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Cardiff boost hopes of safety with win at Brighton

17 Apr 2019
Sean Morrison, Cardiff City

Sean Morrison and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing earn a 2-0 victory against their relegation rivals at Amex Stadium

Cardiff City gave a major boost to their hopes of avoiding relegation with a 2-0 victory at their nearest rivals Brighton & Hove Albion.

Goals from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison mean the 18th-placed Bluebirds are now only two points behind Brighton with four Matchweeks remaining. 

Cardiff took the lead after 22 minutes when, after dribbling on the counter-attack from his own half, Mendez-Laing received the ball back from David Junior Hoilett and curled into the top corner from 25 yards.

Captain Morrison doubled their advantage five minutes into the second half by heading in his first Premier League goal for the club from Victor Camarasa's free-kick.

How they stand

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
15 BUR 38 -23 40
16 SOU 38 -20 39
17 BHA 38 -25 36
18 CAR 38 -35 34

Brighton battled but Glenn Murray could only head their best chance against the post as Chris Hughton's side lost a fourth consecutive match without scoring.

Neil Warnock's men have played one match more than their defeated hosts but will face leaders Liverpool on Sunday with renewed confidence that they can avoid joining Huddersfield Town and Fulham in the Championship next season.

See: Brighton report  | Cardiff report 

Next fixtures

Brighton: 20 Apr v Wolves (A)
Cardiff: 21 Apr v Liverpool (H)

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