Cardiff 2 Brentford 0

Last updated : 17 September 2002 By Footymad Previewer

Cardiff City continued their march up the table with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Brentford.

A first-half goal from Andy Legg and a superb second-half lob from Robert Earnshaw secured all three points for the South Wales outfit.

The Bluebirds completely outplayed and outclassed their second division opponents who could only muster four goal attempts in the entire 90 minutes.

Cardiff broke the deadlock on the half-hour when Welsh international striker Earnshaw for once turned provider.

The pint-sized striker floated in a superb cross with the outside of his right foot to the far post where Legg was on hand to head home his second goal of the season.

Earnshaw then had a chance to add his name to the scoresheet but his low shot was well saved by Brentford keeper Paul Smith.

After the break City almost conceded an own goal when Welsh international defender Rhys Weston headed over Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

But the Under 21 Scottish international managed to scramble back and prevent the ball from crossing the line.

City picked up the pace and following a couple of near misses they finally got the second goal that the home supporters craved.

Earnshaw grabbed the goal, beating Brentford keeper Jones from a tight angle to secure all three points for Cardiff City.

And Cardiff City manager Lennie Lawrence was full of praise for the self proclaimed Zambian Prince.

He said: "Earnshaw was fantastic tonight. He looked lively and scored one goal and made another for Andy Legg and I can't fault his performance this evening."

Lawrence paid further tribute to the team spirit within the Cardiff City camp.

"The boys played as a team tonight and that's the most pleasing thing. It was a battling performance and they really had to dig in and the thing that impressed me the most was the way that they all played for each other out there."