Uche Ikpeazu came off the bench to score on his debut in one of the narrow football results of the midweek action in the Championship. Having just managed three goals in his 22 appearances for Middlesbrough this season, Ikpeazu scored the decisive goal in the 71st minute to give the visitors all three points. Cardiff defended valiantly to earn their first clean sheet in their last 27 games in all competitions.
Barnsley’s Poya Asbaghi: “It’s great to see that level of intensity and feeling and you don’t get it in other countries, but it has to stop at the final whistle. He’s the coach of Cardiff and he’s won a game 1-0, so you have to win with style and he said some not very nice things to us that I won’t repeat, but my assistant reacted to it. The fine margins are not going in our favor, but I can’t sit here and say we lost the game because of the referee. We conceded from the only chance they created and we shouldn’t have done because we had the advantage in that situation.”
Cardiff’s Steve Morison: “The game wasn’t a great spectacle – it was a horrible game and wasn’t our finest performance, but he [Ikpeazu] had that one moment and he got to show how strong and powerful he is. He is hard to stop when he gets going and is a great kid who has come into the club with a smile on his face. He’s brought a nice energy to the squad and the lads have told him he’s got to go to the gym because he’s not strong enough.”
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