2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Josh Murphy (60')
  • Johann Gudmundsson (51')
  • Sam Vokes (70')

Cardiff stay in bottom three after loss to Burnley

Sam Vokes celebrates after scoring Burnley's winner against Cardiff City. Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Cardiff City missed a chance to move out of the Premier League's bottom three by conceding two poor goals in a 2-1 home defeat by Burnley on Sunday.

The visitors' Icelandic international Johann Berg Gudmundsson headed the opening goal in the 52nd minute from Charlie Taylor's cross but eight minutes later Josh Murphy, who had earlier hit a post, scored a deserved Cardiff equaliser.

Weak defending allowed Welsh international Sam Vokes to head the winning goal from Gudmundsson's volleyed cross.

A fourth successive defeat left promoted Cardiff second bottom with two points from seven games while Burnley's first away win pushed them into midtable.

The home side's direct style nevertheless troubled Burnley throughout, particularly from set pieces, leading to one disallowed goal and a clearance off the line before halftime.

The long throws and heading ability of skipper Sean Morrison were particularly dangerous.

In the 10 minutes before halftime, Morrison twice won headers from corners at the far post to create a good opportunity.

He was penalised for a foul, however, before Murphy flicked the ball past Joe Hart and when he headed square again, substitute Kevin Long cleared off the line from Callum Paterson.

Before that Murphy, cutting in from the left, hit the outside of a post.

By the interval Cardiff had had 10 attempts on goal to Burnley's one -- they finished with 19 against three -- but a lack of concentration led to them falling behind early in the second half.

Taylor was allowed to latch onto a quick throw and cross to the far post where Gudmundsson squeezed his header past goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

Murphy equalised with a composed side-footed effort from 15 metres for his first Premier League goal since a 12 million pound ($15.63 million) transfer from Norwich City.

He then forced Hart into a fine save from a dipping shot.

But slack defensive work allowed Gudmundsson to volley a cross and Vokes to glance in a stooping header for another Burnley win to follow last week's 4-0 success against Bournemouth.

"Back-to-back wins is massive," said Vokes.

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester City 27 +54 65
2 Liverpool 26 +44 65
3 Tottenham Hotspur 27 +28 60
4 Manchester United 26 +17 51
5 Arsenal 26 +16 50
6 Chelsea 26 +16 50
7 Watford 27 +4 40
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 +1 40
9 West Ham United 27 -5 36
10 AFC Bournemouth 27 -10 34
11 Everton 27 -3 33
12 Leicester City 27 -6 32
13 Crystal Palace 27 -4 30
14 Burnley 27 -17 30
15 Newcastle United 27 -10 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 26 -11 27
17 Cardiff City 27 -27 25
18 Southampton 26 -16 24
19 Fulham 27 -35 17
20 Huddersfield Town 27 -36 11