16 December 2017
A goal from Sol Bamba gave Cardiff a narrow victory over Hull to keep up the pressure on Championship leaders Wolves.
Cardiff were quite poor in the first half, as we over-played quite a few times. Nouha Dicko tested Neil Etheridge early on, but it was a comfortable save for Etheridge. Dicko came very close to scoring soon after that, as he hit the post from a difficult angle.
With about half an hour played, Lee Tomlin had an effort saved from close range. If he’d hit it either side of the keeper it would’ve gone in but, he hit it straight at the keeper. Tomlin had another very good chance in the first half, but this time he sliced the ball over the bar from inside the box.
Cardiff came out much stronger in the second half, and Junior Hoilett came very close to heading in after Sol Bamba had headed across the face of goal.
In the 57th minute, Cardiff took the lead through Bamba. From a Tomlin cross, Anthony Pilkington flicked it on to Bamba, who headed in past Allan McGregor, who was on loan at Cardiff last season. Bamba was fantastic all game.
The closest Hull came to an equaliser was a wayward long-range effort from Sen Larsson. Only a Michael Dawson block prevented Tomlin from doubling Cardiff’s lead.
In the end Cardiff held on to extend the unbeaten home record and to remain only four points off leaders Wolves. The Bluebirds did really well considering they have nine first team players injured.
Whilst Cardiff are second, Hull are 19th, five points above the relegation zone. Next up for the Bluebirds is a trip to Bolton next Saturday, the 23 December. Hopefully we can continue our winning form.