10-man Cardiff dropped to third in the league as they lost to Bristol City, who made it three successive Championship victories.
Bristol City opened the scoring in the 20th minute through Callum O’Dowda. He picked up the ball just outside the box, he cut inside onto his left foot, before firing into the far corner.
Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge was forced into a few saves during the first half, with Milan Djuric and Joe Bryan testing him with efforts.
In the 41st minute, Omar Bogle equalised for Cardiff. After Junior Hoilett had battled hard to get the ball to him, he fired past Bristol keeper Frank Fielding for his second goal in two starts.
In the 55th minute, Cardiff goalscorer Bogle was sent off for a late tackle on Marlon Pack. But, shortly before that, Pack should’ve been sent off for a second yellow card, but was let off the hook.
Bristol City took full advantage of the extra man by taking the lead in the 66th minute through Aden Flint. From a long throw-in, Flint lost his man and powerfully headed past Etheridge.
Substitute Danny Ward came close to scoring when he came on, but he headed Callum Paterson’s cross wide. Bristol came very close to sealing the game, but Josh Brownhill fired narrowly wide.
In stoppage time ex-Bristol City man Lee Tomlin fired a free-kick, which went narrowly over the bar. In the end, it was too much for the 10 men of Cardiff.
This was only third league defeat of the season for Cardiff. It was only Bristol City’s third win in eighteen games against Cardiff. The Robins remain in fourth, while Cardiff drop to third, being overtaken by Sheffield United and are now four point of league leaders Wolves.
Next up for the Bluebirds is Brentford at home after the international break on the 18 November. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways.