Pundits and national media react to Cardiff City’s humbling of Aston Villa

Cardiff City’s 3-0 humbling of Aston Villa has certainly caused a stir, not just in South Wales but throughout the country.

Neil Warnock’s men upset the odds to crush Steve Bruce’s promotion favourites 3-0 at Cardiff City Stadium.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing stole the headlines with two goals, while Kenneth Zohore and Junior Hoilett were also influential for the Bluebirds.

With Villa boasting John Terry, James Chester, Neil Taylor and Alan Hutton in an experienced back four, the pundits and national media had a field day in slamming the visitors. But there was also plenty of praise for Cardiff as well.

This is how the nation viewed Cardiff’s memorable victory…


Chris Iwelumo, ex Championship striker

Speaking on Channel 5’s Football on Five show, the former Wolves and Burnley striker was effusive with his praise for Warnock’s canny transfer business, which included the capture of two-goal hero Mendez-Laing.

“They got him on a free transfer from Rochdale and Neil Warnock again and again he does it,” said Iwelumo.

“His experience and recruitment is second to none.”

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock and Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce

Stan Collymore, former Villa star

The 3-0 scoreline was tough to swallow for former Aston Villa and Liverpool frontman Collymore, but the outspoken pundit grudgingly gave praise to Cardiff and their swash-buckling attacking play. Not before he’d vented his fury at the Villans’ performance though…

He said on Twiter: “Villa. Absolutely f***ing tripe again.

“To the 5,000 Villans at Cardiff today, you’re by far the best thing at our club. Thanks for the support.

“Heard good things about the Bluebirds today, good luck to you. Villa should be at least competing though. We didn’t.”

ESPN

The American sports website also reported the game with gushing praise for the Bluebirds.

On star man Zohore, their report said: “The powerful Danish striker interested Premier League newcomers Brighton this summer, and the way he danced down the touchline before crossing for Hoilett to tap home showed he has the class to play at a higher level.

“Zohore gave Villa’s experienced centre-half pairing of Terry and Chester a torrid afternoon and when Mendez-Laing slotted home a third after breezing past Alan Hutton, the game was decided as a contest.”

Kenneth Zohore storms past Aston Villa defender James Chester

Mirror

It was again Warnock’s ability to unearth a transfer gem that drew praise from the Mirror.

They wrote: “Neil Warnock’s men were 3-0 winners and sit top of the table, having also won at Burton Albion last week. Warnock has been scouring the bargain bins over the summer and it was one of his new men, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, signed from Rochdale, who did the business.”

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