Cardiff City saw their unbeaten home record in the Championship come to an end on Sunday afternoon as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bristol City in the Welsh capital.
Robins midfielder Josh Brownhill was on target with an excellent strike in the 67th minute as Lee Johnson’s side sealed an impressive win over their Severnside rivals to keep their spot in the play-off zone heading into the international break.
Cardiff’s strong form at home had somewhat masked their underwhelming start to the Championship season, but they have now lost that unbeaten record at the Cardiff City Stadium following the Robins’ resilient performance on their travels.
Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock made two changes to his starting line-up ahead of the match with one these seeing Omar Bogle replace Danny Ward up front, with Ward serving the first match of his suspension following a red card last weekend.
This was a big opportunity for Bogle to make his mark for the Bluebirds in just his second start of the campaign, while it was also his chance for redemption after being shown a red card during his last match against the Robins back in 2017.
However, the former Wigan man ultimately struggled to assert himself against an assured Bristol City defence, with centre-back Ashley Williams producing a particularly strong performance on his return to his homeland to keep the striker at bay.
Should Omar Bogle be given another chance in the Cardiff side after the international break?
Bogle was clearly eager to make an impact in the absence of strike duo Ward and Robert Glatzel, and he did manage to win a number of aerial duels throughout the match, but he simply lacked the quality required in front of goal to punish the Robins’ defence.
The 26-year-old did grow into the game as it developed, but he missed one key chance inside the first half following Lee Tomlin’s delivery into the box, and the fact he could not put this chance away suggests he may not be the answer to Cardiff’s attacking problems.
It should be noted that Bogle was not helped by the composure shown by Bristol City’s defence throughout the match, but this meant he really needed to finish his chances when they came, and he just could not manage this on Sunday.
The forward was eventually withdrawn in the 83rd minute when Warnock opted to hand Gary Madine a rare chance in the side, and Bogle will be frustrated with how the game panned out, even though he gave maximum effort.
It will be interesting to see whether Warnock decides to stick with Bogle ahead of Cardiff’s clash with Charlton in two weeks’ time, but the fact he did not deliver on his chance in the side makes it hard to imagine he will start ahead of Glatzel if the German re-discovers his fitness by the end of the month.