Cardiff City have been conceding a large number of goals in recent weeks, but the team has been able to tide over the defensive crisis due to the attackers performing well at the same time. It was more of the same against the weekend’s opponents – Brentford.
Cardiff were recently disappointed to have lost a two-goal lead against Burnley. It was ‘points to make up time’ against Brentford as the team came back from losing yet another 2-0 lead to get a 3-2 win. The worse was feared for Cardiff after they let in Brentford to bring the game to 2-2 through goals from Bidwell and Swift.
Confidence was not especially high amongst the players and nervousness was starting to set in to the players with only a final few minutes remaining on the clock. Kenwyne Jones, though, came with an incredible injury time winner that keeps Cardiff in the hunt for a play-off spot. The victory was also essential to see Cardiff leapfrog Brentford into the ninth spot. They are now only one point below the final play-off place and confidence will flow through the veins of the players. Confidence is one of the biggest factors during the Christmas schedule since there are a lot of matches packed in during this time of the year.
“I told them at half time ‘there are three bones in life; a wishbone, a funny bone and a backbone’.It was the last one we had to show, and fortunately we did.It was another really strong first half performance.We’ve been there before [and] we had to wait until it was up until 2-2 before we got the winner which will hopefully be a vital three points going forward,” said Slade. The manager was also especially impressed by the performances of on loan striker Tony Watt.