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Jaden Philogene, loaned from the Blues’ bitter rivals a fortnight ago, struck in the 17th minute to secure three points his Cardiff side emphatically deserved.
If anything, the final score flattered the visitors who, apart from a purple patch early in the second half, never looked like leaving the Welsh capital with their unbeaten run intact after three league outings.
CARDIFF CITY: Allsop, Romeo, Collins, Kipre, Ng, Wintle ©, Sawyers (Colwill 63), Rinomhota, O’Dowda (Ojo 82), Philogene (Etete 63) Watters (M Harris 45)
BOOKED: Trusty, Colin, James, Hogan and Ojo
BIRMINGHAM CITY: Ruddy, Colin, Roberts (Williams 55), Trusty, Bacuna (Leko 76), Deeney © (Jutkiewicz 71), Hogan, Placheta, James, Sanderson, Chang (Hall 76).
REFEREE: Darren Bond
Eustace, the former Queens park Rangers and Republic of Ireland assistant, must have been bitterly disappointed with how passive the Blues were for long spells.
But for his counterpart Cardiff boss Steve Morison, this was a hugely encouraging performance and the perfect response to a 2-1 defeat at Reading a week ago and a dismal 0-3 midweek Carabou Cup reverse to League One Portsmouth.
The former Millwall and Wales striker will have been mightily pleased to see his side produce the sort of hard-working, quality display that suggests they may be involved in matters at the right end of the table following the stagnation since Neil Warnock’s departure in