Jason Perry’s first and last Wales cap, and Neville Southall playing in a Cardiff City shirt 11/11/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City.
Tags: Arne Scheie, Darcy Blake, Jason Koumas, Jason Perry, Joe Ledley, John Toshack, Jostein Flo, Nathan Blake, Neville Southall, Terry Yorath
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Forget the Poppy debate ahead of Saturday’s Wales versus Norway match! In March 1994, the last time Wales played Norway at Cardiff City’s ground, goalkeeper Neville Southall played in a Cardiff City jersey with South Wales Echo on the chest and the Football League badge on the sleeves. And no one raised an eybrow. Jason Perry’s first and last Wales international was memorable for a lot of other reasons as well.
Exciting times as Malky Mackay gets to work 16/07/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2011/12.
Tags: Alan Shearer, Andrew Taylor, Aron Gunnarsson, Brann, Chris Burke, Craig Conway, Dave Jones, Don Cowie, Francis Laurent, Jason Koumas, Jay Bothroyd, Joe Mason, Malky Mackay, Robert Earnshaw, Rudy Gestade
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It’s been over a month since my last post, and so much has happened! Most importantly Malky Mackay has been appointed new manager, and with the new boss already having come far in his rebuilding of Cardiff City with new staff in place and five new players signed, these are very exciting times!
Perfect time for pilgrimage 15/04/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City.
Tags: Bjørn Helge Riise, Craig Bellamy, Dave Jones, Doncaster Rovers, Jason Koumas, Jay Bothroyd, Nathan Blake, Peter Whittingham, Sheffield United
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Doncaster Rovers 1 Cardiff City 3
Sheffield United 0 Cardiff City 2
I’m writing this on a plane heading for London on what is a pilgrimage to Cardiff. It’s the first time my six year old son is going to watch the Bluebirds live, and for me it’s the first time I visit the Cardiff City
With maximum points from the last two away matches, only five games of the season remaining and with City having regained second place on Tuesday, the pilgrimage couldn’t have come at a better time!
“Olof” to the rescue 14/02/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Abdisalam Ibrahim, Dave Jones, Jason Koumas, Marvin Emnes, Scunthorpe, Seyi Olofinjana
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Cardiff City 1 Scunthorpe 0
In a match where Cardiff huffed and puffed but didn’t seem able to get a goal, Seyi Olofinjana thankfully came to the rescue when he powered home a header five minutes before full time.
Scrappy. Not too unhappy. 19/01/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Aaron Wildig, Andy Keogh, Craig Bellamy, Dave Jones, Gavin Rae, Jason Koumas, Jay Bothroyd, Jon Parkin, Kevin McNaughton, Lee Naylor, Michael Chopra, Peter Whittingham, Seyi Olofinjana, Stoke City, Tony Pulis
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Cardiff City 0 Stoke City 2 AET, FA Cup 3rd round replay
This was a very scrappy game with a disappointing result at the end of it.
There are a couple of reasons why I’m not too sad though.
Firstly, I got to watch the game online on FA TV, and win, lose or draw, I always enjoy watching the Bluebirds play! My warm thanks goes to Stephen Fowler and his UK Proxy for placing me virtually in the UK and thereby enabling me to enjoy the stream at thefa.com!
Secondly, yesterday’s replay was more draining than anything for the players. That’s not what we need at the moment with the heat on in the Championship, although Dave Jones did rest players like Bellamy, McNaughton, Whittingham, Olofinjana and Bothroyd (assuming he was fit that is) plus he put Chopra on the bench.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis also let a lot of second string players start, and while on the one hand you would expect there to be a bit less quality on the night considering the team selections, I was on the other hand surprised that there wasn’t more spark and enthusiasm from a lot of those who got their chance. One should think they were eager to prove to their managers that they belong in the starting eleven.
The first half performance from the Bluebirds was about as weak as I’ve ever seen, and I was a bit surprised that neither the players nor City’s manager and coaches failed to see how Cardiff time and time again got stuck on the right hand side when it was obvious that they had to shift play to the left where Stoke seemed more exposed and Lee Naylor had a decent game. I also question why there weren’t any tactical changes when we were trailing by the one goal. Surely we could have put more bodies forward and thereby perhaps have created something? And why did Parkin and not Keogh get substituted when Chopra came on? Why didn’t Jason Koumas even figure on the bench? But I’m not a manager am I, and I expect Dave Jones to have had an answer to all my critical questions!
It was sad that Stephen McPhail got injured (hamstring), but at least that meant a rare outing for Aaron Wildig and gave us the unusual midfield pairing of Wildig and Gavin Rae. The latter did not do much to stake his claim for a place in the team by the way.
