Date:Wednesday February 20 2008
Cardiff City lost out on penalties to Newport County in the FAW Premier Cup last night, however there were some lacklustre performances from players with points to prove.
Darren Purse and Glenn Loovens were strong as expected at the back, and were rarely troubled as they dominated a static Newport attack.
Riccy Scimeca made a welcome return. He played the first half and calmly slotted into midfield with an assured if unspectacular performance after a year out.
However, one player with particular reason to be disappointed was Trevor Sinclair. The former Manchester City man has returned to first team action after several months out following knee surgery, he needs game time to improve match fitness and played the entire game. Sinclair had plenty of space and made some intelligent balls, but the end product was in many cases very poor. Crosses were misplaces, delayed and wasted while the driving runs and incisive passing seen previously were missing.
Another player who failed to impress was Steve Thompson. Despite appearing as a substitute in every league match, Thommo has been unable to score since returning from suspension and was given a chance to stake a claim. The big Scotsman did put himself around and contibuted a few shots and headers, however it was not enough and even though he got the equalising goal - Dave Jones would have expected a better performance from his striker.
It's clearly not a big game, and difficult to get motivated in front of a small crowd. However, those players were given a chance to showcase their talents, and Sinclair and Thompson did not look the part and failed to make the desired impression.
Two players who did do themselves justice were midfielder Darcy Blake, also on the fringes of the first team. Also, 16 year old full-back Aaron Morris acquited himself well and can be pleased with his performance at right-back.
Date:Wednesday February 20 2008
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