Victory at Southampton keeps Cardiff hopes alive

Posted by Michael Morris

After Cardiff City's 1 – 0 win at Southampton, here are three reasons why Cardiff might save themselves and stay in the Premier League.

1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Last week, after Cardiff's 3–0 home defeat by Crystal Palace, I had written off the season and expressed my opinion that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not up to the job of managing Cardiff City and keeping them in the division.

- Report: Southampton 0-1 Cardiff

One of my concerns was the continual chopping and changing of the side and the vain hope that one day he might find a starting eleven that wins a game. Continue Reading...

Ole out of his depth

Posted by Michael Morris

Ole Gunnar SolskjaerGettyImagesOle Gunnar Solskjaer: A new hope for Cardiff seems to have faded out.

It all went wrong for Cardiff against Crystal Palace on Saturday but the disaster of this season runs deeper than one game. The appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by Vincent Tan has proved to be a total disaster.

There have been three key moments at Cardiff City Stadium since Solskjaer took over and City have blown them all. In January a devastated and shell-shocked West Ham came to Cardiff on the back of two cup hammerings but still left South Wales with a 2-0 win.

In February, Hull City won 4-0 and these are the teams that ultimately decide a struggler’s fate in the league

Solskjaer tinkered with his squad again -- he’s made several changes every game since taking over -- and once again his selections and formations failed to deliver. Continue Reading...

Daehli goal gives Cardiff reason to believe

Posted by Michael Morris

Norwegian Mats Moller Daehli scored his first Cardiff City goal in the most dramatic fashion to secure a 3–3 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Daehli struck in the 96th minute with the last action of an incredible game of football. Albion themselves had scored in the 95th minute to seemingly snatch a winning goal that would have all but condemned Cardiff to relegation.

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The fall-out from the game has carried on in the days after the final whistle with revelations that West Brom striker Saido Berahino was assaulted by a teammate in a dressing room bust-up. Continue Reading...

Cardiff score three but still lose heavily to Liverpool

Posted by Michael Morris

If there is any positive for Cardiff to take from Liverpool's 6–3 win at Cardiff City Stadium is that at least the Bluebirds are scoring some goals. The last three matches played have seen Cardiff score seven times. Incredibly, that accounts for over a quarter of all the goals scored by the club in the league this season.

- Report: Cardiff 3-6 Liverpool

The previous four Premier League games were scoreless for City so a seven goal haul, despite losing two of the games, is something to build on. Continue Reading...

So close for Cardiff, but nothing to show

Posted by Michael Morris

Juan CalaGettyImagesJuan Cala scores Cardiff's equalising goal at Everton.

Seamus Coleman’s mis-kick in the 93rd minute secured a 2–1 home win for Everton against a Cardiff side which was left deflated after nearly securing a battling point.

There were less than 90 seconds of injury time left to hold on when Coleman struck. Based on chances created all game you could say that Everton deserved to win the match, but that’s no consolation to a Cardiff side desperate for points.

Man of the match was Cardiff keeper David Marshall, who produced another superb display with a string of fine saves to keep his side in the game. Continue Reading...

Cardiff survival still a huge ask, despite weekend win

Posted by Mike Morris

Stu Forster/Getty ImagesSteven Caulker scored twice for Cardiff City against Fulham.

Cardiff City's 3-1 home win over bottom-of-the-table Fulham has kept the club's slim hopes of Premier League survival intact.

Cardiff have had a number of crucial games where securing three points was seen as achievable and they blew most of them. Back in December, Cardiff slumped to defeat at Crystal Palace and threw away a two-goal lead to draw with Sunderland.

In January, the Bluebirds faced a West Ham side who were on the ropes after two bad cup defeats, but The Hammers came to Cardiff and won 2-0. Continue Reading...

A mess on and off the field

Posted by Michael Morris

Vincent TanGettyImagesCardiff City chairman Vincent Tan made an error of judgement this week.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against Tottenham at White Hart Lane may have been an entirely predictable outcome, but the fallout afterward came with no warnings at all.

