Tomlin scores, Smithies saves as Cardiff win

Last updated : 29 January 2020 By Michael Morris

Cardiff 2 - 1 W.B.A.

Lee Tomlin's perfect free kick earns a huge 3 points for Cardiff v West Brom.

But credit also to Alex Smithies who produced a stunning reflex save in added time to deny ex Bluebird Ken Zohore from levelling.


A forgettable first half saw few chances as the fans froze in the stands with little to warm them up. Albion wasted one chance that flew over the bar as as the game progressed they saw too many efforts miss the target.

With the second half barely a few seconds old a lapse in concentration from Albion presented Cardiff with a throw in. Will Vaulks launched it into the box and the Albion defence paniced. Sean Morrison saw his shot blocked but Callum Paterson made no mistake to fire it into the roof of the net.

The visitors continued to manage possession but continued to struggle in the final third. For a team hoping for automatic promotion their wheels were starting to wobble. But they got a lifeline. Jazz Richards was caught out and fouled Felipe Krovinovic to give WBA a penalty.

A minute earlier Charlie Austin and Ken Zohore had come on for Albion and it was Austin, with his first kick, who levelled from the spot.

But now we saw a different Cardiff. Until then City has struggled to pass and struggled to keep possession. But with Paterson leading from the front City went into fight mode. They might have been second best at passing, second best with possession and second best with number of chances but they out-fought the visitors and ground out a special win when Lee Tomlin nailed a free kick into the top left hand corner to put Cardiff back in front.

There was almost a late twist as Ken Zohore seemed certain to score but Alex Smithies instictively made an incredible injury time save to preserve the scoreline.

The play offs are still in reach and we get to do it all again on Friday for a Championship clash with Reading, ko 7:45pm.