Campbell double shocks Man City
The former Manchester United striker grabs a brace of goals as Cardiff land historic win
Cardiff looked as though they would rue those missed opportunities when City took the lead just six minutes into the second half. Toure found Aguero and the Argentinian’s lovely lay-off set-up Dzeko to blast a strike beyond Marshall’s despairing dive.
Cardiff refused to crumble and hit back eight minutes later. Clichy gave Kim far too much room on the right of the area and, although Hart saved from Campbell, he could do little to prevent Gunnarsson firing home the rebound.
City pressed and pressed in an effort to restore their advantage but were met by stern resistance as Silva was crowded out before firing over, and Caulker blocked an Aguero strike.
The rearguard effort gained its reward with 11 minutes to go, Whittingham swung over a pinpoint corner and Campbell snuck away from Pablo Zabaleta at the far post to nod in.
The former Manchester United and Sunderland striker then completed the job with five minutes to go as he again escaped Zabaleta to find the net and write his name into Cardiff history. Negredo pulled one back but it was not enough.
Campbell hailed their shock 3-2 victory as “special”. He said: “The most special thing was getting the three points. When you’re a promoted side, you don’t want to wait too long to get any points on the board so today was a massive bonus for us.
“We knew it was going to be difficult but we knew we’d get our chances. (There were) some great deliveries into the box and it was a great all-round team performance.
“The manager’s been saying to us we deserve to be in this league on our merit. We did very well last season (to get promoted from) the Championship and we’ve got to go out there and show everyone what we’re about.
“We’ll be the underdogs for a lot of the games this season but, as we showed, we’ve got great determination and hopefully that’ll see us through.”
Cardiff captain Craig Bellamy believes the crowd played a key part in Sunday’s success against his former side. “We can hold them responsible for the three points, they were incredible,” he added on Sky Sports 1.
“This Premier League’s so tough and not every week we’re going to have Man City but one or two teams, we’re going to need them to be as positive as that if we’re going to try and stay in this league.”