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Cardiff City Stadium (ATT 22,264) 8th August 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

Cardiff Cardiff City vs Scunthorpe United Scunthrpe

Cardiff 4

M Chopra (21, 45+2)
J Bothroyd (31)
P Whittingham (pen 90+3)

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Bluebirds open with a bang

Chopra nets brace, with Bothroyd and Whittingham also on target

Last Updated: 08/08/09 5:33pm

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Chopra: At the double

Chopra: At the double

Cardiff City enjoyed a dream start in their new stadium after a convincing 4-0 victory over promoted Scunthorpe United.

Michael Chopra scored the first competitive goal at the Cardiff City Stadium before strike partner Jay Bothroyd doubled the hosts' advantage just past the half-hour mark.

Record signing Chopra grabbed his second of the game before half-time and Peter Whittingham wrapped up the points with the fourth goal from the penalty spot late on.

But for two early David Marshall saves to deny Gary Hooper and Martyn Woolford it would have been Scunthorpe who edged ahead, before Chopra punished the visitors for their profligacy with his first goal since rejoining the Bluebirds from Sunderland on a permanent basis in the summer.

The former Newcastle striker linked up well with Whittingham before drilling low past Joe Murphy from just outside the penalty area with 21 minutes gone.

Chopra was unfortunate not to find the net again two minutes later, striking the post from 18 yards with a right-footed effort.

Brief respite

The woodwork only offered a brief period of respite for Scunthorpe, though, as Bothroyd clinically doubled Cardiff's lead just after the half-hour mark from close range following Joe Ledley's left-wing cross.

Whittingham blazed a 30-yard free-kick wide before Chopra ensured the home side went in three goals to the good at the interval as he scored his second of the afternoon on the stroke of half-time.

This time it was Bothroyd who was the provider, allowing Chopra to rifle into the top corner of the net from 12 yards.

Paul Hayes tested Marshall after the restart from an acute angle, while at the other end Mark Hudson headed Ross McCormack's inswinging corner just wide.

The bustling Chopra continued to cause Scunthorpe no end of problems as he went in search of his hat-trick as he drilled straight at Murphy from the edge of the penalty area on the hour.

Murphy was then required to pull off an impressive point-blank save to keep out Chopra's close-range effort from another McCormack corner, with Hudson powering the resulting rebound over.

Whittingham again went close from the edge of the penalty area as Cardiff continued to surge forward in impressive fashion and Bothroyd saw a weak headed effort blocked by Murphy.

With 10 minutes remaining, Grant McCann cleared an inswinging Whittingham corner off the line before Josh Wright tried his luck from 30 yards during a rare Scunthorpe attack.

McCormack went close late on before Whittingham completed the scoring in added time from the penalty spot after Ian Morris had fouled Chris Burke.

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