No-fluke Cardiff City march on 22/11/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2011/12.
Tags: Brian McDermott, Peter Whittingham, Reading
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Reading 1 Cardiff City 2
A grumpy and moaning Reading manager Brian McDermott at the post match press conference was a pleasure seeing and it tells me we’re doing something right. After this strong away win I’m starting to believe that Cardiff City are up for a promotion push this season, and Peter Whittingham is a big part of the reason for that.
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…)
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!
Bothroyd’s back 10/11/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Andy Keogh, Chris Burke, Craig Bellamy, Daniel Drinkwater, Darcy Blake, Dave Jones, Gabor Gyepes, Jay Bothroyd, Kelvin Etuhu, Kevin McNaughton, Reading, Seyi Olofinjana, Stephen McPhail
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Reading 1 Cardiff City 1
I’m going to be positive about this result in what I understand was a scrappy game.
Q.P.R. managed to snatch a draw on Tuesday by equalizing with a last minute penalty although down to ten men away at Portsmouth. That resilience is exactly one of the main reasons why I feel Q.P.R. will get promotion this season, and hopefully Cardiff’s point against Reading on an evening where we didn’t have all our best players available, didn’t play all that well from what I heard on Cardiff City Player and still managed a draw after being 0-1 down shows why we’ll get promoted as well come May!
We’re still in second place only one point behind leaders Q.P.R. and although we could have gone top had we won tonight, it’s a great consolation to see that Swansea lost 0-1 at home to Bristol City to fall a point further behind us in third place. Having the Jacks breathing down our neck and with the humiliation from Sunday fresh in memory, with Bristol City far down the table I prefer Bristol winning that game although I obviously don’t like to see any of those two teams win.
In Cardiff’s starting line up there was no Bellamy or McNaughton, but Olofinjana started contrary to reports earlier today that he might be injured. McPhail was a new face in midfield anyway, with Drinkwater dropping to the bench. Dave Jones also opted to replace Gabor Gyepes, who the manager has made scapegoat for Swansea’s goal on Sunday, with Darcy Blake at center back. Andy Keogh (or Kelvin Etuhu, as he was named in the line ups both at Cardiff City Player and Sky Sports Score Center confusing him with last seasons number 17) as expected made way for Jay Bothroyd returning from suspension, and Chris Burke got his deserved place on the wing as Bellamy was rested.
I thought we had a decent line up even without the mentioned players who were out, and Bothroyd returning from suspension was of course a major boost. It’s no coincidence that it was Bothroyd who got our equalizer, although there’s some debate whether or not the ball did cross the line. Hopefully the television pictures will show that the referee was correct in awarding the goal.
We’re not a one man team (a phrase widely used this seasons, but usually with Craig Bellamy in mind), but Bothroyd’s impact and goalscoring yet again proved so vital for us. I’m not sure he’s quite good enough to be called up for England, as Dave Jones has asked for, but when (or I should perhaps be more humble and say if…) we’re promoted he’ll have a huge part of the honor for that!
In the end a good point on a bad day, and especially important since we lost at home to Swansea on Sunday.
Reading repeat, please 10/11/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Brendan Rodgers, Chris Burke, Reading
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I was at the Reading away game last season. Brendan Rodgers, the current Swansea manager so triumphant on Sunday, was in charge of the struggling Royals then.
Burke scored the winner at the Madejski Stadium last time around. He deserves a place in the starting eleven following his fine contribution coming on as substitute against Swansea.
Despite some injuries we’ll hopefully field a team tonight that’s strong enough to give us a repeat of last seasons victory!
Come on Bluebirds!
Insiders vs. outsiders 08/04/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2009/10.
Tags: Chris Burke, Reading
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Cardiff’s next opponent Reading are outsiders for a play off spot.
Reading have struggled for a lot of the season. They were widely tipped to be one of the promotion contenders before the season, but had an awful start. I was at the Madejski Stadium back in November when Cardiff played the Royals, and they weren’t a very impressive side as City won 1-0 thanks to a goal by Chris Burke.
Having replaced Brendan Rodgers with Brian McDermott as manager on the 16th of December last year the tide has slowly turned for Reading though and they are actually within a shout of the play offs should they win the two games in hand hey have on all the teams above them.
It’s vital for Cardiff to take three points on Saturday to edge a step closer to the play offs and at the same time kill off any faint hopes Reading have of making it there themselves.
Should Blackpool loose against Newcastle and Cardiff beat Reading there will be nine points between City and seventh place with three games to go. That would mean we’re as good as there. Should Cardiff on the other hand loose and Blackpool win it’ll be a more exciting run in than I appreciate…