NEIL Etheridge had a solid debut between the posts in the English Premier League but that wasn’t enough as Cardiff City dropped its opening game against Bournemouth 2-0 on Saturday at the Vitality Stadium.
The Azkals goalkeeper came away with an impressive penalty save in the 34th minute as he parried Callum Wilson’s shot from the spot to keep the Bluebirds afloat after going a goal down 10 minutes earlier.
With the save, Etheridge became the first goalie in five years to save a penalty in his Premiership debut since Allan Mcgregor in 2013.
But that all went for naught as the recently promoted squad had a rough opener against the Cherries.
Ryan Fraser put Bournemouth ahead in the 24th minute as he scored from close range off a beautiful feed from Wilson.
Etheridge’s save 10 minutes later kept the Bluebirds in the game but the boys of Neil Warnock struggled for creativity as they gasped for an equalizer that never came.
Instead, it was the hosts who found the back of the net again as Wilson struck in injury time to seal the deal for the Bournemouth.
Etheridge and the Bluebirds will look to bounce back as they make their home debut next Saturday against Newcastle United F.C.