Full time at CCS Cardiff 3 - 1 Norwich

Last updated : 02 December 2017 By Michael Morris

After a first half that saw Cardiff struggle to gain any sort of control it came as no surprise to see Neil Warnock make two big changes for the start of the second half.


Despite looking comfortable early on City became more and more disjointed before Marco Stiepermann rifled home from outside the box just before half time. Cardiff could not contain the speed and movement of a tricky looking Norwich side who did not seem to be worthy of a bottom half place in the Championship table.

But the half time whistle came at the right time and it allowed Neil Warnock to make changes and change the direction of the game.

On came Lee Tomlin and Omar Bogle for Craig Bryson and Danny Ward and in less than the time it takes Delia to boil an egg City were level. A corner into the Norwich box was headed in by Sol Bamba but the referee had blown to award cardiff a penalty for a foul on Sean Morrison. Joe Ralls stepped up to score and it was game on.

Cardiff now looked the better side and Junior Hoilett extended the lead with a smart volley after decent build up play that involved himself. Another penalty for Cardiff gave Ralls the chance to put the game out of reach but his second spot kick was blasted straight at a static keeper. Some might say it was soft to award the kick but the referee thought Lee Tomlin was fouled and the keeper was yellow carded.

Another sub. The hard working Nathaniel Mendez-Lainz was replaced by Callum Paterson and after some sublime skill from Lee Tomlin that embarrassed two Norwich players, Paterson crossed for Bogle to finish with a delicious touch into the far corner of the net.

Norwich tried to find a way back but Neil Etheridge caught most things that came into the six yard box and the final whistle came after just three minutes added time.

Coupled with a 1 - 1 draw between Leeds and Villa it was a great night for Cardiff City.

Now hopefully Millwall (v Sheff Utd), Middlesbrough (at Bristol City) and Birmingham (v Wolves on Sunday) can also do us a few favours.

Oh and it was Neil Warnock's birthday. So as cringey as it sounds, when you are winning a game, Happy Birthday Neil Warnock from several thousand people was quite something.


Oh and btw Cardiff now have to wait until Monday week before the next game. Away at Reading. Live on Sky.