Norwich came out as winners at Cardiff, but Cardiff should’ve had two penalties.
The first half was very poor, but it was Cardiff who started the better. Kenneth Zohore headed straight into the hands of John Ruddy from Matthew Connolly’s cross. Junior Hoilett was doing well down the left wing against Norwich right-back Ivo Pinto. Norwich did go through on goal after Sean Morrison’s short back-pass, put Cameron Jerome couldn’t put it past Allan McGregor.Until the end of the half there wasn’t many clear-cut chances.
In the 40th minute, Wes Hoolahan crossed in from a free-kick and ex-Cardiff striker Jerome headed in. He mocked the Cardiff fans, who had been jeering him, by doing the ayatollah, which is Cardiff’s trademark celebration. Five minutes after the goal, Norwich nearly scored again, but Allan McGregor saved Jerome’s shot from outside the box.
The Bluebirds were close to levelling with about an hour gone, but Ruddy caught Peter Whttingham’s powerful drive from a free-kick. Then came the two controversial decisions. The first was when substitute Rhys Healey got the ball just inside the. box, he got pushed over from behind, but the ref gave him a yellow card for diving. It was obvious that he didn’t dive.
The second was when Kadeem Harris, who didn’t play very well during the game, went past two players into the box. Then, he got clattered, but the linesman on the far side said that the defender got the ball when he clearly didn’t. Cardiff should’ve rescued a point late on, but after substitute Craig Noone had gone past a few players and had a shot saved by Ruddy, Harris blazed over from a few yards out. It was a massive chance.
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock was not happy at all with the decisions by the referee. Cardiff have dropped to 17th and are eight points above the relegation zone. But, they are playing a lot better at the moment and deserved more points than they’re getting.
Next up for the Bluebirds is a trip to high-flying Leeds United. Hopefully they can get back to winning ways.