Tags: Blackpool, Darcy Blake, Dekel Keinan, Don Cowie, Malky Mackay
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Blackpool 1 Cardiff City 1
The tactics were spot on and the play was excellent but still we only came away with one point against our 2010 Play Off final adversaries, Blackpool.
Tags: Darcy Blake, Dave Jones, Dekel Keinan, Don Cowie, Erik Huseklepp, John Carew, Jonathan Parr, Kenny Miller, Robert Earnshaw
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Cardiff have an impressive number of players on international duty at the moment. Wales finally won with Darcy Blake at center back, Aron Gunnarsson was out injured for Iceland versus Norway, but Kenny Miller was in great form for Scotland. On Sunday I watched with great interest Sky Sports’ “Goals on Sunday” as Dave Jones was one of the guests. It was good to see Jones again for the first time since he left Cardiff, and I felt his appearance on the show became like a public closure for his relationship with Cardiff.
Youngsters and reserves get us through 14/08/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2011/12.
Tags: Alex Evans, Aron Gunnarsson, Darcy Blake, Dekel Keinan, Don Cowie, Gordon Conway, Ibby Farah, Joe Mason, Kenny Miller, Kevin McNaughton, Malky Mackay, Nat Jarvis, Peter Whittingham, Robert Earnshaw, Rudy Gestede, Solomon Taiwo
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Oxford United 1 Cardiff City 3 A.E.T.
Another Play Off heartache 20/05/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Craig Bellamy, Dave Jones, Dekel Keinan, Howard Webb, Play Offs, Reading, Stephen Bywater
Reading 0 Cardiff City 0
Cardiff City 0 Reading 3
Just minutes after the final whistle against Reading at the Cardiff City Stadium on Monday the screen of my computer, on which I’d watched the match, went black, and the machine turned itself off. How fitting. (more…)
Great win and Swansea’s surprise defeat keeps the battle of the seven letter Cities alive 04/04/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Dekel Keinan, Derby County, Jay Bothroyd, Paul Quinn
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Cardiff City 4 Derby County 1
This great win was made even better by Swansea’s surprise defeat at Preston. The seven letter Cities of Norwich City, Cardiff City and Swansea City are still the main contenders for second spot going into the last seven games.
A Gray day 14/03/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Andy Gray, Barnsley, Danny Haynes, Dave Jones, Dekel Keinan, Michael Chopra, Peter Whittingham
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Cardiff City 2 Barnsley 2
I was fairly optimistic ahead of Sunday’s match against Barnsley, but throwing away the lead within six minutes twice at home against a mediocre side like Barnsley I’m afraid is not the stuff of Premier League promotion candidates.
An unhappy return to the Palace 12/03/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Aaron Ramsey, Craig Bellamy, Crystal Palace, Dave Jones, Dekel Keinan, James Vaughan, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Kevin McNaughton, Mark Hudson, Paul Quinn, Peter Whittingham, Steffen Iversen, Stephen Bywater, Stephen McPhail
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Back in Britain to see Cardiff play almost a year after my last trip, it started out bad footballing wise. Shortly after having arrived in London I watched on the telly as the Bluebirds lost the match against Ipswich. On Tuesday night I returned to Selhurst Park to watch City play Crystal Palace, a match Cardiff won 2-1 last season. It proved to be an unhappy return to the Palace with Cardiff disappointingly loosing 0-1.
Priceless Craig Bellamy 07/02/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Aaron Ramsey, Craig Bellamy, Darcy Blake, Dave Jones, Dekel Keinan, Jay Bothroyd, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Kevin McNaughton, Mark Hudson, Michael Chopra, Swansea
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I’m still on cloud nine after our victory over Swansea yesterday, and let me heap some praise on or captain Craig Bellamy, whose tremendous goal five minutes before the end won us the game.
To say that Craig Bellamy is worth his weight in gold is a grave understatement. Weighing in at around 70 kg, that’s only about £1 884 843,10 worth of gold measured by today’s spot price for gold, and Bellamy is certainly worth a lot more than that! When Manchester City brought Bellamy to the club from West Ham they paid £18 million for him, and even though his market value is probably not quite as high today, I don’t think any Cardiff supporter will disagree when I say that to us he is, well, priceless!
Yesterday our captain didn’t have one of his best games overall, which he was the first to admit in his post-match interviews, but every time he got the ball he was booed by the home fans, so in a sense you can tell they rate him highly as well! And then to score a goal like that. In a derby match like that. The goal was Premier League class, if not world class, and that’s no less than what we can expect from a player of Bellamy’s caliber. Is he really playing for us, or are we dreaming?!
