New boys Cardiff hand Man City a hard lesson
By Josh Reich ,ReutersFraizer Campbell scored twice in eight minutes to inspire Cardiff City to a shock 3-2 win over Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday as they enjoyed a memorable first top-flight home match in 51 years.
August 27, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
There was no such joy for fellow Welsh side Swansea City who were beaten 1-0 by Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane as the north London team kept up their perfect start to the season thanks to a second Roberto Soldado penalty in as many games.
In Cardiff, Edin Dzeko had given the big-spending and ambitious visitors the lead on 52 minutes but Aron Gunnarsson leveled for the Premier League newcomers eight minutes later when following up a Joe Hart block.
Despite struggling to get the ball, Cardiff went ahead in the 79th minute when Hart failed to clear a corner, allowing Campbell to nod the ball home and he repeated the feat from another corner on 87 minutes. Alvaro Negredo pulled one back for Manchester City in stoppage time, but despite a couple of half-chances they were unable to snatch a point at the death.
“I spoke to my players about how proud they should be, because they deserve to be here and deserve to be playing against those top, top players,” Cardiff manager Malky Mackay told Sky Sports.
“It wasn't so much passion but discipline, discipline to do your job, to be organized, to do your job for the guy next to you.
“It was something we did to a man and when we got the ball back we showed some ability.”
Cardiff lost their first ever Premier League match against West Ham United last Saturday but appeared determined from the outset to get a result in front of their home fans.
They showed few nerves against a City side who had brushed aside Newcastle United 4-0 in their opening game and who have spent around 90 million pounds (US$140.34 million) on attacking talent in the close season as they seek to reclaim the league title they lost to Manchester United last season.
Campbell had a chance within 30 seconds but went down instead of getting in a shot, and was later crowded out by the makeshift centre back pairing of Javi Garcia and Joleon Lescott.
The visitors, who were without injured captain and centre back Vincent Kompany, appeared comfortable on the ball, but lacked a cutting edge in attack, registering just one shot on goal in the first half.