Cardiff City 0 Southend United 1

Last updated : 13 January 2007 By Footymad Previewer
Southend United recorded their first away win in ten months to leave Cardiff City stunned and their promotion dreams fading badly.

City have not won in their last 12 outings after Lee Bradbury's stunning first-half strike ended the Shrimpers' search for a first away win of the campaign.

Steve Tilson's men are still rooted to the bottom, but the result at Ninian Park will have done much to inspire belief they can launch a survival battle.

But that will be of little matter to unhappy Cardiff fans who have seen their side slip from top of the table to out of the play-off places and way out of form.

Still Cardiff could have found themselves leading as early as the third minute when skipper Darren Purse fired a header on goal from Willo Flood's free-kick, only for the defender fail to get his effort on target.

And fellow defender Kerrea Gilbert didn't fare much better five minutes later when he tamely headed into the arms of Southend stopper Darryl Flahavan after Joe Ledley's cross had picked him out at the far post.

Southend, fighting for their Championship lives, showed some real determination to carve out some scoring chances of their own, but they spurned their first when Freddy Eastwood's chip found Bradbury at the far post, only for his strike partner to head back towards goal rather than try and test Neil Alexander.

Yet less than 60 seconds later, Bradbury had more than made up for his error when Adam Barrett put a ball into the striker just outside the box.

The former Portsmouth and Man City star controlled and volleyed a dipping shot past the Cardiff keeper for a shock 23rd minute opener.

It left the home fans stunned into the silence and it almost got worse 12 minutes later when Luke Guttridge beat the offside trap but did not take advantage when his header was easily saved by Alexander.

Cardiff did their best to force their way back into things and Glenn Loovens saw a shot come back off the bar just moments before the interval.

But they were restricted to long-range efforts after the break and Flahavan was equal to anything thrown at him, Andrea Ferretti heading against the post when Peter Whittingham's 68th minute effort rebounded in front of him.