Cardiff City love playing Huddersfield Town. The Bluebirds haven’t lost against the Yorkshire in their last 12 League fixtures.
That’s eight wins for the Welsh team plus four draws. A record to be proud of.
Cardiff are also on a decent run, having lost only once in their last 11 SkyBet Championship matches – and they have won successive away league matches for the first time in almost two years.
They were way too powerful for Huddersfield and could have won by more than three goals.
“It was a really strong Championship away performance,” said manager Neil Harris. “The team were hugely positive going into the game with an air of calmness and focus.
“The players are in a really good place. The togetherness is outstanding. We took the lead maybe slightly against the run of play, but we could have been further ahead by half-time.
“You can see in this performance how good Lee Tomlin is at the moment. He has always had that quality in him.”
The Bluebirds produced their best performance of the season at Huddersfield and could have been out have sight by the time both teams went back to their changing rooms.
They led 2-0 and had chances to have made it three, four or five. By the end, Huddersfield were down and out.
Josh Murphy, looking bright and dangerous on the wing and defending with real commitment, scored Cardiff’s first goal after 28 minutes. He fired into the bottom left corner following a Lee Tomlin pass – the eighth time he has been directly involved in a City goal during his last nine appearances against Huddersfield.
Will Vaulks, an in-your-face midfield competitor who has been consistently excellent, netted the second. Marlon Pack provided the cross and Vaulks finished in clinical style.
The only negative from that first half performance was that Cardiff were not more than two goals ahead. They played well enough to be out of sight.
More than 250 Bluebirds fans were in the away section and they celebrated wildly as their team dismantled Huddersfield during the first half.
Cardiff then added a third goal after 69 minutes when Callum Paterson fired home to complete a comprehensive victory.
Bring on Wigan Athletic at Cardiff City Stadium this Saturday.
Harris named an unchanged 18 from City’s victory at Luton Town and the players responded in style.
And build momentum they did, as they put in a faultless performance from the off at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Tomlin and Murphy had plenty of possession and kept Huddersfield under pressure, while Will Vaulks was a powerhouse in midfield. Overall, every player involved did their job.
Harris and his squad are showing signs they could yet launch a play-off challenge. Now that would be fantastic.