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Defensive mistakes and missed opportunities cost Cardiff, as they lost 3-1 at Wolves.

Wolves were ahead after 9 minutes through Danny Batth. Ben Marshall whipped in a free-kick, Andreas Weimann headed it across the face of goal, and Batth headed home. Cardiff were punished for defensive mistakes.

But, Wolves were only ahead for three minutes. From a Aron Gunnarsson long throw-in, the ball was cleared by Wolves, only to go back into the box. Kenneth Zohore headed over Wolves keeper Andy Lonergan into the net for his ninth goal in nine games and his 11th goal this season.

Cardiff had some good chances to go in front. Aron Gunnarsson fired wide from a good position after being set up by Zohore, who along with Junior Hoilett, failed to react to a Sean Morrison head down. But, in the 41st minute, City were made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal. Marshall’s cross from the right found Batth, who headed home for his second goal of the match.

In the second half, Batth nearly scored a hat-trick, but from a Marshall corner, his header went over the bar. City nearly equalised, but Craig Noone hit the right-hand post. And in the 82nd minute, Helder Costa finished off the game with an invidual goal. He was fed by David Edwards, before a weaving run through the Cardiff defence and a calm finish past Allan McGregor.

The Bluebirds drop one place to 14th, but are still 11 points above the relegation zone. Wolves moved eight points clear of the relegation zone in 16th. It was a fourth successive win for Wolves. 

Next up for the the Bluebirds is a trip to Barnsley on Tuesday, the 4 April.