Huddersfield TOWN are still looking for their first success in what looks set to be a long season.
Manager Chris Powell was furious that Harry Bunn was not awarded a penalty less than 60 seconds before Cardiff took the lead when he was felled by Matthew Connolly’s challenge inside the box.
Powell said: “That was the turning point in the game.
“Before that we dominated the first period, but failed to find the final product.
“It petered out in the second half but we felt that was a penalty straight away.
“If the defender had got the ball then it would have deviated, but the ball continues along the same line.
“Then you’re talking 1-0 to us instead of 1-0 down just seconds later and then we’re chasing the game. That’s just the way it’s going for us right now.
“It’s not the start to the season that we wanted, but we’ve had to deal with a lot of players coming and going and we’re trying to gel as a team as quickly as possible.”
Sammy Ameobi stepped off the bench to inspire Cardiff in the second half, having a hand in both goals that were finished by former Huddersfield winger Anthony Pilkington and Joe Mason.
Ameobi supplied Pilkington, who turned his marker and confidently steered home his shot from six-yards in the 69th minute.
Cardiff grabbed a second eight minutes later when Pilkington flicked Ameobi’s pass into the path of Mason, who fired his third goal in four games.
Cardiff: Marshall, Peltier (Malone 19), Morrison, Connolly, Da Silva, Pilkington, Dikgacoi, Whittingham, Ralls, Jones (Ameobi 59), Mason (Gunnarsson 87). Unused substitutes: Ecuele Manga, Noone, Revell, Moore.
Huddersfield Town: Steer, Cranie, Ward, Lynch, Smith, Scannell, Hogg (Huws 64), Whitehead, Bunn (Carayol 72), Paterson (Miller 73), Wells. Unused substitutes: Davidson, Lolley, Dempsey, Allinson.
Referee: P Tierney (Lancashire).