Homesick Cardiff pick up Eoin
CARDIFF assistant Scott Young says he never lost faith in goal-shy striker Eoin Doyle after he opened his account for the Bluebirds to help down Birmingham.
The Irish January arrival stepped off the bench to rescue the hosts after a poor first-half display, getting his first goal in nine games before winning a penalty.
Peter Whittingham wrapped up the win with the spot-kick to seal a first victory at the Cardiff City Stadium for the Bluebirds since January 10 – and their first home league win in seven games.
Young said: “Since the New Year we’ve been in good positions in a few home games but not quite got over the line so it’s very pleasing to get the win.
“I thought Eoin changed the game for us when he came on.
“He has been very unlucky not to get on the scoresheet before but we have always known he has plenty of quality.
“He made a real impact and it’s nice to see him get the goal his performance deserved.
“As a side we are showing a lot more resilience, the whole team is working hard and we want to finish as high up the league as possible.”
The defeat could have further ramifications for the Blues, who had manager Gary Rowett sent to the stands in the second half which sparked ugly scenes as a section of their supporters clashed with police. Birmingham assistant manager Kevin Summerfield tried to play down the incident with Rowett.
He said: “Gary was obviously very frustrated.
“There was a throw-in that had gone out of play next to us on the touchline which we felt was clearly our ball but the assistant referee gave it the other way.
“He did not swear but he made the point to the referee and he threw the ball down to the ground.
“That was enough to get him sent off.
“We are not going to blame the referee for the defeat but we didn’t think it was a penalty and that had killed the game off.
“This will be a kick up the backside for us. The players will really have to roll their sleeves up for the rest of the season because it will have a big impact on what happens next year.”
Cardiff’s rotten luck at home looked like it was going to continue when they lost in-form striker Federico Macheda in the warm-up and he was replaced by Kenwyne Jones.
Without Macheda the home side struggled to create any clear chances in the first half as both sides failed to register a shot on target.
But Doyle came on for the injured Alex Revell just before half-time and he transformed the game in the second period to great effect.
The former Chesterfield striker combined with Matthew Kennedy on 50 minutes to sweep the ball past Darren Randolph and score with the game’s first shot on target.
Cardiff should have had a few more goals before they got the penalty, but Jones was guilty of wasting three excellent scoring chances.
However, the decisive penalty came when Doyle broke into the box and was brought down by Jonathan Spector.
And Whittingham stepped up to calmly slot the ball down the middle.
WHIT A HIT: Peter Whittingham scores the second goal for Cardiff City from the spot
GET IN: Eoin Doyle celebrates