Cardiff City 1-1 Blackpool: Gary Madine earns a point for Tangerine

Striker Gary Madine came back to haunt his former club Cardiff with a second half equaliser, which secured a 1–1 draw for Blackpool.

Madden, who failed to find the net in 28 appearances for the Blue Birds over three seasons after joining from Bolton for £6m in 2017, scored with a deflected header in the 67th minute to salvage a point for the Tangerine side, who had until then been 1-0. depressed.

Cardiff had taken the lead through Keun Etit’s 36th-minute strike and would have been sorely disappointed letting a victory look comfortably in their grasp through most of the competition.

Gary Madine celebrates the equalizer with Blackpool in Cardiff
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Gary Madine celebrates the equalizer with Blackpool in Cardiff

In the end, a point was not enough for both sides who remained firmly in the relegation mix in the tournament.

Mark Hudson’s home side were completely dominant throughout the first half and should have led by more than one goal at the break.

They rejected a bunch of good chances as Blackpool were cut down by a series of sweeping counter-attacks.

Etty’s attacking partner Callum Robinson and midfielder Ryan Wintle should have both done better with shooting from close range, and left winger Gavin White twice missed completely from promising positions.

Kion Etete celebrates after opening the scoring in Cardiff's clash with Blackpool
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Kion Etete celebrates after opening the scoring in Cardiff’s clash with Blackpool

There was also outrage among the home supporters in the 15th minute when Robinson went down in the box under a challenge from Blackpool goalkeeper Daniel Grimshaw – and was booked for diving rather than be awarded a penalty.

Etty’s goal was worth the wait though, his neatly two-footed side-footed shot bouncing over the advancing Grimsshaw after Robinson’s through ball.

Madine disallowed the ball midway through the second half when a cross from substitute Ian Poveda beat Bluebirds goalkeeper Ryan Alsop through the leg of Cardiff defender Perry Ng.

The draw completed a worrying day for the Welsh club – now with two league wins in their last 10 matches – following news that they would be hit with a transfer ban for the next three windows.

The ban came as a result of an ongoing dispute with Nantes over the payment of compensation for striker Emiliano Sala, who was killed in a plane crash shortly after joining from the French club in January 2018.

Cardiff are appealing to the Swiss Federal Court after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in August that they must pay the first installment of Sala’s £5.1m fee plus interest.

Cardiff chairman Mohamed Dallman described the attack as a “technical ban” and insisted the club were confident they could negotiate a way out of him in time for action in January.

What did the managers say…

Cardiff manager Mark Hudson accused the club’s former striker Madden of premeditating their 1-1 draw with Blackpool.

Maddin, who signed for the Bluebirds from Bolton in 2017, worth £6m and not scoring for the club in 28 appearances, collided with defender Perry Ng in the 51st minute.

Referee Josh Smith only showed a yellow card and Madden headed home the equalizer in the 67th minute after Keon Etty had Cardiff take the lead in the first half.

Subsequently, Hudson claimed that Maddin had warned Ng of his intentions during the halftime period.

Cardiff Mark Hudson“Before the meditation, he (Madden) said at half time he was going to go out and do Perry. We were warned by the umpire that he said out loud he was going to go out and do it. They knew about it, it was as clear as day, it was a stamp.

“They had a meeting at halftime and he (Madden) came out and did exactly what he said he was going to do. He broke his leg. If his leg was planted on the ground, that means he broke his leg. You watched it from four or five different angles, but you don’t need to See it from different angles. You can see it live.”

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