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Aron Gunnarsson’s long-range effort won the game for Cardiff against relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest.

There wasn’t much action in a cagey first half, but Peter Whittingham did hit the crossbar with a thunderous effort from 30 yards out. Anthony Pilkington came close, but his shot was blocked. Forest did came fairly close, but Mustapha Carayol’s powerful long-range effort went just wide. The biggest entertainment seemed to be in the dugout, where Cardiff assistant manager had to be kept apart from his opposite number in the Forest dugout after frayed tempers almost led to a scuffle.

In the second, Forest had some renewed attacking intent, with Carayol seeming to be their main threat, with his direct and quick running. Kenneth Zohore nearly took the lead with a left-foot attempt from just outside the box which went narrowly wide.

Carayol forced a good save from Allan McGregor in the Cardiff goal, as Forest fancied their chances. But, in the 70th minute, City took the lead through Gunnarsson. After some good play by Kadeem Harris on the left-wing, his cross was only half cleared, with the ball coming out to Gunnarsson who fired a fantastic strike, swerving away from Jordan Smith and into the far corner.

Forest did have their big chance with about five minutes to go, but substitute Apsotolos Vellios headed against the bar from very close range. The Bluebirds held on to win their third successive home win and climb up to 13th in the league. Forest drop to 21st, one point above the bottom three.

Next up for the Bluebirds is a trip to Wigan Athletic. Hopefully they can carry on the winning run.