A well-scored second-half goal from Kieffer Moore helped Cardiff City win a 1-1 draw with Derby County at Pride Park
The Bluebirds were put behind all eight balls when Martyn Waghorn scored the game’s opening goal for the hosts, with the Rams dominating the first half
But City became the draw as it went on and it was Moore, with his third goal for his new club, who brought home when it mattered to earn another point on the road
Cardiff started off fairly comfortably, even without Harry Wilson and Lee Tomlin in their squad, passing the ball softly to the back and looking to build the game slowly
The Derby, oddly enough, gave the visitors a lot of respect in the first exchanges, but after 10 minutes of inaction the Rams then started to push
The first chance of the match went to Welsh international Tom Lawrence, who threw a wide shot from the corner of the box, and from that Derby went from strength to strength
The Bluebirds’ distribution was dismal, frankly, with a succession of passes missing their mark and Derby using increasing pressure to force even more pressure on their opponents
And it was a stray pass that really put Cardiff in jeopardy after 20 minutes A Joe Ralls pass intended for Will Vaulks was offered to Lawrence, who made a driving run towards the goal, only to be shot down by Ralls in plum position for left-footed Waghorn, who had just come off a free-kick goal against Nottingham Forest last weekend
And indeed, the striker stepped up and wrapped an astonishing effort straight into the 25-meter postage stamp to put the hosts forward And it was no less than they deserved
The Rams continued to scare the Bluebirds, with Joe Bennett having to make one final block to keep a Kamil Jozwiack shot at bay shortly after the goal
Neil Harris, Sean Morrison and Alex Smithies yelled out instructions for City to turn on, but it was all so lethargic, cumbersome and riddled with errors
The Bluebirds’ apathy on the attack required a shot in the arm or a change of edge and it seemed to come right before the break, with more of a road-one approach being used, which gave visitors the best first half chances
Will Vaulks threw up an inviting cross and Moore rose for a header on goal, but he grazed the outside of the post up close
Despite some signs of encouragement at the end of the first period it was arguably up there with one of the poorer halves in football, City have played this season and the problem needed to be addressed quickly
But they started the second half just as awkwardly and Nathan Byrne seemed to have created a golden chance when he placed a cross in the face of the goal, the Derby forwards happily waiting at the far post But a crucial authorization from Leandro Bacuna has just kept the hosts at bay
Cardiff just didn’t have a breakthrough and as a result Neil Harris introduced Robert Glatzel, changing form by doing it with two at the top
And it was that change that brought a decent half-chance for the Bluebirds, when Ojo whipped an inviting ball in the face of goal, but Glatzel was inches away from hooking it for what would have been a -in tap to level the tie
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But City were undoubtedly shifting between gears and applying a little more pressure.That’s when Ojo produced a first-class moment
The winger picked up the ball and led the defense before slipping a perfect pass into Moore, who split well under the hurry Kelle Roos to level the tie
And with that, the impressive race outside City continues. It wasn’t easy, it certainly wasn’t pretty, but that’s another point on the road
County of Derby XI (3-4-3): Roos; Wisdom, Davies, Clarke; Byrne (Forsyth 62), Knight, Shinnie, Buchanan; Jozwiack, Waghorn, Lawrence (Kazim-Richards 83)
Cardiff City XI (4-2-3-1): Smithies; Bacuna, Morrison, Nelson, Bennett; Pack, Vaulks (Glatzel 62); Ojo, Ralls, Hoilett; Moore
An end-to-end finish of the game, but that’s it! Another point on the road for City
Cardiff takes a break and Ojo is on the right, he plays the ball inside but Bacuna’s left foot effort goes over the bar
Martyn Waghorn gets a low shot far from inside the box but Smithies quickly descends to deny him!
Shinnie puts a reducer on Ojo as he tries to break the right, some yellow there
What a beautiful goal that was Sheyi Ojo did so well there He danced in the middle of the field and slipped through a perfect ball for Kieffer Moore, who expertly sliced under Kelle Roos Excellent goal
And another! This time on the other side Bacuna this time with the cross and he narrowly escapes Moore
Sheyi Ojo whips into a nice cross just in front of the goal, but Glatzel can’t get there, just inches away!
Waghorn pauses after Tom Lawrence sets him free, confronts Nelson and passes, but Smithies quickly comes out to choke Top Guard, that
A terrible pass from Joe Bennett puts City in all kinds of trouble and Waghorn seems to be on edge, but Morrison and Bennett manage to squeeze into each other and keep him clear before pressing on the trigger
What an interception! Byrne puts out a brilliant ball and Bacuna makes a last minute punt as the Rams players waited at the back post!
Derby has a corner and Tom Lawrence puts it in the cross, but Rams offense gives City a free kick
Hoilett finally gets a delivery on the money, a whipped effort in Kieffer Moore, but Roos bravely steps out to catch him Great Guardian, it must be said
A corner of town is erased and it falls well to Hoilett, who swings a left boot but hits it high and handsome, miles above the bar
Will Vaulks throws up an inviting cross and Moore wins his double face on goal, but the ball crushes the outside of the post!
The second phase from the corner sees a cross on Curtis Davies and the defender sends a powerful header towards the goal, but it’s just over the bar
Jozwiack plays a nice brace with Waghorn and unleashes a close range shot, but Bennett throws his body in the path to keep the shot at bay!
Curtis Nelson appears to be playing a simple ball to Leandro Bacuna but he’s temperamental and gives Derby a twist That pretty much sums up that first half for the visitors
Jozwiack gives himself a chance 25 yards from goal, but it’s a failed effort and Smithies comes together easily
A nice flexing effort with Waghorn’s left foot and it’s right in the postage stamp It was a lovely place to get a free kick, but executed so well
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