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Dec 28, 2013 at 5.30pm UK at Cardiff City Stadium
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Mutch (5'), Campbell (58')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Fletcher (83'), Colback (95')

Half-Time Report: Jordon Mutch goal gives Cardiff City half-time advantage

Jordon Mutch scores after only five minutes to give Cardiff City a 1-0 lead against Sunderland.

Cardiff City are beating Sunderland 1-0 at half time thanks to Jordon Mutch's early goal.

There was drama immediately from the whistle as Mutch was booked for diving after he had gone over in the penalty area.

Jordon Mutch of Cardiff City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match against Sunderland on December 28, 2013© Getty Images

The Cardiff midfielder then headed over from close range with plenty of goal to aim at from Craig Noone's cross.

However, Mutch's start to the match got much better as he gave the Bluebirds an early lead. He picked up the ball midway in the Sunderland half before running towards goal. After reaching the edge of the box, Mutch then hammered his shot past Vito Mannone.

It was almost 2-0 to the home side as Mannone was called into action to tip Kim Bo-Kyung's shot over the bar.

The pressure continued as the Black Cats struggled to get in the game. This time Noone fired across a teasing cross that Steven Caulker glanced straight at Mannone.

The Sunderland goalkeeper saved again, pushing Peter Whittingham's quick free kick away to safety. Fraizer Campbell then headed inches wide from Mutch's cross.

The visitors finally showed their attacking intent with half an hour played. Ki Sung-Yueng's shot was saved by David Marshall, but Jozy Altidore stabbed the rebound wide.

However, the Cardiff onslaught continued as the first half progressed. Whittingham arrived late at the back post before trying to cross for Campbell, but the Sunderland defence managed to clear.

Fabio Borini forced Marshall to save down low just before the break as the Black Cats began to up their game.

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