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Cardiff City column: Slow and steady

Cardiff City will be disappointed that they couldn’t protect a 1-0 lead against Blackburn on February 17th, conceding an equaliser in the closing moments of the match. It’s important for City to now focus on the positives of the point rather than choosing to dwell on the two points lost. The performance itself was not underwhelming either.

It was the third draw on the bounce for the Bluebirds, who are searching for just their second Championship win this year under Russell Slade, who will now more than likely be hoping that his team don’t have to rely on a header from a defender at a set piece when they go into their next game. City have a little bit of momentum and it’s encouraging that the side aren’t losing, but they need wins to rack up points and get them moving in the right direction.

The teamwork and willingness of players to work for each other was good to see. If they can maintain their current standards, City will finish in the top half of the Championship. With little to choose on the Championship table in terms of points, goal difference could prove crucial towards the end of the season and Cardiff’s currently makes for much better reading than that of the teams around them.

At the Blackburn game, new head coach Paul Trollope was both heard and seen, striding to the front of Cardiff technical area to shout instructions. He has only been involved in three training sessions so far and won’t have made a huge difference, but the signs are that he could work well with Slade.

City are starting to lay some sort of foundation to build on. They need to maintain the tempo, enthusiasm and belief in their coming games. They set new standards against Blackburn, with the best team display for some time – those standards must be maintained. Progress is slow, but it is clear Cardiff are moving forward.

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