Cardiff City v Swansea City – Sunday 12th January
What – No goals?
Chances galore, but to no avail. If only we were playing a crossbar challenge! The Bluebirds welcomed the Swans to a cold, but sunny Cardiff City stadium; the visitors claiming the grass was too long and hampered their passing football. Their lack of a plan B was evident in the second half, Cardiff City starting of brightest after the break, but lacking the killer instinct.
It was Cardiff who had the share of the chances, Robert Glatzel squandered his early opportunities, several long-range efforts all found the gloves of Swansea ‘keeper, Freddie Woodman, but it was the Swans’ Celina who came nearest to netting in the first half, hitting the inside of the post.
The jacks were still lacking in midfield, somebody had to test Alex Smithies, enter young striker Rhian Brewster, on loan from Liverpool until the end of the season. Eager to get involved, the only thing he got into was the referee’s book as both sides struggled to keep their discipline in a scrappy affair that had supporters glancing end-to-end.
The second half started in a different vain to the first, Cardiff City on the attack, sitting high up the field. Lee Tomlin fired wide from outside the post, Callum Paterson hit the bar from a Josh Murphy cross, after the pair came on and very nearly made the difference, but a role-reversal in between as it was Swansea who had the share of the set pieces
But the managers were quick to heap praise on the defences, bluebirds boss Neil Harris saying he was “really pleased” with the way the pack looked at the back, even if the “final third must be better”
Both sides cam away frustrated but it was Steve Cooper who said his dressing room was frustrated “in a good Way”, clearly stating the second half didn’t go as planned. Young Rhian Brewster in the squad for the Swans, Cooper wasn’t in a hurry to worry about him gaining experience, clearly trying to let on he knew how to utilise his new loanee.
The players’ verdict, it could be worse. Bluebirds captain Sean Morrison clearly happy he had marshalled the attack, and joked he wasn’t used to chasing kids around the field.
In all, somewhere to kick on from for both sides. 5-1 and 6-1 defeats at the hands of QPR for both sides will soon be put to bed. It’s evident that both sides need to invest in new players that can bring a killer instinct onto the pitch. Wales striker Kieffer Moore, could be signing for Cardiff City as soon as the West Bromwich match, Neil Etheridge doesn’t seem to know if he will be here that long.
A match marred by controversies and speculation surrounding the transfer window, clearly attracting interest from far and wide.
Tomos Oakley, GTFM, at the Cardiff City Stadium