Bluebirds show grit to bat­tle right back

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paul Carey

CARDIFF’S char­ac­ter sent Rus­sell Slade home happy af­ter they came from be­hind to se­cure a first win in three games.

Kar­lan Ahearne-Grant put Charl­ton ahead in the 49th minute but goals from Joe Ma­son and Sean Mor­ri­son gave the Bluebirds all three points.

It was a de­served vic­tory for a Cardiff side that dom­i­nated large pe­ri­ods of the game and Slade paid trib­ute to his play­ers for their re­sponse to fall­ing be­hind.

“The most pleas­ing thing to­day was that we went a goal down but showed a great re­sponse,” he said.“We showed char­ac­ter, we didn't panic.

“In many ways we found that ex­tra gear when Charl­ton scored, we played with more in­ten­sity and pur­pose.

“We cer­tainly de­served the goal that gave us the three points. We’ve shown a nice re­silience and a nice to­geth­er­ness to get the re­sult.

“We felt we’d been a lit­tle bit un­for­tu­nate in the last two games but in the Cham­pi­onship it’s im­por­tant to dust your­selves down and go again,which is what we did.”

It was a light­en­ing start by the home side and Mor­ri­son saw his goal­bound header cleared off the line by Jor­dan Cousins af­ter just seven min­utes.

An­thony Pilk­ing­ton, Kag­isho Dik­ga­coi and Ma­son also went close for Cardiff in the first half but it was Charl­ton that had the best chance of the first 45 as Tony Watt’s header was su­perbly saved by Si­mon Moore.

The big talk­ing point to­wards the end of the first half came when Ma­son rounded Nick Pope in the Charl­ton goal and went down – but the Cardiff striker was booked for div­ing.

The Ad­dicks in­tro­duced Ahearne-Grant at half-time and he took just four min­utes to put them ahead, col­lect­ing Watt’s pass and fir­ing home.

Cardiff were un­for­tu­nate to be be­hind but four min­utes later Ma­son evaded his marker to con­trol Scott Malone’s cross and drag Slade’s side level.

The home side were in the as­cen­dancy from that point on­wards and the win­ning goal came in the 76th minute as Mor­ri­son rose to head home Peter Whit­ting­ham’s cross.

Ad­dicks boss Guy Luzon said: “Ev­ery game we seem to score but we’ve been con­ced­ing too many goals lately so we need to go back to ba­sics and start keep­ing clean sheets.

“I think when you lead away from home you need to show char­ac­ter and or­gan­i­sa­tion to keep that lead. If you can stay ahead then you’ll have space to counter-at­tack as the game opens up.

“Our prob­lems started in the first half with set pieces. Ev­ery set piece from Cardiff they won the first ball, wanted to score and that con­tin­ued into the sec­ond half.

“We need to work on the train­ing ground to stop that hap­pen­ing.”

STAR MAN JOE MA­SON

Cardiff

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