Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Barclays Premier League

Campbell key to Cardiff promotion bid



Cardiff manager Malky Mackay claims Fraizer Campbell's double in the 2-1 win over Bristol City shows the former Sunderland striker is the final piece in his club's promotion jigsaw.

Mackay's side are now eight points clear at the top of the Championship after Campbell, an ex-Manchester United trainee, marked his full debut by killing off struggling City on Saturday.

Campbell, signed from Sunderland during the January transfer window, opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time when he ran onto Tommy Smith's clever through ball and slotted past goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

And 12 minutes into the second half, Campbell scored his third goal for the club, more than he managed in the whole of last season for Sunderland, after a long throw from Aron Gunnarsson.

A bizarre own goal from Ben Nugent reduced the deficit in stoppage-time but Cardiff remain on course to reach the Premier League and Mackay believes Campbell's quality is starting to shine after a spell in the wilderness at Sunderland.

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

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

"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 not played a lot of football in the last few months but I felt it was time to start him."

Hull manager Steve Bruce believes his side can continue to defy the pundits after Egypt forward Gedo kept the Tigers' promotion bid on track in a 1-0 win over Charlton.

Bruce's men are second in the table and he acknowledges such a lofty position was not anticipated at the start of the campaign.

"We were 40-1 outsiders at the start of the season. People didn't give us a hope in hell but we're there or thereabouts," Bruce said.

"I can't see a reason why we can't go up. We've got 14 games to go and we probably have to win seven of them."

Troy Deeney bagged a brace as Gianfranco Zola's Watford thrashed Birmingham 4-0 at St Andrew's to maintain their promotion charge.

"It was a very good result," former Chelsea star Zola said. "I rate it one of the best performances considering the injury difficulties we had."

Glenn Murray took his goal tally to 27 for the season in Crystal Palace's 4-1 win against promotion rivals Middlesbrough.

Billy Davies was delighted with the response after his second spell as Nottingham Forest manager started with a 1-1 draw against Bolton at the City Ground.

Andy Reid struck first for Forest in the 59th minute, but Craig Davies got the equaliser in the 77th minute.

"For a new manager to step in and get that kind of reaction is superb," said Davies, who replaced Alex McLeish to become Forest's third manager of the season.

"The team were great, the fans were great but we just could not get the result that would have topped it off. The fact that we had 23 shots to their five says it all."

Elsewhere, Ipswich defeated Blackpool 1-0 and Derby were held to a 0-0 draw by struggling Wolves.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Sunday Oliseh
El Clasico gave a glimpse of the future
Real Madrid were deserving winners of the El Clasico at the weekend. A closer look seems to reveal...

John Dykes
United’s Felli-good factor
He was on their books for 10 years as a player, won everything with them and even coached them last...

Emeka Enyadike
Conversations with Senzo
I woke up this morning to the rude shock of the senseless shooting of Senzo Meyiwa and I still...

Carol Radull
Let the chickens hatch K'ogalo
Last year was an exception but I think “it is written” that the Tusker Premier League must go down...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Listen to the fans Rodgers
While in the UK I decided to do what every Liverpool fan would try and do - catch a game.

Neil Tovey
Meyiwa will be missed
The untimely loss of Senzo Robert Meyiwa has been felt from the township of Umlazi to the Fifa...