Wigan-na Go Up! Bluebirds Beat Latics
Cardiff nearly scored in the early stage of the game, just 98 seconds in, when midfielder Aaron Gunnarsson took a shot that went straight through a crowd of players, however it was denied by Scott Carson the Wigan goalkeeper. Aaron Gunnarsson played well during tonight’s game and has definitely found his ground here in the Championship, as he seemed to struggle in the Premier league.
Bluebirds’ keeper David Marshall, who was captain tonight, also had to make a save in the first half, stopping Callum McManaman’s header from the cross of former Cardiff City player Andrew Taylor.
City forward Nicky Maynard, who was on loan at Wigan last season and scored them an amazing four league goals in his 11 starts, then scored the only goal of the game, 53 minutes in. Maynard got onto the end of Kenwyne Jones’ header from a corner, putting the ball into the net from the edge of the six-yard box, thus giving Cardiff their first victory against Wigan in 12 meetings.
Disaster was narrowly averted when Martyn Waghorn almost scored an equaliser for Wigan, but he put former Bluebird Don Cowie’s pass slightly wide.
Last night's win means Cardiff have successfully recorded a second straight home victory after beating Huddersfield Town 3-1 on the weekend.
Uwe RÃ¶sler's Wigan have now lost three of their four league and cup games so far this season. Both Wigan and Cardiff were favourites to win the league or finish top six so this was always going to be a hard game for both teams. I feel both teams played extremely well, however Wigan were unable to get the ball in the net whereas Cardiff were, which is what will win you the games. Wigan had a very strong defence but eventually it’s going to crack, which is what happened when Maynard put the ball in the back of the net.
Cardiff City are currently second in the league behind Nottingham Forest and currently have seven points. Cardiff City now need to train hard ahead of their away game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday (23rd August 2014).
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