Bournemouth moved to the top of the Championship table with one of the better football results of the weekend. Philip Billing scored the only goal of the game with a strike from just outside the box to ensure a successful away trip for the Cherries. The win ensured that Bournemouth enjoyed their best start to a season. They are unbeaten after eight games. Cardiff threatened the Cherries throughout the game but could not find a breakthrough. This was their third defeat in their last four games.

Managers Reaction

Cardiff’s Mick McCarthy: “I’ve just seen the Lerma tackle and I’ve told the ref to have a look at it. It’s a red card in my mind, he’s gone over the ball, and when they see that on the video they will agree with me. The referee made his decision, I’m not complaining, we all get things wrong, but it’s not easy when you concede afterward.”

Bournemouth’s Scott Parker: “I am delighted for Phil. We have been working hard on his game and there are unseen aspects that are now working very well. He has matured. In the past, I saw a player who could float in and out of games and maybe could go missing at times.” he added. “Now, I think he is superb. We know what you get with him technically, but he also now ticks all the boxes when it comes to his defensive work and his understanding of the team dynamics.”

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