25 February 2018
Kenneth Zohore scored late on to win the Severnside Derby for Cardiff and restore the four-point cushion to third place Aston Villa.
It was expected to be a full-blooded affair and after only 5 minutes Nathan Baker was yellow-carded for a foul on Callum Paterson. Cardiff were calling for a red as he was the last man but he was given a yellow.
There was no lack of commitment from either side but, there weren’t many scoring chances. There was a scramble in the Bristol City box, where Gary Madine and Joe Ralls both had shots blocked.
Liam Feeney had the game’s first strike on target when his sliding effort from Sol Bamba’s fine through ball was saved by Frank Fielding.
Callum Paterson missed with a header from a Junior Hoilett free-kick and Greg Halford had low effort from outside the box saved in the bottom right corner. Cardiff had most of the efforts in the first half.
At half-time Zohore came on for Madine who was suffering from an injury. The Bluebirds were looking to increase the tempo in the second half.
Paterson came close to scoring again, as he fired narrowly over after Zohore had headed on Ralls’ cross.
Bristol City had their own chances, with Jamie Paterson having an effort deflected wide by Bruno Manga, but in the end it was Cardiff who were rewarded.
In the 82nd minute, Ralls battled past a couple of Bristol City players to fire a low cross from the left, with the ball falling to Zohore who fired into the roof of the net with a simple finish. Four days after scoring the winner against Ipswich he was on hand again to fire the Bluebirds to another victory.
During stoppage time Aden Flint had an effort blocked but, in the end Cardiff held on to extend our unbeaten run in the Championship to 8 games.
Cardiff remain second in the table, four points clear of Villa in third and only six points behind league leaders Wolves after they lost to Fulham 2-0 on Saturday. Bristol City on the other hand, remain sixth but they are on a run of one win in 10 league games and are only two points ahead of Middlesbrough in seventh.
Next up for the Bluebirds is a trip to Brentford next Saturday, the 3 March. Hopefully we can continue our winning form.