Bluebirds Off To A Flying Start
Cardiff City started their season with a bang!
After drawing 1-1 away to Blackburn Rovers last Friday (August 8th), City fans were waiting in anticipation to see what the game against Huddersfield Town would bring.
With a stadium filled with just over 20,000 people, the pressure was on.
With a start full of fouls and corners, the game looked as if it could go either way. Tension was high, with both teams very convincing in both attack and defence. It wasn't until the 17th minute that the first goal came. Cardiff player Peter Whittingham took a left footed, long-range shot and it curved into the side of the goal, leaving the goalkeeper with no hope.
Only eight minutes later, Cardiff's second goal came from Kenwyne Jones, who first took a right footed shot from the centre of the box; it was saved in the middle of the goal, however, the striker sent the rebound over the line making the score 2-0 to the home side.
After a few efforts on goal from Huddersfield, the fourth official indicated that there would be two additional minutes of play at the end of the first half. The game then continued giving the Terriers two chances and then 2:44 minutes into the added time, Huddersfield defender Murray Wallace's right footed shot from the centre of the box took the ball over the line making the score 2-1 at half time.
The second half started with many saved attempts and many blocked attempts from both sides however, almost immediately after Cardiff replaced Guido Burgstaller with Aron Gunnarsson, Gunnarsson assisted home debut player Tom Adeyemi whose shot was blocked but rebounded kindly to Mats DÃ¦hli who then assisted striker Kenwyne Jones in scoring his second goal of the game. 3-1 to Cardiff City.
Cardiff City were clear winners of the game and the fans saw the good and bad skills of their players, who now have the opportunity to work on them. Huddersfield played well and defended well, however with Cardiff City being such a strong unit, teams need to be alert. Huddersfield manager has said, "we're playing against quality players and that's what the Championship is all about, so we have to just embrace it. When you've played in a league like the Premiership, which is the best league in the world, you have to believe and embrace it and you get that off the fans and off Gunnar SolskjÃ¦r."
Cardiff City now need to rest well and stay positive ahead of their game against Wigan Athletic tomorrow night (Tuesday 19th August 2014).
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