Cardiff v Burnley: Honours even in tight capital contest

Cardiff v Burnley: Honours even in tight capital contest

Neil Warnock: Cardiff boss says it will be hard for Sean Dyche to manage a top six club

Sam Vokes notched the winner for Burnley to leave Cardiff City still looking for their first league win of the season

Burnleys Sam Vokes celebrates scoring their second goal. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters Jacob Steinberg

Josh Murphy, with his first goal since making an £11million summer switch from Norwich, replied in between, but Cardiff could not make their pressure count.

Warnock rues cruel defeat as Burnley add to Cardiffs worries

Neil Warnock speaks! I thought we were the better side all the way through. We had to work really hard to lose that. I thought we were super in everything we did apart from defend the two goals. They were quite simplistic and we should do better. I watched the game with Leicester v Newcastle yesterday and saw a penalty given for handball. Its unnatural with Patersons overhead kick. I thought it was a penalty. But the smaller clubs dont get it. Sometimes it depends on what referee you get. Someone else might have given it. We still should have taken advantage of the chances and maybe had a bit of help in other areas. I dont know how many free-kicks Lowton had to give away before he got a yellow card.

Neil Warnock complained football was a “cruel game” after his Cardiff side suffered a fourth straight Premier League defeat to Burnley.

Sean Dyche speaks! Its very difficult coming here. We knew it would be. We lost our centre-half early and Kevin Long came in and did very well. Second half we calmed a little bit. The mentality to stick in there and stay resolute. Sometimes thats underestimated. We couldnt find it first half. They got the ball forward but Im not against that. We couldnt be effective. But as the game calmed in the second half, we were more effective. This is a really tough division. Joe Hart made the stops he can stop but the balls coming in the box, he was very good coming out.

None of the bottom three have won a game yet. Would it be a surprise if Cardiff, Huddersfield and Newcastle are all in the bottom three in May? Probably not when it comes to the first two, though it remains tough to see Rafa Benitez taking Newcastle down.

41 mins: Cardiff are knocking on the door now. Any corner or long throw-in isnt being dealt with at all well by Burnley. This time its a corner into the box that Cardiff win at the back post. In attempt to clear his lines Sam Vokes can only skim a header towards Callum Paterson but he cant react quickly enough to get enough purchase towards goal with Hart out of his goal.

What does losing this game say for Cardiffs survival hopes? They edge a poor game but have made their worst start in any competition for 54 years. They have two points from their first seven games and are stuck in the bottom three with Huddersfield and Newcastle. Burnley created two chances and took them both to move five points clear of the bottom three. Its huge, we needed it, Burnleys Joe Hart says. It was a tough start to the season and we sat down and had a lot of talks. I think all the crowds flooded at half-time from the Ryder Cup to watch this game when they heard about this classic, us slugging it out. No, Im joking. I got a nice reception as always, as I get everywhere I go.

The referee has blown for full-time at the Welsh capital. Vokes goal was enough to seal it for Burnley who made it back-to-back Premier League wins to climb to 12th in the table.Defeat for Cardiff meant they remained without a win from seven league games and only off the bottom of the table on goal difference.

Vokes applauds fans after helping his team win the game 2-1. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters Updated at 6.02pm BST

35 mins: We have our first meaningful well-worked move of the match and it falls to the hosts. Victor Camarasa runs with the ball down the right before slipping in a low cross to Kenneth Zohore. His first time effort is arrowing towards the near post but Hart does brilliantly to save it.

90 min+2: Murphys dinked cross from the left causes some uncertainty in the middle, forcing Hart to react before the ball drifts inside the far post. But the flags up for offside anyway.

27 mins: Burnley are forced to make a change early on as defensive linchpin James Tarkowski is withdrawn due to injury. It seemed a fairly innocuous one – a ball striking him on the shoulder during the opening exchanges but its still clearly bugging him. Kevin Long comes on in his place.

90 min: Lowton fouls Madine off the ball, handing Cardiff another chance to launch a free-kick into the Burnley area. There will be four added minutes. Burnley clear Camarasas free-kick.

Well this is against the run of play but Burnley wont care as they have the lead. The visitors catch Cardiff cold with a quick-throw in. Westwood loops in a high cross towards the back post which Johann Berg Gudmundsson reaches with his head to squeeze in at the far post.

88 min: Murphy drives a low shot towards the far post, hoping for a touch from someone, but the ball zips wide.

The Welsh outfit have drawn two and lost four of their opening six games – a run of results that sees them in 19th in the table. Meanwhile, 17th-placed Burnley recorded their first win of the campaign last weekend when they thumped Bournemouth 4-0.

87 min: Lowton picks up a booking for clattering into Murphy. The free-kicks about 20 yards out but around 10 yards to the left of the D.

What a goal this is as Cardiff level the scorelines through Murphy. Bruno Ecuele Manga runs down the hosts right before cutting a ball back just inside the penalty area. Murphy runs on to the ball and curls an effort past Hart wonderfully.

85 min: Cardiff are still plugging away. Agriculturally speaking, those in the coastal areas of South Carolina are referred to as Sandlappers. Sounds pleasant enough, but literally refers to dirt-eaters, which is actually a bit less pleasant. Jim says.

