Jones salutes Bellamy debut

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Cardiff manager Dave Jones was in buoyant mood after new signing Craig Bellamy inspired his side to a 4-0 victory over Doncaster.

Debutant Bellamy, who arrived on loan from Manchester City earlier this week, provided two assists before rounding off the scoring with a wonderful 35-yard free-kick.

A capacity crowd turned up to witness Bellamy's first appearance and Jones said: "It was a little like the Lord Mayor's Show out there. I'm glad it's over and now I hope the crowd will continue to support us."

He added: "We knew all about the hype of this last week and we started very nervously but after defending well for 20 minutes when they tried to squeeze past we got going and in the second half we were well on top.

"Craig deserved the applause at the end as I knew he was nervous before the game, but I told him he doesn't carry the club. We are all in this together.

"All the goals were good and no disrespect to Doncaster but we had a full house and Craig rose to the occasion, especially with the goal from the free-kick."

Jones also reserved praise for substitute Chris Burke, who scored Cardiff's third goal after Jay Bothroyd's brace either side of the interval.

"Chris Burke's attitude has been top-class and we got a grip on the game when he came on," added the Bluebirds boss.

"We never had players before to chop and change our style but now we have. No one could say what formation we used as we changed it throughout the game."

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