City & Hull History | Moz's memorable double
As the Bluebirds prepare to welcome Hull City to Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday (24/11), we take a look back at a memorable performance against the Tigers from a talisman at both ends of the pitch.
Back in April 2018, Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds were reaching crunch-time in the Championship promotion race, as the battle for a spot in the top-flight went down to the wire.
City faced a challenging trip to the then KCOM Stadium with the pressure on, but the Bluebirds stepped up to the plate in some style.
Sean Morrison put in a memorable captain’s performance, as the skipper opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a trademark bullet header from Joe Ralls’ delivery.
In front of a fantastic away following, the Bluebirds continued to create chances but were left frustrated by Scottish international goalkeeper and former City loanee Allan McGregor, who denied Callum Paterson and Kenneth Zohore.
The travelling City fans were rewarded with one of the moments of the 2017/2018 season, as a fast break resulted in Nathaniel Mendez-Laing finding Morrison, who showed incredible composure after sprinting up the pitch, beating Harry Wilson before sweeping home for his second of the match.
Netting a brace and securing a vital clean sheet, the defender’s performance was a key part in City going into the final day.
Speaking to cardiffcityfc.co.uk after the game, Morrison said: “It was definitely the biggest game of the season so far. We spoke about ten or eleven games ago about every game being a Cup Final and it was another one of those.
“The pressure was back on us after Fulham’s result on the Friday night. The ball was in our court. It was up to us on Saturday and I thought we defended well: our shape was brilliant.
“I thought we could have done more on the ball, but we went to Hull, kept a clean sheet and won two-nil. The boys put in an awful lot of work, as they have done all season, and we were delighted to come away with the win.”
Commenting on the brilliant away support at Hull, Morrison added: “It was just incredible. To bring that many fans to Hull was superb and we want to say a massive thank you to them. We couldn’t do it without them."
Having secured a vital win at Hull thanks to Morrison’s brace, City went into the final day needing to match Fulham’s result for a place in the Premier League.
With Slaviša Jokanović’s side falling to a 3-1 defeat at Birmingham City, the Bluebirds’ goalless draw with Reading was enough to secure promotion on a memorable day at CCS.
In a special season, Morrison’s brace against Wednesday’s opponents was one of many highlights.