Eric Krakauer

Weekly Podium

28 Aug, 2013 12:01 AM GMT

Bronze: Cardiff City

     Nothing like recording your first ever Premier League win at home against the league’s biggest spenders, and potential title winners.

     At home, Cardiff City looked a much different team than the one that lost to West Ham, last week, always looking to attack Manchester City, and exposing some of the away team’s defensive vulnerabilities.

     The game could have ended much differently after Edin Dzeko beat David Marshall with a thunderous shot, but Cardiff’s midfield anchored by the battle-tested Gary Medel, an inspired Fraizer Campbell, and a raucous crowd, made it difficult for City to impose its game, which usually begins to click after striking first blood.

     In what will certainly be a difficult season, Cardiffians can be comforted by the fact that their home ground can become a fortress with the type of fan support witnessed last Sunday. Moreover, in Malky Mckay, the Bluebirds have a manager who knows the team inside-and-out, and has guided it through a grueling promotion season twice (failing in the playoffs in his first season).