A cagey Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s diplomatic suggestion of a visit from Vincent Tan to meet the players the day before the game had a positive effect on the squad. Solskjaer was speaking after the defeat at Spurs and suggested that the visit by Tan was “appreciated” by himself and the players.

Just 24 hours later it was revealed that Tan’s motive to break routine and visit the players was to offer the team a 3. Continue Reading...

Cardiff suffer home hammering as relegation beckons

Posted by Michael Morris

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is struggling to keep control of his Cardiff City side after witnessing an embarrassing 4-0 home defeat by Hull City.

- Report: Cardiff City 0-4 Hull City

The rookie Premier League manager is starting to look hopelessly out of his depth as the Bluebirds hurtle towards relegation back to The Championship. Cardiff City are on course to blow their first chance at being a Premier League side and they are doing so in spectacular style.

A season that started with such promise after beating Manchester City, drawing with Everton and beating Fulham at Craven Cottage to go above Manchester United after six games played has descended into a shambles. Continue Reading...

Cup holders Lactics humble Premier League Bluebirds

Posted by Mike Morris

Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty ImagesCardiff City were beaten by lower-level Wigan 2-1.

A surprisingly good crowd of over 17,000 saw Cardiff City stumble to a 2 - 1 home defeat against Wigan Athletic and crash out of the FA Cup.

Wigan might be the FA Cup holders but they are a side playing in The Championship and it was alarming just how little effort they needed to put into their defending to keep Cardiff from getting a result of out the game.

The old cliche of now being able to concentrate on the League is little comfort to a home crowd starved of wins at Cardiff City Stadium this season. Continue Reading...

Marshall heroics secure a point for Cardiff

Posted by Mike Morris

Fraizer Campbell tries to win the ball ahead of Brad Guzan.GettyImagesFraizer Campbell tries to win the ball ahead of Brad Guzan.

David Marshall became the first goalkeeper in the Premier league to make 100 saves this season as he helped Cardiff to a 0-0 draw at home to Aston Villa.

Marshall produced a world class save at the end of the game to deny Andreas Weimann from claiming a last-gasp winner for the visitors. It would have been harsh on Cardiff if Weimann had found the net after a game that saw plenty of endeavour but little in front of goal.

Cardiff controlled the first half and hit the woodwork twice after efforts from Fraizer Campbell and Craig Noone while in the second half Villa stretched their hosts and looked the more likely to score. Continue Reading...

Derby Day defeat as Cardiff away day woes continue

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Wayne Routledge curls home to get Swansea on their way to a derby day rout of Cardiff.GettyImagesWayne Routledge curls home to get Swansea City on their way to a derby day rout of Cardiff.City.

Cardiff's 3-0 defeat at The Liberty Stadium against Swansea is hard to take, but it doesn't spell then end to City's season.

Losing on the road in the Premier League happens on a regular basis, that's something Cardiff fans have gotten used to with the last six matches away from Cardiff City Stadium ending in defeat. In fact, Cardiff have won just once on their travels in the league this season.

It's home form that will give Cardiff a chance of staying up and after beating Norwich last week and now facing back to back home league games against Aston Villa and Hull City there's a chance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to win the points that will give them a fighting chance of staying in this division. Continue Reading...

Zaha impact helps Cardiff over Canaries

Posted by Michael Morris

Craig Bellamy's goal in Cardiff's 2-1 win over Norwich made Premier League history. Bellamy became the first player to score for seven different clubs in the Premier League. His first Premier League goal was for Coventry nearly 15 years ago. Since then he has scored for Newcastle, Blackburn, Liverpool, West Ham United, Manchester City and now Cardiff City -- a remarkable achievement as he enters his final years as a player.

- Report: Cardiff City 2-1 Norwich

New signing Kenwyne Jones scored the winner on his debut. Continue Reading...