Cardiff clinch vital win at Brighton

Cardiff City registered an impressive victory away to Brighton and Hove Albion to move within two points of safety in the Premier League.

Brighton immediately installed Solly March and Pascal Gross from injury layoffs, while Neil Warnock went for Oumar Niasse, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Joe Ralls.

It was a key encounter for both sides, as the hosts made a positive opening went March fired into the side-netting on two minutes.

Cardiff looked to pose their first threat eight minutes later, but Aron Einar’s attempt failed to cause any trouble Mathew Ryan.

The Bluebirds had their noses in front on 22 minutes after Mendez-Laing curled home from 25-yards, giving Neil Etheridge no chance.

Five minutes to halftime, Einar was put through to the area once more but the final execution from a corner failed to crack the back of the net.

Cardiff doubled their lead five minutes from the break after Sean Morrison finished off from a well-worked free-kick.

Brighton made a change on 54 minutes when Florin Andone replaced Gross, while Cardiff responded with the arrival of Leandro Bacuna for Aron Gunnarsson a minute later.

Chris Hughton’s side were devoid of ideas, as the visiting side held their cool and controlled the tempo of the game comfortably.

The home side threatened in the final 20 minutes when Murray’s effort from the edge of the area narrowly missed the net.

Little in the way of chances cropped up on either end, as the Seagulls dropped into the bottom three while the Bluebirds move to safety.

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