Saturday, January 30, 2010

City 2-1 Doncaster: Another Jekyll & Hyde performance

My God Cardiff City know how to give their fans a roller-coaster ride. Not content with all the goings on off the pitch, when it comes to the football, City are either brilliant or crap.

The 6-0 demolition of Bristol City (away) in the week showed their good side. Today, against Doncaster, we showed that brilliance for about 20 minutes - the time it took for Chopra to score his 16th of the season and miss a few more he'd score with his eyes shut on another day. City had already carved Donny open a few times by then, and Chopra's goal was well deserved. To be honest we should have been out of sight by half time after Chopra squandered several further chances and a McCormack header hit the post, and you just knew we'd regret those missed chances.

Sure enough, Donny battled hard and ended the first half behind, but much showing greater control. The second half was all Doncaster. They played the ball to feet, showed width and movement where City were static and profligate with the ball. It was truly awful stuff from us, as bad as the first 10 minutes had been good, and it was only a matter of time before Doncaster punished us - and they did. Woeful defending, a fierce low shot across Marshall 1-1.

From then on it was one way traffic, and the only likely winner would be the visitors. Jones made changes bringing off Burke, and then Rae and the awful Kennedy for Blake, Taiwo and McNaughton, and the ship steadied a bit. McNaughton looked good, and forced a couple of corners, and crosses. Two minutes into the 3 minutes of added time City managed to force a corner, and from the ensuing melee in the box, Bothroyd scrambled home the winner.

To be fair, joyous though I was, it was harsh for Doncaster who had worked so hard after an abysmal start, and had looked the more likely winners from about 30 minutes in.

Who cares though? Three more points to City, and as a bonus, Notts Forest lost for the first time in ages


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