Goals: Gudmundsson (51′), J Murphy (59′), Vokes (70′)
Cardiff City suffered their fourth straight defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
The Bluebirds dominated a scrappy affair but they still found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 score-line.
Cardiff went behind in the second half when Neil Etheridge was beaten at his near post by a Johann Berg Gudmundsson header.
Josh Murphy equalised for the Bluebirds just eight minutes later but Sam Vokes’ 70th minute header proved to be a sucker-punch, one from which the home side couldn’t recover.
The defeat leaves the Bluebirds remain in 19th position with just two points, still searching for their first win, while Burnley jump to 12th.
The home side had the ascendancy from the off in this one, setting the tone while Burnley struggled to settle.
This one was always going to be a toughly fought contest and so it proved to be, but Cardiff without doubt looked the most likely in the early stages.
They might have made the most of it, too, but Josh Murphy was denied by the post after getting in behind the Burnley back-line down the left.
A lull soon followed with both teams very much cancelling each other out in a game that, in truth, lacked any sort of quality.
The only player who looked an exception from that in the first-half was Victor Camarasa, and he had a part to play in Cardiff’s next chance.
The Real Betis loanee played in Kenneth Zohore on the right side of the box, an the Danish striker managed to force Joe Hart into a very good save down at his near post.
Towards the end of the half, Cardiff began to turn up the pressure, winning a number of corners , and throw-ins in good areas.
Such set-pieces were always going to be pivotal in this physical battle and they proved to be here.
The closes attempt of the first half arrived from a corner when a series of headers caught Joe Hart in no man’s land, and Matej Vydra had to react to clear Callum Paterson’s header off the line.
Cardiff continued their pressure late in the first-half, but they couldn’t make their pressure count, despite forcing a scramble in the Burnley six-yard box.
The teams remained level at the break and that was no surprise given the lack of quality in the first 45 minutes.
A similar story ensued in the second-half, but it was that lack of quality that handed Burnley the lead.
A hopeful ball to the back post found Johann Berg Gudmundsson and the Icelandic winger somehow managed to beat Neil Etheirdge at the near post – it should have been saved.
Cardiff looked to reply immediately, but again they were left frustrated when Victor Camarasa powered a close range effort over the bar.
Cardiff had to wait until the 59th minute, but they did get the equaliser after continuing their dominance of possession.
A neat ball from Victor Camarasa found Bruno Ecuele-Manga down the right and after a perfect pull back found Josh Murphy in the area, the winger powered the ball into the bottom corner. Relief for the Bluebirds with frustration starting to grow.
They almost completed the full turnaround moments later when Joe Hart pulled off a great save to tip over Josh Murphy’s effort.
And Cardiff were dominating, but they soon found themselves behind again.
On the 70th minute, a long ball over the top found Gudmundsson in space and his cross was well headed home by Sam Vokes, who was left in too much space in the middle.
Neil Warnock responded by throwing on strikers Gary Madine and Danny Ward with Cardiff desperate for an equaliser.
But it never arrived. A fourth straight defeat for the Bluebirds who remain in 19th, still without a win.
Man of the Match – Victor Camarasa
A player of class in a match with very little of it. Victor Camarasa looked comfortable out wide, in a position he’s not particularly familiar with.
He possesses so much class on the ball and it shone clear in what was a pretty dull match despite the amount of goals.
Bruno Ecuele-Manga also enjoyed a very good game down the right-hand side, barring the second goal where he was caught a little out of position.
Josh Murphy looked sharp going forward and he was a bright spark throughout down the left. Callum Paterson also fitted this contest pretty well, offering physicality behind the striker.
For the first time, it feels like Cardiff City, the players and the supporters, are beginning to worry.
And it’s not surprising on the back of this display, which, in truth, wasn’t all that bad. However, somehow, Cardiff found a way to lose and that’s not a good sign.
Burnley scored with two of only two shots on target and that about sums it up. Cardiff dominated but didn’t have the cutting edge up top, something that has troubled them all season.
At the other end, they just seem to be losing concentration far too often, conceding sloppy goals. This is a troubling defeat, despite how young the season remains.