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Swansea City 2-2 Cardiff City - Carnage !

This morning's clash between Cardiff City and Swansea City was an eventful one with 4 goals, 2 sendings off and a multitude of bookings. Add to that a dodgy penalty and an offside goal allowed to stand and you have an exciting South Wales derby.


Swansea City started better and took the lead after Mark Kennedy's slip allowed Jason Scotland behind the Bluebirds defense (later shown to be fractionally offside) and his pull-back to Darren Pratley was dispatched for a 1-0 lead.


Cardiff regained their momentum and finished the half much the stronger team. Wayne Routledge in particular causeing problems. We equalised shortly before the break when a corner was half cleared to the edge of the area for JOE LEDLEY to send a stupendous volley home. He's never hit one so sweetly in his life.


Just minutes into the second half, Cardiff City edged in front. Michael Chopra showed nimble footwork and drew the smallest of trips from Bessone on the corner of the area. A soft penalty but ROSS McCORMACK stuck away his second in two games to give the Bluebirds the lead.


Then came a pathetic show of petulence from supposed Cardiff City leader Stephen McPhail. Already booked for a first half slide challenge, he slid in on the touchline - it looked fair but the ref gave a free-kick prompting McPhail to kick the ball away - what an idiot. City were left to play 35 minutes with 10 men.


Swansea City were given renewed hope and drew themselves level quickly after two subs combined. MacDonald's corner was not attacked by City, Enckelman stayed and Pintado expertly volleyed home - he shouldn't have had a volley in the 6 yard area but it was a neat finish.


Swansea City then enjoyed near total domination and completely dictated play. Scotland wasted a good opportunity while Enckelman saved well on 2 occasions. Cardiff had their own chance when Gavin Rae found space in the area but McCormack blasted the pass over.


Leon Britton was dismissed late on for the Swans, booked for a tussle with Routledge before lunging in on McNaughton. 2-2 it finished, a poor referee performance failing to ruin an exciting and eventful game - fiercely contested by both sides.





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Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 30 2008

Time: 1:25PM

Your Comments

What can i say. McPhail lost us two points. Dave please open your eyes to him...............He is terrible. Roger to captain. best thing is we have players back fit so we should play better without him whens hes banned. Purse sat in front of me in the stands and at half time we chatted. he made a comment that he was annoyed at not being picked....even for the bench. he said he cant doing nothing about it for a month. he said that he will be gone in January. the atmosphere between him and Dave is not good. they are barely talking.
bluebirdlewis
some good play from cardiff....not all the time but there was some. Is Routledge related to Robinho :-)
bluebirdlewis
.. McPhail is supposed to be a 'playmaker' - please, PLEASE, Dave Jones look again at all those videos of all those games : how often has there actually been this 'playmaking'? But after today, I don't mind if he plays again for the City .. but, please, NEVER, EVER again should he CAPTAIN the side .. such stupid behaviour, such costly un-captainlike behaviour MUST see the end of his deputy-captain role - what a terrible example he sets, apart from his mostly feeble and/or imaginary playmaking contributions .. and if Dave Jones is determined to force Darren Purse out - and Darren IS an inspirational captain - then hand the role over to Roger Johnston .. although I'd rather Darren was back in the team .. but PLEASE NO MORE McPHAIL after today ..
gtsutton
darren may be a good captain but not a good player anymore.... his advancuing years and poor errors have led himself to be dropped and for his contract won't be renewed...... as for mcphailure, i am sick and tired of his poor tackling and lack of creativity and drive going forward...... he cant attack and he can't defend without fouling so what is his midfield role????? as he can do neither he should also be dropped with ledley and rae or ledley scimeca takin up the central roles..... i also think both of your are right and probably roger johnson captain with mccormack vice..... the reason i say mccormack is cos he always tries even when we are losing and always eggs he players and fans on when we pull a goial back........ a good captain for the future in my eyes!........ its exactly what we need at the moment an influental figure to lift spirits and performances!......DJ needs to see this.... if this is put into place i think we can turn this season around to definately ensure playoff place cos at the moment i see us finishing more mid table based on performances of last few games
smakerzthebluebird
a fair result in the end....????
lincolnblue
 

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