Premier League
30 November 2018
Game week
0 - 1
2 - 1


0 - 1
18' M. Doherty (G)
A. Gunnarsson (G) 65' (assist by: S. Morrison)
1 - 1
J. Hoilett (G) 77'
2 - 1


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90'+4 The energy and intensity of Cardiff has been unmatched by Wolves, and the hosts look a good bet to see this one out as a result. They remain first to every ball, booting it up the pitch convincingly as Wolves are made to regroup time and time again.
90'+2 That's exactly what the visitors don't need right now. They have Cardiff pinned back and with plenty of bodies forward for Wolves the pressure builds, but it's quickly and carelessly relieved by Moutinho who comes nowhere close to hitting the target with a speculative effort from distance.
90' A lifeline for Wolves as the board goes up to indicate five minutes of stoppage time.
88' Everything is being thrown into the penalty area by Wolves, but Cardiff are getting their heads to every ball first. The problem with spending so much of the match in first gear is it's not so easy to just flip a switch and suddenly find the required intensity.
86' Finally Wolves have the ball in the final third but now time is working against them. They need to throw caution to the wind and get everyone forward, because Cardiff certainly have everyone back to defend.
84' It's Wolves who are chasing the equaliser, but Cardiff who have the pressure on yet again looking to put this match to bed. They win successive corners now as the visitors are struggling to find their way out from the back.
82' A final change of the night for Wolves sees Cavaleiro replace Vinagre as Nuno goes for broke.
79' Wolves have shown no urgency in this match and suddenly they have to dig deep here to salvage something. Successive defeats to Huddersfield and Cardiff, with all due respect to those opponents, would not bode well for Nuno.
77' CARDIFF HAVE TURNED IT AROUND! 2-1! An absolutely stunning, sensational, remarkable - you pick the adjective - strike out of the top drawer from Hoilett! Simply world class from the Canada international, who latches onto a loose ball at the top-left corner of the penalty area and bends an exquisite first-time strike into the top corner, off the underside of the bar! No keeper in the world is saving that.
76' Harris comes on at the expense of Arter, who may be suffering from something fatigue related.
75' Arter is down for a second time in the last five minutes. He doesn't require attention from the training staff, but he does appear to be set to give way now as Cardiff have their second change ready.
73' Wolves' second change of the night sees Gibbs-White replace Traore on the flank.
72' Stunning challenge! Absolutely splendid from Morrison who slides in at the vital moment to break up Jota's cross which looked destined to be turned in by Jimenez from point-blank range! The defender had to get the timing of that absolutely perfect, and did!
71' Needless yellow picked up by Paterson here for kicking the ball away after a whistle.
68' It's game on now! Wonderfully poised in Wales ahead of the final 20 minutes. Momentum is firmly with Cardiff, but Wolves certainly boast plenty of quality up top to steal the lead on the break.
66' Cardiff make a change of their own, as Murphy gives way to Reid on the flank.
The visitors go to the bench for the first time as Jota replaces Costa in attack.
Saiss becomes the second Wolves player booked in the match, this for dissent following the Cardiff equaliser.
65' Clever vision and a nicely cushioned header from Morrison to tee that up for Gunnarsson.
PARITY RESTORED IN CARDIFF! 1-1! Another goal from a corner, too! Wolves fail to convincingly clear their lines from the set-piece as the ball is floated back into the penalty area where Morrison smartly and unselfishly heads it into the centre for Gunnarsson who produces a remarkably acrobatic finish to pull the hosts level!
61' Neves goes into the book now for a cynical foul on Murphy to deny Cardiff a break.
58' The opportunity is certainly there for the taking for Cardiff, who are being invited to attack, but just cannot seem to find a way to penetrate the Wolves defence. They/re going to have to start committing more bodies forward.
56' With so many white shirts back in defence for Wolves, Cardiff have really struggled to try and break them down. The hosts are mainly being held to the periphery, as they have lacked the necessary quality to pick apart the narrow gaps in defence.
54' Wolves have offered next to nothing going forward since the restart, showing little urgency as they invite Cardiff forward. It's all a bit to lethargic from the visitors when they win back possession, which has allowed the hosts to largely camp out in the attacking half.
48' There's a good pace to the opening stages of this second half, but Wolves will surely look to put an end to that. The visitors will want to tighten things up in defence and force Cardiff to try and break them down.
46' The second half is underway in Wales!
The balance of play in the first half certainly favoured Cardiff, suggesting the match remains very much in the balance with the hosts just trailing by the one goal at the break. If they can find the quality to match their quantity in attack, Neil Warnock will certainly be confident his side can come away with something.
Matt Doherty scrambled home a corner for the lone goal of the first half as Wolves head into the break in front. It's far from a deserved lead for the visitors, however, who have come under consistent pressure from Cardiff, with Harry Arter coming closest having hit the crossbar from 18 yards.
45' There will be a minimum of two minutes added on at the end of this first half.
43' BIG MISS! A deep cross in for Paterson is brilliantly headed back into the path of Camarasa, but the winger completely whiffs on his first-time effort from 15 yards with a clear sight of goal! That's a bit of a let-off for Wolves.
