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Posted Tue 23 Sep 14 at 21:35 PM

Cardiff City 0-3 AFC Bournemouth

The Cherries booked their place in the fourth round of the League Cup for the first time in 51 years with an accomplished 3-0 win at Cardiff City.

Dan Gosling's love affair with the Capital One Cup continued as he notched twice to take his tally to four in this year's competition, with Charlie Daniels completing the scoring during a rampant first half.

Eddie Howe opted to make seven changes to the side that won a point at Watford three days before, with Tommy Elphick, Junior Stanislas, Eunan O'Kane and Artur Boruc the only players to retain the shirt.

Steve Cook had been named senior centre-half and skipper for the night, but after limping off during the warm up Elphick slipped seamlessly into his spot.

John Brayford provided an early scare for the visitors when his miss-hit cross nearly crept over Boruc at the back post, but on his second start in a Cherries shirt the Polish international adjusted his footing accordingly and collected well.

Eight minutes into the tie, some neat play between Gosling and O'Kane in the final third saw Marc Pugh afforded the time to turn and shoot, but second choice stopper Simon Moore got his body behind the ball. Less than a minute later the former Brentford-man was afforded no-chance to replicate the stop when Gosling waltzed effortlessly into the City box and planted the opener into the bottom corner.

The Cherries then set their sights on doubling the lead, a feat that had eluded Howe's side on five occasions already this season, and it took only 12 minutes to achieve it. A pinpoint pass from O'Kane split the Bluebirds' defence and Daniels passed it cooly past Moore from a narrow angle.

By this point the Cherries were rocking, and despite not breaking a sweat seemed to be carving open their opposition at will. Brett Pitman robbed caretaker-manager Danny Gabbidon 25 yards from goal, but his one-two with Gosling to round the keeper was ruled offside.

It was seemingly only a matter of time until the visitor's extended their lead and the inevitable happened with 33 minutes on the clock. Pugh's deft back heel inside the City box played in Pitman, and the striker's shot was palmed to the feet of Gosling, who made no mistake from 12 yards.

A first half double substitution looked to have injected some life into Cardiff, but the Bluebirds were denied a way back into the game on the stroke of half time when Boruc clawed away Aron Gunnarsson's header. City players were convinced the ball had crossed the line, but assistant referee Adam Bromley showed no sign of awarding the goal.

Seven minutes into the second half and it was the other assistant's turn to deny the home side, this time Andrew Fox was quick to raise his flag for offside after Federico Macheda headed past Boruc.

With both sides in second gear the game slowed noticeably, but the Cherries continued to ease out chances throughout the second half. Junior Stanislas' free-kick would have troubled the City keeper if it wasn't for a knick off the wall, and Pugh's stinging effort was deflected wide.

In the dying minutes, a flowing counter attack saw O'Kane tee up Harry Arter, but his shot cannoned off the bar, then the goal line and as far as Pitman, whose volley flashed just wide of the upright. Seconds later and it was Arter at the thick of it again, as he rounded the keeper and squared for both Pitman and Stanislas to have a stab at firing in a fourth, but both efforts saw a defender get in the way.

Cardiff City: Moore, Brayford, Gabbidon, Cala, John, Kim (Daehli 37), Gunnarsson, Adeyemi, Le Fondre, Maynard, Guerra (Macheda 37).

Subs: Marshall, James, Burgstaller, Pilkington, Daehli, Eikrem, Macheda.

Cherries: Boruc, Smith  (Francis 86), Elphick, Cargill, Daniels, Gosling, O'Kane, MacDonald (Arter 75), Stanislas (Rantie 87), Pitman, Pugh.

Subs: Camp, Francis, McCarthy, Wilson, Rantie, Ritchie.

Goals: Gosling 9, Daniels 22, Gosling 33.

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