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'Scapegoat' Purse Blamed For Birmingham Opener

'Scapegoat' Purse Blamed For Birmingham Opener

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones has taken the unusual step of singling out an individual at fault after accusing Bluebirds captain of 'switching off' as James McFadden found space amid a static Cardiff defence to net the opener on Saturday.


Jones made the following comments after the defeat:

'We switched off and it was a nothing goal to give away.'

'Darren fell asleep for the first goal and let McFadden run off him because he thought he was offside. But you can`t do that in and around your box.'

'He`s held his hands up but it was a sloppy goal to give away.'



Purse should feel worried by the comments with Jones only ever publically going after players like Rhys Weston, Neil Alexander and Steve Thompson - all three fell quickly out of favour with Jones and never recovered. Although under-fire, the likes of McPhail, Whittingham and Hasselbaink never incurred DJ's public wrath.


To me, these comments are extremely unforunate. Darren Purse has done exceptionally well after spendigt season in the wilderness. He has impressed this season and is playing his best football in years. The reason we got nothing on Saturday was not down to Purse, it was down to a lack of direction and quality.

In fact, our defence was not the problem, the midfield and attack were more problematic areas while I would also expect the management to take much more responsibility for a disappointing showing - rather than making a scapegoat.




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Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Monday September 29 2008
Time: 12:25PM

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totally agree i first thought bringing purse back was a bad idea but he has proven he can still play well! has had a good run last few games not conceding many and as for that goal i thought he was offside. Mcfadden is a quality player mind you so conceding 2 to a team favoured to bounce back isnt that bad and i also agree that the midfield and attack were inneffective against birmingham.
smakerzthebluebird
29/09/2008 17:39:00
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.. this is getting close to madness .. Dave Jones is famous for ALWAYS supporting his/our players .. but now he is stupid enough to create a situation where the club captain is blamed for the result of a game which was lost because we simply didn't function effectively in the last third of the pitch - apart from the superb McCormack [who should have been named our man of the match] each one of ALL the other potential goal-scorers - i.e. Bothroyd, Parry, Rae, Ledley, Whittingham FAILED to shoot for goal when the opportunity was there .. it was the other team members - Johnson, Purse, McNaughton, Commingues - who looked more likely to score either at set piece corners/free kicks or on their way towards the box .. time for ALL of them to simply PRACTISE SHOOTING FOR GOAL ..
gtsutton
30/09/2008 01:07:00
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