Middlesbrough 0 Cardiff City 2

Played on : Saturday 7th April 2012

Cardiff climbed back into the playoff places after what could prove to be a crucial win at Middlesbrough. Two goals inside the opening 20 minutes meant City left the Riverside with all three points, but how we were holding on near the end! This was the first win in six matches for Malky Mackay’s side who leapfrogged their hosts and Brighton to move to sixth in the table.

Kenny Miller was forced off injured just six minutes in after Boro keeper Jason Steele clattered him just outside the box. Amazingly the referee didn’t even book Steele for a challenge that was easily a straight red and left Malky incensed on the touchline. Miller’s injury was in fact to be something of a blessing in disguise for the Bluebirds as young Joe Mason replaced him and came close to opening the scoring not long after.

Darcy Blake was called up to the starting XI in place of Kevin McNaughton

The youngster ran onto a through-ball by Stephen McPhail, cut inside onto his left foot and fired a 25-yard shot which deflected over Steele but hit the underside of the post to be cleared by Justin Hoyte.

Cardiff did however open the scoring from the resulting corner. Liam Lawrence’s in-swinger found Ben Turner and the big centre-half guided a free header downward and inside the far post.

Andrew Taylor came close to doubling Cardiff’s advantage against his former club but his low drive went wide of the goal. However, Mason extended City’s lead 19 minutes in with a great solo effort. He raced onto McPhail’s pass and cut inside the area, brilliantly turning his marker one way and then the other before slotting the ball under Steele and into the net. This was the Irishman’s 10th goal of the season and what a prospect he looks to be.

Mason looked lively after coming off the bench and could have scored a few

Middlesbrough started the second half brightly and Mark Hammill’s angled drive hit the post only three minutes after the restart before Scott McDonald fired a shot over the crossbar.

Cardiff were struggling to get a foothold in the second half but at least they were restricting the away side to only long-range efforts on goal.

Boro hit the woodwork again five minutes from time when David Marshall tipped Lukas Jutkiewicz’s goal bound header onto the bar. And the post came to Cardiff’s rescue for a third time when Martin’s free-kick evaded everyone in the box and bounced up onto the bar.

The Bluebirds pushed their luck in the second half with Boro coming close on many occasions. But the fact we held on could prove to be massively important in the push for a playoff place. There are only five games left and it’s going to be a very close run thing. Watford are next up and are the form team in the Championship. Three points against the Hornets would be fantastic but I can see it being a one-all draw. Hopefully I’m wrong and the win today can give us the extra impetus to win the game on Monday.

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 03 Bennett Booked
  • 06 McManus
  • 15 Hines
  • 08 Thomson (Emnes – 62′ )
  • 10 Bailey (Ogbeche – 84′ )
  • 11 Hammill (Martin – 69′ )
  • 17 Robson
  • 07 McDonald
  • 30 Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 29 McMahon
  • 22 Martin
  • 33 Smallwood
  • 09 Emnes
  • 16 Ogbeche

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 03 Taylor Booked
  • 05 Hudson
  • 25 Turner
  • 07 Whittingham Booked
  • 08 Cowie
  • 13 Lawrence
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 23 Blake
  • 37 McPhail Booked (Gestede – 54′ )
  • 09 Miller (Mason – 6′ )

Substitutes

  • 22 Heaton
  • 02 McNaughton
  • 10 Earnshaw
  • 15 Gestede (McNaughton – 86′ )
  • 20 Mason
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Permission for pictures given by Jon Candy
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