MATCH REPORT: Cardiff City 3-2 Blues

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Garry Monk’s second game in charge, and after a tough first outing against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night he’d be wanting his Blues side to at least put up a fight vs a Cardiff team in superb form.

Sam Gallagher was introduced back into the side leading the line with Lukas Jutkiewicz who keeps his place. Che Adams drops to the bench. You could say that Neil Warnock’s side started better and they broke the deadlock with a goal from brummie boy himself Nathaniel Mendez-Laing on twelve minutes. As a top championship side like Cardiff are, they knew how to hold Blues off and with the some chances the visitors had in the first half Cardiff came back with some of their own and a goal from a good piece of play doubled the bluebirds’ lead. Derby loanee Craig Bryson the scorer, latching on with a close range finish. It was all Cardiff in the first half, Blues were just not in the game at all and to heap even more pressure on Garry Monk, Calum Paterson put Cardiff three up on the stroke of half time, giving Birmingham a lot of work to do.

The boys in royal blue came out of the blocks the better in the second half, a completely different attitude and approach and it paid off in the 54th minute where they were awarded a penalty to the disgust of Neil Warnock and most of the home support, but Craig Gardner stuck it home and pulled one back. The second half seemed to be all Birmingham as centre back Michael Morrison was welcomed back to the side against Nottingham Forest and he celebrated that with a goal, he played well vs Middlesbrough and nearly scored here with a well struck effort; close but no cigar for Blues. The Craig Gardner penalty did not seem like a conciliation as the visiting team went on a late surge and scored a very good goal where the full back Maxime Colin smashed home from the edge of the box. This was little too late for Birmingham to make it 3-3 but a spirited second half performance from the away side with plenty of belief, Monk says he has seen enough to take into the remaining games for Birmingham City to hopefully stay in the division.
For Cardiff City, well they stay very much in touch with the league leaders Wolves and steer away from the play off section of the league.

Team lineups:

Cardiff City:
GK Eteridge
RB Peltier , CB Bamba , CB Manga , LB Bennett
RCM Paterson , CM Gruijic , LCM Bryson
RW Mendez-Laing , CF Zohore , LW Hoilett

Subs:
Morrison
Pilkington
Halford
Damour
Murphy
Wildshut
Madine

Birmingham City:
GK Stockdale
RB Jenkinson , CB Dean , CB Morrison , LB Colin
RM Jota , CM Kieftenbeld , CM Gardner , LM Maghoma
RS Gallagher , LS Jutkiewitz

Subs:
Kusczcak
Lowe
Brammall
Boga
N’doye
Adams
Roberts

Match stats:
Possession – Cardiff 41% , Blues 58%
Shots – Cardiff 15 , Blues 16
Shots on target – Cardiff 6 , Blues 7
Corners – Cardiff 6 , Blues 12
Fouls committed – Cardiff 9 , Blues 12

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