ball.

74:23

Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

73:05

Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass.

71:19

Dejan Lovren (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:19

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City).

68:14

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:14

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City).

66:43

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

66:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Nathaniel Clyne replaces Calum Chambers.

65:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Sam Gallagher replaces Gastón Ramírez.

64:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 0, Cardiff City 1. Cala (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

63:33

Foul by Calum Chambers (Southampton).

63:33

Mats Daehli (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Wilfried Zaha replaces Gary Medel.

60:05

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Calum Chambers with a cross.

59:31

Attempt saved. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mats Daehli.

58:14

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.

58:12

Attempt blocked. Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:50

Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

56:50

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:30

Attempt blocked. Jack Cork (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Calum Chambers.

55:22

Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

54:55

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:55

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

48:49

Attempt missed. Luke Shaw (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 0, Cardiff City 0.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 0, Cardiff City 0.

41:01

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:01

Foul by Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City).

40:17

Attempt missed. Jack Cork (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Steven Davis.

39:35

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Paulo Gazzaniga.

38:49

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Paulo Gazzaniga.

38:17

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

37:39

Attempt saved. Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Calum Chambers.

35:29

Foul by Calum Chambers (Southampton).

35:29

Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:22

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kévin Théophile-Catherine.

32:18

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by David Marshall.

32:16

Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

26:41

Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

25:32

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:32

Foul by Cala (Cardiff City).

24:18

Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordon Mutch.

23:02

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

23:02

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

22:52

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:52

Foul by Gary Medel (Cardiff City).

21:14

Attempt blocked. Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

20:12

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez with a cross.

18:44

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Cork.

17:29

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

16:16

Attempt saved. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

15:25

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

15:25

Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:31

Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

11:34

Attempt missed. Calum Chambers (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

10:41

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

10:41

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:37

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

7:37

Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:38

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

5:38

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:53

Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

3:53

Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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