82 min: The lively Murphy brushes the side netting with a hopeful effort. A few Cardiff fans thought it was in. Alas.

Cardiff supporters must be pulling their hair out as they go behind once more. Gudmundsson has an assist alongside his goal now as his run in behind Cardiffs defence sees a cross for Vokes which is headed into an empty net. Too easy.

73 min: I always thought agricultural football referred to its characteristic prominence of the hoof, says Pete Franklin.

71 min: Cardiff replace Kenneth Zohore with Danny Ward. Burnley respond by bringing on Chris Wood for Matej Vydra.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche named the same side which had beaten Bournemouth 4-0 in their previous league game with Ashley Barnes, who scored twice late on against the Cherries, remaining on the bench.

Burnley have been under the cosh but they have the lead again! Gudmundsson runs on to a long ball over the top and hooks a clever cross into the middle from the left. Vokes gets in front of Cunningham and steers a deft header low to Etheridges right to silence the Cardiff fans.

280 – The first half between Cardiff and Burnley saw just 280 passes attempted, with a 59% completion rate; both season-low figures for a first half in the Premier League. Grind. #CARBUR

Vokes scores Burnleys second. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters And celebrates. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Updated at 5.36pm BST

Sol Bamba, Callum Paterson, Josh Murphy and Kenneth Zohore came into the side with manager Neil Warnock knowing a win would take Cardiff out of the relegation zone at Burnleys expense.

69 min: Murphy, the bit between his teeth, leads a three-on-two break. But hes slightly selfish here and sees his deflected shot easily saved by Hart.

After a feast of Premier League football on Saturday we have just one game to tuck into today and its a clash near the foot of the table as Cardiff City entertain Burnley.

67 min: Camarasas shot from 25 yards takes a deflection and loops over for a Cardiff corner. Burnley deal with it but Cardiff press again. The ball comes to Murphy on the left. He moves it on to his right foot and tries to guide a shot into the top-left corner from 20 yards. It looks destined to nestle in the back of the net until Hart tips it over. What a save.

54 mins: Cardiff come close to levelling the scores when Victor Camarasa volleys an effort towards goal but he can only shoot over the bar under pressure.

Cardiff break down the right, Camarasa feeding a pass through to the surging Manga. The right-back fizzes a low cutback into the middle and Josh Murphy arrives to clip a fantastic shot to Harts left with the inside of his right foot! How Cardiff needed that!

57 min: Bamba slips and Burnley spy a chance to break. But Cardiff are relieved to see Vokes stray offside as he looks to run clear.

53 min: Cardiff look for an instant response and their eyes light up when Mees header drops to Camarasa, only for the Spaniard to belt one over from 15 yards.

Out of nothing, Burnley take the lead. Ashley Westwood moves down the left and lobs a high cross to the far post, where Gudmundsson leaps above Cunningham to squeeze a low header between Etheridge and the near post! Etheridge is annoyed with himself for letting that one squeeze in. On the touchline, Neil Warnock looks concerned.

50 min: One of those interesting differences in language between here in Murica and over there in England is your use of the word agricultural to describe something rudimentary, coarse, or possibly anachronistic, with it being implied that what is being described is unpleasant or unseemly, JR in Illinois says. An example of something yall would describe as agricultural would be this game. Here in the U.S. the word simply means used for or relating to farming. They way you use it as a sort of insult seems kinda prejudiced against farmers, dont you think? By the way farmers have got elaborate GPS and computer systems and all sorts on their tractors these days. What do you think of that?

49 min: Vokes, so quiet so far, turns charges past Morrison, who tugs the strikers shirt as they enter the area. Vokes goes down in stages and Martin Atkinson ignores his penalty appeals. Was he too honest? Should he have gone down earlier?

48 min: I think this was a cynical ploy by the TV people to make us all appreciate future Sundays (and indeed our lives) when these teams are not left on their own to provide the entertainment, Ian Copestake says.

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock says Burnley boss Sean Dyche might never have the opportunity to manage a top-six Premier League club.

The Burnley manager led his side from the Championship to the Europa League but Warnock feels he will find it hard to progress further in the top flight.

“I think it will be very difficult for a British manager to end up at one of the top-six clubs,” Warnock said.

Warnock believes opportunities higher up the Premier League pyramid remain limited for English managers.

“The owners are looking for top foreign managers to come in, and you cant blame them as theyve paid billions,” he said.

While Warnock has reservations that an English manager will be appointed at a top-six club anytime soon, he does believe that the next generation offers hope.

The 69-year-old says he has been impressed by the starts former England midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have made to their respective managerial careers at Rangers and Derby.

“But they will have to win things and I can tell you, its not easy. You are up one minute and down the next.

“But the directors and boards at their clubs will give them enough ammunition because of who they are. A lesser player, they wouldnt give them the money.

“But I am pleased that people like Gerrard and Lampard are having a go – rather than just have a go at the rest of us on television!”

The pressure is on Warnock and his players with Cardiff still seeking a first Premier League win as they prepare to entertain Dyches Burnley.

Cardiff have dropped into the relegation zone after successive losses to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

“Its how quickly they can get out of that. How can we lift the players because they do get down, especially if they have not been at this level?

“We wont come up against what we have in the last few games, but the only way we are going to be successful is to eliminate our mistakes at the back and take our chances at the other end.”

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