FULL-TIME: Fraizer Campbell double shoots Cardiff City to 2-1 win over Bristol City
Fraizer Campbell returned to haunt Bristol City as he shot npower Championship leaders Cardiff to a comfortable 2-0 win in the Severnside deby.
A member of the Hull City side that denied the Robins promotion to the Premier League in the 2008 play-off final, the former Manchester United striker made the difference at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Making his home debut for the Bluebirds following a January move from Sunderland, the 25-year-old marksman scored either side of the interval to give his new team a comfortable victory and send them 11 points clear at the top of the table.
City set out to stifle the home side, only to fall behind in time added on at the end of the first half, Campbell ramming home a shot from 12 yards out.
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And Cardiff's new signing added a second in the 58th minute, sweeping the ball in from close range after the Robins defence had failed to deal with a long throw-in from Aron Gunnarsson.
Forced onto the back foot for much of the game, City seldom threatened a goal and a first-half volley from Jon Stead that flew over represented their only real chance before Ben Nugent inexplicably headed into his own net in time added on to give City a glimmer of hope.
City have now won three home games and lost three times on the road under new head coach Sean O'Driscoll. Still in the relegation zone, they face a tough trip to Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
Cardiff may have started the day eight points clear at the top of the npower Championship, but the visitors were certainly not in awe of opponents who had lost only once in their last 15 league outings and kept five clean sheets in the last six games.
Although City were forced to concede territory and possession during the early stages, the Bluebirds were unable to capitalise upon a series of corners.
It took the home side 16 minutes to muster their first on-target effort, Craig Noone engineering room to unleash a shot that required keeper Tom Heaton to parry before Liam Fontaine ushered the ball to safety.
City responded in kind and Steven Davies found strike partner Stead, whose first-time drive from 20 yards just cleared the cross bar.
Encouraged by a raucous home crowd, Cardiff were warming to their task and Heaton was forced to make a finger-tip save to keep out Craig Bellamy's 30-yard free kick, while Brendan Moloney executed a crucial block to deny Gunnarsson.
Cardiff again went close when Andrew Taylor delivered a telling centre into the heart of the penalty area and Noone's header deflected off Richard Foster's shoulder and bounced agonisingly wide of goal.
Eager to make a point after having to leave the Welsh capital in search of first team football, Heaton pulled off a spectacular reaction save to keep out Campbell's fierce drive after Ben Nugent had headed Gunnarsson's deep cross back into the mix.
Although City kept their shape and were disciplined, they had a tendency to create their own problems and a miss-placed pass from Foster handed the Bluebirds and opportunity to launch a quick counter-attack, which culminated in Noone shooting inches wide from just inside the 18 yard box.
Cardiff pressure eventually paid dividends in time added on at the end of the first half. Foster and Fontaine ran into one another, enabling Tommy Smith to find Campbell, who surged into the penalty area before beating Heaton with a rising shot that finished up in the top right-hand corner of the net.
Encouraged by their lead, the Bluebirds almost added a second immediately after the break, Campbell sliding in to meet Noone's low centre, only for the ball to skid past the post.
It was hard to see how City were going to break down the best defence in the Championship from open play and their best chance appeared to rest with set piece routines. That said, Liam Kelly clearly had ideas of his own and he attempted an audacious chip shot from 35 yards which threatened to embarrass David Marshall before landing on the roof of the net.
If City's task was already monumental, it became nigh-on impossible when the leaders increased their advantage in the 57th minute.
Gunnarsson launched a long throw-in towards the penalty spot and the ball fell invitingly for Campbell to net his third goal in Cardiff colours from six yards out.
Once again, it was a poor goal to concede from a defensive point of view.
That was the cue for City head coach O'Driscoll to throw Albert Adomah into the fray, the Ghana winger coming on in place of Paul Anderson with 25 minutes remaining.
But Cardiff were in total control and almost added a third when substitute Don Cowie tried his luck from range and Heaton had to turn the ball behind.
The contest was all but over when Nugent, under no pressure, headed past Marshall to gift the visitors a goal they scarcely deserved.
Cardiff City (4-4-2): Marshall; Connolly, Hudson, Nugent, Taylor; Smith (Cowie 64), Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Noone (Kim 83); Bellamy, Campbell (Helguson 73).
Bristol City (4-4-2): Heaton; Moloney, Nyatanga, Fontaine, Foster; Anderson (Adomah 65), Kelly, Elliott, Pearson; Stead, Davies.
Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Derbyshire)