Conceding in stoppage time could prove costly to Bluebirds mentality
It was always going to be tough for Cardiff City to travel to the high-flying Everton and get something on the back of their 3-1 win against Fulham last weekend. But they so nearly did, and suffering defeat in the final seconds could prove the final nail in their Premier League coffin.
They were never expected to rock up to Merseyside and take points, that’s a given. Had they lost 3-0 yesterday they would probably be in a better mental state on the bus journey back to South Wales. But coming so close to getting something and having it ripped away in the dying seconds could effectively end their season.
It was a devastating manner in which to be denied a point, a Seamus Coleman miscue, after heroics all game from David Marshall in net. Cardiff’s season has never quite got going, and yesterday was further evidence that it has just not happened for them. Albeit at home, more Merseyside opposition in title contending Liverpool pose the next challenge for the Bluebirds. Another game where they will not be expected to get a result.
The mentality of the Cardiff players will now be tested to the limit. They need to exert the experience in that squad to have any hope. The likes of Craig Bellamy and Kenwyne Jones, used to relegation scraps, must stand up and be counted for.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez may have taken a swipe at the running of the Welsh club earlier in the week, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his troops must prove they can showcase the spirit required to give them hope. They face away trips to West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland in the coming weeks, and must be sure they improve on the single away win this season. Failure to do so will ensure a miserable climax to their season.
Can Cardiff recover from their late blow at Everton and maintain Premier League status?