Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Cardiff Cave To West Brom Onslaught

Cardiff Cave To West Brom Onslaught

Cardiff City lined up as expected at the Hawthorns but few would have expected the dream start we got as Paul Parry's speculative effort took a deflection and looped neatly over Kiely and into the net for a 29th second lead for the Bluebirds.


Some around me thought we may have 'peaked too soon' but Cardiff looked comfortable and lively. Ishmael Miller was withdrawn for the Baggies to collective relief, he looked a threat initially but had to be replaced by Bednar.


Kevin Phillips launched a long shot that Oakes dived to tip away and Bednar had a shot blocked by a brave McNaughton challenge. The Scotsman was withdrawn shortly afterwards, and for a moment it looked bad but no stretcher was required and Darcy Blake entered the fray.


With almost his first touch, Blake set up a second for Cardiff though there looked little danger. Hasselbaink's flick was collected by Parry on the right and his run (with no support) allowed him to fire right footed (yes you read that right!) past Kiely from a tight angle - a gread individual effort.


The 2-0 did not last long however, and Bednar ghosted in at the far post to convert a hopeful Greening free-kick from centre-field. The momentum shifted somewhat, and there was plenty of time to go.



West Brom winger Chris Brunt was a constant threat with some dangerous crosses causing panic in the City defense - Oakes was reluctant to collect and the denfence began to sit too deep. However, City continues to attack and Whittingham burst into the box and when unable to get a shot away, set up Parry whose 18 yarder for a hat-trick went disappointingly high.


After half-time, WBA continued to press but it was Cardiff who got the next goal. Joe Ledley burst forward from his own half and although fortunate to get the ball back from his cross, the in-form Welshman drilled home to extend the Bluebird's lead.


We were where we wanted to be, but somehow you felt it wasnt enough and with plenty of time to go, Mowbray changed personnel and formation drastically and to good effect.


The widemen found space and a multitude of crosses peppered the Cardiff box. We cried out for Kasper Schmeichel to rise high and collect, before forcefully shunting his defenders up-field. However, Oakes flapped at a few and was all too happy for his defence to sit deep as we invited pressure.


Phillips shot a warning when he headed home only to be adjudged offside, Bednar headed wide when unmarked from a Brunt cross and we were under sever pressure. The inevitable goal came when Albrechtsen's tame header evaded Oakes and dipped under the crossbar and gave the league leaders a chance.


A massive 6 minutes injury time was announced and the West Brom domination continued, more crosses and pressure eventually led to the equaliser, Loovens' missed header bouncing off the unfortunate Johnson and over Oakes. It had been coming.


However, the referee denied Cardiff a priceless penalty when Kiely barged Ledley in the final minute. Mr Friend bottled it and made unbelievable decisions all afternoon, to the understandable dismay of WBA they were brought back when in space for pointless fouls and players were left on the sidelines far too long after treatment. Maybe he made up with the no-penalty, it was blatent.



However, West Brom deserved something from the day and intial disappointment gave way to realisation of a good point gained, and a fantastic afternoon's entertainment and nerves. 3-3 and a fantastic spectacle.




Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Monday January 21 2008
Time: 10:34AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Cardiff City Articles

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (18/10/17)

Time for the special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for the season of 2017/18.

Safe Standing Gets A Step Closer To The Championship

Shrewsbury Town have now confirmed that they have reached their crowd funding target of £65,000 to create a safe standing section at New Meadow.

It Mata's To Juan, Why Not All?

Manchester United's Juan Mata has again called on Premier League players to match his pledge of 1% of their salary being donated to charity.

Club Top Scorers In The Championship 2017

With the Championship arguably the toughest it's been for a while with the clubs now in the division, will anybody enter Championship history by the end of the season.

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)

Huddersfield MotM
Suggested By:
Murphy12%
Peltier7%
Connolly0%
Morrison0%
Richards30%
Gunnarsson15%
Ralls0%
Bennett0%
Pilkington7%
Zohore15%
Hoilett0%
Sub-Whittingham7%
Sub-M Harris0%
Sub-Lambert7%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
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)

Write for Vital Football