SLADE SEEKS TO COPY CHER­RIES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Alex Crook

CARDIFF boss Rus­sell Slade told his play­ers to follow Bournemouth’s ex­am­ple after his side were taught a harsh les­son by the new Cham­pi­onship lead­ers.

Goals from Matt Ritchie, Harry Arter, Marc Pugh, Yann Ker­mor­gant and Callum Wilson fired the ram­pant Cher­ries back to the sum­mit as they ex­tended their un­beaten run to 12 games.

A Ken­wyne Jones tap-in and a dou­ble from cen­tre-back Sean Mor­ri­son gave Cardiff hope, but the hosts were sim­ply too good for the team rel­e­gated from the Premier League last sea­son.

Slade, whose side fell be­hind after just 39 seconds, said: “I am bit­terly dis­ap­pointed with the goals we’ve con­ceded and we need to work harder to reach Bournemouth’s level.

“I will be us­ing them as a yard­stick be­cause they should be go­ing up this sea­son, whereas we were off the pace and be­hind them for much of it.

“I was most dis­ap­pointed with the start be­cause we were los­ing within a minute away from home, which is a dis­as­ter.

“But what is worse is that we do it at the home of the league lead­ers. It feels like we kept shoot­ing our­selves in the foot through­out the game.

“We started the sec­ond half much bet­ter than the first and scored. I thought we were back in it but yet again it just didn’t hap­pen.

“Then we started push­ing to score again and Callum Wilson took ad­van­tage of us be­ing a lit­tle more open at the back then we should have been.”

Bournemouth face Liver­pool in the quar­ter fi­nals of the Cap­i­tal One Cup on Wed­nes­day and took less than a minute to send a mes­sage to Bren­dan Rodgers’ team.

Mid­fielder Ritchie side footed home a Wilson cross after the for­mer Coven­try striker had made a mock­ery of Kim BoKyung’s abil­ity to de­fend.

Kim was hauled off at half-time, but not be­fore the South Korean in­ter­na­tional again made a mis­take for Arter to cap­i­talise on and dou­ble the home side’s lead from the edge of the box in the 43rd minute.

The trav­el­ling Blue­birds fans thought they had a route back into the game when Jones steered an Adam Le Fon­dre cross beyond Ar­tur Boruc.

But the im­pres­sive Pugh was in no mood to see the Cher­ries’ twogoal lead van­ish as he looped a won­der­ful curl­ing ef­fort over David Mar­shall straight from the restart to cap a fran­tic end to the first pe­riod.

Cardiff were a dif­fer­ent side at the start of the sec­ond-half and cut the deficit yet again via a bul­let header from de­fender Mor­ri­son after Peter Whit­ting­ham had crossed.

Su­per sub Ker­mor­gant made it 4-2 with a bril­liant 25-yard free­kick be­fore Mor­ri­son buried another header from a Whit­ting­ham cor­ner to set up a grand­stand fin­ish.

But Wilson had the last word a minute from time after round­ing goal­keeper Mar­shall, who could have been sent off for an early hand­ball, to seal the points.

Bournemouth as­sis­tant man­ager Ja­son Tin­dall said:“For us to be top of the Cham­pi­onship be­fore Christ­mas is a great achieve­ment and our aim now is to build on that and ex­tend our lead at the top.

“We were aware of the Mid­dle­bor­ough re­sult against Derby and we knew we had to win by a twogoal mar­gin to go top and we are glad we man­aged to do that.

“I’m not sure we re­ally an­tic­i­pated win­ning it 5-3 but we will take it be­cause top is the po­si­tion we want to be in.

“Cardiff threw ev­ery­thing at us and there were goals fly­ing in ev­ery­where. We pride our­selves on at­tack­ing foot­ball but maybe that was the rea­son we con­ceded some poor goals. But the fact that we are top and all five goals were scored by dif­fer­ent play­ers shows just how good this squad can be.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

LET­TING RIP: Callum Wilson scores Bournemouth’s fifth

NUM­BER ONE: Harry Arter scores the Cher­ries’ sec­ond

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