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Home Park (ATT 11,918) 18th August 2009 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R Booth

Plymouth Plymouth Argyle vs Cardiff City Cardiff

Plymouth 1

A Gow (pen 90)

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Cardiff 3

M Chopra (4, 80, pen 85)
T Capaldi (S/O 90)

Plymouth get the Chop

Cardiff striker Chopra on fire with impressive hat-trick

Last Updated: 18/08/09 10:25pm

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Chopra: hat-trick hero

Chopra: hat-trick hero

Michael Chopra claimed a hat-trick as Cardiff wrapped up an impressive 3-1 win over Plymouth to make it three games unbeaten.

Chopra took his tally for the season to six as Cardiff controlled proceedings at Home Park.

Cardiff wasted no time in taking the lead after a neat one-two on the edge of the are between Chopra and Jay Bothroyd saw Chopra race through on goal and slot the ball home for his fourth in three games.

The same man added the second late on when he smashed the ball past Romain Larrieu and he notched a third from the penalty spot with five minutes left to play.

The Pilgrims had something to cheer about late on when former player Tony Capaldi was shown a second yellow card for a handball in the area and Alan Gow stepped up to slot home the resulting penalty.

The Bluebirds looked impressive after their goal and continued to attack Plymouth at pace with Chopra causing the defence all sorts of problems.

Four minutes after the goal Bothroyd nearly got his name on the scoresheet but his firm header from the penalty spot was blocked by Marcel Seip.

Plymouth looked all at sea as a long ball from the back saw Bothroyd race clear of the Pilgrims' defence but Krisztian Timar put a last-ditch tackle in to send the ball wide for a corner kick.

Jamie Mackie had a fine chance to bring the hosts on level terms when a Carl Fletcher shot deflected to Mackie in the six-yard box but he failed to get his shot on target.

A deep cross from Gary Sawyer had Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall scrambling on his own goalline and but he was able to push the ball over the bar as it looked to loop in at the far post.

The Bluebirds looked to get back into the game as the second period went on and despite being under pressure for long periods nearly doubled their advantage through Chopra.

The former Sunderland man ran through on goal and attempted a deft lob over Larrieu in the Argyle goal but the ball trickled wide of the upright.

Chopra made it two against the run of play with 10 minutes to go when he drilled the ball home from the edge of the area.

The hat-trick came five minutes later from the penalty spot when he sent Larrieu the wrong way to slot the ball home after Marcel Seip had tripped Chris Burke in the area.

Plymouth grabbed a consolation from the spot in the closing stages when debutant Gow stepped up and hammered home the penalty following the handball and resulting sending-off from Capaldi.

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