Cardiff City fight till the death to keep survival hopes alive

Cardiff conceded a last minute equaliser at The Hawthorns, only to knick the draw with the last kick of the game

Cardiff City are refusing to depart the Premier League stage quietly, after twice coming from behind to draw 3-3 with West Bromwich Albion.

The Bluebirds went 2-0 down within ten minutes of the first-half thanks to goals from Morgan Amalfitano and Graham Dorrans. They then pegged back on level terms through strikes from Jordan Mutch and Steven Caulker, but conceded at the death to a Thievy Bifouma goal that broke City hearts.

Then, the unthinkable happened. Down and out, and with the final nail in the relegation coffin about to be sealed, Cardiff broke up the pitch and scored with the final touch of the match through Mats Daehli. The Hawthorns brought indescribable joy and sickening despair for both sides within the space of 90 seconds.

The result does not do the Bluebirds any huge favours, particularly with Swansea and Crystal Palace above them recording impressive wins. But if there was ever a result, under the kind of circumstances they were in, that would finally give them the spark and belief that they can survive then this had to be it.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was elated. He celebrated as if survival was sealed. It remains only the start of the bid. City looked better, despite their early collapse. Jordon Mutch, Craig Bellamy, Wilfried Zaha and Fraizer Campbell to name a few, absolutely ran their socks off. If there was ever any doubt that Cardiff lacked the stomach to fight til the end, today ends those sentiments.

The real quality still lacks. Steven Caulker, ever reliable as an individual for the Bluebirds, pulled them out of trouble with yet another goal, and was a rock for his side. They’re trying desperately, as West Brom are, to be a part of the Premier League next season. For both sides it seems it’s just not happening.

It was a game of Premier League quality. Morgan Amalfitano’s opening goal will likely make the goal of the season shortlist, but Cardiff showed enough, as they have done in recent games, to prove their worth to the top-flight. It may have come just too late, but if Cardiff can show the kind of spirit seen in today’s thrilling encounter, they have a chance.

The wait for a win continues, and for their fans hope fades with every passing match. But if Cardiff do go down, they’re doing it in style. 

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