Tags: David Marshall, Elliot Parish, Joe Lewis, Michael Oakes, Neil Alexander, Ross Turnbull, Stephen Bywater, Stuart Taylor, Tom Heaton
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Welcome to Cardiff City’s first summer signing, Joe Lewis, who will be replacing Tom Heaton on the bench as David Marshall’s deputy. It’s great to have captured a keeper of Lewis’ stature, but it also makes me ponder over the strange profession of second string goalkeeping.
Tags: Aron Gunnarsson, Craig Conway, Darcy Blake, David Marshall, Erik Huseklepp, Mark Hudson, Peter Whittingham, Portsmouth
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Cardiff City 3 Portsmouth 2
Norwegian international Erik Huseklepp played for 88 minutes against Cardiff on Saturday, but the former Brann player had left the field when Craig Conway made it 3-2 in the 92nd minute and dramatically secured the win for the Bluebirds.
Tags: Aalesunds FK, Brann, Crystal Palace, David Marshall, Elliot Parish, Erik Huseklepp, Joe Ralls, Jonathan Parr, Kenny Miller, Paul Rachubka, Peter Whittingham, Steffen Iversen, Tom Heaton
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Cardiff City 2 Crystal Palace 0
SK Brann 1 Aalesunds FK 2, Norwegian Cup Final
Norwegian Jonathan Parr was an unused sub for Crystal Palace in our excellent win over the Eagles on Saturday. On Sunday Parr went to Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo for the Norwegian cup final, and although he of course didn’t play there either, he at least left the ground happy and with a cup winners medal, as his former club Aalesunds FK, for whom he played in a few cup rounds before his transfer to Palace, beat my Norwegian favourites, SK Brann, 2-1.
November off to a good start 03/11/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2011/12.
Tags: David Marshall, Derby County, Filip Kiss, Joe Mason, Kenny Miller, Malky Mackay, Mark Hudson, Mason Bennett, Peter Whittingham
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Derby County 0 Cardiff City 3
The players must have forgot we’ve entered November yesterday as they convincingly brushed aside Derby!
Dampening the LUSCOS party 31/10/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City.
Tags: David Marshall, Fotballpuben, Joe Mason, Leeds United, Leeds United Supporters Club of Scandinavia, LUSCOS, Mark Hudson, Robert Snoddgrass
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Leeds United 1 Cardiff City 1
I watched this televised match as the sole Cardiff supporter surrounded by around 30 Leeds United fans at Fotballpuben in Bergen, and although we didn’t win, the 1-1 draw at least dampened the LUSCOS (Leeds United Supporters Club of Scandinavia) party! In the end it was a good away performance and a good point for us against a strong Leeds side.
A perfect start 10/08/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2011/12.
Tags: David Marshall, John Carew, Kenny Miller, Malky Mackay, Rudy Gestede, West Ham
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West Ham United 0 Cardiff City 1
A fortunate win perhaps, but still a win and what a brilliant one!
Goalie Brown on his way to Cardiff 02/03/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: David Marshall, Jason Brown, Jordan Santiago, Tom Heaton
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Knowing that Cardiff were looking to bring in a keeper on loan with Tom Heaton, David Marshall and Jordan Santiago all having injuries, my first thought when I saw that Doncaster was after Jason Brown was “Why don’t Cardiff loan him?” Well, now they have apparently.
Tags: Aaron Ramsey, Andy Keogh, Andy Lonergan, Chris Riggott, Craig Bellamy, Daniel Drinkwater, Dave Jones, David Marshall, Dekel Keinan, Jay Bothroyd, Jimmy Kébé, Jordan Santiago, Kevin McNaughton, Lee Naylor, Michael Chopra, Reading, Shay Given, Tom Heaton
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Cardiff City 2 Reading 2
Yesterday’s match was the first of seven games in 25 days in what’s been dubbed “frantic February”. It ended in a disappointing draw.
With the teams around us winning, we slumped down to fifth in the table, but it could have been even worse hadn’t Craig Bellamy blasted home the 96th minute free kick.
Aaron Ramsey was as expected in the starting line up, with Michael Chopra a bit surprisingly making way, but Dekal Keinan was only on the bench as Dave Jones for some reason decided to keep faith in the same defence as against Watford. How does everybody else but Jones see that Lee Naylor needs to be dropped? Time and time again Naylor is singled out by opponents as our weak point, and against Reading I understand Jimmy Kébé gave the left back a tough time and that Naylor (not for the first time this season) was at fault when the visitors went ahead in the first half. I suspect one of those players Dave Jones said slipped just as the transfer window came to a close on Monday was a left back, but surely Kevin McNaughton cold do the job just as well as Naylor so that Keinan can play alongside Hudson in central defence?
Transfer deadline day was mostly quiet for Cardiff, and keeping an eye on skysports.com’s transfer clockwatch throughout the day, it was mainly news of Fernando Torres getting in a helicopter heading for Chelsea and Andy Carroll’s transfer to Liverpool. A bit funny that both Peter Whittingham and Michael Chopra scored more goals than £35 million Carroll in the Championship last season! As only a few hours of the transfer window remained there was surprise rumours that we were about to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given, but it never happened. I guess it could still do though in the so called “emergency loan window”. Cardiff reportedly also tried to capture Preston’s goalie Andy Lonergan earlier this month, so it seems that Dave Jones although having two quality keepers in Tom Heaton and David Marshall is intent not to let any potential injuries or suspensions in that department become a problem in the battle for promotion. I hadn’t thought that much about it and with youngster Jordan Santiago also available should there be a crisis I thought we were well covered.
