U21 Match Report | Watford 0-1 Cardiff City

Cardiff City's U21 side continued their winning run with an away victory against the Hornets on Tuesday afternoon.

Following a goalless first half in Hertfordshire, the young Bluebirds found a late winner through substitute Raheem Conte, who fired home from close range.

City have now won three league fixtures in a row this month, having defeated Swansea City last week and Reading at the start of October.


Watford: Ortelli, Balogun, Batzelis, Peters, Abbott, Andrews, Hunter, Manning, Adeyemo, Grieves, Blake. Subs: Browne, Taylor, Sikiru, Trialist, Casey.

Cardiff City: Luthra, Semenyo, T. Davies, Trialist, Clay, Antwi, Tanner, J. Colwill, Crole, Leahy, Jefferies. Subs: Turner, Trialist, MacNamara, Conte, Wigley.


After the final whistle blew, U21s Manager Darren Purse discussed the result:

"We made hard work of a game that we should've won easily," began Purse. "In the first half, we struggled to get going and lacked that cutting edge in the final third.

"However, we put pointers into the boys' heads at half-time, and they took ownership of the performance, talked through what they weren't doing in the first half, and went out after the interval making up for it.

"They deserve credit for that, but need to start the game better than they did today.

"It's a great trait to have, where you can get the win despite not playing particularly well. The boys managed it today and against Swansea City last week.

"I'd like our consistency to be better, and hopefully that will improve as the season progresses. As I said, it's a good trait to have, and picking up these points is good when you're not playing at your best.

"The lads who came off the bench really did well to impact the game, including Raheem [Conte]. It's a good sign for the squad, and gives us more to think about with selections when you've got players really impressing off the bench."