Back on topic...
Having watched the match again this morning, I must say, Fabinho and Wijnaldum were yet again consistently exceptional for 90 mins! (surprised they didn't get much votes!) They absolutely bossed the middle, breaking up play, shifting the ball quick, always available for passes, initiating attacks etc etc. Was such a joy to watch our midfield last 2 games. And before you fuckers say it was vs easy opponents, I don't recall us dominating the middle last few seasons (even during Rodgers' era) like how Wijnaldum and Fabinho did vs lesser opponents.
As for our attack, they only came to prominence when Shaq came on around 65th min, but before that, I didn't think we were very threatening or decisive enough. And Firmino.... I didn't think he played as bad as I initially thought, his off the ball work was superb and outweighed his negatives on the ball.
Cardiff were so passive that at times Fabinho and Wijnaldum had all the time in the world.
They sat back so deep that both midfielders were able to push right up almost to the edge of their box at times.
Trying to shoehorn in that they were anything but terrified and extremely deep is a bit disingenuous.
They could have challenged us more, they could have pressed us more, but they didn't, because Colin W**ker is somewhat of a pragmatist who went for damage limitation.
That's the reality of it.
We hardly had to deal with any runners through the centre, no press, little or no aggression.
With the players they have, Cardiff could have done a lot more, but the way they set up and played was "we know we're going to lose, but we'll try not to concede too many".
Fabinho and Wijnaldum will both face stern tests this season, as will our other midfielders.
This wasn't one of them though.