I think we should have had a penalty when Michael Chopra went down in the penalty box at the end of normal time and had we gotten a penalty and a goal we surely would have won.
Stoke now go on to play a not too glamorous fourth round tie against Wolves. Cardiff go on to concentrate on the League. I for one am happy with that.
Another Jay 19/01/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Craig Bellamy, Jason Koumas, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
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Great news ahead of the Stoke game that Arsenal’s Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, or just JET as he’s known, has signed on loan for Cardiff for the rest of the season.
He’s described as a versatile player, and that can come in handy when injuries and fatigue starts to take it’s toll towards the end of the season.
I think there’s a rule saying we can only play three loan players at a time, and Cardiff currently have five loanees, but with Craig Bellamy playing only every other match and Jason Koumas seemingly way of a place in the team I guess JET still will get plenty of playing time.
SkySports refer to JET as “a starlet”, which I would say is a lot more accurate than Wales Online who dub him “Arsenal star”. I’ll argue that there are a lot of other players at Arsenal more worthy of being called stars than JET, but then again I remember the South Wales Echo splashing headlines about Cardiff City’s players being “stars” even when we were in the old fourth division!
Second best 27/11/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Adel Taarabt, Alejandro Faurlin, Chris Burke, Daniel Drinkwater, Dave Jones, Jason Koumas, Kaspars Gorkss, Lee Naylor, Michael Chopra, Q.P.R., Seyi Olofinjana, Tom Heaton
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Q.P.R. 2 Cardiff CIty 1
Writing this just minutes after the final whistle I’m trying to take comfort in what Dave Jones said before the game:
“It’ll have a bearing on the season, but it’s not going to be the be-all and we know how we get carried away in this part of the world.”
With Swansea losing yesterday we still have a good grip on the second promotion spot, and although we lost today having been in the lead, there were positives to be taken from the game.
I got to watch the game for free courtesy of bet365.com’s live streaming, and it was good to see us revert to the familiar 4-4-2-formation. Chopra was not surprisingly dropped to the bench after his below par display against Nottingham Forest. Chris Burke was back from injury and took Chops’ place in the starting line up, and he was lively and brilliant in the first half but faded a bit in the second half.
The game started at a frantic pace. There were two attacking sides strutting their stuff at Loftus Road, and a few defensive lapses by City gave cause from concern early on.
You could almost expect Bellamy to score in a top of the table clash like this, and when Bothroyd brilliantly utilized a slip from a Q.P.R. player and delievered the ball to Bellamy – on the brink of off-side – through on goal there was only one outcome – 1-0!
Against the table toppers and the team with the best home record in the division, you knew it wasn’t won though, and not long after a good header from Kaspars Gorkss disappointingly made it 1-1. The replay showed how Bothroyd, back defending, was more concerned pointing and shouting at the other City players who they should mark than concentrating on marking a man himself, so Gorkss got a lot of space and time to put the header in. As the first half went on, Bothroyd didn’t look as sharp as he’s done, and Olofinjana was not quite himself either, which was a bit worrying.
Bothroyd wasted a good chance, then Bellamy cluttered an opponent, and you could sense City was loosing it a bit. When Bothroyd got injured it looked even worse. Luckily he was able to continue, as we all know how miserably we fall apart without him.
As half time approached the tempo was down a few notches, with Q.P.R. having the upper hand. Faurlin tested Heaton with a low, hard shot, but the Cardiff goalkeeper was equal to it. Bellamy and Bothroyd got called over to the referee for a talking too just before the interval, and whatever that was about, it didn’t bode well.
Q.P.R. started best in the second half, but Cardiff was hanging in there and got a good chance when Bellamy set off and combined with Bothroyd. Jason Koumas came on for Danny Drinkwater, but sadly Koumas didn’t provide the creativity and spark that Cardiff needed.
With about twenty minutes of the second half gone Heaton made a terrific save that kept Cardiff in it, but not for very long, as shortly after Q.P.R.’s star player, the impressive Adel Taarabt, stole the ball of Naylor and then made Hudson look rather stupid as he wrong footed him showing some of his technical skills, before putting the ball in the back of the net. Shite…
City showed no signs of lying down, but after a good effort from Burke, Koumas followed up with a poor, poor finish when he really should have done better.
Michael Chopra – the man for the big occasions – came on with about ten minutes left on the clock, but it didn’t help, although Q.P.R. started to loose the ball needlessly more often and surprisingly looked a bit uncomfortable.
