Cardiff City beat Swansea City 1-0 in Premier League
STEVEN Caulker returned to haunt his former club as his powerful header gave Cardiff City the bragging rights in the Premier League’s first South Wales derby.
Caulker, who spent a season on loan at the Liberty, powered home a header in the second half as his side climbed above Swansea City in the table.
Michu missed Swansea’s best opportunity in the fifth minute, while goalkeeper Michel Vorm was sent off in stoppage time.
Swansea looked to control possession in the opening exchanges, and they carved out a great opportunity in the fifth minute.
Michu brilliantly controlled Jonjo Shelvey’s cross but, volleyed well over the bar.
The Spaniard then warmed David Marshall’s hands from distance as Swansea started with the greater authority.
Cardiff threatened at set-pieces, and Leon Britton was close to diverting a Bellamy free-kick into his own net.
A couple of dead-ball deliveries from Peter Whittingham forced Vorm to punch away.
In the second half, Peter Odemwingie narrowly failed to connect with Caulker flick-on, before Whittingham drove wide.
The home side had half-hearted penalty appeals for a foul on Don Cowie by Ashley Williams turned away by referee Mike Dean.
But Cardiff got their reward for their strong start to the second half in the 62nd minute as Caulker rose above Chico Flores to powerfully head home a Bellamy corner.
Caulker then made a telling contribution at the other end, getting in to deny substitute Wilfried Bony, on for the injured Michu, tapping in an equaliser from Jonathan de Guzman’s header across goal.
David Marshall saved a sharp Alvaro Vazquez effort as the game entered five minutes of stoppage time, and Swansea’s misery was completed when Vorm saw red after racing from his area and clattering Campbell, leaving Dean with little choice.
With all of their substitutes used, Swansea had to put Angel Rangel in goal for the remaining minutes.