Cardiff City had been in good form since Neil Harris’ appointment last month, having won three and drawn one of his first four opening games in the hotseat of The Cardiff City Stadium.
However, the Bluebirds lost their first game under Harris last night, as they were defeated 2-1 away from home by Brentford.
Bryan Mbeumo slotted in after a great run and pass by Said Benrahma, before Ollie Watkins doubled his side’s advantage with a glancing header from a cross.
The Bluebirds pulled one back through Marlon Pack’s long-range drive, but it wasn’t enough to get anything from the game.
Here, we take a look at three things we learned about Cardiff in their defeat to Brentford…
Need to stick to their style
As soon as Brentford went two ahead, Cardiff immediately forgot the style that had done so well for them over the past four games and began to launch the ball towards the box, hoping to gamble upon a second ball and get a bounce of the ball.
The hosts were able to win everything in the air however and the Bluebirds cut frustrated figures as the long ball tactic wasn’t working with time desperately running out.
Lee Tomlin has found his magic again
Attacking midfielder Tomlin had struggled to get in the Bluebirds team under Neil Warnock this season, often being an option from the bench, however Neil Harris has centered the team around the Cardiff No.10.
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Despite falling to defeat against Brentford, Tomlin was still Cardiff’s standout player as his performance led to him creating everything good for the Bluebirds, his runs into the box to collect through balls from midfield and his efforts from range often acting as warning signs to Brentford that the Cardiff magician was back to his best and ready to wave his magic wand at a moment’s notice.
Marlon Pack is more than just a holding midfielder
Since signing from Bristol City in the summer, the experienced midfielder has acted as the holding midfielder in front of the defence, however he proved that he has more to his game than just stopping the play against Brentford.
He often played killer passes out to the flanks from a deep role and dictated the tempo of the Cardiff midfield, as well as scoring a stunning strike from range as Cardiff attempted to find that killer pass that would get them back on to equal terms, something that Pack couldn’t find late on.