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Vital Report: West Bromwich Albion 3 Cardiff 3

Cardiff needed all three points at West Bromwich Albion really, but defeat would've virtually ended our Premier League survival hopes.

We battled back from the brink of defeat more than once to salvage a 3-3 draw at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

OGS made some changes again, three in fact with the enthusiasm, energy and experience of Craig Bellamy called upon again to help inspire us bit with minutes we were behind already, within 10 minutes the game looked over.

With just two minutes on the clock a goal, virtually out of nothing, from Morgan Amalfitano had West Bromwich Albion ahead. A long ball from Ben Foster was flicked backwards in midfield but didn't look to be seeing Amalfitano going anyway at all but a stunning lob over David Marshall came.

It was two moments later as James Morrison got in behind the defence, which was again all over the place, but his delicate touch was turned away by Marshall to keep us in the game.

It was two though with just nine minutes played as yet again West Bromwich Albion got in behind our defence far too easily Matej Vydra laid off a fine pass to Graham Dorrans who finished well.

A way back into the game came with a moment of inspiration, or was it luck, giving us a goal.

Andrew Taylor picked up a loose ball in midfield, a good run forward saw him blocked out but the ball wasn't cleared falling to Jordan Mutch. He tried his luck with his effort curling into the top corner beyond Foster.

Was it a shot or a cross? Who cares, it went in.

A two goal lead should have been restored for West Bromwich Albion really but Marshall saved well from Vydra as he wriggled through with Morrison blazing the follow up over the bar to our relief.

With the dangerous Mutch again surging forward with no advantage coming from a foul on him in midfield this gave us a free kick. Gary Medel delivered this with it powered home by Steven Caulker's head to bring us level.

Cardiff then pushed on for a winner, Bellamy doing well to bring Mats Moller Daehli into play but the Norwegian couldn't produce the finish that was needed when he might have been better off squaring for a teammate.

An injury time goal that looked to win the game came West Bromwich Albion's way when the ball was kept in and pulled back to Thievy Bifouma who scored that winner or so it seemed?

Still another goal could have gone West Bromwich Albion's way.

They broke, as we pushed for an equaliser, to end up three or four on one but a poor pass from Saido Berahino got us out of trouble and allowed us to break in response.

Wilfried Zaha and Mutch combined with Zaha's cross into the box finding Ben Turner who then picked out Daehli, a great turn from the midfielder created the opening that he hit on the spin into the top corner to earn us a dramatic point.

A point might not be enough come the end of the season but defeat would have meant we had no chance.

That goal could prove to be the moment of inspiration we've needed?




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Date:Sunday March 30 2014

Time: 6:55PM

 

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