Chris Coleman’s return to Wales led to painful defeat as Cardiff acquired again to successful methods with a Four-Zero victory over Sunderland.
Callum Paterson scored twice and Joe Ralls and substitute Anthony Pilkington had been additionally on track as Cardiff moved again into the Sky Guess Championship promotion locations forward of the afternoon kick-offs.
Sunderland’s depressing day prolonged to a pink card for Didier Ndong 4 minutes after the break with the rating 1-Zero, the Gabon midfielder dismissed for a poor over-the-ball problem on Junior Hoilett.
Coleman loved loads of particular moments on the Cardiff Metropolis Stadium throughout a six-year reign as Wales supervisor which ended when he took over Sunderland in November.
Belgium, then ranked the second finest workforce on this planet, had been overwhelmed at Cardiff on Coleman’s watch.
However his battle to forestall bottom-club Sunderland sliding in direction of relegation could show an excellent larger activity for the Welshman.
What attacking risk there was within the first half got here from a Cardiff facet who had their misplaced their 4 earlier video games.
A fifth would signify the Bluebirds’ worst run within the league for 20 years, whereas veteran supervisor Neil Warnock had not misplaced 5 in a row since 1995.
Cardiff’s early probing noticed Paterson head a Ralls free-kick into the arms of Robbin Ruiter, earlier than the Black Cats managed a uncommon foray which noticed George Honeyman blaze over.
The distinguished Ralls and Hoilett didn’t get the higher of Ruiter, whereas Kenneth Zohore’s header deflected on to the roof of the online.
The competition took an loyal path proper in the beginning of the second half when Paterson met Ralls’ nook inside 90 seconds of the re-start.
Two minutes later referee Andy Madley made the right name as Ndong stretched and left his studs on Hoilett’s ankle.
There appeared no manner again for Sunderland and so it proved as Cardiff produced the perfect transfer of the match.
Neat passing launched Zohore down the left and his cross was swept house by the supporting Ralls within the 55th minute.
Zohore virtually added a 3rd when Yanic Wildschut, freshly arrived on mortgage from Norwich, weaved his manner and arrange a capturing alternative which Ruiter grabbed on the second try.
Sunderland got here near a lifeline when Bruno Manga virtually sliced into his personal web.
However Paterson punished them once more when Zohore’s free-kick deflected into his path and he fired house left-footed from 18 yards with 10 minutes remaining.
Sunderland’s heaviest defeat below Coleman was confirmed when Wildschut arrange fellow substitute Pilkington for the only of finishes in stoppage time.