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.