UK time is: 14:10:44
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Cardiff's First-Teamers Disappoint

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.







Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 20 2008

Time: 10:00AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Cardiff City Articles

O'Keefe Set To Sign At Cardiff? (Tuesday January 27 2015)

Blackpool To Return Lewis? (Tuesday January 27 2015)

Slade Targets Stoke Defender? (Monday January 26 2015)

Le Fondre's Bolton Move Confirmed (Monday January 26 2015)

Burgstaller's Contract Cancelled (Monday January 26 2015)

Peltier Joins On (Sunday January 25 2015)

Slade Demands A Big Response (Sunday January 25 2015)

Bo-Kyung Leaves Cardiff (Sunday January 25 2015)

Vital Report: Cardiff 1 Reading 2 (Sunday January 25 2015)

Archived Cardiff City Articles

List All Vital Cardiff Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Norwich 3 - 2 Cardiff
Cardiff 1 - 0 Fulham
Cardiff 2 - 4 Watford
Charlton 1 - 1 Cardiff
Cardiff 2 - 3 Brentford
Bournemouth 5 - 3 Cardiff

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Blackburn 27 9 9 9 -1 36
11. Birmingham 27 9 9 9 -8 36
12. Forest 27 8 10 9 -2 34
13. Cardiff 26 9 7 10 -3 34
14. Fulham 27 10 4 13 -7 34
15. Huddersfield 27 9 7 11 -10 34
16. Bolton 26 9 5 12 -6 32

Breaking League News

Holloway Very Happy With Hooiveld
Norwich : 28/01/2015 13:14:00
Reading : 28/01/2015 13:00:00
Billy Mckay - Fee Agreed
Wigan : 28/01/2015 11:03:00
Olsson Transfer Seems Even Further Away
Norwich : 28/01/2015 11:00:00
RUFC - Millwall Tickets On Sale
Rotherham : 28/01/2015 10:44:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

FA - Reading MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Moore 25%
Fabio 0%
Morrison 0%
Turner 0%
Malone 25%
Harris 0%
Gunnarsson 0%
Whittingham 0%
Noone 25%
Jones 25%
Revell 0%
Sub - Connolly 0%
Sub - Adeyemi 0%
Sub - Macheda 0%