Saturday, March 22, 2008

Super City: Bluebirds 2 - 1 Bristol City

A great win for City at home against second arch rivals Bristol City (Swansea of course being the No. 1 chums - not). Denied points in the reverse fixture at Ashton Gate despite outplaying them, City dented the Robins hopes of automatic promotion with a great display in a charged Ninian Park atmosphere.

Peter Whittingham, who otherwise had a very ordinary day, and Roger Johnson, recreated the free kick at Middlesborough in the FA Cup Quarter Final to put our noses in front just before half time. A superb delivery to the back post and a thumping , well directed header from my player of the season, Johnners.

Bristol City had posed little threat, largely resorting to hoofing the ball long. Lee Trundle, formerly of the Borough of Swansea was roundly jeered every time he touched the ball, and quite often when he wasn't near it at all.

After the break the Robins didn't change tactics and City looked to be heading for a comfortable win, until 'keeper Enckleman failed to come for a cross and Adebola nodded the equaliser home. That raised Bristol's tempo and shortly after they had a goal disallowed for offside - I think it was a close call.

But it was to be City's day. Gary Johnson, Bristol's manager was sent to the stands for some contretemps to more loud cheers, and when Stephen McPhail was up-ended in the penalty box, Whittingham took the spot kick and tucked the ball after the keeper saved his initial effort.

So, 2-1 to the Bluebirds. A great display and a great atmosphere, and enough points to safely say we won't get relegated, and only 7 points of the play off spots with up to 2 games in hand over several of the teams above us.

C'mon you Blooobirds!

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