Cardiff v Pompey: Hot or not?

Top man: Joel Ward
Top man: Joel Ward
Samantha Quayle. Picture: Jordan Hampton

Flying start for Pompey with Cardiff swept aside

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npower Championship at Cardiff City Stadium, Saturday, April 16, 2011

Pompey

Jamie Ashdown – Suspect at times - 5

Ritchie de Laet – Decent showing - 7

Greg Halford – Superb again - 8

Ricardo Rocha – Mindless – 4 - RED CARD

Hermann Hreidarsson (46 mins Aaron Mokoena – Not bad - 6) – Hit by injury - 6

Jonathan Hogg – Gave everything - 7

Joel Ward – So much heart - 8

Liam Lawrence – Pulled the strings – 7 - BOOKED

David Cotterill (64 mins Danny Webber – Impressed again - 6) – Disappointing once more - 5

David Nugent (62 mins Carl Dickinson – Fought away - 6) – Faded after break – 6 - BOOKED

Dave Kitson – Gave so much – 6 - BOOKING

Subs Not Used; Darryl Flahavan, Nadir Ciftci.

Cardiff

Stephen Bywater – Not tested enough - 6

Paul Quinn (88 mins Darcy Blake) – Kept it simple - 7

Kevin McNaughton – Like a rock - 8

Dekel Keinan – Too comfortable - 7

Jlloyd Samuel – Steady enough – 5 - BOOKED

Chris Burke – Fairly ordinary - 6

Stephen McPhail (85 mins Jason Koumas) – Neat and tidy - 7

Seyi Olofinjana – Powerful presence - 7

Peter Whittingham – Excellent delivery - 7

Craig Bellamy – Exceptional display - 9

Jay Bothroyd (81 mins Jon Parkin) – Such a handful - 8

Subs Not Used: Tom Heaton, Gavin Rae, Gabor Gyepes, Adam Matthews.

Attendance; 24,007

Referee; Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire) – Another game, another red card - 5

Man Of The Match: Joel Ward – Utilised in several positions as the match wore on and responded with heart, passion and desire.

We Want Him; Craig Bellamy – Involved in all three goals and a constant menace in a vintage performance from a footballer who still should be tearing up the Premier League.

We Don’t Want Him; Chris Burke – Failed to shine, unlike many of his team-mates, as he struggled to make an impact down the right flank.

Magic Moment; Pompey fans goading the home faithful with a rendition of ‘When Sol went up…’

Their Manager: Dave Jones – Under pressure to secure promotion and his side responded superbly.