Craig Bellamy had the best debut for his home-town club he could have hoped for. 1 appearance, 1 yellow, 2 assists and 1 cracking goal for Bellamy as Cardiff defeated Doncaster 4-0.
The on-loan Manchester City man scored the final goal six minutes from time to make sure of the win, after Jay Bothroyd’s earlier brace (36, 62) and substitute Chris Burke’s effort (68). Bellamy announced his arrival at the Cardiff City Stadium in style and never looked like disappointing a capacity crowd. He almost enjoyed the perfect start but his close-range shot was saved by Neil Sullivan. However, it did not take long for Bellamy to make a telling contribution and he played in Bothroyd who opened the scoring after 36 minutes. Cardiff doubled their lead in the 62nd minute when Burke, who had earlier come on for Michael Chopra, crossed from the right for Bothroyd to head in his second of the game. Bellamy was getting all over the pitch and six minutes later he found himself in the left-back area and launched a fine ball to set Burke free and he made it 3-0 with aplomb.
It was almost inevitable that Wales striker would get a debut goal and so it proved when Bothroyd was upended, allowing the 31-year-old to flash home a superb free-kick from 35 yards.