Cardiff City 1 - West Bromwich Albion 1
Another frustrating away day. I think we’ve probably done enough or had enough chances to win the last 3 away games and look where we’d be.
It looked like we’d done enough and were in control but, in my view, a 10 minute spell of unnecessary coaching hubris and vanity cost us the 2 points we dropped. But more of that later.
CC changed the system and went 3-4-2-1 from the off and whilst the players needed a bit of time to adapt we looked okay and had plenty of the ball. Might we have won with the 4-2-3-1 though? We’ll never know.
The goal was superb and, for those of us who yearn for the days of having your best right winger out wide right and crossing early for your best attacking forward to attack, it was a think of beauty and smug self congratulation. Wallace did just that and Dike, up to that point looking like he was playing a totally different sport to everyone else and not in a good way, volleyed home clean and powerfully at the front post.
We remained on top for the half bar the odd rare scare, and even into the second looked more likely with Wallace seeing our best chance saved. Our lack of quality in their box was evident still and at times we were too patient or tried to walk it in.
Dike took a knock to the head and not long after was subbed for… Reach.
There was no need for this and ironically his first touch was to comically misjudge a decent aerial chance, a bit far out but totally unmarked and with all of the pace on the ball - any level of striker would’ve lapped it up.
Playing with no striker gifted Cardiff the initiative and it after penning us in they scored from a header that I think really should’ve been saved by a keeper at this level... Griffiths getting weak hands to it and watching it squirm in.
We replied with a Reach offside tap-in and within minutes brought on BTA (so assume he was fit enough) and Rogic, after which we took control again.
I thought we created enough situations again to win… Wallace spurning the best when played through and megging the keeper but wide of the post.
Desperate dice throws of Furlong and TGH gave us even more dominance and incisive build up play but in their final 3rd we didn’t have enough or do enough.
Our playoff hopes hang by a thread… maybe we need 8 wins from 9 now? Doable but unlikely and this championship is so poor. Gutted.
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