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Saturday 1 February 2014 | Cardiff City Stadium | Referee: Mark Clattenburg | Attendance 26,748

Cardiff
  • Craig Bellamy (49)
  • Kenwyne Jones (50)
Cardiff
2 - 1
Norwich
  • Robert Snodgrass (5)
Norwich

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Kenwyne Jones struck the winner on his Cardiff City debut to earn a 2-1 victory over Norwich City and end a seven-match winless league run.

The Trinidadian, signed from Stoke City as part of a swap deal involving Peter Odemwingie, poked home the decisive goal five minutes into the second half to complete a stunning comeback for the hosts, who won for the first time in the Barclays Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It was Jones's first league goal since December 2012 and came a minute after Craig Bellamy had put Cardiff back on level terms to end a drought of his own and set a new Barclays Premier League record. In cancelling out Robert Snodgrass's early opener for Norwich the former Wales forard became the first man in Barclays Premier League history to score for seven different clubs in the competition.

Fabio Da Silva and Jones made their debuts for Cardiff after joining before the transfer deadline while a third addition, Wilfried Zaha, started on the bench.

But it was the visitors who made the brighter start and they were ahead as early as the fifth minute after Martin Olsson broke free down the left and pulled the ball across the box, where it fell nicely for Snodgrass to sidefoot home from eight yards.

Cardiff struggled to make any inroads into the Norwich half, with efforts from distance the best they could muster in the opening half-hour.
Peter Whittingham curled an effort narrowly wide from 20 yards in the 38th minute before being immediately withdrawn in what appeared to be a tactical switch by Solskjaer, who sent on Zaha in a bid to increase his side's attacking threat.

That change reaped rewards four minutes after the break as Zaha picked up on a loose ball and slipped a pass in for Bellamy, who tucked it underneath John Ruddy.

A minute later, the hosts were ahead, Jones hooking the ball high into the net from close range after his initial header had been blocked.

The visitors came agonisingly close to an immediate response with Bradley Johnson seeing his curling effort from 25 yards tipped on to the crossbar by David Marshall before Jones almost inadvertently doubled his tally in the 59th minute, deflecting Jordon Mutch's shot on to the outside of a post with his stomach.

Norwich pressed hard in the final stages, Marshall producing a superb save low to his right to deny substitute Nathan Redmond in the 80th minute, before Bellamy cleared Gary Hooper's effort off the line.

Marshall clawed out Leroy Fer's header and Snodgrass hit a post in the final five minutes as Cardiff held on to lift themselves off the foot of the table, while Norwich are left looking over their shoulder, with just two points separating Chris Hughton's men from the bottom three.

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "Wilfried Zaha came on and made the difference. He has pace, power and great technique. I felt we needed some spark and the crowd needed something. He gave everyone a lift, that's for sure.

"I think Fabio did fantastic but maybe the most pleasing thing is to see the form of Craig Bellamy. Becoming the first player to score for seven different clubs in the Premier League is something for him to take with him. I think he's been magnificent.

"When you're a young team, newly promoted, you look at the experience of players like Craig and not least the goalkeeper. He kept us in the game and was outstanding."

Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "I don't think you could fault our efforts but if we make mistakes like we did we have to be scoring goals at the other end.

"When you give away the two goals we did it changed the whole atmosphere in the stadium. It is always frustrating when you concede any goal but the manner we did was so tough to take. We know this can be an intimidating place here but the crowd were fairly quiet and that was down to the effect we had on the game.

“What we did do after such a knock was respond very well after that. Their goalkeeper, as he did at Carrow Road, made some superb saves, we hit the woodwork and we had a couple disallowed. I can not fault the effort of the players but we missed some good chances.”

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. David Marshall 7.0 5.39
4. Steven Caulker 2.5 5.15
42. Declan John 1.5 3.7
6. Ben Turner 2.67 4.23
35. Fabio 2.0 5.75
18. Jordon Mutch 5.0 5.52
16. Craig Noone 4.0 5.37
39. Craig Bellamy 7.0 6.14
8. Gary Medel 2.5 5.13
7. Peter Whittingham 4.0 5.54
9. Kenwyne Jones 6.0 4.07
Substitutes All Fans BFR
10. Fraizer Campbell 4.5 6.49
17. Aron Gunnarsson 6.5 5.15
32. Joe Lewis 2.0 3.93
36. Wilfried Zaha 7.0 5.75
15. Magnus Wolff Eikrem 1.5 3.67
28. Kévin Théophile-Catherine 3.0 4.29
29. Mats Daehli 1.0 3.97
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. John Ruddy 10.0 4.91
5. Sébastien Bassong 6.33 4.33
24. Ryan Bennett 7.0 4.06
2. Russell Martin 6.33 4.28
23. Martin Olsson 6.33 4.54
4. Bradley Johnson 7.33 4.26
7. Robert Snodgrass 7.33 5.54
27. Alexander Tettey 8.33 4.72
15. Jonás Gutiérrez 6.33 3.91
11. Gary Hooper 7.0 4.81
16. Johan Elmander 6.0 4.6
Substitutes All Fans BFR
9. Ricky van Wolfswinkel 4.0 5.81
22. Nathan Redmond 1.5 5.02
13. Mark Bunn 2.0 2.4
12. Anthony Pilkington 4.0 5.18
10. Leroy Fer 3.0 4.79
19. Luciano Becchio 2.0 1.95
3. Steven Whittaker 4.0 4.78

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