The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

THIS match won by Cardiff’s su­pe­rior de­fend­ing, with Bruno Manga a rock at the back for the vis­i­tors and ev­ery player con­tribut­ing to an af­ter­noon of frus­tra­tion for the hosts.

Bris­tol top scorer Jonathan Kod­jia had an game to for­get, dwelling on the ball sev­eral times with team-mates bet­ter placed. The home side’s de­liv­ery from the flanks too of­ten found the safe hands of Blue­birds keeper David Mar­shall.

Cardiff were more clin­i­cal with their fin­ish­ing and more adept at clos­ing down their op­po­nents. The con­fi­dence of a re­cent up­surge in form, which has seen them beaten just once in the last nine out­ings, was clear to see.

When their de­fence was breached, Mar­shall again proved him­self the out­stand­ing goal­keeper in the Cham­pi­onship and on this show­ing the Blue­birds will not be con­ced­ing many goals dur­ing the run-in.

Bris­tol need to sharpen up in front of goal, but they still showed enough to sug­gest they have what it takes to sur­vive this sea­son, with five points seper­at­ing them from the rel­e­ga­tion zone.


A Cardiff

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