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Brentford hold firm to see off Cardiff comeback

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Jota was on the scoresheet once again. Credit: PA

Brentford held off Cardiff's second-half fightback to continue their impressive SkyBet Championship promotion push with a 3-2 win at Cardiff City Stadium.

The Bees were coasting after first-half goals from Alex Pritchard, Andre Gray and Jota Peleteiro Ramallo put them in total control.

Craig Noone and Kenwyne Jones pulled goals back for Cardiff, but the visitors held on to make it seven wins from their last eight games.

Cardiff, meanwhile, fall further away from the play-off places as they struggle for consistency under Russell Slade.

Cardiff aiming to resolve Cala issue

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Juan Cala is training with the academy. Credit: PA

Cardiff manager Russell Slade has said the club are looking at whether Spanish defender Juan Cala broke club discipline rules on social media.

Cala revealed on Twitter this week that he could leave the SkyBet Championship club after being sent to train with the club's academy, although Slade said ahead of Saturday's trip to Watford that the centre-back "is doing his rehab work there".

"I just want the situation to be sorted out and to play here on (sic) in another club ASAP!! Thank you for support," Cala wrote on Twitter.

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Slade set to become Cardiff manager

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Slade is set to take the reigns at Cardiff. Credit: PA

Cardiff seem set to confirm Russell Slade as their new manager ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship home game with Sheffield Wednesday.

Slade resigned as manager of Leyton Orient on Wednesday night after the League One club had rebuffed three approaches from the Bluebirds for the 53-year-old to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Orient confirmed late on Wednesday they had received Slade's resignation and were consulting club lawyers over a compensation offer from the Bluebirds.

"The chairman and the CEO of Leyton Orient have received a resignation letter from Russell Slade," said the club statement.

"This has not happened by chance after the club rejected a proposal from the general manager of Cardiff City regarding the transfer of Russell Slade.

"The lawyers of the club are now studying the file."

Morrison takes swipe at "people in" West Ham after joining Cardiff on loan

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Morrison will help Cardiff try and climb up the Championship table. Credit: PA

West Ham's Ravel Morrison has joined Cardiff on a three-month loan deal, the player has announced on Twitter.

The 21-year-old former Manchester United midfielder has been out of favour at West Ham in recent months amid well-documented personal issues.

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happy to get a 3 month loan @CardiffCityFC time to start playing some football again ???

He added in another tweet about West Ham, which he later deleted: "I got no ratings off people in the club not the club it's self (sic) just people in it."

The England Under-21 international is set to face trial in January over allegations he threatened to throw acid in his former girlfriend's face and have her killed.

He is also accused of threatening to blow up Reah Mansoor's house during an alleged four-year campaign of harassment against her and is alleged to have assaulted the 19-year-old and her mother, Parveen Mansoor, 39, in Salford in the early hours of July 27.

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Matthews out of Wales squad

Adam Matthews has become the third player to pull out of Wales' squad through injury ahead of their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra.

The 22-year-old Celtic defender follows Reading winger Hal Robson-Kanu and West Ham's James Collins in withdrawing from Chris Coleman's squad for the away game on September 9.

A statement from the Football Association of Wales said Cardiff's Declan John had been called up from the Under-21s to replace Matthews. Newcastle's Paul Dummett and Reading's Jake Taylor have already received late calls.

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