Cardiff 2-1 Brighton: Sol Bamba shoots at the end of the winner to seal a vital victory

These are the kind of contexts for which Neil Warnock lives. For his 100th match as Cardiff coach, there was fury, there was the thunder and, of course, there was a last minute winner.

It came courtesy of Sol Bamba, who crushed the ball on the roof of the net, although Brighton left the feeling that courtesy of Cardiff City Stadium officials also came.

The referee Martin Atkinson sent Dale Stephens to the 34th, leaving the visitors with their backs to the wall for an hour. They held out until 90 when Cardiff hit.

Sol Bamba unleashed wild partying by signing a Saturday night with Cardiff's last goal against Brighton

The Cardiff defender reacted the quickest after the ball rebounded from the crossbar to get into the net

Callum Paterson scored Cardiff's equalizer from a close range just before half-hour

Brighton had gone ahead to Cardiff City Stadium thanks to a goal from defender Lewis Dunk

Dunk took his marker off the back and headed a header over Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge on the net

Brighton was reduced to 10 men shortly after Cardiff draw with Dale Stephens who saw the red for a long lunge

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock celebrated his fists at the final whistle after his team claimed all three points


Cardiff (4-3-3): Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison (Peltier 70), Bamba, Cunningham, Gunnarsson, Harris, Victor Camarasa, Ralls (Reid 76), Josh Murphy (Hoilett 72), Paterson;

Unused subscriptions: Bennett, Ward, Smithies, Damour

Scorers: Paterson (27), Bamba (90)

Booked: Paterson, Cunningham

Brighton (4-4-2): Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo, March (Bissouma 39), Murray (Andone 63);

Unused subscriptions: Saltore, Balogun, Steele, Bernardo, Gyokeres

Scorers: Dunk (6)

Booked: Bissouma

Expelled: Stephens (34)

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Att: 29,402

Mum: Harris

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Sol Bamba delayed the winner late to seal all three points for Cardiff after the ball fell to him in the box. CLICK HERE to see more from Sportsmail of bright MATCH ZONE.

If you're looking for the most relieved man in Wales, then look no further than Bamba. After being in error for the opening of Brighton in the sixth minute, he redeemed himself.

The big question, though: it was a red, or not? For Warnock, it was a split stud, which showed the surprise of a challenge. For Hughton, there was a contact from nothing to zero.

In fact, Stephens slipped on Greg Cunningham and he did it in a dangerous way. He was out of control and Atkinson rightly passed by the letter of the law.

There is a sense of pragmatism in Brighton. As Glenn Murray said before this game: "It is clear that we are both candidates for relegation". They knew how big this game was.

Harris holds Paterson's ball to the tie after he demists some Brighton players to the edge of the box

Cardiff Paterson striker reacts furiously to Stephens' challenge on Cunningham and aggressively bends over him

Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan was defeated from all his conclusions by Harris's warp effort, but the cannons came back from the crossbar

Paterson's effort takes a detour and hits the bar before falling to Bamba to score the winner on Saturday afternoon

In six minutes, they hit. Solly March mounted on a cross and Lewis Dunk returned home, with Bamba shamefully losing his man behind.

It was certainly not a bad way to celebrate the invitation to England. "It's one of ours", the fans sang for the defender born in Brighton, whose youthful career began in the club in 2010.

In his previous 47 appearances in the Premier League, Dunk had scored once. Now, after last week's goal against Everton, he had two in two.

Cardiff seemed indolent. Then, out of nowhere, we came back.

A beautiful parade by Kadeem Harris leads to a cross that hits Gaetan Bong. The deflection saw the ball turn on Brighton's defenders, leaving Callum Paterson a tap-in.

Brighton midfielder Stephens tests his challenge and drops Cardiff striker Josh Murphy in the first half

Brighton's defender, Gaetan Bong, quickly changes direction to try to cheat Cardiff's Harris and retain possession

Joe Ralls (left) slips in to make a good interception to stop Anthony Knockaert and break Brighton's counterattack

Neil Etheridge dives to his right and manages to beat a deflected effort by a Brighton player away from the goal to keep him level

Paterson goes close to scoring from a tight corner in the area, but is penalized for a boost to Glenn Murray on the far post

The attacker said thank you very much and had his third goal in four games.

It then became Cardiff's advantage when Stephens was sent off for his challenge on Cunningham, who was fortunate that his shin remained intact. It had slipped dangerously with the studs they showed, regardless of whether the contact was not as dramatic as before.

Cardiff players accused Atkinson, who was surrounded by blue. He duly produced the red and Brighton was left at 10 with 34 minutes early.

Warnock's team had played against 10 men twice in the Premier League earlier. Against Newcastle and Huddersfield, they ended up drawing both 0-0.

They hoped that the third time was the charm and Cardiff began to improve after the break.

At the moment, Harris had the crossbar shaking with a 20-meter curled pull. Goalkeeper Mat Ryan plunged in vain and was relieved to see him bouncing off the joinery.

Far from the action, Cardiff captain Sean Morrison had to be replaced in the 69th minute after a clash each. Yet the initial incident, which seemed to leave him dazed and confused, had happened in the 57th. As he walked away, he apparently complained to the staff of his vision.

Cardiff midfielder Victor Camarasa leaves a shot from distance, but Yves Bissouma does well and manages to block his efforts

Brighton's goalkeeper, Ryan, jumps into the air to recover a weak effort from a Cardiff player

Neil Warnock shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the first half at Cardiff City Stadium

Bissouma puts his foot dangerously high while freeing the ball from the pressure of Camarasa, but manages to get away with it

Cardiff defender Sean Morrison must leave the playing field with complaints of blurred vision after head-on collisions

Brighton was looking for a fight and a catch and almost made it in the last 10 minutes. Jose Izquierdo unleashed a ferocious effort that forced him to save Neil Etheridge with one hand.

So, the winner. Bamba may have been guilty of opening Brighton, but he made amends.

First, the defender attempted a kick in the head that rebounded against the wood. Paterson then saw his rebound erased from the superb Dunk line.

Yet Bamba had another cherry bite. This time, he broke the ball over Ryan. The replays showed that there could have been an offside in the build-up, even if it depends on who hit the ball. However, Hughton felt that the decisions were going against his side all afternoon.

There was no time for them to come back. This was a must for Cardiff and they got what they came for.

A wreath of poppies is placed in the central circle before kick-off as part of the commemorative commemorations in Cardiff

Both groups of players line up around the central circle during one minute of silence before kick-off on Saturday afternoon

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