Cardiff capped a fantastic run of form in recent weeks with impressive performances against two of the big hitters in the league, Brentford and Bournemouth, with the Cherries close to the Championship summit and the Bees not far behind. The Bluebirds, meanwhile, languish in lower mid-table. Following these two results though, City have bucked their recent poor form.
Russell Slade’s men came from a goal down to win at Brentford despite seeing two men sent off; more than 1,500 City fans cheered their team as Federico Macheda and Alex Revell scored after the Bluebirds had fallen behind. City had both Kadeem Harris and Federico Macheda dismissed in the second half, but showed a new-found mettle to hold on through six minutes of injury time to win at Griffin Park.
Following this fantastic victory against a side who had put three past Cardiff at home late last year, the fans who made the journey back had some confidence going into Tuesday’s encounter with Eddie Howe’s well-drilled Bournemouth team. Coming into the game the free-scoring South Coast side had hit the back of the net more times than in the league than any side in the top four divisions, including putting eight past City already this term – five in the league and three in the Capital One Cup.
At the Cardiff City Stadium though, they had to rely on a screamer from Harry Arter to gain the lead. Their lead was pegged back by superb play from the resilient Bluebirds to bounce back just after the hour, thanks to a thunderous header from Cardiff’s Bruno Manga. The resilience in particular that has been on display in these two matches in particular is evidence of a turnaround in fortunes for the much-maligned Russell Slade.
Following such outstanding displays, taking four points from a possible six against two promotion-chasing sides, Cardiff can now hopefully look to build on this good form leading into their final games of this season. They will hope to lay some foundations for a promotion tilt next campaign, which will hopefully see them emulate the two sides that they managed to so impressively blunt in attack.