Praise also goes to Mark Hudson, who has been under a lot of criticism this season. Goals win matches, and Bellamy will therefore no doubt and not undeservedly be named man of the match by many. I think Mark Hudson equally deserves that title! He was superb, and alongside him Dekel Keinan made a fine debut that might indicate that Hudson – Keinan will be our central defenders in the games to come.
A quick mention of Darcy Blake, who replaced Kevin McNaughton in the second half at left back. Blake played well, especially going forward, and his magnificent raid resulting in a shot hitting the post deserved a better destiny. What a way that would have been for the home grown player to have scored his first senior goal for the club!
It wasn’t to be though, and I suppose Jay Bothroyd, Michael Chopra and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas will also be disappointed not having found the back of the net although being presented with some glorious chances. Bothroyd with less than a minute gone.
I have to comment on Aaron Ramsey as well. What a superb display it was by him!
Only a few players didn’t play up to their usual standards yesterday, but I won’t spoil my revel in positives by naming them!
All in all it was a great team effort, and Dave Jones got his tactics right as well. Brilliant!
Today has been all about making the most of the bragging rights, and I was quick to download the fine PC wallpaper provided by the club (pictured above).
A special t-shirt (pictured right) being made also underlines the fact that we’re squeezing every drop out of this magnificent victory over Swansea, and who can blame us!
To a Cardiff fan having beaten Swansea is as good as it gets. That’s just the way it is, and I’m loving it!
Tags: Dave Jones, Dekel Keinan, Erik Huseklepp, Jimmy Kébé, Lee Naylor, Neil Warnock, Q.P.R.
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Most results today and Q.P.R.’s 1-0 away win against Reading on Friday went against us, which makes victory tomorrow in the South Wales derby against fourth placed arch rivals Swansea extremely important. We’re now down to sixth place…
I watched the Reading versus Q.P.R. match Friday on Sky Sports, and even though the League leaders went down to 10 men just before half time, they went for the win and thanks to a well taken goal by former Cardiff loanee Wayne Routledge managed to do so.
It was just three days after Reading visited Cardiff that the Royals were at home against a Q.P.R. side playing their third game in under a week. I was hoping for a Reading win. I’m fully aware that they’re close behind us in the table, but I keep looking upwards rather than downwards, and with so many teams currently having their sights on the two direct promotion places, I wouldn’t like to see Q.P.R. claim one of the places just yet! Having said that, I’m very impressed by what Neil Warnock and Q.P.R. have achieved so far this season, and I don’t think there can be much doubt that they’ll end up as Champions.
Good to see that it wasn’t only against Cardiff and Lee Naylor that Jimmy Kébe looked a good player by the way! The winger played well on Friday as well.
On Thursday evening I watched a match in the Italian Serie A for the first time in very many years. My interest for Italian football is nearly zero so the reason I bothered to watch what turned out to be a very dull game between bottom placed Bari and Inter Milan, was that former Brann player Erik Huseklepp was to make his debut for Bari. The quality and pace was a lot better in the Chamionship match on Friday than in the Serie A game! Huseklepp came on as a sub with about twenty minutes to go at 0-0, but before he got to touch the ball Inter went 1-0 up… Two rather soft goals late on mad the result 3-0 in favour of Inter, but Bari didn’t look that much poorer than the visitors, and Huseklepp can not have been frightened.
I think Erik Huseklepp’s agent should have done a better job finding the Norwegian international another club in Britain after his move to Celtic fell through. Surely a player like Huseklepp should attract the interest of some of the 24 managers in the Championship, but I suppose his price tag of over £1 million might have scared them off.
The home defeat against Swansea back on the 7th of November 2010 stopped what had been a run of seven Championship games unbeaten, including five wins of five in October. Since then Swansea have overtaken us in the table and looks to be in good form. They go into tomorrow’s derby having beaten Bristol City 2-0 on Tuesday, and will be full of confidence having beaten us at our turf the last time around.
I wonder what goes through Dave Jones’ head as he ponders his team selection tonight. Here’s what my starting line up would have looked like: Heaton – Quinn, Hudson, Keinan, McNaughton – Burke, Olofinjana, Ramsey, Bellamy – Chopra, Bothroyd.
Dropping players like Peter Whitingham and Jay Emanuell-Thomas must be hard for Jones should he choose to do so, but he dropped Chopra against Reading, and with so many good players at his disposal someone has to be placed on the bench. Once he does that though, he’s got some great subs to bring on and who are able to turn the game around should it become necessary! I doubt Jones dears to give Dekal Keinan his debut tomorrow, but he bought him for a reason, and it’s our defence that needs improvement at present.
A Cardiff win tomorrow and it could be what’s needed to drive the players on in the promotion race. Should we loose I’m afraid it could be the start of another slump.
I can’t wait for the match to kick off!
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!