The last noteworthy happening in the match was when City was clearly robbed of a penalty as Bothroyd was fouled. Nevertheless I can nothing but congratulate Q.P.R. with the victory, and as I in an earlier post said I hoped this would be the day that we were going to show that we are the best team in the Championship, well, it turned out to be the other way around…
Let’s just hope we’ll join the R’s when they’re promoted come May!
November rot 21/11/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Adam Matthews, Craig Bellamy, Darcy Blake, Dave Jones, Jason Koumas, Jay Bothroyd, Michael Chopra, Nottingham Forest
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Cardiff City 0 Nottingham Forest 2
I can’t help but to join the moaning choir: for Cardiff City November is for some strange reason a very bad month. Not even an England International and Craig Bellamy in the team seems to be able to change that. I fear it’s another case of Manager of the Month backlash, as the Cardiff manager winning that award never seems to be a good omen for the next month.
It’s somewhat of a mystery to me why City, sitting on top of the Championship and with the quality players we’ve got, didn’t seem to fire on all cylinders and see off Nottingham Forest at home. I understand Jason Koumas and Michael Chopra were the most notable players to have a bad day on Saturday, and when Bothroyd failed to put away two good chances it just wasn’t our day.
Adding to that, maybe all those people making a point of how Dave Jones seems to be “Plan B-less” are have more of a point than I’ve been willing to admit. Putting Adam Matthews on for Darcy Blake with nine minutes to go and being 0-1 down doesn’t exactly ooze with offensive guts. Perhaps Jones was hoping that some of Matthews’ trademark long throw ins should do the trick?
Next weeks top of the table clash with Q.P.R. in London is turning out to be even more crucial than expected, and with Q.P.R .still unbeaten and with our current form it’s not looking too promising. The only consolation must be that City are actually better away from home and that the motivation shouldn’t be a problem when the Bluebirds enter Loftus Road on Saturday.
I decide to remain optimistic and hope that Saturday will be the day that we show why we’re the best team in the Championship and the coming champions!
Back down to earth 14/09/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Craig Bellamy, Daniel Drinkwater, Jason Koumas, Jay Bothroyd, Lee Naylor, Leicester City, Michael Chopra, Paulo Sousa, Seyi Olofinjana
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Leicester City 2 Cardiff City 1
I’d almost forgotten how bad it feels when we lose… We’re back down to earth.
Let’s not kid ourselves. Without Bellamy, Bothroyd, Olofinjana, Drinkwater and Chopra we’re a weaker team. Of course we are. We managed to beat Hull with Olofinjana in midfield for most of the game. Against Leicester we were as I understand it torn apart in the second half, especially after Koumas went of, and we deservedly lost against a mediocre Leicester team who’ve so far this season seemed bound to struggle for Championship survival.
Losing to Leicester is bad. Losing to Paulo Sousa is even worse. May we demolish them when they come to Cardiff later in the season.
Oh, and Q.P.R. and Swansea both won… What a shitty evening.
On the bright side we’re still in second place and Lee Naylor scoring was nice.
Let’s just hope that our injured players are fit again soon.
Comings and goings 27/08/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Andy Keogh, Craig Bellamy, Daniel Drinkwater, Gavin Rae, Jason Koumas, Jonathan Meades, Lee Naylor, Martin John, Moss FK, Ross McCormack, Seyi Olofinjana, Tom Heaton
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Amazing how we’ve gone from transfer embargo to having eight new Cardiff players come in (Heaton, Drinkwater, Koumas, Olofinjana, John, Naylor, Bellamy and Keogh).
Now it’s time for players to move out as well, with Ross McCormack’s transfer to Leeds probably just being the first of a few players moving on before the transfer window closes next week.
Gavin Rae is probably the next to leave, and it’s neither surprising or a great loss with the midfielders we now have in our squad.
It was nice to see Jonathan Meades get of to a flying start for Moss here in Norway (never mind the red card), and it seems he’ll be important for them in trying to avoid relegation and hopefully he’ll develop as well by playing regular first team football although the level is a lot lower in the Norwegian first division than in the Championship.
It’s a bit sad to see a great talent like Ross McCormack leave, but considering his behavior both on and off the field and him not being able to follow up the great promise of the first season and very likely not being able to break in to the starting eleven this season, I guess it’s only right that he leaves. Personally I lost the respect for McCormack when he was so desperate to leave us last summer, and it’s easy to see now that Cardiff should have cashed in on him back then as we would probably have got a lot more money for him than what Leeds are paying now (although we don’t know exactly what the fee is).
Andy Keogh is another excellent and exciting loan signing. With Michael Chopra now injured for maybe as long as ten weeks the timing of his arrival was perfect.