Cardiff City won 2-0 at Bristol City in a hard-fought contest yesterday afternoon, moving them to within one place of a play-off spot.
The first half was a very quiet affair with neither side really producing much in the way of goal mouth action.
Cardiff though did create a few very good first half chances, and took the lead in the 21st minute when Lex Immers converted a low Joe Ralls cross, sending the visitors into a 1-0 lead at half time.
After the break, the hosts came out and put the Bluebirds under pressure for the first 10 minutes of the second half. But for all of their pressure they could not convert into goals, and Cardiff came back into the game and took control.
Russell Slade’s side hit the game-winning blow seven minutes from time when Stuart O’Keefe scored with a diving header, moving Cardiff level on points with Sheffield Wednesday, but just outside the play-offs on goal difference.
Bristol City are now just five points above the drop zone after Rotherham United beat Sheffield Wednesday.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies THREE things we learned from yesterday’s clash at Ashton Gate…
1) Joe Ralls showed his class
Ralls was fantastic during the first period, creating the goal that Immers couldn’t miss. He was busy and played a huge part in their first half dominance.
In the second period, the Bluebirds were under more pressure, and Ralls was the main source for relieving that pressure, as well as tracking back and putting in important challenges.
Overall, he played a superb role in Cardiff securing all three points at Bristol City.
2) Bristol City are still looking over their shoulder
The Robins had been pulling away from the bottom three and, despite playing well in recent games, they have still not come away with all the points to continue pulling away, and have been dragged back into the mire.
They lost their last two home matches, and now they look nervously over their shoulders at Rotherham, who are closing the gap.
Lee Johnson’s side played well but they need to be more ruthless in front of goal, as they managed just three shots on target in the 90 minutes.
3) Tomlin could hold the key to survival
Lee Tomlin was brought into Ashton Gate to save them from the drop, and has played a great role in the wins and the performances they have produced.
Yesterday, he could have scored and, at the times when the home side were on top, he was involved in a lot of the attacking play.
If City boss Johnson can keep him performing at this high level, Tomlin can keep Bristol City in the Championship.
Bristol City and Cardiff fans… what did you make of the game? Will Bristol City beat the drop? Will Cardiff City reach the play-offs? If Cardiff reach the play-offs will they win it? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!