Basso Blunder A Blow For Bristol

Ross McCormack

Cardiff City striker Ross McCormack broke the hearts of Bristol City as he netted a late equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate this afternoon. He took advantage of a terrible blunder from Adriano Basso. The Bristol City number 1 parried an Eddie Johnson effort, and although trying to scoop the ball away for the corner, McCormack nicked the ball from the Brazilian’s grasp to equalise in front of the ecstatic Cardiff fans.

The home side, bolstered by a vocal atmosphere within the ground, were the better team for long stretches of the 90 minutes.

The first half was one of few clear-cut chances, although the Robins dominated possession.

The second half saw the red and white army break through, in the 71st minute. Nicky Maynard, who had not scored a goal for two months, beat three Cardiff defenders before sliding the ball past Stuart Taylor in the Cardiff goal. It was Maynard’s tenth of the campaign.

The Welsh side nearly hit back straight away, leaving Basso excellently tipping a Peter Whittingham freekick over the bar.

Bristol City had a number of chances to kill the game off, but poor final balls and lacklustre finishing meant that the second goal never came.

Michael McIndoe nearly reclaimed the lead shortly after, but his free kick was kept out by Stuart Taylor, who played well on his debut, having joined promotion-chasing Cardiff on loan from Aston Villa.

Bristol City boss Gary Johnson was rueful after the game, telling the BBC:

‘There are a few disappointed players in our dressing room as we don’t like being 1-0 up and losing a goal in the final two minutes.’

‘It’s really sickening to concede late on like that because I felt at 1-0 we had done enough to win the game.’

Final score:
Bristol City 1-1 Cardiff City
Maynard (71) McCormack (88)

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