Cardiff City vs Coventry City: Goutas, Grant, and Etete lead hosts to consecutive victories, propelling them to ninth place in the Championship.

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

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 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 

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