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Jan 13, 2018 at 12.30pm UK at Cardiff City Stadium (Cardiff (Caerdydd))
Attendance: 17,703
CardiffCardiff City
Paterson (46', 80'), Ralls (55'), Pilkington (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Ndong (49')

Result: Cardiff City stroll past Sunderland to move into second

Result: Cardiff City stroll past Sunderland
Cardiff City defeat Championship bottom club Sunderland 4-0 to move into second place, as the Bluebirds put in a dominant performance to secure a first win in five.

Cardiff City put in a thoroughly dominant performance as they defeated Championship bottom club Sunderland 4-0 on Saturday afternoon to move into second place and secure a first win in five.

Neil Warnock's men had suffered four straight defeats prior to Saturday's result, but kept Black Cats boss Chris Coleman without a win in Wales to move one point above third-placed Derby County.

Cardiff shared the best of the opening 10 minutes, as Sean Morrison's header from Joe Ralls's free kick was easily saved by Robbin Ruiter, before Ralls's corner bounced dangerously through the Black Cats' box before being cleared.

Sunderland were poor in the opening stages, and their best openings came when centre-back Tyias Browning and midfielder George Honeyman both struck harmlessly over Neil Etheridge's goal.

Ralls had the game's first decent chance when Billy Jones's clearance was met on the half-volley by the Englishman before Ruiter tipped wide.

Cardiff had more opportunities to take the lead in the first half through Junior Hoilett, who had two free kicks that were both steered just wide.

The Bluebirds continued to press before the half-time whistle but were unable to find a breakthrough.

Warnock's men, however, began the second period how they ended the first, and were ahead on 46 minutes when Callum Paterson rose above Jones and headed past Ruiter.

Sunderland's afternoon got worse when Didier N'Dong, who returned to the squad this weekend, was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Hoilett.

The hosts capitalised on their numerical advantage from a Black Cats corner, from which Hoilett raced away and squared to feed Ralls, whose first-time effort beat Ruiter.

From then on, Sunderland were poor as Paterson added his side's third and the visitors failed to find a response.

Anthony Pilkington, who replaced Kenneth Zohore late on, finished the contest deep into added time with a finish into an empty net.

CARDIFF: Etheridge; Richards, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba; Bennett, Mendez-Laing (Wildschut 59'), Paterson, Ralls; Hoilett (Feeney 81'); Zohore (Pilkington 82')

SUNDERLAND: Ruiter; Jones, Clarke-Salter, Browning, O'Shea, Oviedo; Honeyman, Wilson (Cattermole 45'), Ndong, Gooch (Asoro 60'); Maja (McManaman 78')

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