City Sneak A Win Over Boro
A crisp spring afternoon greeted the Bluebirds as they ran out to face a Middlesbrough who were intent on taking advantage over the struggling Bluebirds, whose financial woes and injuries had caused them to take only four points from a possible fifteen in their past five games. With this in mind many were marking Middlesbrough as the favourites to take three points away from South Wales even though they were four positions lower than Cardiff.
Cardiff were underestimated and struck first through Jay Bothroyd who tapped the ball in after Gabor Gyepes met the cross of Darcy Blake. This was the only goal in what was a game mainly dominated by Middlesbrough possession and determined defending.
The crowd, possibly stirred by their anger at Peter Ridsdale at his deception over the financial state of the club, were defiantly up for the match. They cheered every challenge made, every tackle won. They stirred up the passion within a Cardiff team, who have been stripped to the bone with injuries. This was a dogged performance that showed the passion and character of the team. Well, all but Michael Chopra. He didn’t seem to care about the match. His lethargic movements were easy to track and his touches were poor. Cardiff were pretty much playing with ten men.
Middlesbrough managed to find the net on the hour mark from a free kick delivered by Barry Robson, but it was disallowed due to a hand ball by David Wheater. Cardiff chased and harried Middlesbrough not allowing them near David Marshall in the Cardiff goal. Both centre halves for Cardiff had solid games, able to deal with most threats Middlesbrough created.
Later in the second half Middlesbrough put on the pressure, forcing Marshall into two great saves. One from Leroy Lita’s header and another from a Gary O’Neil free kick which spun around the wall and would have dipped under the bar had Marshall not tipped it over. Middlesbrough also had a header cleared off the line by Bothroyd from wicked corner delivered by O’Neil.
With such turbulence off the field it’s a show of real quality and character to take a win from this fixture. Cardiff fought from the very first to the very last minute. Now all they need is a break off the field, but with two winding up orders against their name it does not look good.
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