Match Report by Jack Stout – Burton Albion 0 – 1 Cardiff City

The brewers would suffer a heart-breaking defeat on the opening day of their championship season, as they were beaten by promotion hopefuls, Cardiff.

Albion started in a 4-5-1 without the ball, but a more attacking 4-3-3 when in possession. Sordell played in front of Mousinhio on the right, and Lucas Akins was alone up front. For the bluebirds, former Walsall keeper Neil Etheridge started in goal, and Lee Tomlin, who joined Cardiff over the summer, would return to face the club he missed a penalty against last season.

The game was slow to start. Kenneth Zahore put the ball away in the 7th minute, but he was correctly ruled offside. Just a minute later, Lee Tomlin turned cleverly, but McFadzean was quick across to block the shot. Etheridge was then forced to deal with crosses from Marvin Sordell and Matty Lund.

Etheridge claimed a Lund corner and Lee Tomlin counter attacked for Cardiff, but Mousinhio tracked back quickly and stuck a foot in. Lund whipped a free-kick in, but the whistle blew for a foul against the brewers. Dyer was doing well down the left, and broke through again, but his cross was once again dealt with by Cardiff. Jackson Irvine then raced through on goal, but his effort was high. Lee Tomlin then smartly played through Zahore, but he somehow put his effort wide. Then, 2 minutes later, Dyer burst through down the left yet again, but Sordell scuffed his shot and it went out for a goal kick.

Burton had the edge in the first half, but neither side had a finishing product, and the break came with the score still at 0-0.

Cardiff came out with a point to prove, and Sol Bamba’s powerful volley was well saved by Steven Bywater. The brewers keeper looked a bit hurt, but he was ok to carry on. Ten minutes later, Bamba once again met a cross with an effort that was claimed by Bywater. Sordell was then replaced by Akpan.

Cardiff went close with 15 minutes to go after a clear foul on Warnock, but Dyer as the game entered its final 10 minutes. Mendez-Laing then missed a sitter for Cardiff, firing high and wide from inside the box. With a short amount of time remaining, Kenneth Zahore curled a shot inside the far post. Joe Sbarra came on to replace Mousinhio, but it was too little, too late for the brewers.

Albion showed character and passion, but they lacked quality, and fell to defeat for the first time in their second ever season in the Championship. Cardiff had the better chances of the second half and deserved all three points.

Jacks Man of the Match- Matty Lund



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