Cardiff came back from a goal behind twice to take the three points in the Severnside derby.
Nothing really happened in the first half as both teams were quite cautious. All the goals came in the second half. Bristol City dominated, but failed to threaten the Cardiff goal. Cardiff had the best chance, with Peter Whittingham having a shot deflected over the bar in the first 10 minutes.
All the action came in the second half. In the 51st minute, Joe Bryan got the breakthrough for Bristol. His volley hit the bar, before coming back off the unfortunate Brian Murphy into the net. Even though Bristol were the better team, Cardiff got a lifeline in the 74th minute. Joe Ralls got fouled in the box and a penalty was given. Anthony Pilkington took the penalty, as Whittingham was off, and scored it.
Four minutes later in the 78th minute, Bristol went back in front through Tammy Abraham. He scored with a close-range finish. But, Cardiff came back from behind again. Another four minutes later in the 82nd minute, substitute Kadeem Harris headed in from close-range to level it up again.
Everyone would’ve thought that that would’ve been the end of it, but Cardiff had something else left in them. In the 85th minute, Pilkington’s 25 yard wonder strike won the game for the Bluebirds. It was a goal worthy of winning any game.
Cardiff have done now done the double over Bristol, after beaten them at home in October in Neil Warnock’s first game in charge. Bristol have now lost seven games in a row, which is quite strange as they were in the play-off places when they played Cardiff in October. Cardiff have now overtook Bristol and are now in 18th place. They are also six points above the relegation zone and hopefully they can start climbing up the table.
Next up for the Bluebirds is a home game against Burton Albion next Saturday on the 21st of January. Hopefully they can add to their two game winning run.