Cardiff City 2 - 1 Bristol City

Match info: Championship at Cardiff City Stadium

Date: 16/02/2013 KO: 13:00 Ref: E Ilderton Att: 25,586

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Fraizer Campbell 45+1,58


Bristol C

Ben Nugent 90+2 (og)

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: February 16 2013, 16:28 GMT

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay believes the best is still to come from Fraizer Campbell as he continues to return to full fitness.

Malky Mackay enjoys Cardiff's victory.
Malky Mackay enjoys Cardiff's victory.

The 25-year-old marked his first start for the Bluebirds following his move from Sunderland with a goal in each half in the 2-1 win over Bristol City to keep his new side's promotion bandwagon rolling on.

The opener, a smart finish from Tommy Smith's clever through ball, broke the resistance of a stubborn Bristol City side in first half added time.

Campbell then secured the points from inside the box

after being found by Aron Gunnarsson's huge throw.

And Mackay believes Campbell is still building his fitness after a lack of games before the move to south Wales and the Scot explained that his medical staff are keen not to overburden a player who had not previously started a match all season.

"I am delighted for him, you could see the quality there," he said.

"You could see the intelligence, the strength and the link-up play. And for him to get the two goals is obviously really pleasing for him.

"More than anything I am delighted about the lack of ego about the boy and the way he has thrown himself in to everything that we do here. He has bought into it and he has grasped it.

"I felt it was time to start him and it is about bleeding him in gently. He has not played a lot of football in the last few months and we have to treat him properly as he builds up to match fitness.

"We knew he was going to have to come off the pitch, his whole body cramped up in one big go!

"I don't doubt the type of footballer we have got, it is about making sure we get him into the team in the correct way."

The Robins, who remain three points from safety at the foot of the table, were grateful for Tom Heaton for keeping them in the game string of smart saves throughout the 90 minutes on his return to south Wales.

The former Bluebird, who could do nothing about either goal, kept out Craig Noone's drive before making a fantastic stop to deny Campbell in the first half.

Sean O'Driscoll's men did grab a consolation in added time when Ben Nugent scored a bizarre own goal, heading the ball past David Marshall under no pressure, but they were left to reflect on a third straight away defeat since the former Nottingham Forest boss took charge.

And it was Campbell's second goal, a close-range finish from a long throw, which was especially frustrating for O'Driscoll.

"If we hadn't conceded a poor second goal we could have walked away with a point which would have been extremely pleasing," he said.

"The second goal was disappointing because every day in training we say we cant concede poor goals in this division. We didn't deal with that as well as we should have.

"They are a good team and with the front two of Campbell and Bellamy they deserve to be a good team. Their

movement and interchanging caused us problems.

"But credit to the lads they stuck in and stuck together and everyone has reacted positively to any negatives in the game.

"We've just got to be a little bit better with the ball. If you are going to win games away from home with limited possession then you do have to be effective."

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