Juan Cala scores in the second half to give Cardiff City a vital 1-0 win against Southampton at St Mary's.
have stunned Cardiff City 1-0 at St Mary's to give their hopes of Premier League survival a shot in the arm. Southampton 's second-half volley was enough to give Juan Cala 's side what could be a crucial win in the fight to avoid the drop. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasted a good opening for the Welsh side early on when he failed to connect with the ball when swinging his foot at it inside the box nine minutes in. Jordon Mutch
Southampton fashioned a number of chances within the first half hour, and
had a decent opening on 15 minutes before Steven Davis , who was lively throughout, found Adam Lallana , who hit the bar with a deflected effort. Gaston Ramirez © Getty Images and David Marshall were involved in a mix-up on 18 minutes but the goalkeeper eventually scrambled the ball away before saving Lallana's shot on the edge of the box. Steven Caulker
Southampton were asking for penalty when Caulker leaned into
, but the referee waved away the appeals five minutes from half time. Luke Shaw
Cala gave his side the lead on 63 minutes when he met a half-clearance with a left-footed volley on the edge of the box.
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Cardiff then had Marshall to thank for keeping the lead when he denied
with a great save before Sam Gallagher chipped over the bar. Morgan Schneiderlin
The goalkeeper again came to the rescue to deny
late on, before Nathaniel Clyne poked wide on 87 minutes, as the Welsh side held on. Rickie Lambert
Half-Time Report: Southampton, Cardiff goalless at the break