Cardiff recorded consecutive league wins for the first time this season as goals from Dimitrios Goutas, Karlan Grant and Kion Etete were the difference in a dominant 3-2 win over a passive Coventry side in the Welsh capital on Tuesday evening.
Goutas opened the scoring with a bullet header from six-yards out in the eighth minute after being left unmarked in the box as Coventry’s set-piece organisation fell apart at the game’s first corner.
Matty Godden threatened to salvage a draw for the away side with a scrappy equaliser before half-time as Coventry’s top scorer hauled the visitors level with their first attempt on target in the 35th minute as Cardiff’s defence was found sleeping at a corner that allowed the striker to rifle in his fifth goal of the season.
Cardiff sought to push on at the start of the second-half with a series of crosses testing Coventry’s defenders, while Mark Robins watched his attack flitter in and out of progressive but altogether ineffective spells at the other end.
Grant re-established Cardiff’s lead in the 61st minute after creeping in at the near-post to dispatch Ryan Wintle’s floated cross with a dinked header that on second showing should have been saved by Coventry goalkeeper Ben Wilson.
Dimitris Goutas opened the scoring for Cardiff with a bullet header in the eighth minute
Karlan Grant re-established Cardiff’s lead in the 61st minute with a dinked header
Substitute Kion Etete smashing the third goal into the corner in the 84th minute
Substitute Etete added a third with his first touch of the match after latching onto a simple ball over the top and smashing an effort across the face of goal as Coventry failed to muster any attempt at a comeback, despite Godden snatching his brace with a consolation goal deep into stoppage time.
Cardiff City (4-3-3): Alnwick 6, Goutas 7, McGuinness 7, Wintle 7, Ralls 7 (C) (Robinson 83′ 6), Ugbo 6 (Meite 71′ 6), Grant 8, Collins 7, Siopis 6 (Adams 90+7′ 6), Tanner 7 (Etete 83′ 7), Ng 7
Unused subs: Runarsson, Romeo, Sawyers, Panzo, Colwill
Booked: Collins, Etete
Scorers: Goutas (8′) Grant (61′) Etete (84′)
Manager: Erol Bulut 7
Coventry City (3-4-1-2): Wilson 5, Binks 5 (Kitching 6 73′), DaSilva 6, McFadzean 5, Kelly 5 (C) (Ayari 6 73′), Wright 6 (Simms 5 83′), Latibeaudiere 5 , Godden 7, Van Ewijk 5 (Sakamoto 6 53′), Eccles 6, Palmer 5 (Allen 5 83′)
Unused subs: Collins, Thomas, Bidwell, Obikwu Booked: Godden, McFadzean, Latibeaudiere,
Scorers: Godden (35′, 90+6′)
Manager: Mark Robins 5