Whitts and Rosco end tangerine dream

Last updated : 29 October 2008 By Michael Morris
Then in 4 mad minutes Jay Bothroyd crossed for Peter Whittingham to head home from close range before Ross McCormack scored with a peach of a free kick from 20 yards.

In those 4 minutes I was transformed.

The victory, ground out rather than achieved through flowing football has eased City into 3rd place behind Birmingham, shock losers at Q.P.R. and Wolves, who beat Swansea.

Wolves are City's next opponents. This Saturday from Ninian Park, live on Sky. It couldn't have been scheduled any better.

City started with Comminges in for the injured Kenndey. Old Miguel did OK but no more than that. He was taken off on 55 mins and Joe Ledley dropped to left back. Peter Whittingham came on and played left midfield and City had new options.

Jay Bothroyd battled all game. Ross McCormack chased but decent chances were at a premium. A few efforts flew high and wide, some heroic blocks saved Blackpool as well.

It wasn't all one way traffic. Blackpool tried to play on the break. At times they has 10 men in the box when defending but they pushed forward at times but mostly ended up seeing their efforts skied from 25 yards. The man mountain, Ben Burgess, plays like a puppy most of the time. He has the size but not the strength and never really threatened in the air.

The crowd were a bit subdued but like me were probably frozen half to death so I guess that's understandable. Still 17,500 made the effort with a coachload from Blackpool. Those poor lads and lasses exited Sloper Rd at 10pm with at least a 4 hours journey ahead of them. Not nice when you conceded late goals. At least they know how we felt now when we left their place.

Eddie Johnson came on for a cameo appearance when it was 0 - 0. He contributed very little but with him on the pitch we went on to win the game. Spooky.

So Ross McCormack is still banging in the goals. Now he has 11 goals in total, 10 in the Championship. That makes him the leading scorer all round in this division.

Darren Purse and Roger Johnson have now kept three clean sheets in the last four games and City have picked up 14 points from 18 available since the Birmingham City defeat at Ninian Park in September.

In October Cardiff have played 5, W 3, D 2, L 0. Things are good at the moment.

Long may it continue.