Sunday, August 09, 2009

Here we go: City 4-0 Scunthorpe

So the new season is upon us, and in the opening rubber City took on newly promoted Scunthorpe in the first fully competitive game at the new Cardiff City Stadium.

We were down in Pembrokeshire for the weekend, but me & Mini drove back especially for this match.

On a super afternoon City opened up well, though Scunnie were giving it a good go. With Chopra, Bothroyd and McCormack up front, City looked snappy. The new look back four, featuring only Mark Kennedy from last season had a couple of jitters before setting, with skipper Hudson, Gerrard (the other one) and Quinn all looking composed.

In the end, it was a fortuitous opener that deflected off Chopra for City's opener, but we're not complaining. The score was added to when Bothroyd slotted home from a couple of yards after great work by McCormack on the left. Just before half time Chopra got his second with an excellent shot from the edge of the 6 yard box.

In the second half Scunthorpe were left chasing shadows for much of the game, and it looks like it could be a long old season for them. The final goal for City came courtesy of a penalty in the last minute of added ime when Burke was brought down. Surprisingly it was Whittingham and not last season's spot man McCormack who stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way.

A great opening day then as City top the table. There's a hell of a way to go yet, but a 4-0 win on the opening day is a good start.

Up the City!

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