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Whittingham header claims crucial win for Cardiff over West Brom 

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In what could potentially be a 6-pointer at the end of the season in terms of the relegation battle, Cardiff City got the three points at the expense of West Brom Albion at the Cardiff City stadium.

Cardiff made three changes from last week’s defeat at Crystal Palace, including the recall of Peter Odemwingie against his former club, while West Brom reinstated Jonas Olsson and Shane Long to their side.

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Cardiff had the better of a poor first half with Peter Odemwingie and Steven Caulker the only players to go close to scoring for their side. Although it was perhaps unsurprising that a team who had not scored in their previous three Premier League matches lacked a killer instinct in the final third. West Brom were a shadow of the team which secured a memorable victory at Old Trafford in September, lacked guile and confidence. Indeed, they did not even have a shot on target to comfort them as they left the pitch for the break.

Gary Medel came to Cardiff’s rescue after the break, clearing Gareth McAuley’s goal-bound shot off the line. Cardiff then broke the deadlock on 65 minutes, with the hosts seizing the initiative after the break, taking the lead through Peter Whittingham’s excellent header from a fine cross by Craig Noone – starting in the Premier League for the first time.

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Both teams saw penalty appeals waved away by referee Howard Webb, with West Brom particularly aggrieved as Shane Long was bundled over in the penalty area by Ben Turner.

The defeat means the Baggies’ season continues on a downward spiral and a team which ended last season in eighth are now just two points adrift of the bottom three in 16th place.

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