Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Cardiff City Late Heroics See Off Doncaster

Cardiff City Late Heroics See Off Doncaster

Cardiff City left it late to beat an unfortunate Doncaster Rovers who were bright throughout but suffered from a lack of cutting edge up-front.

Rovers boossed the first half, but fell behind when great work from Jay Bothroyd allowed CHRIS BURKE to fire a low shot into the net. Coppinger had already fired wide and Gillett saw a shot brilliantly saved by Heaton.

After the break, City were much better - though Rovers continued to play well and caused problems for Heaton - a Keinan mistake almost led to an equaliser but for a good block from the former Manchester United man.

Donny changed formation, bringing veteran Jason Euall into attack but it was the switch of Coppinger to the right to target the tiring Jlloyd Samuel that brought dividends as Euall capitalised on a McNaughton error to free Coppinger, Samuel couldn't get close enough and the striker's excellent shot beat the helpless Heaton.

There were 10 minutes to go, but I think most Cardiff City fans feared that Doncaster, if anyone, would go on to win the game. On came Jason Koumas and Lee Naylor - both of whom have barely featured in recent months and been disappointing throughout the season. One of those substitutions must go down as a Dave Jones masterstroke.....



ith just minutes remaining, Bothroyd (a frustrated figure throughout) won a free-kick within Bellamy/Whittingham territory. It was central, about 25 yards from goal....thoughts turned to Bellamy's scorcher from much further out against the same opponents at the start of the season but it was JASON KOUMAS who fired a sublime effort into the top corner. The forgotten man providing a magical moment with only his third touch...

With Rovers puching for a late equaliser, there was time for another moment of quality as Koumas and Bellamy combined on the break, allowing KOUMAS to fire his second into the net via a deflection to seal a priceless win for Cardiff City - right in front of the travelling faithful.

A special mention must to to Craig Bellamy who produced a lively performance but one which inspired his team-mates through an absolutely phenomenal work-rate throughout. He chased, harried and hounded Doncaster throughout and never stopped running - truly exceptional stuff from the captain.

An invaluable 3 points for Cardiff City. Plucky Doncaster were unlucky, but will surely avoid relegation and the travelling hoards of Bluebirds have plenty to enjoy on the journey home.



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

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Saturday April 9 2011
Time: 5:08PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Staged or Real?

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Sky's 10 In 10 - Who Features?

Sky Sports being their festive 10 in 10 this week, so who features in the football screening overload for 2016/17?

Warnock Delighted With Brighton Point

Manager Neil Warnock has praised the hard work of the Cardiff City side for taking a point against Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend.

FA Cup Third Round - Full Draw (5/12/16)

The draw for the third round of the FA Cup took place earlier this evening.

Vital View - Championship, 1st-3rd December 2016

Another Newcastle defeat opened the Brighton but Albion could only draw so closed to within a point of the leaders. Cardiff, Wigan and rock bottom Rotherham make up the bottom three.

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)

Brighton MotM
Suggested By:
Amos0%
Connolly0%
Morrison0%
Bamba0%
Bennett0%
Harris0%
Gunnarsson0%
Ralls0%
Whittingham0%
Gounongbe0%
Hoilett0%
Sub - Pilkington0%
Sub - Richardson0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 13 2016 7:45PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 1:00PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 30 2016 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Aston Villa (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Write for Vital Football