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Cardiff City Stadium (ATT 25,586) 16th February 2013 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: E Ilderton

Cardiff Cardiff City vs Bristol City Bristol C

Cardiff 2

F Campbell (45+1, 58)

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Bristol C 1

B Nugent (og 90+2)

Cardiff City maintain clear Championship lead with a 2-1 win over Bristol City

Last Updated: 16/02/13 5:31pm

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Fraizer Campbell: Two goals in Cardiff's 2-1 victory over Bristol City

Fraizer Campbell: Two goals in Cardiff's 2-1 victory over Bristol City

January signing Fraizer Campbell continued to impress for Cardiff by scoring two goals on his full debut in a routine 2-1 victory over Championship strugglers Bristol City.

The home side's first-half dominance was rewarded in added time when the January acquisition from Sunderland clipped Tommy Smith's clever through ball past former Bluebird Tom Heaton.

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

A bizarre own goal from Ben Nugent reduced the deficit in added time but it was too little too late for the struggling Robins.

Campbell, who joined the club for £650,000 from the Black Cats just a month ago, immediately looked sharp in an impressive Bluebirds side.

Craig Bellamy, Craig Noone and Nugent all threatened Heaton's goal for Cardiff early on, with Bellamy notably testing the stopper from 35 yards with a free-kick.

Noone, back in the Cardiff side for the first time in a month, was the architect of the first chance, but Mark Hudson looked surprised to see his cross fall into his path and could only tap it into the arms of Heaton.

On his return to the Cardiff City Stadium, Heaton was certainly being kept busy. Seven minutes before the break he had to race out of his goal to nod Noone's lofted pass out of the path of Bellamy before showing good hands to hold Peter Whittingham's effort.

Bristol City, languishing second-bottom with just 31 points from as many games, were always second best as visitors, with Cardiff in danger of cruising to victory.

Robins striker Jon Stead flashed a handful of attempts at Ben Marshall's goal, but it was to no avail as Cardiff's continued pressure eventually paid dividends.

Campbell scored his first on the stroke of half-time, trading passes with Smith before finishing with aplomb past Heaton.

From the restart Cardiff looked even more comfortable, asserting their superiority against an albeit well-organised Bristol City side who have been reinvigorated under the tutelage of new manager Sean O'Driscoll.

But for all their efforts, the visitors were undone by another goal from Campbell, who slotted home from close range in the 58th minute for his third goal in three appearances.

Nugent's comedy own goal in the final minute - cushioning a header beyond keeper Marshall - provided a brief glimpse of hope for O'Driscoll's charges, but it mattered little in the end as Cardiff marched on towards promotion and the Robins flew closer to the trapdoor.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13