Cardiff City turned the screw on Steve Kean this evening as the knocked Premier League strugglers Blackburn Rovers out of the Carling Cup 2-0.
On an emotional charged night, where chants of ‘there is only one Gary Speed’ rang around the ground it was the Championship side that rose to the occasion better and booked their first appearance in the League Cup semi-final since 1996.
Blackburn started the game the brighter however, David Goodwillie had a number of chances early on in the game to put the Premier League side in front but he failed to convert any of his chances.
They would soon live to regret not taking any of those early chances. Kenny Miller took a well time pass from Aron Gunnarsson and slid the ball pass keeper Mark Bunn to send the home fans into raptures.
Miller almost made it two five minutes later. Only a last ditch block from Scott Dann right on his own goal line prevented Miller grabbing his second of the night.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first. Cardiff roared forward at every opportunity. Midfielder Filip Kiss had a great chance to further extend the lead but headed wide, with the travelling support voicing their displeasure
A second goal looked on the cards and the game was put beyond Blackburn when Gerrard sealed the win by nodding home five minutes after the break after Blackburn keeper Mark Bunn had failed to deal with a corner.
Blackburn tried to mount a comeback but had no answer to Cardiff’s strong defence which held out to the delight of the home fans and to the displeasure of Steve Kean, who is now under huge pressure from the Blackburn fans to leave his post.