Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Cardiff 4-1 Derby: Score Belies The Truth !

Cardiff 4-1 Derby: Score Belies The Truth !

Don't let the scoreline or the press reports fool you - this was no vintage display by Cardiff City though the 4-1 victory over Derby County is no less important.


Derby County were by far the better side in the opening quarter having a strong penalty shout turned down fopllowed by a succession of corners. Veteran midfiedler John Eustace had a number of snap-shots and forced a smart save from Taylor with an overhead shot.


It was against the run of play when Cardiff City scored, Bothroyd tugged on the right and Whittingham curkling in a decent cross for Roger Johnson to show great aerial control and flick home. The rest of the first half passed without major incident, though Bothroyd, McCormack and Chopra all had speculative efforts and a superb Chopra flick saw Rae go close. That said, we were far from our best and lost possession far too cheaply.


Rob Hulse was a forlorn figure for the Rams, he actually did really well at times but had absolutely no support from his team-mates and was crowded out. The opening to the second half was an awful standard with both sides guilty of some woeful misdirection. The second goal came with the first bit of sheer quality in the match. Chopra made a brilliant flick to the oncopming McPhail whose slide-rule pass found Gavin Rae who had continued his run. Rae rounded the keeper (yes really!) like a pro and netted for a really good goal.


Just moments later the game was dead and buried when a corner narrowly evaded Gyepes and fell to Jay Bothroyd to bundle home. The striker spent a lot of time on the floor last night but was heavily involved and deserved his goal.


With the points wrapped up, Jones rested Bothroyd and brought on Eddie Johnson to the usual greeting for the American. However, Eddie had made just a few small contributions before pounsing on a bad mistake by a Rams defender. He still had 45 yards to go but bustled in on goal, drew the keeper Bywater and finished with aplomb.


That sparked a great celebration and marked Eddie's second goal for the club. A moment of comedy came a few minutes later as P.A. announcer Ali asked fans to vote for their man of the match, sparking a chant of 'Eddie, Eddie' from the Bluebirds. He had touched the ball about three times in his 5 minute cameo!


Right at the death, Derby County forced a late corner - Eddie Johnson bizarrely clearing behind him for another corner. As it came in, a mess erupted and Eddie Johnson this time managed to put through his own net. Taylor was furious, as was Roger Johnson who spent the rest of the game laying into team-mates for tiny indiscretions.


The 4-1 scoreline did not tell the true story. Derby were the better side in the first half and could well have had two early penalties. We took our goals well, and were fortunate with the timing. Only the 2nd goal showed real class and Albrechtsen had gone walkabout for the Rams. Important points nonetheless and an enjoyable game for the last floodlit match at Ninian Park.






For the very latest Championship odds

Free £15 bet when you spend £5 on The New Football Pools




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

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Thursday April 9 2009
Time: 9:11AM

Comments

0
Thank goodness someone else was at the same game as me and the people sitting around me on the Bob Bank last night - some of the worst pop-the-ball-up-in-the-air and hope it lands near enough to one of our players stuff we've suffered for ages .. I don't get it : one good pass from a mid-fielder and let's forget the 10s of crap passes or simple give-the-ball away moments he also gave us .. despite 4-1 we were lucky last night .. let's hope our luck lasts!
gtsutton
09/04/2009 17:31:00
0
Thank goodness someone else was at the same game as me and the people sitting around me on the Bob Bank last night - some of the worst pop-the-ball-up-in-the-air and hope it lands near enough to one of our players stuff we've suffered for ages .. I don't get it : one good pass from a mid-fielder and let's forget the 10s of crap passes or simple give-the-ball away moments he also gave us .. despite 4-1 we were lucky last night .. let's hope our luck lasts!
gtsutton
09/04/2009 17:31:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Permanent Deal Sorted For Ajayi

Cardiff City have today confirmed that defender Semi Ajayi has turned his loan spell at Rotherham United into a permanent deal.

Premier League Free Agents 2017

As the summer nears and contracts come to an end, should the club have an interest in any of the following free transfers from Premier League oppositions?

EFL Awards 2017 Shortlists Revealed

The Football League have now confirmed the shortlists for the awards categories for this years EFL Awards.

Newcastle Game Switched

Cardiff City's final home game of the Championship 2016/17 campaign has been moved after it was selected for television screening.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Cardiff
Write For Vital Cardiff
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Ipswich MotM
Suggested By:
McGregor1%
Richards9%
Morrison0%
Bamba36%
Bennett0%
Noone0%
Gunnarsson0%
Whittingham0%
K Harris0%
Hoilett0%
Zohore54%
Sub-Halford0%
Sub-Pilkington0%
Sub-John0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Brentford (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Nottingham Forest (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Vital Football Comment