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Match Report – Cardiff City 2, Luton Town 1

Match Report – Cardiff City 2, Luton Town 1

Neil Warnock scored 10 out of 10 in Cardiff City’s first SkyBet Championship win of the 2019-20 season.

Substitute Isaac Vassell capped off Warnock’s day with a winning goal six minutes into injury time.

The Bluebirds manager has never lost a Football League against Luton Town in 10 games against the Hatters (W4, D6).

Warnock has also never lost his opening two matches of a season in the second tier and that record, too, remains intact after 15 years at his level.

City were the better team, particularly in the first half, but were simply not ruthless enough when they had chances – and there were plenty of them.

Centre-back Aden Flint put Cardiff ahead after 52 minutes, while Luton equalised close too the end when Matty Pearson headed powerfully home from a Luke Berry corner.

There was some despondency at that stage, but substitute Vassell, sent on during injury time, popped up with a dramatic winner after 96 minutes.

Home supporters celebrated wildly – and noise levels must have been heard all over Wales.

Luton paid their first ever visit to Cardiff City Stadium and were given a rough ride by the rampant Bluebirds duriung the first half.

City were the better team and really should have been one or two goals ahead.

Josh Murphy was a revelation down the left, terrorising defenders with his pace and tricks, while centre-forward Robert Glatzel impressed in the way he spearheaded the home attack.

In midfield new signing Marlon Pack directed operations, constantly urging on his team-mates and protecting Cardiff’s back four.

It was an effective, impressive first half performance by Cardiff, who had a series of shots blocked and scrambled clear as they opened up the Hatters time and again.

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Sean Morrison was closest to a goal when he was picked out by a Joe Ralls free-kick and flicked his header towards the target. Goalkeeper Simon Sluga was at full stretch when. He turned the ball onto Luton’s bar.

More than 2,000 Luton fans were in Cardiff for the match, boosting the attendance to 24,500-plus, and their team went in relieved the match was still goalless.

Seven minutes into the second half that changed when Murphy lifted a free-kick into the penalty area and c centre-half Flint scored with a right-foot shot from close range.

James Collins went close with a snap shot from a quality passing move when Luton pressed forward, while Glatzel was desperately close to touching home from six yards following a Junior Hoilett cross.

Cardiff were nowhere near as fluid in the second half as they were in the first, but they kept things solid with Warnock sending on Junior Hoilett and Will Vaulks.

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