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Postby Forever Blue » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:03 am

The serious Cardiff City shortcomings that were laid bare in biggest disappointment of the season -


By Scott Johnson


Thursday 8th November 2018



The build up to Cardiff City's clash with Leicester on Saturday was so emotionally exhausting, it was always going to affect the visitors in one of two ways.

They were either going to be as flat as a pancake, or it was going to give them a lift and spur them on.

For the first 10 minutes or so, Leicester looked a bit shell-shocked. The match started and Kasper Schmeichel didn’t even have his gloves on. A few full-blooded challenges also seemed to rattle them, but then they found their groove.

It may have been Cardiff's worst performance of the season, albeit in difficult circumstances. It also served as a timely reminder that the Bluebirds cannot afford any off-days in the Premier League because they will leave empty-handed every time.



Callum Paterson has done a great job filling in up front, but this was one of those games where he looked like a right back playing out of position. Wes Morgan is a man mountain at the heart of the Leicester defence and he was unmoved by Paterson’s physicality. He’s seen it all before.

Cardiff could not handle Leicester’s overlaps, especially down the left and that is where the decisive goal came from. They were also outnumbered in midfield and fought a losing battle against a more technically-proficient opponent.

They do not have the benefit of a hard-running centre forward like Jamie Vardy, a cocksure attacking fulcrum like James Maddison or a deep-lying midfielder with the finesse of Wilfred Ndidi.

Their full-backs are not swashbuckling and their midfielders are not as comfortable in possession. Cardiff have their strengths, but appeared ill-equipped for this particular challenge.

It was also disappointing to see arguably Cardiff’s three best players; Josh Murphy, Bobby Decordova-Reid and Harry Arter, all substituted. The options coming off the bench were underwhelming, so with Cardiff chasing the game their changes appeared to make them weaker and their task even harder.

It was rather strange to see Arter removed because he picked up his fifth booking of the season and will have to sit out next week’s game anyway. More disappointing was seeing Paterson paired with Gary Madine for the closing stages, as Cardiff went long without success. That may have had an effect in the Championship, but Leicester were very comfortable coping with Cardiff’s aerial threat.

It re-emphasised that the cupboard is pretty bare at the moment and that reinforcements are required in January. Arter’s suspension for the Brighton game, for example, leaves a gaping hole in the heart of the side that Joe Ralls, who has served his own ban, may not be fit enough to fill. That may result in a call-up for Loic Damour, who last started a league game for Cardiff in April.



Prior to this game, I had been of the opinion that Cardiff had played pretty well in all of their games. That’s not counting the Manchester City game, which was such a mismatch that it was hard to really assess Cardiff’s performance.

My fear has therefore been that if Cardiff’s best is barely good enough, what happens if they start playing badly?

Their performance against Leicester felt under-par. They didn’t defend as well as they did at Huddersfield, compete with the intensity against Arsenal, nor attack as effectively as they had in their previous game versus Fulham.




It was just flat across the board and the result followed suit.

Cardiff face Brighton next, ahead of the international break, and this is a rare game that they will have probably earmarked as winnable. In my view they should still be considered as underdogs though, as the reality is they are David amongst a division of relative Goliath’s.

They will need to promptly return to their very finest form if they're to stand any chance of returning to winning ways.

Cardiff’s most pressing concern may be the hole in the heart of their midfield, but the lack of firepower remains a constant concern.


If Cardiff are without Ralls, I would like to see Paterson drop back to play the role he proved so adept at last season; as the furthest forward in a midfield three. I would also love to see a front trio of Murphy, Reid and Danny Ward. I think they would offer a little bit of everything; pace, trickery and hard work.

They combined for the final 15 minutes against Huddersfield earlier this season and created no-end of chances, admittedly against 10-men. If Kenneth Zohore is off the menu and Ralls is out of action, it may prove the best available blend, if Cardiff are to avoid another bad day at the office and return to winning ways.
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Re: The serious Cardiff City shortcomings that were laid bar

Postby Llantwit Blue » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:37 am

Been waiting to see a front three on Reid Murphy and Ward

The pace and work rate these three offer will cause any side problems.
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Re: The serious Cardiff City shortcomings that were laid bar

Postby gwentbluebirds » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:18 am

Llantwit Blue wrote:Been waiting to see a front three on Reid Murphy and Ward

The pace and work rate these three offer will cause any side problems.


Agree
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Re: The serious Cardiff City shortcomings that were laid bar

Postby Danny Says » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:26 pm

The article surprisingly makes no reference to a major probllm we have ie the defence. It is ponderous, clumsy and lacking PL quality and experience.

Does Mr Johnson not see our defence as a serious shortcoming?
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Re: The serious Cardiff City shortcomings that were laid bar

Postby northernbluebird » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:04 pm

'biggest disappointment of the season'?

what? surely the burnley smash and grab is more disappointing? or not beating 10 man newcastle?

talk about getting carried away - total garbage.
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