Vital Report: Watford 0 Cardiff 1
Finally the wait is over, Cardiff collected a first away win over the Championship season with something of a 'smash and grab' 1-0 win at Watford who have now suffered four defeats on the spin.
It was meant to be a joyous occasion at Vicarage Road for Watford as they had their former manager Graham Taylor in attendance, along with plenty of personalities associated to him and the club, after a stand was renamed to honour him and his achievements with the club.
We spoiled that party though! Can this away win spur us on to more though?
David Marshall produced a save to deny Daniel Tozser, he couldn't keep hold of this effort though with Troy Deeney following up but his effort, which was destined for the goal (or at least on target) was cleared away. Marshall was again called into action, quickly off his line he prevented Matej Vydra from having a chance.
The Bluebirds were then in front when Adam Le Fondre was left to score a simple goal. Watford lost the ball cheaply resulting in Anthony Pilkington putting a cross into the box that Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes attempted to punch away but Kenwyne Jones beat him to it only for the ball to bounce off the post, but Le Fondre was on hand to be left with a tap in.
Will this simple goal also spur Alfie onto more?
Vydra was causing problems, and looking as though he could be the man to bring Watford level but we stood firm, in fact we could have gone into half time with the lead doubled after a Juan Carlos Paredes error gave Le Fondre a chance but Gomes was able to make the save to prevent him adding a morale boosting second.
It was one way traffic for much of the second half with the opening exchanges all Watford but thanks to Marshall, where would we be if it wasn't for him, we weathered that storm.
Gianni Munari almost brought Watford level within a minute of the second half restarting but Marshall denied him from close range with him them making a brilliant reaction save to keep out another close range effort as he repelled an Almen Abdi header.
Marshall was finally beaten though by Munari in the end when he turned a Vydra cross towards goal, the post came to our rescue this time!
That 15-20 minute spell was seen through and then things got a little calmer.
Victory could have been secured in the final 10 minutes when Le Fondre pulled the ball back to Tom Adeyemi but Adlene Guedioura was able to clear that danger but it wasn't to matter anyway as the first half goal was enough.
It wasn't always pretty and we had some luck, but it was effective.
We'll be looking to see an upturn in the away form now as if we can, and we maintain our form at the Cardiff City Stadium, there shouldn't be any reason why we can't build on the momentum growing under Russell Slade to at least make the end of season play offs.