Date:Tuesday January 26 2010
Ashton Gate, Bristol
26 January 2010, 1945
A spineless, rudderless City side were thrashed by a Cardiff team who must have thought Christmas had come early again in another pathetic Severnside derby.
The Bloated Walrus Gary Johnson handed debuts to new signings Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Patrick Agyemang as they took their places on the left wing and up front respectively.
Both new boys actually started brightly, as is often the case, but, in truth, City's only effort of note was a 30-yard blast from top scorer Nicky Maynard which flashed just wide of the top corner.
Then the floodgates opened on 19 minutes.
A simple long punt over the top caused unnecessary confusion between keeper Dean Gerken and centre-back Liam Fontaine for Chopra to nip in. His shot was blocked but Peter Whittingham followed it up for 1-0.
Four minutes later it was two, when Ross McCormack, last season's top scorer for the while, inbred Taffy club who had gone all season without a league goal, tapped past Gerken after midfielder Gavin Rae's scuffed shot inadvertedly set him up.
Immediately after the restart, City weakly surrendered possession and Michael Chopra made it three, racing onto McCormack's pass and firing into the far corner.
That was my cue to leave as I don't believe in booing the players off the pitch as I saught the sanctitude and warmth of the nearest boozer.
Then on 43 minutes, Liam Fontaine fired into his own net under pressure from Jay Bothroyd as the City went in 4-0 down at the break.
City were pathetic, lacking no leadership from the sidelines, where the Bloated Walrus was shirking under the safety of his dugout, nor on the pitch and there was to be no let off from the visitors, who had surrendered a 4-0 half time lead at Peterborough recently before drawing 4-4.
Johnson probably dropped one of his infamous 'hand grenades' at the break but clearly the players are now immune to his bully boy tactics as Cardiff scored their fifth 50 seconds after the break.
Bothroyd sent Chopra clear on goal to shoot past the hapless Gerken.
On 56, Cardiff became the first team to score six at the Gate in twelve years, when Wolves beat us 6-1, when Chopra teed up McCormack to fire low past Gerken.
CITY (4-4-2): Gerken, Orr, Cary, Fontaine, McAllister (Nyatanga '46), Haynes (Elliott '50), Skuse, Hartley (Sno '79), Campbell-Ryce, Agyemang, Maynard.
INBREDS (4-4-2): Marshall, Matthews, Gyepes, Gerrard, Kennedy, Whittingham (Burke '91), Rae (Blake '64), Ledley, McCormack, Bothroyd (Feeney '80), Chopra.
REFEREE: Andy D'Urso
Match Ratings providing by 'Easton Boy' of Yate.
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