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Posted Saturday, November 7th 2020

Numbers game: Cardiff City (A)

We break down the statistics from City's Sky Bet Championship 1-0 Severnside derby win.

Chris Martin tucked home from Antoine Semenyo’s cutback inside the second minute, with the vital goal enough to earn City the win in South Wales.

Dan Bentley was in fine form to keep the Bluebirds at bay as the hosts lacked quality in the final third, and while it wasn’t all fireworks in the Robins attack either, Dean Holden’s men would show their resilience to see out the victory.

The 1-0 win sees City leap to second in the Sky Bet Championship table ahead of the weekend’s remaining fixtures.

TEAM STATS

  • Shots: 4
  • Goals: 1
  • Total passes: 352
  • Key passes: 4
  • Pass success rate: 67%
  • Aerials won: 14
  • Tackles: 8
  • Interceptions: 8
  • Clearances: 25
  • Possession: %
Bents would not be beaten

Opta's key performer: Dan Bentley

  • Saves: 5
  • Claims: 2
  • Clearances: 2
  • Touches: 59
  • Passes: 43
  • Opta rating: 7.64
Leading by example: Captain Tomas Kalas

Your Man of the Match: Tomas Kalas

  • Touches: 51
  • Aerial won: 5
  • Tackles: 2
  • Clearances: 7
  • Passes: 33
  • Pass success rate: 72.7%
  • Opta rating: 7.64
Callum O'Dowda was a threat in his fourth consecutive start

ON THE BALL

  • Most passes: Bentley 43
  • Best pass accuracy: Callum O'Dowda 82.8%
  • Most touches: Bentley 59
Chris Martin scored his first league goal

DEFENSIVE DUTIES

  • Most interceptions: Martin 2
  • Most clearances: Kalas 7
  • Aerial duels won: Kalas 5

International break

City can now look forward to a mini rest period before focus turns to the next block of Championship action. Dean Holden's side will return from the international break when they host Derby County in two weeks’ time (Saturday, November 21st, 3pm KO), live on Robins TV.

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