City Dig Deep To Beat Foxes
It was the night of theSprout awards, so while everyone else donned their tuxedos and pretty dresses, I fitted myself into the thickest jumper I could find, gloves, scarf and anorak and headed out into the wet to watch Cardiff City versus Leicester City. It was far from the champagne-sipping-glitz of the awards, but it was where I was heading, me and 20 thousand others. This was the start of a titanic week for Cardiff with them playing all their fellow play-off rivals. It could be either the sealing of a play-off place or another season ending with disappointment. It was a good thing Cardiff decided to put in their best performance all season.
A 2-1 victory sounds pretty basic and ordinary, but this was no ordinary game. The first half was pretty straight forward with Cardiff taking the lead on the 10th minute, through Ross McCormack tapping the ball in after it rebounded from a Kelvin Etuhu shot. Leicester showed why they were challenging for promotion and started again, refusing to crumble. Cardiff struck once more just before halftime, this time through the winger Peter Whittingham taking his total tally of league goals up to 19. This again was a tap-in, after McCormack shot from an Etuhu flick-on, the ball fell to Gavin Rae who located Whittingham, who found the net. Cardiff were lucky not to concede in the injury time at the end of the half, with Martyn Waghorn’s corner being scrambled off the line by David Marshall.
Leicester came into the second half with a vengeance in an attempt to hunt down Cardiff’s lead and they got a scrappy goal for their efforts, Steve Howard forcing the ball over the line on the 52nd minute. Cardiff had already lost two of their back four to injury then lost Gabor Gypes to a red card for pulling down James Vaughan as the last man. This is when Cardiff roared defiantly. They couldn’t afford players to cover the midfield as well so the formation became 8-0-1 with Warren Feeney who replaced injured Etuhu chasing every ball. Chris Burke then tweaked a hamstring, but he had to remain on the field and even though he could not kick the ball, he still managed to swing his good leg at the ball to clear it into touch. The crowd were all on their feet by now and roar of the crowd silenced the wind and dried the rain and lifted the players.
The heroic Bluebirds blocked every shot, met every ball, chased every pass and sent a message to Swansea City you’re coming into the lion’s den. When that final whistle went you’d have think we’d won the Premiership, because that’s how much that win meant to the players. Now we’ve sent the Foxes back to the burrows with their tails between their legs, all we need to do now is to hunt the Swans down on Saturday whether the players will have enough energy after that performance will be another matter.
TheSprout would like to congratulate Tim for winning Best Sports Article at theSprout Awards.
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