41' This first half has really been a fascinating watch, with Cardiff looking very capable in attack and Wolves making the most of their limited opportunities on the break. The hosts are continuing their push for an equaliser before the break, one they will feel they are fully deserving of.
36' Camarasa is back to his feet and looks fine to continue as play is set to resume...
32' Incredibly selfish from Traore as Wolves break three against two. The winger has Doherty making a run in all sorts of space to his left in the centre, but instead of laying it off for the full-back Traore opts to go at it alone and sees his shot blocked, before a desperation cross on the follow-up is collected by Etheridge.
28' A well-worked set-piece leads to a shooting chance for Hoilett as he's teed up by Ralls, but the Canada international fails to hit the target. The free-kick was won by Murphy on the flank, in the same area where the hosts were having success attacking early on.
26' A bit of respite for the Wolves defence as they're passing it around in attack, enjoying a decent spell in possession without really threatening. There's just not enough pace to the visitors in their approach.
24' Wolves are being hemmed back once again, but they're looking more assured in defence. It's all raining a lot harder than it was at kick-off, which has made for less than ideal conditions out on the pitch.
22' The hosts have upped the urgency again after falling behind, as they pursue a quick response. A corner bounces around in the danger area, begging to be hit, but Wolves are able to clear their lines.
18' WOLVES LEAD AGAINST THE RUN OF PLAY! It's 1-0 to the visitors! It certainly isn't a deserved lead, but Nuno won't care in the slightest! A rare attack leads to a corner and Doherty is on hand to crash home the rebound after Etheridge did well to save Jimenez's initial header!
15' Cardiff need to get back to exploiting the flanks. They were combining well out wide, really getting at the Wolves full-backs early on, but they have strayed from that for whatever reason, instead now trying to play through the middle which simply isn't working.
13' It has become increasingly congested in midfield, as Wolves have turned to clogging things up in the middle of the pitch to combat their own struggles in possession. Cardiff have not been able to produce a response to this change in approach just yet.
11' Wolves are slowly starting to see more of the ball, but they have hardly had a touch in the attacking half of yet. They just seem to be lacking any real rhythm in possession, making life easy on Cardiff to keep them pinned back.
7' It has been one-way traffic in Wales, with Cardiff dominating possession and asking all the questions as Wolves struggle to string more than a few passes together and break out of their end. The question is whether or not the hosts can make this early pressure pay off.
5' The early pressure results in a first shooting chance for Cardiff, as the ball falls for Paterson on the edge of the penalty area following a long throw. The striker turns and lashes a half-volley at goal in an attempt to catch Patricio off guard, but it whizzes wide of the near post.
3' Cardiff have enjoyed the greater share of possession from the off, keen to get forward down the flanks and get off to a quick start. With Wolves reeling of late, the last thing they can afford is to concede an early goal.
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Wolves in white as they get the match underway, with Cardiff in blue.
SUBS: Ivan Cavaleiro, Ryan Bennett, John Ruddy, Ryan John Giles, Morgan Gibbs-White, Diogo Jota, Leo Bonatini.
WOLVES (3-4-3): Rui Patricio; Romain Saiss, Conor Coady, Willy Boly; Matt Doherty, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Vinagre; Helder Costa, Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez.
SUBS: Lee Peltier, Kadeem Harris, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Joe Bennett, Alex Smithies, Bobby Reid, Danny Ward.
CARDIFF (3-4-3): Neil Etheridge; Bruno Ecuele Manga, Sean Morrison, Sol Bamba; Victor Camarasa, Aron Gunnarsson, Joe Ralls, Harry Arter; Junior Hoilett, Josh Murphy, Callum Paterson.
Cardiff remain in the bottom three but with two victories from their last three in Wales, Warnock’s side finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Nuno’s Wolves are feeling the pressure for the first time as well, having lost four of five, including a shock 2-0 home defeat to Huddersfield last weekend.
Well here they are, almost eight months later, set to renew their acquaintance in the Premier League. Surely there will be no love lost between the pair, but any personal rivalry will certainly take a back seat to the massive task at hand.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s passionate celebrations following the two missed penalties left Neil Warnock fuming, as he refused to shake his hand and insisted he had no interest in seeing the Portuguese coach.
This fixture packed plenty of drama in the Championship last season, with Cardiff City missing two stoppage-time penalties as Wolves left Wales with a dramatic 1-0 victory that took them a massive step closer to winning the division.
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N. Etheridge
M. Doherty
S. Morrison
B. Écuélé Manga
H. Arter
Rúben Neves
J. Ralls
R. Jiménez
Hélder Costa
Rui Patrício
Josh Murphy
C. Paterson
W. Boly
C. Coady
A. Gunnarsson
Víctor Camarasa
S. Bamba
R. Saïss
João Moutinho
Rúben Vinagre
J. Hoilett
Adama Traoré

Additional info

A. Marriner
S. Ledger
S. Long
Fourth official
M. Atkinson


Match Stats

Cardiff City Wolverhampton Wanderers
35 Attacks (Dangerous) 31
7 Corners 6
4 Fouls 12
12 Free Kicks 5
11 Goal Kicks 12
1 Offsides 0
3 Shots (blocked) 2
9 Shots (off target) 8
0 Shots (on target) 3
1 Shots (woodwork) 0
32 Throw Ins 25

Regular Season

# Team MP D P

Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City Stadium 
Cardiff (Caerdydd)