Cardiff City 0 West Ham United 2 – Collison at the double
West Ham United have one foot in the Championship play-off final after a 2-0 victory over Cardiff on Thursday night.
May 3rd, 2012
Sam Allardyce’s team narrowly missed out on automatic promotion thanks to the form of Reading and Southampton, although their away form was always strong throughout the campaign and this was their second win of the season at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The Hammers struck early thanks to Jack Collison’s header after the midfielder’s initial attempt had been parried. Good work from Ricardo Vaz Te had helped the chance come about in the first place.
By half-time, West Ham had doubled their lead after the Cardiff players were slow to close down Collison on the edge of the area and his shot took a vicious deflection which saw the goalkeeper wrong-footed.
The Bluebirds rallied after the break and Kenny Miller looked to be through on goal before mis-controlling the ball and allowing the chance to slip away.
Allardyce made some tactical decision shortly afterwards which saw defender George McCartney replace Vaz Te and it really denied Cardiff any further clear-cut chances.
Indeed, Kevin Nolan should probably have wrapped up the tie with a point-blank header from Matt Taylor’s cross which went flying wide of the post.