Andy Keogh joined Danny Drinkwater in being recalled by his club so that they could loan him out to another Championship side, Bristol City, where he’s probably going to get more playing time than at Cardiff. He scored a couple of late, important goals for Cardiff in his months here, but he never looked to make a real impact for us. Sadly he didn’t score in his debut for Bristol City against Swansea yesterday, as the Swans won 2-0!
I feel sorry for Chris Riggott whose short Cardiff career has come to an end bacuse of the injury he picked up in the New Year’s Day defeat at Bristol City. He made a promising debut against Coventry on Boxing Day having just having returned from a serious knee injury he’s been struggling with for two years. Good luck to him, as he now probably has to find something else than professional football to do for a living!
Back to the Reading match, and there were some positives yesterday: Jay Bothroyd getting yet another goal, Chopra looking lively when he came on as sub, an excellent Cardiff comeback for Aaron Ramsey and last but not least the superb free kick by Craig Bellamy in the 95th minute.
Going down 1-2 already into time added on and having been the dominant team in the second half could easily have seen the us fold, but the players showed guts and determination as they kept on going right to the death, and the equalizer and a point was the reward. That’s the sort of attitude that has brought Q.P.R. to the top and a team like Leeds into the promotion mix and is a key to success in the remaining games.
We’ve got to get the defense right when we play Swansea on Sunday.
I can’t bear the thought of another derby day defeat.
Come on you Bluebirds!
Heaton: from fifth to second 15/07/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: David Marshall, Tom Heaton
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I was pleased to see Tom Heaton arrive as replacement for Peter Enckelman. The Finn sadly has proved to not be good enough and in Heaton I feel Cardiff have brought in a decent cover for David Marshall.
There are however two things that puzzles me.
Firstly, seemingly fifth choice at Manchester United (behind Van Der Saar, Foster, Kuszczak and Amos), why did the club offer him a new contract?
Secondly, having turned down the contract offer, why did Heaton decide to go to Cardiff where he is destined to be number two behind Marshall in stead of going somewhere where he’d be first choice between the post?
I guess he must be confident he can seriously challenge Marshall for a place in the starting line up, but for me that sounds unlikely. For the first season at least.
I’m glad Heaton opted for Cardiff though as it’ll keep Marshall on his toes.
A rollercoaster ride to Wembley 13/05/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2009/10.
Tags: Blackpool, Dave Jones, David Marshall, Fryatt, Howard, Kermorgant, Leicester City, Michael Chopra, Peter Whittingham
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Cardiff City 2 Leicester City 3, 3-3 on aggregate a.e.t., 4-3 on penalties
With the euphoria after yesterday’s amazing match starting to die down a little I’ll try to put down some words about it all, but as Dave Jones said it’s hard to find the words to describe the feelings! “Cardiff on the way to Premier League” reads one of the headlines in the Norwegian online newspapers today, and that’s as true as it’s surreal! We’re so close now.
I sat down at Fotballpuben yesterday with a good sort of nervousness. One the one hand I felt certain we were going to progress to the final, on the other hand the dramatic Nottingham Forest versus Blackpool game and the failure of 2002 told me to take nothing for granted. I was however not prepared for the hours of emotional roller-coastering that lay ahead!
The first thing I noticed watching Sky Sports’ coverage of the match was the electric atmosphere at Cardiff City Stadium. It’s easy to envision Premier League football being played there next season!
In the build up to the match it was emphasized that Cardiff had to give full throttle and not try to defend themselves to the final by relying on the 1-0 lead from the first leg. And boy did the Bluebirds set of in a awesome tempo and with some superb play! Leicester looked destined for defeat, and when Michael Chopra made it 1-0 it felt like it was game over. That feeling couldn’t have been more wrong as Leicester from their first chance of the match equalized and then somehow amazingly went ahead courtesy of an own goal by captain Mark Hudson. Was his really happening? Can football really be so cruel and unfair? Disbelief was he feeling as the teams went of the field for half time. Shock was the feeling as Leicester even more unbelievably went further ahead just a few minutes into the second half. Calling the Play Offs a lottery suddenly made perfect sense! Should Leicester send Cardiff out of the Play Offs it would be absolute robbery, but having said that the Foxes did look more of a threat with the duo of Fryatt and Howard up front than they did in the first match.
Seeing Cardiff 1-3 down on the night and 2-3 down on aggregate I was suddenly very glad the away goal rule isn’t applied in the Play Offs, and although there was lots of time remaining it was easy to think that this was not our occasion after all. Then the penalty was given. Our brilliant top scorer Whittingham did what he should putting the ball into the back of the net and we were definitely back in it! The game going into extra time did not feel good, and going to penalties even worse. I mentally switched off a bit as the shootout started. It was unbearable. Only as Marshall saved Kermorgant’s nonchalant effort did I let the emotions burst out again, and when Marshall also saved Waghorn’s penalty the sensational feeling as the only other Bluebird supporter present (plus my Cardiff sympathizing friend of a Liverpool fan) and I jumped around cheering was just as much a feeling of relief as of joy. Justice was done in the end after a game where we all in all dominated and was the best team even with the full time scoreline saying otherwise.
Now only Blackpool stand in the way for Cardiff to become a Premier League side in what promises to be a great game on the fantastic Wembley Stadium. I’ll be there, I’ll be there!
Blackpool, Cardiff, Premier League. Spot the odd one out. Yes, the answer is Blackpool!