Bristol City v Cardiff reaction
Martyn Woolford scored twice with Stephen Pearson and ?1million
striker Sam Baldock also on target as the Robins brought their
total to eight goals from two games following the 4-1 thrashing of
Crystal Palace in midweek.
While McInnes knows it is very early days in the league
campaign, the Robins manager enthused about his free-scoring
McInnes, who also named his other new front-man Steve Davies on
the bench, said: “We are getting goals from the middle of the park,
which we didn’t do last season and now have some great options up
“With Sam and Steve on board, we have a lot of different
strikers, who pose threats in various ways. All the clubs I have
been at, who were successful, had good strength in depth when it
came to strikers.
“It is very early days, but after last season I’m delighted to
be challenging at the right end of the table even at this stage of
“We will not get carried away because we know how quickly things
can change, but all credit to the players for the work they have
put in so far.”
Pearson and Woolford netted first-half goals to put McInnes’ men
Pearson swept home a low Albert Adomah cross from 12 yards on 32
And seconds before the interval Woolford burst on to Jon Stead’s
pass before sliding his shot past David Marshall.
Cardiff substitute Joe Mason headed them back into the game
following Peter Whittingham’s 57th minute corner.
But Woolford hit his second on 70 minutes after a shot from
former West Ham hot-shot Baldock came back off a
Heidar Helguson gave Cardiff fresh hope with a close range
finish on 82 minutes, but Baldock crowned his debut with a clinical
low shot to clinch the points.
Cardiff boss Malky Mackay said: “Without taking anything away
from Bristol’s performance, we conceded some bad goals.
“We gave the ball away in poor areas, which is not like us. We
started the season defensively strong, but today we didn’t keep to
“If you gift possession to good teams they are going to punish
you. We will look at the dvd and identify where we could have done
a lot better.
Cardiff were without Craig Bellamy and Ben Turner, both injured,
but expected to be back in action
Mackay added: “Craig had a tightness in a calf, which meant we
couldn’t risk him, while Ben has taken a kick on a foot. Both
failed fitness nests yesterday.”