Cardiff City 0 Charlton Athletic 0
A great point to bring home from Wales tonight.
Another defensive blockade and when we needed him Dillon Phillips delivered with the one big save of the night from Adomah.
The result was all the more significant as Lee Bowyer made seven changes to his line-up and changed the formation. Adam Matthews and Tomer Hemed didn’t travel due to small knocks and Sam Field and Jake Forster-Caskey started in a three-man midfield after long lay-offs.
New Dad Lapslie and Doughty were wing backs with Sarr joining Pearce and Lockyer in a back three.
Truth be told it was a pretty awful game. Nonetheless I think we shaded it first half with Aneke a constant handful and Doughty menacingly getting forward on the left.
There were some half chances in that first period, but the game was stopped frequently for injuries with poor Sam Field coming worse off with a clash of heads that required stitches and saw him replaced by Darren Pratley.
2nd half was more Cardiff, but only a couple of nervy moments when Phillips saved from Adomah and Hoillet blasted over when well placed. We were more toothless upfront when Bonne replaced Aneke, and I thought Green looked poor, whereas everyone else put a real shift in led again by Cullen and Pratley.
We were short on attacking enterprise, but it was another stout performance, and another point added against an in form promotion chasing Cardiff side.
Bow: “I think it was a well-earned point. I think at times we looked dangerous and at times they looked dangerous. There wasn’t really any clear-cut chances. We had a couple of hard ones, they had a couple of hard ones, so a point was fair, I think we deserved it.”
Their bloke: “But it could be a valuable point. Fair play to Charlton, they came and parked the bus at times and didn’t quite have those moments to break them down.”
Elsewhere: If our point was good Luton’s at Leeds was excellent. Barnsley beat Blackburn at Oakwell 2-0 and Wigan continued their fine form, which started in February, beating Stoke 3-0.
Another fighting performance but we need to get the strikers on the score sheet. Green is not the answer maybe Aneke and Bonne should be given a chance together with Hemed and Davison available from the bench. Last night there was no recognised playmaker so I would expect at least one of Morgan McGeady or Williams to start against Millwall.
I think we set out for a point or possibly grab something on the break and then defend out the match. A decent strategy that played to some strengths and Bow set the team up with three CBs and wing backs. But we need to create more at the other end. We’ve made a great start to this mini season but two goals and only a handful of shots on goal underlines how toothless we are in attack. I’m not convinced by the Hemed/Bonne partnership, they don’t seem to link very well, maye Chuks and Bonne should be given a go?
Elsewhere Wigan have gone into admin – a 12 point deduction will/should be imposed which means we sneak up a place in the table (or we will do when it’s confirmed). They won’t be the only ones who get into trouble, too many non-prem clubs are struggling for cash at the best of times and with no fans that is serious chunk of money being lost. I don’t think we are entirely out of the woods yet…