|Geoff78 added 22:48 - Jan 1|
Well - who saw that coming? Rs have played beautifully in patches all season but unfortunately those patches have been getting shorter and shorter. Until today, when they controlled the game for 80 minutes and even when Leistner's injury meant we had to play the last 10 minutes with 10 men we were doing ok until the last kick of the game. Sad to say Lumley should have done better with that long range shot, but today is a day to dwell on the positives - and there were many. Strangely I thought Cardiff looked a better team than Hull had done on Sunday, and their recent form has been quite good so this really was a special performance from the Rs.
Rightly Samuel and Wells will get the most praise but I'd like to single out Amos and Ball in our midfield for providing a solid base, preventing Cardiff from building any momentum, and Amos especially for prompting the attack with a good range of interceptions, passing and movement. He's taken his time after a serious injury and perhaps found adapting to the Championship difficult at first, but is now showing why he has been highly rated. Also a shout for Warbs whose decision to play Cameron at right back came out of left field (to coin a phrase). I thought he wouldn't have the pace or mobility, but his strength and height were invaluable when we had to survive Cardiff's arial assault.
Bright Osayi-Samuel is in peak form. Not just his pace, but his strength in the tackle and his balance when recovering from challenges are brilliant. Even better he's scoring goals - fabulous goals - and more often putting the ball into the right areas when crossing, i.e. where our strike force is waiting. Teams aren't able to double up on him and Eze so space appears. Long may he continue to scare full backs.