I like the trip to Bournemouth, just 2 and a half hours in the car and easy free parking at the ground. Despite missing a stand behind the one goal Dean Court has three other nice steep relatively new stands and it's a lovely place to watch football.
City left the fans breathless with the movement in the open 20 mins. Efforts rained in on goal and as the old cliche goes "if it was a boxing match the referee would have stopped the fight". Movement and pace saw the Bournemouth goal blitzed as City hit them from all angles. Parry scored the first when through one on one and the second thanks to some shocking defending that allowed him to head past the advancing keeper.
Even when Bournemouth scored they rarely threatended to score a second and Cardiff continued to create chances on the break as the home side failed to throw any decent punches at the City rearguard.
Bothroyd missed the best further chance when hitting the post from an angle with the goal unguarded.
Dave Jones made just two changes from the Southampton game. Bothroyd and Parry starting upfron in place on McCormack and Thompson. The difference in class was obvious for all to see. Right up until the 90 mins City subs McCormack and Comminges were still hitting the Bournemouth box at pace.
The changeable conditions had no effect on the game and the drive home was made entertaining by an impressive light show from mother nature as the skies over the West Country were illuminated by an electrical storm. A downpour of biblical proportions heralded our arrival over the Severn Bridge and home to Wales.
Roll on round 2.