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31 October 2015

Better chances for Town with Murphy hitting the bar but Blues are held

Town were the better side throughout but couldn’t find a way past David Marshall as Mick McCarthy’s side were held to a second successive goalless draw at Portman Road. 

It’s the first time that has happened since 2009 but Blues deserved a breakthrough, with Daryl Murphy’s header in the first-half tipped onto the bar by Marshall. 

The Cardiff ‘keeper saved his side again as he reacted quickly to stop Sean Morrison conceding an own goal. 

Freddie Sears and Murphy went close again, while Dean Gerken did well to keep out Aron Gunnarsson’s snap shot as the ‘keepers came out on top at both ends.     

Jonathan Parr came in for the injured Jonas Knudsen in Town’s only change from the side that started at Forest last weekend.

Murphy almost forced his way through to goal in the game’s first opening, the ball cannoning back to Kevin Bru whose shot was forced away by Fabio.

Sammy Ameobi picked up an early yellow card for a foul on Parr, Christophe Berra then doing well to guide the ball back to Gerken under pressure from Alex Revell. 

Murphy was a coat of paint away from his first goal of the season with a terrific header that was deflected off Marshall’s fingertips and on to the bar.

Cardiff responded with a thunderous right foot effort from Gunnarsson that Gerken did well to force behind for a corner. 

Berra was in the right place to avert the danger after Joe Ralls led a break down the left flank, at the other end Luke Chambers’ cross was cleared by Lee Peltier at full stretch.

Marshall did superbly again to keep his side on level terms just short of the half hour. Chambers, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sears carved through the Cardiff defence and from the cross Morrison diverted the ball goalwards but the Scotland international ‘keeper reacted brilliantly to keep his goal intact. 

Fabio was injured as he cleared the loose ball, Scott Malone his replacement. 

Sears won a free-kick after a run deep into Cardiff territory, David McGoldrick pulling his 30 yarder wide of the mark. 

Gerken got down well to snatch a cross from Ralls, Marshall holding firm at the other end from Sears’ whipped in delivery.

Murphy couldn’t make it pay when he found space to burst in on goal, Sears testing Marshall with a 25 yarder as Town looked far more likely to end the stalemate before the break.

It was Gerken who had to make the first save of the second-half though, Town’s No.1 flying to his left to gather the ball after Berra had deflected a cross goalwards from close range.

Bru’s dangerous free-kick was headed clear by Morrison, Berra again in the right place at the right time to stop Ralls getting in.

Town anxiously watched Malone’s excellent delivery drift to safety, Gerken then doing well to save from Ameobi at the near post. 

Maitland-Niles, who impressed throughout, couldn’t keep his volley down from Murphy’s cross as Town continued to pose the bigger threat though Gunnarsson blasted over inside the box from the corner for the Bluebirds.

Murphy was denied by Connolly as he looked to get in on goal, Bru then yellow carded after going down in the box with Blues looking for a penalty.

Town made a double change for the closing stage with Murphy and Maitland-Niles replaced by Brett Pitman and Tommy Oar but Town couldn’t find that elusive goal.

Town: Gerken, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Parr, Skuse, Maitland-Niles (Oar 77), Bru, Sears, McGoldrick, Murphy (Pitman 77). Subs not used: Bialkowski, Malarczyk, Emmanuel, Douglas, Coke. Booked: Smith, Bru, Skuse.

Cardiff: Marshall, Peltier, Morrison, Connolly, Fabio (Malone 30), Whittingham (Pilkington 89), Ralls, Mason, Gunnarsson, Revell, Ameobi (Noone 70). Subs not used: Moore, Tamas, O'Keefe, Kennedy.  Booked: Ameobi, Connolly, Ralls, Revell, Whittingham.
Att: 17,169




  




 








 


 
 


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