In a Championship fixture on Wednesday night, yesterday, Cardiff City beat Peterborough United with a clean sweep of 4-0. And now, the respective Cardiff and Peterborough coaches react to their match result last night.
Cardiff bookended a brilliant first half with Joe Ralls and Aden Flint goals – and there could have been more.
But instead of these two, Cardiff’s third goal came from Jordan Hugill’s volley after his run toward Cody Drameh’s cross. And to wrap the game up, Uche Ikpeazu came off the Cardiff bench to score the Bluebirds’ fourth goal.
This win takes Cardiff 12 points clear of Peterborough as well as the bottom three positions.
As for Darren Ferguson’s side, they remain 22nd in the table. They’re simply grateful that Reading’s Bristol City defeat means they haven’t lost any ground to the team immediately above them.
What this result does do, however, is cast them further adrift from a Cardiff side who remain in 20th place. They are 20th despite a third successive league win, but now there’s a sizeable distance from the drop zone.
Cardiff and Peterborough Coaches React to Their Match Result
Actually, Steve Morison’s team selection for Sunday’s 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Liverpool itself betrayed the importance of this encounter. Despite the allure of a televised match against the Premier League giants, Bluebirds manager Steve Morison rested several first-team players. All this was because he had an eye on this fixture against Peterborough.
The Cardiff manager has now said: “We controlled the game without the ball really well and then when we got our moments we were spot on.
“To a man, we were top drawer. It was a good night. This was always bigger than Liverpool. There’s a bigger picture to everything we do.
“We had fresh legs tonight and they were excellent. That performance shows where I want to take this football club and how this club looks on a weekly basis.”
On the other hand, Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson: “I’m devastated. It was a humiliation and a complete embarrassment to the club. A performance of that level in a game of this magnitude will never, ever be acceptable.
“When you come into a game knowing Cardiff have lost nine games at home, and on the back of a performance last weekend that everyone agreed was a positive one, I cannot take one positive out of that performance, not one. I could have made about two subs after 20-25 minutes.
“It’s not going to make much difference but I do have to apologise to the fans who came down to watch what was an unbelievable performance. It could have been 4-0 or 5-0 after 20 minutes.”