Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Cardiff City 0 v Charlton Athletic 0

Fifth game unbeaten for the Addicks as we look to close the season out on an unbeaten run. It wasn't enough to prevent Cardiff claiming an historic return to top flight football after 50 odd years. Hard to begrudge them their moment in the sun after their horrendous run of falling at the last hurdle.

It sounded like a tense affair until ten minutes from the end when news arrived in the stadium that Millwall had taken a lead at home to Watford which meant we needed to score and Watford needed two to prevent Cardiff going up.

We had our moments, most notably from a Johnnie Jackson free-kick which rattled the timber and a trademark curler from Ricardo Fuller in the second-half which David Marshall saved at full stretch. Cardiff put us under the sort of pressure we expected but credit to the defence and Ben Hamer for taking a fourth point this season from the Champions. We really need to win all of our remaining games to complete a late charge and that now looks impossible.

Millwall's win lifts them up the table and with their game in hand and home bias to come, this pretty much rules out an unlikely looking relegation. More heart-warming was Palace's latest nose-dive at Ipswich. They are in free-fall right now and there's a real chance they could miss the boat. Oh to finish above them this season!

The South London championship could yet have a twist or turn left. Bring on the Wolves.

1 comment:

Tony said...

Wonder how many Palace will take to Millwall for their penultimate game?
Their play off hopes could balance on that games outcome.
Cannot fault that Charlton performance last night.
With both Cardiff and swansea in the Premiership, it may take some of the pressure off of Millwall...