West Ham Utd v Cardiff City

Newly promoted Cardiff City take on West Ham United at Upton Park in their first match in the Premier League.

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Mackay: City were "a match for West Ham" in 2-0 defeat

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay said Cardiff City were "a match for West Ham" in their 2-0 defeat to the Hammers. It was the Bluebirds' first ever game in the Premier League, but Mackay said the loss was not "a lesson" for the Welsh side.

"We knew before the game we had to be clinical. It's choices in that final pass, that final decision," he said.

"We had a three on two and Campbell decided to have a strike at target instead of sliding Bellamy in. It's about decision making, I don't think it's about learning lessons.

"We knew exactly what we were coming to, we knew what our game plan should be today and for vast parts of the game we certainly had control over a lot of the ball."

FT: West Ham Utd 2 - 0 Cardiff City

Cardiff City began life in the Premier League with defeat, after losing 2-0 away to West Ham United.

The Bluebirds enjoyed more possession than the home side over the 90 minutes, but it was Joe Cole who put the Hammers ahead with a 13th minute strike, before Kevin Nolan found the back of the net in the 76th minute.

Cardiff City will be hoping their home fans can give them a boost in their next league fixture, when they host Manchester City on 25 August.


Cardiff take on West Ham in Premier League debut

Cardiff City will play their first season in the Premier League for the first time in 51 years Credit: EMPICS Sport

Cardiff City travel to Upton Park to play their first match against West Ham in the Premier League.

Malky Mackay's men made the move from the Championship to the Premier League last season. They became the the second Welsh side in the English top flight joining rivals Swansea City.

The match kicks off at 15:00 BST today.

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