Philogene’s goal gives Cardiff victory over Birmingham

Philogene's goal gives Cardiff victory over Birmingham

Birmingham have not won any of their last 10 away league games against Cardiff, last winning there in 2008.

Cardiff City extended their unbeaten run against Birmingham to eight games as they deservedly earned three points in a one-sided 1-0 win in the Welsh capital.

Cardiff took the lead after a quick start when Jaden Philogene tapped home from close range in the 16th minute, finishing off a wide-open Bluebirds attack.

The home side should have increased their lead but missed many chances.

Birmingham saw a second-half penalty call go wide as they continued their miserable recent run at Cardiff.

Cardiff fans will be pleased with what they have seen from their side, who look a more progressive and cohesive side than the one that spent much of last season battling relegation.

Bluebirds manager Steve Morison, who has made 15 summer signings, made two changes from the side beaten by Reading last time out in the Championship, with only Philogene retained from the Cardiff side beaten in midweek for Portsmouth in the EFL Cup.

Cardiff impressed in their opening-day home win over Norwich City and threatened to take a quick lead when the ball fell kindly to Ryan Wintle after just three minutes, but he dragged his shot wide.

That move followed good play from Mahlon Romeo and Callum O’Dowda, and the two combined again on seven minutes as Cardiff were left wondering how they didn’t score when John Ruddy made a good double save to deny Romaine Sawyers and Max’s early effort. Follow up near Watters.

Cardiff continued to cause Birmingham big problems down the right flank and, in another clever move, O’Dowda broke away from the Blues defense and squared for Aston Villa loanee Philogene, who went staying with a tap-in like Cardiff. he turned defense into attack in an instant.

It took 30 minutes for the visitors to even threaten Cardiff’s goal, and when they did, they should have leveled when Scott Hogan headed forward but defender Jamilu Collins made a superb tackle to deny him.

The home side also missed a brilliant chance before half-time with Watters sent through by the lively O’Dowda, but Ruddy sprawled and was able to tip the ball onto the post, with Birmingham lucky it was only 1-0 at rest

There was no obvious change in the pattern of play with Cardiff seeing two O’Dowda efforts blocked within five minutes of the restart.

The visitors thought they had found a way back into the game when Hogan went down in the box and called for a penalty in the 51st minute, but referee Darren Bond instead pointed to a goal kick and booked Hogan for simulation

The visitors improved after the penalty appeal and were encouraged by Cardiff’s failure to score a second goal as they dominated the game.

Cardiff could have gone clear with a counter-attack that saw substitutes Rubin Colwill and Mark Harris combine, but Etete headed wide with an open goal, before O’Dowda saw a credible penalty call go wide.

However, the hosts deservedly held on with substitute Sheyi Ojo crossing just fine as Cardiff finished the game in control.

Cardiff City boss Steve Morison told BBC Sport Wales:

“We were excellent, the first half tremendous, we should have scored at the start of the second half and then we went down a bit.

“They had half a point in the game but the changes (substitutions) worked in our favour.

“We should have had a couple more [goals] but we won

“One of the key aspects is to limit other teams and we limited Birmingham to a very low chance of scoring.

“I’m happy as punch sitting here, if we got a draw I’d be fuming right now.”

Birmingham City boss John Eustace told BBC Sport Wales:

“I’m disappointed with how we started the game, we were much better after half an hour.

“I was really pleased with the reaction at half-time, we were a lot more competitive and a lot more like us.

“I thought we should have had a penalty, but probably Cardiff too, so it was even.

“There are no excuses. We weren’t in the races for the first half hour … and that cost us.”

alignments

Cardiff

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1allsop
  • 2Romeo
  • 38Ng
  • 23Kipre
  • 17Collins
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 6Wintle
  • 11O’DowdaReplaced byeyeat 82′minutesBooked 90 minutes
  • 19sawmillsReplaced byColwillat 63′minutes
  • 25Phylogene-BidaceReplaced byEteteat 64′minutes
  • 36WatersReplaced byM Harrisat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Ralls
  • 9Etete
  • 10eye
  • 21Alnwick
  • 26simpson
  • 27Colwill
  • 29M Harris

Birmingham

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 21Rudy
  • 28Sanderson
  • 4RobertsReplaced byWilliamsat 55′minutes
  • 5TrustworthyBooked 90 minutes
  • 2ColinBooked 90 minutes
  • 42ChangReplaced bysalonat 76′minutes
  • 19JamesBooked 70 minutes away
  • 17platelet
  • 7BacunaReplaced byLekoat 76′minutes
  • 9HoganBooked at 51 minutes
  • 8DeeneyReplaced byJutkiewiczat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 3friend
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 14Leko
  • 27Bellingham
  • 35salon
  • 48Williams

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