Cardiff City kicked off the new season with a 1-0 win over Championship new boys Huddersfield.
An injury time strike by Skipper Mark Hudson denied the Terriers a deserved point at the Cardiff City Stadium, with all three points handed to red strip clad City in a match that seemed set to end in frustration for the home team.
City manager, Malky Mackay, made ten changes to the side that went down to Northampton, with only Helguson surviving the cull.
It was Huddersfield who started the better, with Cardiff seemingly ill at ease in their red and black strip and it was not until the 20th minutes that Mutch had a glimpse of a chance for the home side. Indeed it was only the acrobatics of keeper Marshall that saved Cardiff from embarrassment after Norwood struck a beautiful volley in the sixth minute only to see Marshall tip it away with a creditable display of agility.
The Cardiff midfield was well corralled by the Huddersfield markers, causing the home side to pump balls over their creative players, Whittingham and Bellamy to Helguson up front, a tactic that left the Terriers defence in some comfort.
In the sixty-fourth minute, Helguson had a peach of chance, only to see the excellent Peter Clarke deny him what seemed like a simple tap-in.
Cardiff turned up the heat in the last twenty minutes with McNaughton almost benefitting from Bellamy’s pull back, then Mason shot high and wide before Hudson slotted in to give City the points.