Cardiff City were stunned at home by Bristol City in the fifth game week of the EFL Championship. The visitors secured their second win of the season thanks to the efforts of Andreas Weimann who bagged a brace for Bristol City.
Cardiff City dominated the game in terms of possession and a number of attacks on the opposition goal but were denied by a strong defensive display by Bristol City. They had a total of 11 attempts on goal with 36.36% of those attempts on target. The xT Timeline indicates that Cardiff made time to time attempts on goal and the number of chances created increased towards the end of the game as they were playing more progressive passes in the final third of the pitch.
The increased number of attempts on goal justify the higher xG they had but were unable to convert the opportunities they created. Whereas Bristol were clinical in front of goal and made most of the rare chances they created.
From the breakdown of the 11 attempts of Cardiff City on goal, it was observed that out of those 11 attempts only 4 shots were on target which were kept out by the Bristol City keeper. Most of the attempts taken by the Cardiff players were off target, but were from promising positions which is why they had a higher xG value throughout the game despite only scoring one goal which was an own goal.
Bristol City’s striker had a total of 5 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. He had a high conversion rate as he scored 2 goals from his 3 shots on target and was the game changer for the visitors.
As observed in the data visual, Cardiff attempted to attack the Bristol City goal from the wider areas of the pitch. The home side had a total of 39 crosses, which was three times the crosses attempted by their opponents. The increased number of crosses from both flanks of the box indicates that there was growing frustration amongst the Cardiff players to score a goal. The Bristol City defenders stayed strong in their positions and dealt with those crosses comfortably by winning the majority of the aerial duels.
Although Cardiff City managed to create more chances on goal but lacked quality from their attackers who were not able to convert those chances. They also lacked the vision and creativity from their midfielders to play smart through passes to their attackers as only 2 smart passes were made by the Cardiff players throughout the whole game. Due credit to the away side as they stayed disciplined in their defensive actions.