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Cardiff finally won in September as they overcame Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

City started brightly, with Craig Bryson opening the scoring in the 7th minute. From a goal-kick, Kenneth Zohore headed it on, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing kicked it over the top, and Bryson volleyed it low past the keeper.

Shortly after the goal, Aron Gunnarsson nearly doubled the lead, but his effort was saved by Robbin Ruiter. Just before half-time, City received a huge let-off when Bryan Oviedo struck the post from 30 yards, with Etheridge beaten.

In the second half, in the 53rd minute, Sunderland did equalise through Lynden Gooch. After Sean Morrison had clumsily hauled Gooch down, he steeped up to slot the ball into the corner.

City nearly went back in front but, Bruno Manga’s effort was saved by the keeper. And Cardiff did go back in front through a penalty from Joe Ralls. After Morrison was hauled to the floor from a corner, Ralls stepped up to coolly slot in and restore Cardiff’s lead.

Cardiff held on to stay joint top of the Championship with Wolves and Leeds, who they play on Tuesday. It was an important win after not winning for three games.

This was the first Championship meeting at the Stadium of Light between the sides since October 2006, which Cardiff also won 2-1 thanks to a brace from Michael Chopra.

Cardiff remain third, level on points with Wolves and Leeds, while Sunderland drop to 22nd in the league. They haven’t won at home in 15 successive matches.

Next up for the Bluebirds is a home game against Leeds next Tuesday, the 26 September. Hopefully we can continue the winning form.

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