Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Jones Moans On Subs - Why?!?

Jones Moans On Subs - Why?!?

Cardiff City looked a little foolish on Saturday when a neck injury to Darcy Blake forced the youngster home meaning that the Bluebirds had only 4 substitutes available for the game against Sheffield Wednesday.


I am informed that the BBC Sport live text function had no facility for this outcome and had to put in a ficticious number (20 - Darcy Blake's squad number) to get the system to accept the Cardiff City team sheet!


Dave Jones was understandably unhappy with the situation, he told The Echo:


"There was nobody else available, We brought Jon Brown and had him on the bench even though he is a young player not yet ready for Championship football."


Jones also claimed that Trevor Sinclair was nowhere near ready for Championship action meaning that Steve Thompson was the only usable outfield substitute.


That is a consequence of a threadbare squad and a number of injuries. However, Jones appears not to be a fan of substitutions anyway.


When we have had quality on the bench in Ramsey, Sinclair, Whittingham etc - they are rarely used while the manager prefers to allow the starting XI to continue, even when we are chasing a game and changes are needed.


Steve Thompson is regularly used from the bench, but normally at a very late stage when he is forced to challenge numerous long balls and chase lost causes. Aaron Ramsey could have been used on numerous occasions when Stephen McPhail was struggling for form.


Although with current financial restrictions, Cardiff have been unable to strengthen. A loan player costs very little and is a must, surely we had planned for these eventualities? With Loovens out, there is NO defensive cover whatsoever.


Even if there is no genuine quality in reserve, surely a promising youngster would benefit from the experience and could even do a job if circumstances dictated? Adam Matthews is a full-back with potential and has travelled with the squad before.


Even if Jones had no intention of using a player, at least name them on the bench to avoid embarrassment, unless Dave Jones is trying to make a point....



Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Tuesday February 26 2008
Time: 12:15PM

Comments

0
Never uses subs, NEVER considers changing formation - what do you expect.? Some 18 year old striker could come off the bench, grab a goal and remember it the rest of his life...10 minutes at the end is hardly going to ruin his development !
Bonesy
26/02/2008 12:39:00
0
Yes - of course we should have taken one of our youngsters just for them to have the experience of being with the first team, warming up before the game, galloping up and down the touchline during the game, and dreaming afterwards of making it full-time into the first team squad. What an opportunity missed! Let's hope it's not repeated.
gtsutton
26/02/2008 13:42:00
0
look, we are missing some pace upfront, and young strikers fitt the bill, he should play a young striker now and again, we might even see the next jerome or earnie, who knows aslong as DJ gives his some experience, thats how we made blake and rambo and all the others like ledders, cause we gave them the oppourtunity when we had no-one else
bluebird04
27/02/2008 14:33:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Cardiff City Articles

FA End Betting Sponsorship

Late yesterday afternoon, the Football Association announced the result of its three month review of their relationship with gambling companies and that association now comes to an end.

Sky Confirm TV Selection Windows For 2017/18

With the release of the EFL fixture lists on Wednesday morning, Sky Sports have released their outline giving fans an idea of when television selections will be made this season.

2017/18 Final Weekend Details

With the release of the Premier League fixtures last week and last Wednesday seeing the EFL following suit, the full details for the final weekends across...

30 Minute Halves - No Rebounds On Penalties?

The International Football Association Board are investigating a variety of rule book changes when it comes to the future of football.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Cardiff
Write For Vital Cardiff
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Huddersfield MotM
Suggested By:
Murphy0%
Peltier10%
Connolly0%
Morrison0%
Richards40%
Gunnarsson10%
Ralls0%
Bennett0%
Pilkington0%
Zohore20%
Hoilett0%
Sub-Whittingham10%
Sub-M Harris0%
Sub-Lambert10%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Write for Vital Football