Why can't Cardiff find a win at home?

Cardiff City Stadium

Changing their colours back to blue may have given Cardiff fans a boost, but it hasn't helped a wretched run of form at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Finally, the blue seats matched the blue kit at Cardiff's home stadium back in January when controversial owner Vincent Tan took the decision to change back from the red kit he instigated in June 2012. This followed a consultation meeting with supporters and was greeted with universal approval.

However, if fans felt this would reignite the club's season and forge a siege mentality at home, the opposite has happened. Cardiff started the season well at home, winning seven of the first 10 matches as they settled back into life in the Sky Bet Championship after one season in the Premier League. All of these games were won wearing the unwanted red shirts.

The last game Cardiff won at home was the 1-0 defeat of Fulham on January 10th, the first game in which City's players reverted back to Blue. Many fans felt the tide had turned, but the change in colours has not had the galvanising effect that was expected. In fact the Bluebirds lost their next four home and away games in succession, and didn't win in eight games in total. 

In another development to regain Cardiff's lost identity, a club statement on their official website on Monday released images of a new 'Bluebirds' club crest for the 2015-16. But in the here and now, Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Charlton was another hard luck story. Manager Russell Slade felt his team were "mugged" having taken a second half lead through Federico Macheda, but clearly playing at home has seen a psychological effect develop in his players, as he told BBC Sport:  

"I do think we're getting better but I think it was a case of being mugged a little bit. To be honest we dominated probably 75% of the game, so it is a little bit frustrating to say the least. We've just got to learn to manage the game for the entire 90 minutes.

"We got ourselves in a position where we were in front, dominated for long periods and should have put the three points to bed."

Fortunately for Slade, Cardiff have won twice away from home in recent weeks - at Wigan and Rotherham - to stave off any threat of being dragged into another relegation battle, and they now sit 13 points clear of trouble. But if Slade needs to learn anything from the last few weeks of the season, it is why his team have lost the ability to take home advantage. 

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