However, I feel my words may be tainted by disappointment – with the result, with the way luck seemed to fall, with some of the decisions made by the apparently top-class officials and most certainly with some of the so-called City fans who have decided to react to their own frustration already, via twitter, in abusing one of our players. I also figured most from the West Country who’ll read this will have already been poring over the forums and Twitter and have a gist of the outlook of their companion fans.
So, instead here’s something a bit different. Seeing as I’m based t’other side of the bridge and take a higher-than-average interest in the goings-on in the nation’s capital, I follow a handful of Cardiff fans on Twitter – largely those who write a bit themselves and can count themselves amongst the more normal, rational and, dare I say, educated of supporters.
I thought I’d share insight from a number of them into tonight’s game, with a kinda retrospective commentary on the match – and the result – from the Bluebirds camp. The cast, in no particular order are:
(Cardiff fans, I know it grates some of you, but in this narrative you will be identified as Cardiff, whilst mentions of ‘City’ are obviously referring to the Bristol version. At least when you’re called Cardiff you know people are talking about you!).
Pre-match discussion naturally centred on the team selection, with the general consensus being one that many outside Cardiff would probably share – a mixture of surprise and disappointment that Robert Earnshaw wasn’t even in the squad.
JH: Pissed off. No changes from Cardiff, again. No Earnie on the bench, again.
This perhaps looked like it was going to come back to haunt Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay later in the game as it drifted towards a 1-1 draw, with both Joe and Phil making light of the lack of perhaps the most natural goal-scorer as an option.
PS: Get Earnie on....oh ok....erm Darcy Blake.
JH: Now would be a good time to make a change up front...oh wait.
Once the game got underway the first-half included a decent opening quarter of an hour and a strong penalty appeal for City but this was followed by little and was largely underwhelming.