Niall Quinn
Football Expert & Columnist

Super Sunday: Niall Quinn praises Cardiff's first Premier League victory

Fraizer Campbell: double

Sky Sports pundit Niall Quinn says Fraizer Campbell will forever cherish his two-goal display in Cardiff's 3-2 win over Manchester City - their first ever Premier League victory.

Edin Dzeko smashed a long-range shot past Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall in the 52nd minute to silence the home supporters and put City on course to continue their winning start to the season.

But just eight minutes later Aron Gunnarsson pounced for the equaliser and then with 11 minutes remaining Campbell headed home at the far post to send the Cardiff City Stadium into frenzy.

Campbell headed his second goal of the game from a corner in the 87th minute to cap off an incredible day for Malky Mackay's men, despite Alvaro Negredo's late goal for City.

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"He came through two horrific injuries at Sunderland and he has come of age in the Premier League today. I think he should see him (the chairman) for a raise tomorrow morning."

Niall Quinn

Quinn picked out Campbell - who suffered successive anterior cruciate ligament injuries at Sunderland before he joined Cardiff in January 2013 - for particular praise.

"It is just amazing for them. It was incredible," he told Sky Sports. "When questions were asked of them throughout that second half, they showed such spirit, such desire and such willing.

"The chairman wants to get on the pitch now. It is typical of the day. We had somebody ask someone to marry them at half time. The whole thing was just incredible from start to finish.

"But in particular Fraizer Campbell. He came through two horrific injuries at Sunderland and he has come of age in the Premier League today. I think he should see him (the chairman) for a raise tomorrow morning.


"He is the type of lad, who no matter what went against him - including really tough injuries - he works his socks off. He comes into work every day with a smile on his face.

"He is a manager's dream and for someone to go and have a day like that, you have to do nothing but feel great for him. Because the effort he has put in in his career - it has been stopped a couple of times - and now he has found a day today that he will remember and cherish forever.

"We spoke about the noise and the energy and to see it turned into a performance for the team is just incredible. The city is just so happy tonight."

Quinn added: "Everybody associated with Cardiff, whether they are watching worldwide, this was a moment, or a day, to be very, very proud to be from Cardiff."

Quinn said his former side Manchester City had looked comfortable until the final 30 minutes of the match when they missed the experience of centre backs Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic.


"I thought they approached it very well," he said. "They seemed to be good on the ball - they were neat and tidy - when they were being harangued and harassed, particularly by (Gary) Medel in the first half and the crowd were adding extra energy to the Cardiff team. But they seemed to cope with it.

"When they scored the goal you thought that was it, that they had silenced the crowd. They took the energy or the steam out of the Cardiff team and they were just going to keep the ball and may be get a second, and perhaps a third."

Asked if City had missed Kompany, he said: "Yes, and I think they missed Nastasic as well with his pace. He is not as strong as Kompany but I think they would have made life a lot more difficult for Campbell for certain."