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Cardiff start with a win

Cardiff City captain Mark Hudson's stoppage time goal earned his side a 1-0 win against Championship new boys Huddersfield on Friday night.

The visitors looked set to secure a draw in their first game back in the second tier after a 12-year absence, but Hudson won it with a close-range strike.

The victory saw Cardiff, with new signing Craig Bellamy in their starting line up, kick off a new chapter in the club's history in satisfactory fashion - to go some way to satisfying Bluebirds fans unhappy with a change of kit colour from blue to red.

Cardiff's new South Korean signing Kim Bo-Kyung was ruled out as his work permit did not come through in time. But the Bluebirds welcomed back Hudson, Kevin McNaughton, Ben Turner and Andrew Taylor, who all missed the side's League Cup defeat at Northampton with injuries. 

The visitors were without Danny Ward and Jordan Rhodes, who was a late withdrawal because of injury.

Bluebirds keeper David Marshall was one of Cardiff's best players on the night as he kept a clean sheet, stopping good efforts from Oliver Norwood, Scott Arfield and Keith Southern. Late in the game, Huddersfield had a chance to break the deadlock, but Marshall did well to keep out Arfield's long range strike.

In the second half, Cardiff should have taken the lead when Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies could only parry a Jordan Mutch shot to Heidar Helguson, but Helguson was denied by a good challenge from Peter Clarke.

Just as the game looked to be heading for a 0-0 draw, Cardiff got a lucky break. A deflection off substitute Joe Mason's shoulder saw the ball drop kindly for Hudson to grab a dramatic winner.

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