Premier League wrap: Cardiff end scoring drought

Welsh side take first win in six games as Southampton and Newcastle draw

Newcastle United’s Yoan Gouffran scores the opening goal of the game against Southampton. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Newcastle United’s Yoan Gouffran scores the opening goal of the game against Southampton. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Sat, Dec 14, 2013, 19:50

In the English Premier League, Cardiff broke their three-and-a-half match goal duck when Peter Whittingham headed Craig Noone’s cross home in the Welsh side’s home clash with West Brom.

After a goalless first half, Malky Mackay’s side plundered a 1-0 lead just past the hour and it proved enough to guide them to their first league win in six matches.

Jay Rodriguez’s second-half equaliser saw Southampton scramble a 1-1 draw against Newcastle at St James’ Park. Yoan Gouffran had finished well for his sixth goal of the season after Mike Williamson’s header to hand Newcastle a 1-0 half-time lead.

Guy Demel had the ball in the back of the net for West Ham against Sunderland — but referee Andre Marriner ruled it out for a foul on Lee Cattermole and the match ended in a goalless draw which is little help to either team.

Goalkeepers Asmir Begovic and Allan McGregor took the plaudits as their smart reactions ensured a goalless draw between Hull and Stoke in front of the television cameras at the KC Stadium.

It might not have been a game to rouse the neutrals at home, but a point apiece serves both sides well enough in their attempt to pull away from the relegation scrap.

The fixture did not appear to promise a goal glut before kick off, but had it not been for Begovic in the first half and McGregor in he second the stalemate would at least have been broken. Begovic kept Hull out with good saves from Ahmed Elmohamady and Yannick Sagbo before the break and his opposite number twice prevented Peter Crouch from capping a much-improved Potters display in the last half-hour.