21 April 2018
Aron Gunnarsson scored a massive goal to beat Nottingham Forest to take a big step towards promotion to the Premier League.
Forest had a couple of decent chances in the first half. Joe Lolley fired over after the ball came to him inside the box early on. Liam Bridcutt also had a chance, with his effort being saved by Neil Etheridge.
City were always threatening from set-pieces. Gunnarsson had an effort from a corner which was saved, before the deadlock was broken through a Sean Morrison header from a corner in the 35th minute. He’s now scored five goals this season, all of them headers.
Morrison had another header soon after that, but didn’t get the right direction and it went wide. As long as it was only 1-0, Forest had a chance.
In the second half, Kenneth Zohore had a great chance to double the lead after Gunnarsson had played him through, but his chipped effort hit the inside of the post before Danny Fox cleared the ball.
Zohore was made to pay for that miss two minutes later, as poor defending from City lead to Ben Osborn crossing in for Bridcutt to slot in.
It looked as if Cardiff were going to drop to third as there wasn’t any clear sign of us getting a winner. But, in the 74th minute, Junior Hoilett’s free-kick went to the back post, with Sol Bamba heading the ball across to Gunnarsson to acrobatically fire in to spark wild celebrations amongst the players and fans.
Bamba nearly handed Forest a chance for an equaliser as he passed straight to Osborn, who passed it into the box leading to a scramble, with City managing to clear. In the end we held on for a win to remain second, one point above Fulham with a game in hand.
This is another massive win and we now need to win two wins out of our last three games to clinch promotion.
Next up for the Bluebirds is a trip to Derby next Tuesday, the 24 April for the rearranged game. Hopefully we can take another step towards promotion to the Premier League.