Cardiff City 2-0 Sheffield United

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Sean Morrison put Cardiff City ahead on the stroke of half time

Cardiff City maintained their perfect start to the season with an impressive performance against Sheffield United.

Goals either side of the interval by Sean Morrison and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing mean Cardiff have won the opening three league games of the season for the first time in their history.

Winger Mendez-Laing took his season’s tally to four with a superb strike.

The Blades went close through Billy Sharp and had a penalty shout turned down, but were comfortably beaten.

Cardiff came into the game on a high after an impressive 3-0 win over relegated Aston Villa, with manager Neil Warnock relishing the challenge of the team he supported as a child – and managed for eight years.

Sheffield United suffered their first defeat in 20 games when beaten 1-0 by Middlesbrough at the weekend, and found the Bluebirds in irresistible mood on a calm Cardiff night.

The Bluebirds joined the Football League in 1910 and are top of the early-season table after ending a 107-year wait for maximum return from their opening three games.

They have nine points along with Ipswich and Wolves, who Cardiff play at Molineux on Saturday.

The Blades matched Cardiff in the early stages, but had a let-off when Jazz Richards hit a post and when Kenneth Zohore slid the ball past the post after being put through by Junior Hoilett

The breakthrough came in the 44th minute when skipper Morrison headed-in Joe Ralls’ corner.

Mendez-Laing’s stunning finish to a sweeping team move in the 55th minute saw Warnock’s team dominant, and the Blades did well not to concede a third.

Controversial ex-Wales international Ched Evans made an appearance off the bench for the Blades, but it was Sharp and David Brooks who had Sheffield’s best efforts, and Leon Clarke headed a good chance wide.

But it was United supporter Warnock who had the biggest smile as his Cardiff side kept their third successive Championship clean sheet.


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