What an atmosphere it was at the Macron. Electric.
From the off the fans got behind the lads in white as we looked to bounce back from the Friday night defeat to Norwich City.
Prior to kick off I was left scratching my head as to why Liam Feeney was slotted in at right back, a few people in the live update thread did point out that it seemed to be young Josh Vela who was thrust into the position on his return to the Wanderers starting lineup, which was a pleasant addition.
Thank god that Jermaine Beckford was dropped, he is absolutley awful and I would have Craig Davies over him everyday.
It was also a good thing to drop Jay Spearing too, whether it was tactical or something else, I think he needed a rest.
It proved to work as Chung-Yong Lee was on fire again and he bossed the midfield. Him & Mark Davies are looking really strong at the minute, let's hope he can stay fit, although bringing him off just into the second half the right thing to do, so he can play in the derby on Friday.
Darren Pratley had another decent game and I see him growing in confidence & Neil Danns put in some great tackles.
It's by far the best we have played all season, and arguably all last season too. We were brilliant in every department tonight, which I don't get to say enough! We had so much desire and passion to win the ball. Whenever we were in possession we looked dangerous, and whenver we weren't we weren't long off winning it back, we chased down everything, it was the best defensive display I've seen from us in a long time.
Wherever Feeney was playing it worked becuase he scored two great goals at either side of the first half, one of our few good performers at the start of the season, it was good to see him get on the scoresheet.
Whatever the Bluebirds/Dragons (unsure what they go by now) tried this evening it really didn't work because we out played them from start to finish really, only really posing a threat towards the end of the second half, forcing Andy Lonergan into two decent saves.
The evening was nicely rounded off with a well worked move from Max Clayton pulling it back for Matt Mills who put it in the net. Clayton looks decent from what I've seen of him.
The officials had a shocker as well. A run of bad decisions including bottling a red card, only giving the tiny Ravel Morrison a yellow for a scuffle with Pratley.
I'm also going to point out that the Cardiff City players seemed to be made of glass as each time they were touched they went flying to the ground in agony, but when left long enough, seemed to return to their feet pretty quickly.
It's good to see a manager who inspires his team, Neil Lennon hardly sat down, I could hear him clearly at times in the North Stand upper (row TT.)
The fans were enjoying our dominating performance as chants for Tim Ream, Feeney, Craig Davies & Neil Lennon's superwhite army rang out.
We were the superior side which was reflected in the scoreline, along with another clean sheet which will please Lennon.
We are growing in confidence, just in time to batter the pie eaters.
Let's look to replicate the atmposphere again on Friday night, which shouldn't be too difficult because Wigan will only bring about 6 fans (including Dave Whelan)
Looking forward to it.