Martyn Waghorn is back in the Leicester City squad to make his comeback just 10 days after having his appendix removed.
However, the striker has to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench as City boss Nigel Pearson opts for the same starting line-up that suffered defeat at Millwall last weekend.
7 min: Danny Drinkwater shoots from long range but miles over the bar. A competitive but scrappy start to this game.
12 min: A great ball over the top by Wes Morgan and David Nugent is in behind the Cardiff defence and shoots from an acute angle, but keeper David Marshall makes a good save down low to his right.
13 min: City are starting to get on top and Andy King has a shot deflected wide for a corner after good work from Ritchie De Laet and Jamie Vardy.
14 min: An Anthony Knockaert corner sees Morgan's towering header at the back post which is saved by Marshall and Andrew Taylor clears. City get possession back and King strikes the post from the edge of the box. Vardy follows in and his strike hits the bar. What a let-off for Cardiff.
16 min: Knockaert has a long-range effort and Marshall again has to make the save. City are well and truly on top. When they do get possession, Cardiff are just playing some hopeful long balls.
23 min: Knockaert tries his luck again from long range and it moves in the air, forcing Marshall to scramble to make the save.
24 min: Knockaert again runs at the Cardiff defence and plays in King. His touch is heavy so it runs through to the keeper, but Mark Hudson's challenge is late on King. No real penalty appeals from City.
25 min: GOAL 0-1 Craig Conway teases Paul Konchesky and pulls his cross back to the edge of the area, where Craig Bellamy is unmarked and he fires into the bottom corner. Cardiff have taken the lead completely against the run of play and with their first shot on goal. Before the goal, City had eight shots on goal, six on target to none for Cardiff.
29 min: Bellamy is in again after a simple one-two with Kim Bo-Kyung, but a great tackle from Morgan stops him in his tracks.
31 min: Bellamy fires over the bar after Kasper Schmiechel comes through a crowd of players to punch away a Peter Whittingham free kick, but can't get any distance on it.
41 min: King does superbly to get away on the left flank and races towards the Cardiff box. His side-foot finish is inches wide.
45+1 min: Vardy hits the bar again with a looping header. That is the third time in the game City have struck the woodwork during this first half.
H-T: City 0 Cardiff 1
51 min: substitution Waghorn on for Vardy.
53 min: Waghorn's header from De Laet's cross is saved by Marshall. Almost an instant impact by the sub.
65 min: Cardiff substitute Rudy Gestede's header is deflected just over the bar.
68 min: SUBSTITUTIONS Ben Marshall for Knockaert and Jesse Lingard for Lloyd Dyer.
74 min: Nugent's header is cleared off the line. What have City got to do to score?
78 min: Morgan is robbed and Gestede plays in Bellamy, who crosses for sub Aron Gunnarsson, but the ball is deflected behind him and City clear.
85 min: City are running out of ideas and time against a stubborn Cardiff defence. It has been another frustrating afternoon for Pearson and his team.
90+3 min: Another three points slip away and, while City have more than matched their opponents, they haven't delivered the knockout blow.
F-T City 0 Cardiff 1