Kenyan defender fails to prevent Bristol's defeat to Cardiff

STARS ABROAD Kenyan defender fails to prevent Bristol's defeat to Cardiff

Mark Kinyanjui 23:36 - 02.03.2024

Onyego did well but his efforts could not preven Bristol from losing unfortunatey to Cardiff.

Harambee Stars defender Zak Vyner Onyego could not do much to prevent Bristol City from losing 1-0 at home to Cardiff City in an EFL Championship Clash that took place at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

Onyego registered four tackles and interceptions and made three clearances, showing he did his job when needed. He also won both his ground duels and registered an 87 percent pass accuracy.

Ultimately, it was not enough to prevent the Robins from losing their third league match in a row.

The much-anticipated match began cautiously, with both teams struggling to create scoring opportunities.

 In the early stages, Kion Etete received a yellow card for a foul on Jason Knight during a Bristo City break, while Sam Allison dismissed handball appeals after Gardner-Hickman's shot was blocked.

City's first chance came in the 20th minute when a loose ball fell to them from a corner, but the attempt was directly at Cardiff's goalkeeper, Ethan Hovarth. The visitors then had their first shot on goal as David Turnbull's effort went wide.

Cardiff applied pressure, with Perry Ng attempting a long-range shot, saved by Max O’Leary. Just before halftime, Sykes had an effort blocked by Ng on the counter-attack.

The second half remained evenly contested, with City's early opportunity coming from a corner. In the 66th minute, Cardiff took the lead with Ng heading in a corner from Turnbull.

City responded with a chance from McCrorie's back post cross, but Sykes headed straight at the Cardiff keeper. In the 75th minute, O’Leary saved a left-footed effort from Cardiff substitute Yakou Méïté, setting City on a counter that ultimately broke down.

Liam Manning made substitutions in the 60th and 80th minutes, introducing Mehmeti, Conway, Mebude, Pring, and Cornick. In the 87th minute, Dickie's header was saved by Hovarth, and Conway tapped in the rebound, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

The win now means Bristol are 13th on 44 points while Cardiff are 11th on 47th.