And when Michael Chopra remained on the bench as Magennis was unfortunately injured, Warren Feeney came on to the amazement of most fans.
The rumours of Chopra being sold as well soon followed.
It's since been revealed that a bug has been going through the squad and Bothroyd was too ill be involved and other players were playing even though they were unwell.
Ross McCormack was taken off in the second half, a move that upset the fans who were hoping for City to keep their strikers on the pitch and go ahead and win the game but the Scotsman was struggling more than most with illness.
"I've been struggling with the flu and there were a few guys out there that have been dying," Ross McCormack told the club's official website.
"It's frustrating for the fans and I know they must think everyone's well and fit because their playing, but Jay (Bothroyd) couldn't even get on the bench because he was so ill and we've got guys who were on the bench who had to start who have got the flu.
"I think if we'd have been offered a point before the game with everything that's been going on then we'd have taken it."
Cardiff hope to have Bothroyd fit for tonight's FA Cup clash at Bristol City. Magennis is out for a couple of months after breaking his leg.