Cardiff City 4 - 0 Burnley

Match info: Championship at Cardiff City Stadium

Date: 27/10/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: N Miller Att: 21,191

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Cardiff

Joe Mason 3
Craig Noone 41
Aron Gunnarsson 85
Matthew Connolly 82

4
vs
0

Burnley


FT (ht: 2-0)

  • Last Updated: October 27 2012, 18:45 BST

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay refused to get carried away despite seeing his side return to the top of the npower Championship following their emphatic 4-0 home victory over Burnley.

Burnley are left flattened after their thumping by Cardiff
Burnley are left flattened after their thumping by Cardiff

Joe Mason, Craig Noone, Matt Connolly and Aron Gunnarsson all scored as the Welsh club notched up their biggest win in just over two years.

But Cardiff manager Mackay, whose side regained their spot at the summit after Leicester's slip-up at home to Crystal Palace, kept a lid on the growing expectancy in south Wales.

Mackay said: "I'm delighted that after 12 games we're in and around what is going on.

"But I'm acutely aware how relentless and unforgiving this league is as well as how quickly your squad can be decimated by injuries.

"We have had some injuries in the form of Nicky Maynard, Craig Bellamy, Jordon Mutch and Tommy Smith. But other players have come in and grabbed the jerseys."

The margin of victory at the Cardiff City Stadium against managerless Burnley was the grandest under Cardiff boss Mackay, who arrived in the Welsh capital in June 2011.

And Cardiff also nullified the threat of Burnley striker Charlie Austin who failed to break Ray Pointer's 54-year club record by scoring in his ninth consecutive appearance.

Mackay added: "We've played against the top scorers in the league and top scorer in Charlie Austin so to keep a clean sheet, take our chances and be clinical at the other end, I'm very pleased.

"The goals were excellent, but we could have had more. I'm delighted that the hard work and good play was finished off well with the goals as well.

"We kept going even at half-time at two-nil up. We combated them well, played in between the lines and put them to the sword in the second half."

Cardiff caught Burnley cold on a chilly afternoon with Mason's opener in the third minute.

Noone crashed a shot against Lee Grant's right-hand post and Mason, making only his third league start of the season, followed up to slot home.

Cardiff increased their advantage four minutes before the interval courtesy of Noone, whose 25-yard drive was weakly handled by Grant as the ball bounced over the line.

Mackay's men added two more goals in the second period as Connolly headed home Peter Whittingham's corner before substitute Gunnarsson rounded off the scoring by latching on to Rudy Gestede's knockdown to beat Grant.

Burnley caretaker manager Terry Pashley said: "The goals we conceded were self-inflicted.

"After the first goal we never really recovered. We tried to be positive in the second half to try and get the next goal, but we conceded a third.

"It was poor decisions in open play and we got punished. But we all have to be accountable.

"Cardiff are top of the league and it's no fluke - they are playing consistent football. It was a tough afternoon for us."


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