The bluebirds came to town and so did the sky cameras, for what was a must win game for both sides.
For Cardiff, a win which would take them 6 points clear of the play offs or for the Blues, it would be a winning start for Steve Cotterill and a win to lift them out of the bottom 3. A stripped back starting eleven, but the new man bought pace into the side by starting Che Adams and Isaac Vassell, which was bound to trouble to Cardiff back 4 and so it did.
The game was started well by Birmingham, with some great attacking intent, and the visitors who sat top of the table going into the game, couldn’t handle the front line of blues. Che Adams started the game brightly after coming back from injury, and had a couple of chances to open the scoring. Cheick N’doye was playing in a three in midfield with Kieftenbeld and Davis, and all three were playing extremely well and working hard all game. Cardiff were never in the game.
Blues were playing like a completely different team to the one which lost by 5 in Yorkshire against Hull.
Blues were in the faces of the league leaders from minute one, as said above Cardiff were never in the game and the pressing and the appreciating crowd’s roar spured the blue boys on to take the lead with a solo goal by Che Adams in the 20th minute. A run from out wide and a finish from just inside the box straight into the bottom left corner. Maxine Colin was solid at right back, Jacques Maghoma looked as comfortable as ever on the wing but Adams & Vassell was the strike partnership Blues had been missing.
Considering the away side were top, it seemed like we were the team who sat 1st. Not much more to say from the first half, Blues boxed Cardiff and battered them into a first half defeat.
As the second half begun, the home fans had have wished Cotterill will have asked for more of the same and it seemed that way with how we played in the second 45. Cardiff still didn’t find a grip on the game, whereas Blues kept theirs and for the first time in a while, it was excellent watching the blues play football. They kept going at Cardiff and didn’t stop, but credit where credits due because the centre back partnership between Morrison & Roberts was as solid as ever and Colin and Grounds had good performances at right & left back. Maghoma hadn’t had too much of an impact, but Adams and Vassell both did.
Blues never lost their grip on the game and it ended up that way with the three points and the clean sheet going to Birmingham City to lift them out of the bottom three and to give Steve Cotterill a winning start as manager. He’s the first blues boss to have won his first league game in 10 years so that will have pleased him.
The big derby comes soon but first a visit to south Bermondsey to play Millwall which always stirs some trouble between fans.
RB Colin , CB Morrison , CB Roberts , LB Grounds
CDM Davis , CDM Kieftenbeld
RW , Maghoma , CAM N’doye , LW Adams
RB Peltier , CB Morrison , CB Manga , LB Bennett
RM Mendez-Laing , CM Bryson , CM Ralls , LM Hoilett
Possession – Blues; 50% , Cardiff; 50%
Shots – Blues; 6 , Cardiff; 7
Shots on target – Blues; 2 , Cardiff; 0
Corners – Blues; 6 , Cardiff; 8
Fouls – Blues; 14 , Cardiff; 17