34 - Well defended by Pinto. He chases back down the right and wins a throw.
35 - Pilkington lines up a shot from distance. Bennett blocks. Martin clears for a throw.
35 - Gunnarsson prepares to launch this long...
36 - Great save McGovern. City struggle with the long throw when it's flicked on and are left relying on their goalkeeper moving across to palm away Lambert's effort.
38 - Steady period of the game this. City on the ball in midfield.
39 - Dorrans looks for Murphy but too much on it. Behind for a goal-kick.
@SurreyCanary: We've just been discussing why, almost universally, long throws cause every defence problems...
40 - Klose down just shy of halfway. Holding his face after a collision.
42 - Some lengthy treatment for Klose. He's over to the side now but should be able to continue.
42 - Yep, no long-term concerns. Klose back on as Cardiff's goalkeeper slices a kick from his hands out for a throw on halfway.
43 - Jerome chases down the wing. Crosses. Out to Murphy on the other side. Hoolahan sends in but it's cleared away to Pinto.
43 - Pinto storms down the right. Wins a corner.
44 - Hoolahan over to take.
44 - Cleared but back out to Hoolahan. Sent in again. Cleared again.
45 - Cardiff free-kick inside their own half. Likely to be quite a few minutes added on here I'd guess.
45 - Four minutes to be added.
45 - City will take 1-0 at the break, if they can. Into injury-time now.
45 - Murphy spins well on halfway. Wins a free-kick.
45 - More determined stuff from the youngster as he knocks it past his man before racing forward. The ball is cleared but really positive signs from him this half - and this season generally!
45 - Hoolahan wins a throw on the right.
45 - Dorrans beats two men this gets clipped. Free-kick and a yellow card for Connolly.
45 - Late opportunity for City to double their advantage before the break. Decent crossing position.
45 - Really dangerous ball sent in. Scrambled behind and the referee chooses to call time on the first half.
HALF-TIME | NCFC 1-0 CCFC
@ItaliaCanary: News on Brady will come post-match and prior to Wigan I'd imagine!
@VirgilHorsley: Yep, those two were excellent. Klose part of a generally solid defensive set-up so far; City dealing well with having to rejig things early doors.
Not too many clear chances for either team in that opening half, but City took one of them and lead. That's what matters, ultimately!
@VirgilHorsley: My pleasure!
City back out for the second half and we're all set for the restart!
46 - Cardiff get the second period underway.
46 - Early offside given against the Bluebirds. City free-kick.
47 - Klose plays back to McGovern, who kicks out to the right.
47 - Howson clipped in a tackle. No foul there but he feels the effects. Cardiff take a free-kick quickly and Martin hooks a low cross away two yards from his goalline.
48 - Jerome turns well on halfway. Wins a free-kick. Taken short and Dorrans quickly wins another.
49 - Bennett forced to clear into touch with Klose down following an aerial duel.
50 - Klose gets checked over. Referee makes him go to the side of the pitch with City set to defend a long throw. Klose booked for not doing so in the first place. Harsh.
51 - Lambert slams a header off the bar. City survive the scare. Klose back on.
52 - Another clearance sliced out for a throw on halfway by Cardiff's goalkeeper.
52 - Murphy collects on the left after good work from Dorrans. Jerome offside as he puts just wide from inside the box.
54 - The intensity of this game has really picked up in the second half. Martin hooks out for a Cardiff throw.