Superb Comeback Typifies Cardiff City Strength
Cardiff City came back from a goal down in difficult conditions to record an invaluable victory against promotion rivals Crystal Palace yesterday. Palace were undoubtedly the better side and took an early lead with a training ground routine with Jedinak deflecting a low front post corner in at the far post.
Following the goal, Zaha and Bolasie excelled, with the former hitting the bar. Glen Murray showed little sign as to why he is such a feared goalscorer wasting several good chances - but the chances created by the Ealges were extremely worrying - especially as City failed to create anything of note in the opening quarter.
With a truly awful performance from the referee, both sides failed to match their own high standards, with Jordon Mutch in particular struggling to find any fluency for the Bluebirds. We did enjoy a spell of good pressure to end the half, Bellamy twice just inches from reaching through balls. However, our luck chanced just on half time with a piece of individual brilliance from Bellamy. He wriggled free down the left and squared for the oncoming Craig Noone to edge ahead of his marker and rifle a shot into the roof of the net.
After the break, Cardiff City were marginally the better side - though Palace remained a threat on the break. However, in preventing the Eagles from breaking at pace - Zaha became frustrated and isolated - playing little role after the break. Well done McNaughton, Taylor and co.
Bellamy was denied a goal when wrongly ruled offside, before Aron Gunnarsson grabbed the winner from the bench - a towering header from a corner and richly deserved for the Icelander - who has been impressive despite his relegation to the bench of late.
Whittingham, Mason and Gestede all had late chances - Gestede wasting the best after he and Conway broke against a weary Palace defence but the visitors failed to created to much of note and only a Murray effort wide of the post caused Marshall any serious concern.
A truly inspiring victory for Cardiff City - especially after being outclassed in the first 20 minutes and falling behind. The character, determination and adaptability to nullify Palace were all extremely promising and contributed heavily to securing perhaps the best 3-points of the season?