Vital Report: Cardiff 2 Brentford 3
Cardiff City Stadium
A second half fightback wasn't enough for Cardiff as we paid the price for a disastrous first half at the Cardiff City Stadium against Brentford on Saturday.
If you give any side, let a lone one who are surprising many with the form they have shown in the Championship this season, a three goal lead you're unlikely to claims this back and two second half goal weren't enough for us in the 3-2 defeat.
Brentford didn't take long to breakthrough when Ben Turner didn't get enough of his clearance that Alex Pritchard picked up to shot past David Marshall.
Kadeem Harris, a Brentford loanee last season, was causing problems on his full debut for us and went close but then with the ball given away Pritchard found Andre Gray and he chipped in the second to give us a mountain to climb.
A route back into the game should have come when Craig Noone gave Adam Le Fondre a golden opportunity but with him taking too long to tick the effort away, giving Tony Craig the time to get across and block, and the chance was gone.
On 33 minutes the game was over, with that miss also haunting us, with Pritchard again central to the third goal as he was able to travel and travel and travel with the ball to give Jose Ignacio Peleteiro Ramallo the chance to fire into the top corner.
Only Marshall's save, after Jake Bidwell had set up Jota, prevented another goal before half time, which when it came unsurprisingly came to a chorus of boos!
If we were to have any chance of coming back into the game, and replicate what Brentford had in the first half, we needed to score a goal early in the second half.
We did exactly that with Harris putting in the cross that Noone converted.
Finally we had come alive but Le Fondre was just unable to get on the end of a Noone cross to give us a second and a penalty appeal was turned down with a handball claimed by the Bluebirds striker.
With 15 minutes to play, and just 15 minutes after coming on Kenwyne Jones made the impact he was brought on to have when he forced the ball in from a John Brayford cross to give us renewed hope.
If we hadn't given ourselves so much to do from the first half we might have got something, but in the end it was too little too late.