The two ‘excellent’ stars in Luton Town win and why it’s OK to get carried away
Mick McCarthy’s Cardiff City continued their remarkable run with a fourth successive victory on Tuesday night, downing Luton Town 2-0 at Kenilworth Road.
Harry Wilson and Will Vaulks struck within four minutes of each other in the second half, which made the difference in an otherwise tight affair.
Here, we unpick just what happened in the match as well as discussing all other Bluebirds talking points following the win over the Hatters.
‘Excellent’ engine room
Under Mick McCarthy, we have seen Cardiff City’s shooting boots get laced up once again.
The Bluebirds have scored 12 goals in six games with the new manager in situ and they have looked a dangerous attacking outfit in recent weeks.
In the last five matches, City have conceded only three goals, too. That is a marked improvement from the lax, sloppy City we saw at the start of the season.
But while the defence and attack have been lauded, the midfield has perhaps been a little overlooked. And it took a tough, battling encounter at Kenilworth Road for people to take notice of those in the engine room.
Marlon Pack and Will Vaulks really stood up and kept a nice tempo to proceedings, while they gave the Hatters midfielders no room to breathe. Any big chances for the hosts came from largely hopeful balls into the box or set pieces.
Harry Wilson produced the piece of magic to get City on their way, but while McCarthy acknowledged the Liverpool loanee’s sprinkle of magic stardust, he thought the midfield duo were top class against Luton.
“Of course, that’s why you have him in the team,” McCarthy said of Wilson.
“We have got the other guys. The three big centre backs who were battling away against their two strikers.
“I thought Vaulksy and Marlon Pack were excellent in there.
“Then you’ve got the exciting ones who put the bells and whistles on all that hard work and that’s what he did.”
The midfield seem to be thriving under more clearly-defined roles. Perhaps they are a little more defensive-minded than under the previous regime, but that in turn is helping massively at both ends of the pitch.
Read all the talking points after the win over the Hatters here.