Report: Cardiff City 1-0 Bristol City
Sunday, February 25th 2018
City’s winless streak away to Cardiff City continued as Kenneth Zohore’s second-half strike ensured a 1-0 win for the Bluebirds.
It was a Servernside derby in which the Robins struggled to really flex their muscles, with a win here enabling them to boast both a league double over the Bluebirds and keep pressure on the promotion-chasing rivals above them.
But it was not to be as substitute Zohore struck from close range to settle the local fixture at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Loïs Diony was handed his first City start, as he partnered Famara Diédhiou up front. He was one of two changes to Lee Johnson’s side, with Joe Bryan also returned to the starting XI.
A DERBY ATMOSPHERE
The game showed early signs of being a typical derby, with the referee called into action after just five minutes when Nathan Baker put an arm across Callum Paterson. The pair were chasing a long ball downfield and Baker was booked for his actions, despite calls for a red card from the home fans.
A brief stoppage in play followed shortly afterwards when Baker took Aden Flint’s boot to the head as both looked to clear the ball up field. City’s number six resumed shortly afterwards.
Their defensive duties didn’t stop there however, as City had to put bodies on the line after Liam Feeney darted beyond Hordur Magnusson down the right; his cross made its way too Gary Madine, whose effort struck Baker, before Joe Ralls followed up with another effort which had to be deflected for a corner.
The game quietened down in terms of chances over next ten minutes, that was until Bluebirds captain Sol Bamba slid in Feeney, but Frank Fielding got down to make the comfortable save.
The hosts had one final chance of note before half time when Feeney robbed Magnusson of the ball, only for his cross to be cleared by Bobby Reid. The City Academy graduate’s clearance only fell as far as Halford, but fortunately for Fielding, his shot lacked conviction and the City keeper got down low to save.
SAME AGAIN SECOND HALF
Neil Warnock’s side created the better of the chances after the break too, first Zohore showed a turn of pace to get past Flint, with the recovering Korey Smith sliding in to clear the ball at the expense of a corner.
Callum Paterson then went close when he connected another cross, this time from Joe Ralls, but it looped up over the crossbar.
To their credit, Johnson’s side were showing signs of improved football and substitute Jamie Paterson almost put them ahead. Magnusson intercepted a loose Cardiff ball before unleashing Wright down the wing. His cross was swung towards Paterson at the near post, where the ball was flicked wide for a corner.
But the hosts found the breakthrough after 82 minutes. Kadeem Harris held up play in the far left corner before slipping a pass to Ralls. He rode the challenge from Bobby Reid before crossing the ball across the face of goal and Zohore pounced from close range.
Johnson made a double substitution six minutes from the end with Ryan Kent and Liam Walsh brought on to bolster the City attack but Cardiff held on to claim all three points.
City remain sixth in the Sky Bet Championship, two points ahead of Middlesbrough and Sheffield United, five points behind Fulham.