Outside the turnstiles, a young boy clung to his father's hands and peered more closely at the growing collection of shirts, scarves and wreaths.
'Look Dad, there's a Swansea one too,' the little boy said. Beside the Fred Keenor statue, the donations came from far, wide and very close to home. For Emiliano Sala, the football community is as one. There lay garments from Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. Noted paper conveyed messages from every continent. Children drew matchstick men with heartfelt messages. One mourner had left a pair of football boots, inscribing the message: 'A young man with the world at his feet.'
This should have been the home debut of Emiliano Sala but instead became an exercise in grief for a football club still reeling from his tragic disappearance.
Bobby Decordova-Reid of Cardiff City celebrates scoring the first goal of the match by showing off an Emiliano Sala shirt
Bobby Decordova-Reid opened the scoring for Cardiff City from the penalty spot after a handball by a Bournemouth defender
The Cardiff City players celebrate again after Bobby Decordova-Reid scored their second goal straight after half time
Cardiff (4-2-3-1): Etheridge 6; Peltier 6, Ecuele-Manga 7, Bamba 7, Bennett 6; Gunnarson 7, Ralls 7; Paterson 6.5, Decordova-Reid 8 (Bacuna 85), Murphy 6 (Hoilett 69, 6); Niasse 7.5
Subs not used: Smithies, Zohore, Cunningham, Healey, Mendez-Laing
Goal: Decordova-Reid (5, 46 pen)
Bournemouth (4-4-2): Boruc 6; Clyne 6, Cook 4, Ake 6, Smith 6; Stanislas 5 (Ibe 62, 6), Gosling 6 (Lerma 69, 6), Surman 6, Fraser 6; Solanke 5 (Mousset 62, 5.5), King 5
Subs not used: Begovic, Daniels, Rico, Mepham
Booking: Clyne, Smith
Manager: Eddie Howe 6
Referee: Jon Moss 7
It was a simple long ball over the top which led to Reid's second goal for Cardiff.
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If the reflections of Claudio Ranieri, Sala's former manager at Nantes, are anything to go by, this was a Cardiff victory the Argentine would have relished.
'Emiliano was a player who put his head where others do not dare to put their feet,' Ranieri said.
Cardiff were magnificent here, summoning all the pain and agony of the past fortnight to outfight and, at times, outplay a Bournemouth team that only on Wednesday beat Chelsea by four goals. For a Cardiff side with only one victory in eight, this was a crucial victory for more conventional reasons, as it also lifted Neil Warnock's side to within two points of safety.
Bournemouth were without the injured pair of Callum Wilson and David Brooks. The latter, who has been outstanding of late, will miss a month but his absence handed a first Bournemouth start to striker Dominic Solanke since he moved from Liverpool in a £19m deal last month. He lasted only an hour but this was more a story of Cardiff defiance than Bournemouth ineptitude.
Bournemouth's goalkeeper Artur Boruc rushes out to make a save from Cardiff City's Oumar Niasse during the first half
Cardiff City's Bobby Decordova-Reid wheels away in celebration after scoring his team's first goal of the match from the spot
Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke is tackled Bruno Ecuele Manga as his side