Neil Warnock suffered his first loss as Cardiff City manager yesterday as managerless Wigan scored a late goal to win the game. It was a tight and quite poor game throughout, but Cardiff were the better team and created plenty of chances. They were marginally the better side in the first half with Adam Bogdan, the Wigan keeper twice saving from Anthony Pilkington and Sol Bamba having a header cleared off the line. Cardiff’s main threat was from set-pieces, with Aron Gunnarsson’s long throws and Peter Whittingham’s wonderful left foot. The problem was that they’re attacks lacked a focal point without the injured Rickie Lambert.
They managed some more chances after the break, with Bogdan saving from Aron Gunnarsson and Bamba heading wide, but the failures to put away those chances were punished through Jordi Gomez’s goal. He scored through David Perkins teeing him up to score from close range. They had defended for long periods before this goal and City nearly scored in stoppage time but Joe Bennett’s half volley was blocked off the line by Wigan’s captain, Stephen Warnock. Neil Warnock felt that they had been caught by a sucker punch after creating plenty of chances and that they missed Rickie Lambert up front. Next up for the Bluebirds are the league leaders, Newcastle United at St James’s Park. This will be a very tough game against a very good side, but hopefully it will be a better result than yesterday’s.