Match Report – Cardiff City 2-0 West Ham

By Frankie Levin

Cardiff secured three vital points in their bid to avoid relegation as they beat a disappointing West Ham.

Goals from Junior Hoilett and Victor Camarasa either side of half-time ensured Neil Warnock’s side stayed in touch of fellow strugglers Southampton and Burnley.

The Bluebirds got off to a flying start and took the lead just four minutes in. Josh Murphy’s low cross was met by Hoilett, who stroked his first-time effort past the helpless Lukasz Fabianski.

Oumar Niasse went through on goal just three minutes later, but an excellent last-ditch tackle from Issa Diop prevented Cardiff from doubling their lead.

On a windy day in South Wales, the Hammers were denied a penalty nine minutes from half-time as Javier Hernandez stumbled over in the box, but he was booked for diving and correctly so.

Cardiff began the second half as they started the first, and were rewarded for their early pressure. It was Murphy who provided once again, this time his cushioned header across the area found Camarasa at the far post, who poked his effort past Fabianski to double their lead.

Niasse almost made it 3-0 two minutes later, but he could only angle his shot wide of the post.

West Ham dominated possession throughout, and had to wait until 65 minutes to get their first meaningful effort, but Declan Rice’s driven shot from outside the box cannoned off the post.

The result keeps Cardiff in 18th ,just two points from safety, while the Hammers remain in ninth.

You can find Neil Warnock’s press conference here.

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