Cardiff lost top spot, as they lost against Birmingham with a poor performance, as new Birmingham boss Steve Cotterill made a winning start.
Birmingham took the lead in the 19th minute through Che Adams. After he picked up a Neil Etheridge clearance just inside Cardiff’s half, he ran at the defence, before cutting inside and firing into the bottom right corner, through Sean Morrison’s legs. Morrison should’ve defended better.
Cardiff barely threatened all game, but Junior Hoilett did fire just wide in the first half. Craig Bryson also had a close-range shot which was blocked but, the ref gave a goal kick instead of a corner when it was clearly a corner.
About 10 minutes into the second half, Cardiff survived a huge let-off. Adams’ close-range shot was blocked by his own team-mate, and Jacques Maghoma’s effort from the rebound was deflected off a defender, with Bruno Manga having to clear off the line.
But for a fantastic far-post clearance from Michael Morrison, Hoilett would’ve tapped in to equalise. Cardiff should’ve had a penalty, with Joe Bennett being caught by a high foot.
Birmingham nearly finished the game off, but Sean Morrison got to the ball to head it away. Cardiff tried to pile on the pressure late on, surpassing Birmingham on the corner count but, they failed to register a single shot on target all game.
Lee Tomlin has to start playing, as he is a wasted talent sitting on the bench. Bringing on Liam Feeney for Hoilett was a silly idea as that is like for like and the formation and tactics weren’t working. Tomlin must start playing.
Also, although the is the captain, Morrison is very dodgy and the centre-back partnership should be Sol Bamba and Manga. That is a more reliable partnership.
Cardiff are now second, as Wolves have overtaken us to go top. Birmingham have climbed to 19th. Next up for the Bluebirds is a trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday, the 21 October. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways.