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Ex Cardiff City Man Lauds McPhail

Last season's Cardiff City hotshot Michael Chopra believes the differing personnel at new club Sunderland is the key behind his disappointing form.

Chopra moved North for a hefty 5m price tag, joining forces with Roy Keane and Co as they started the season well. However after netting in the opening two fixtures of the season, Chopra has struggled for form and opportunities. The former Cardiff City player has scored just once in 21 appearances for the black cats and as a striker, must be disappointed to have picked up more yellow cards than goals in his time on the pitch.

Now Chopra is ready to kick-start his season and believes that new Sunderland acquisition Andy Reid will be the catalyst he needs to get the goals we know he is capable of. Chopra told Radio Newcastle:

'What helps me is when people find my runs, and in Reid we've got a player who can.'

'At Cardiff we had Stephen McPhail and whenever I made a run he could find me and hopefully Reid can do this season.'

'I always knew how good a player Reid is. His passing ability is fantastic and I believe a lot of our players will benefit from that.'

Chopra's partnership and understanding with Stephen McPhail was a huge bonus for Cardiff last season. Until recently, there has been no-one of a similar mould as Chopra for McPhail to feed but the change of position of Paul Parry to a more advanced role has benefitted Cardiff and added a new dimension to their play with balls behind the opposition defence.

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Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 20 2008

Time: 9:00AM

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its about time someone praised mcphail. week in week out people point the finger at mcphail and say we only lost cause of him. just because he is out "play maker" which is riduclas, cause shouldnt the whole team be making chances for each other and not relying on mcphail every minuate. he plays really well expect he has no-one to give a good ball to, simple reason is we have no chopra. when we had chopra he would run and make his own space allowing mcphail to pick him out and set him up, now we have a lazy forward up front and a winger playing up front, so no wonder mcphail doesnt seem to be playing awsome. and maybe if everyone stopped critising him then he will have more confidence and will start creating a bit of magic again

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