Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Watford Cling On For Cardiff City Draw

Watford Cling On For Cardiff City Draw

Cardiff City picked up auseful away point last night following a draw with promotion hopefuls Watford at Vicarage Road. It could so easily have been more for the Bluebirds in a dramatic game.


In a highly charged opening, City won an early corner only to lose possession and concede a devastating early goal. John-Joe O'Toole nodding home after we failed to deal with a long throw.


Cardiff were stunned but regained their composure and began to find some rhythm. Unfortunately, Watford managed to score the crucial second after McNaughton lost the flight of the ball allowing Will Hoskins to get an effort on goal - the ball deflecting off Purse past a stranded Heaton for 2-0.


Despite not playing badly, I admit to fearing Watford would be too strong and disciplined to let a 2 goal lead slip. How wrong I was as Tamas Priskin clearly elbowed Purse in the face prior to a Hornets free-kick, spotted the linesman and the striker was dismissed. The third against City in two games.


The sending off gave us renewed confidence and we began knocking the ball round with ease enjoying plenty of possession. However, the final ball was lacking quality and we still looked short of ideas. Credit to Watford who battled hard but you felt sure if we could score 1, the second would come. We created numerous opportunities, but most were half chances until Whittingham was fouled by Tommy Smith in the area - inexplicable and surely the chance to change the game. Unfortunately Richard Lee is in no mood to concede penalties and duely saved his 3rd in 2 matches from McCormack before Whittingham shot wide from the rebound.


You felt in might not be our night, Whittingham had another glorious chance but blazed over from 8 yards - only to be replaced by Eddie Johnson - surely a last resort from Dave Jones?!


On 72 minutes, the pressure finally told and it was City's turn to enjoy a slice of luck as Jay Bothroyd's shot was cruelly deflected past Lee for 2-1 and Bothroyd's second for the Bluebirds. Two became three after just a couple of minutes and there was no luck this time as the former Wolves man controlled following a corner and lashed a fine effort home to level the scores.


With 15 minutes to go, Cardiff were rocking and continued to press for the winner. There were a bucket-load of chances, far too many to catalogue here but no winner came. Watford had one good chance on the break to steal it but a breathless finish failed to break the deadlock and both sides finished with a point. More importantly, it was a gutsy fighback (albeit aided by a crazy dismissal) and maintains Cardiff's unbeaten run.




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Wednesday October 22 2008
Time: 8:45AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Joshua v Klitschko?

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Stats: Cardiff v Derby

All the stats from Cardiff (0) vs (2) Derby, Cardiff City Stadium, 27/9/16 Att: 14,131

Cardiff v Derby - Team Sheets

Cardiff City are at the Cardiff City Stadium with Derby County the visitors today, this is a 7.45pm kick-off - the line-ups have been confirmed.

Lambert In Team Of The Week (27/9/16)

Cardiff City are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Match Day Officials v Derby (27/9/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Derby County this Tuesday.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Whittingham's Left Peg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Derby MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Amos0%
Richards0%
Morrison0%
Connolly0%
John0%
O'Keefe0%
Noone0%
Immers0%
Whittingham0%
Ralls0%
Lambert0%
Sub - Zohore0%
Sub - Harris0%
Sub - Ecuele Manga0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Huddersfield 10 7 1 2 22 5
2 Norwich 9 6 2 1 20 6
3 Brighton 10 5 3 2 18 6
4 Brentford 10 5 2 3 17 9
5 Bristol City 10 5 2 3 17 6
6 Birmingham 10 4 5 1 17 4
7 Sheff Wed 10 5 2 3 17 0
8 Reading 10 5 2 3 17 -3
9 Newcastle 9 5 1 3 16 10
10 Barnsley 10 5 1 4 16 6
11 Wolves 10 4 3 3 15 2
12 Fulham 10 3 5 2 14 -2
13 Ipswich 10 3 4 3 13 0
14 Leeds Utd 10 4 1 5 13 -2
15 Forest 10 3 3 4 12 -2
16 Q.P.R. 10 3 3 4 12 -4
17 Aston Villa 10 1 7 2 10 0
18 Burton 10 2 4 4 10 -2
19 Preston 10 3 1 6 10 -4
20 Derby County 10 2 3 5 9 -4
21 Wigan 10 2 2 6 8 -2
22 Blackburn 10 2 2 6 8 -7
23 Cardiff 10 2 2 6 8 -9
24 Rotherham 10 1 3 6 6 -13
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Sep 27 2016 7:45PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Burton Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 14 2016 7:45PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 19 2016 7:45PM : Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 22 2016 5:30PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship