by Tom Pritchard
CARDIFF City under-23s netted three times to comfortably see off Queens Park Rangers under-23s at Leckwith Stadium, but what does the result mean for the rest of their season?
Goals from Sion Spence, Danny Williams and Dan Griffiths sealed a comprehensive win in the Professional Development League South.
Attacking display provides promise for Bluebirds
Jarred Harvey’s side have found scoring goals something of a challenge so far this season, averaging just 1.5 per game in 22 matches.
Today’s performance, however, will provide them with a lot of optimism heading into their final six games of the league season.
Forwards Williams and Griffiths got their names on the scoresheet, in a game where the hosts looked sharp going forward; switching the ball well and putting their opponents under pressure on numerous occasions.
The Bluebirds currently sit seventh in the Professional Development League Group South, and will be hoping to replicate the kind of front-foot performance that they produced this afternoon.
Renewed optimism heading into the home stretch
Before today’s game, Cardiff had won just once in their last five in the league, a narrow 1-0 away at Millwall and a total of just six wins in 22 league encounters.
Today’s result against QPR was only the fourth time that Cardiff City had kept a clean sheet in the league this term, and while Rangers did have their chances, on the whole the City defence was well organised and stubborn.
The Bluebirds demonstrated that they are more than capable in attack, so the priority will be to provide more defensive display’s like this one as they prepare for the final stretch.
Should they be able to do this, there is no reason why they can’t finish the season on a high note.
Williams is one for the future
Striker Danny Williams was making his second start for the Under-23s since joining the club from Welsh League side Haverfordwest County in the January window.
The 19-year-old had an impressive game, and picked up a goal for his efforts to cap off a good day.
This was Williams’ third appearance for the Bluebirds, and probably his best so far.
A constant threat, he showed that he has the ability to be in the right place at the right time, as he headed home from Trystan Jones’ delivery across goal.
After signing his first professional contract, Williams will be keen to continue impressing for his new club, as he looks to forge a career at the top level.
His performance today will have done no harm to his confidence, and he will have the chance to continue his good form when the Bluebirds host Sheffield United next Monday, (March 4).
(Featured image: Callum Ellis)