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Cardiff slip up in the wet at St Andrews


By BTTB
March 4 2007

In a game played in dreadful conditions on an awful pitch, Cardiff City could not make their first half dominance count and failed to register a goal in the first 45 minutes. Birmingham came out a much more determined outfit and scored the only goal to win 1-0. It was close though!!

Not surprisingly the two managers saw things differently.....

  • Birmingham manager Steve Bruce:  "They caused us problems for the first 20 minutes, but once we had scored we had two or three more good chances to kill the game off. The lads dug deep and are determined, none more so than Rowan Vine. We've got other teams near the top in the next few weeks, and our record against the top teams is very good."

  • Cardiff manager Dave Jones: "We outclassed, outplayed and outpowered them, and the only thing lacking was finishing. At this stage of the season it is sometimes better to be lucky. Their goal could have been offside and we should have had a first-half penalty. It was a pudding of a pitch out there. It was a bog. I wouldn't put my horses on it."

    Cardiff: Alexander, McNaughton (Gilbert 88), Johnson, Loovens, Whittingham, Parry, Scimeca, McPhail, Ledley, Chopra, Thompson (Green 79). Subs Not Used: Forde, Walton, Byrne.

    Booked: Ledley, Johnson.

    Att: 28,223

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