Sat 21 Mar 15
at 17:00 PM
The Report: Cardiff City 2 Blues 0
Gary Rowett had to watch the final 20 minutes of his side's defeat to Cardiff City from the stands after being sent there by the referee.
Blues were beaten by second-half goals from Eoin Doyle and a late Peter Whittingham penalty.
The hosts started on the front foot and defender Sean Morrison had a chance to put his side ahead after only three minutes. Peter Whittingham's corner whipped in, which found it's way to the far post where the unmarked centre-back headed over.
Robert Tesche brought David Marshall into action after 15 minutes when he headed David Cotterill's free-kick goalwards, but his header was easily gathered by the 'keeper.
Winger Craig Noone had threatened down the right wing, whipping some dangerous crosses into the Blues box. After 26 minutes, Noone swung in a cross which was headed away by Rob Kiernan before Kenwyne Jones could get his head to it. Kiernan had to be alert as his header was powered back in by Aron Gunnarsson, the defender clearing once again though.
Just after the half-hour mark and the hosts had the best chance of the match, Joe Ralls found himself on the right hand side and whipped in a delightful left footed cross, met by Gunnarsson ten yeards from goal, who's header flashed inches wide of Darren Randolph's far post.
Moments later and Ralls tried his luck from distance, the winger cutting inside from the left and firing a right-footed effort just over the bar.
Five minutes into the second half and the Bluebirds took the lead through first-half substitute Eoin Doyle. After some trickery from fellow substitute Matthew Kennedy, Kennedy pulled the ball back to Doyle on the edge of the six-yard box who swept the ball into the far corner beyond Randolph.
Seven minutes later and Blues had Randolph to thank for keeping them in the tie. After wrong-footing Jonathan Spector, Jones brought the Blues keeper into action, Randolph saving with his legs to deny the forward from the edge of the box.
Just after the hour and Jones again had a glorious chance to double Cardiff's lead when the ball found its way to the striker in the box, he fired his effort inches past the post.
After 67 minutes Blues boss Rowett reacted angrily to the linesman's decision not to award his side a throw - Rowett's actions resulting in him been sent to the stands by referee Graham Salisbury.
As the match went on, it only looked as if the home side would extend their lead, rather than Blues finding a way back into it.
On 71 minutes Doyle struck the upright. Kennedy's shot blocked by Kiernan, which rebounded up and Doyle nipped in infront of Randolph, only to see his effort come back off the post and claimed by the 'keeper.
Blues were limited to half chances at best and when Clayton Donaldson did make the 'keeper work, the lineman's flag was up anyway.
Then with 15 minutes remaining, Spector brought down Doyle in box and the ref awarded the home side a penalty, which Whittingham converted.
It was a disappointing afternoon for Blues who never really got going at the Cardiff City Stadium.