An injury time header from substitute Rhys Healey gave Cardiff the three points against Burton.
It was a tight contest, with hardly any clear chances for both teams. Cardiff were quite fortunate to get the win. They had two good chances with about 20 minutes gone. Kadeem Harris wriggled free but fired wide and Kenneth Zohore had a snap shot which was tipped around the post by Burton goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin. A couple of minutes later, Joe Ralls slipped, which allowed Lloyd Dyer to run clean through, but he didn’t even test debutant Allan McGregor.
Cardiff lacked quality and Aron Gunnarsson shooting wide summed up a poor first half. Anthony Pilkington went off injured and it looked like it would be a frustrating result. Sol Bamba and Sean Morrison both missed headers from set-pieces, with Cardiff trying to make their physical advantage count.
Warnock brought on Rickie Lambert and Healey to try and make a difference be they were both involved in the winner. But, Burton came close to scoring through Lucas Akins’ turn and shot, which forced McGregor into his first save of the match. It looked like it was heading for a 0-0 draw, but Healey scored in the first minute of stoppage time. Lambert’s free-kick hit the wall and Burton failed to clear the ball, before Harris set up Healey to head in.
Because Healey played, he cannot go out on loan to another team after already playing for Cardiff and Newport. This was Cardiff’s third successive league win for the first time since September 2015. They are now in 16th place with a game in hand. That game in hand is their next game away at Brighton on Tuesday, the 24th of January.
The result sees Cardiff rise to 16th in the table and Burton sink into the relegation zone.