No goals but City stay top

Last updated : 26 November 2006 By Michael Morris
Well firstly can I say what a super ground Hillsborough is. 4 huge stands in what is an impressive arena. I like new grounds, don't get me wrong but seeing Hillsborough for the first time impressed me more than of of the stadiums like Derby, Southampton and Reading.

I opted to drive to Yorkshire, the train schedules were all mixed up so it was a day behind the wheel. In fairness it's an easy route. via the M50, M5, M42 and M1. Despite a couple of stops en route we were in Sheffield before 1pm and that was leaving Cardiff at 9.30am.

I've mentioned the stadium, the pictures alongside this article were taken with my phone so apologies they are not of the usual quality.

The game itself was poor in the first half. Phil Dowd was a fussy referee who was whistle happy and there was no flow to the game. City attacked a huge following of over 2,000 fans in the Leppings Lane end of the ground and the best chances came from two McPhail free kicks. Flowing football was at a premium with any contact pulled up by the referee.

Half time 0 - 0.

Dave Jones must have said a few words to the players as there was a definate improvement after the break. City were more determined to attack and the game opened up with both sides counter attacking and it was quite an entertaining end to end game. The best chances fell to City. Chopra took possession in front of an open goal after a defensive mix up but the split second he needed to control the ball allowed a defender to block his goalboaund effort. City have two further efforts cleared off the line with the keeper beaten and Joe Ledley fired a 25 yarder just wide.

At the other end Wednesday put some dangerous balls across the box with City managing to get clear and one superb save from Alexander rescued City in the closing stages when Wayne Andrews burst through but the custodian saved low to his left with Andrews sure to score.

A Ledley effort late on was saved and the game ended 0 - 0.

Preston also drew 0 - 0 but Birmingham won 2 - 1 at Burnley. That means there is a three way tie on 37 points with City atop the pile on goals scored.

The drive home was uncomplicated and we were comfortably back in Cardiff around 9pm.