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Jones Goes Easy On Cardiff City's McPhail

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones has been described in the media this weekend as 'furious', and that he 'slammed' or 'blasted' his captain Stephen McPhail for his petulent sending off against Swansea City yesterday. However, whatever went on in the dressing room - the comments made to the public by Jones have been remarkably understanding given the circumstances.

Supporters were disgusted by McPhail's actions in kicking the ball away whilst already on a yellow card. It left us to play 40 minutes with 10 minutes in our most important game this season. You can't blame the referree, only the individual - made even more infuriating by McPhail's sending off against the Swans first time round!

Jones told the SW Echo:

'A lack of discipline from Stephen has probably cost me three points, when we took the lead we were playing the better football and in charge of the game.'

'It looked like Swansea would have to send more players forward and we might have then picked them off.'

'It`s a lack of discipline on Stephen`s part. He doesn`t normally do it and probably thought he was a little bit hard done by over a few free-kicks that were not given.'

Jones also appeared slightly confused about the reasoning behind the dismissal. Like supporters who must have wondered what went through the head of an experienced proffessional and supposed leader, Jones gave conflicting comments on the issue:

'It wasn`t about the occasion, it was more frustration, but you can`t kick the ball away.'

'The frustration boiled over in the end. That`s what the atmosphere can do to you.'

So in wasn't about the occasion, but it was about the atmosphere! Whatever, Jones may be keeping his anger 'in house' but McPhail could not have complained if his manager had lambasted him more publically. Maybe, Jones will make his footballing decisions do the talking with McPhail already in poor form and close to losing his place in the side.

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Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 1 2008

Time: 1:00PM

Your Comments

roger the clear captain of that team. im sick of wrotong about McFailure............DJ DROP THE GUY. PLAYMAKER HE IS NOT! Get Darcy in there
hey guys, i think you all need to lighten up about macca, hes a great guy, hes a great role model on and off the field, even though he made a mistake, but dont we all. thanks bluebirdlewis, it would of been nice to get a run out against the jacks, maybe i could of scored that winning goal hey , and as for the poll for yesterday, all i suggested was should i get a run out, because some people might not know i am a member of this, and be honest about it, but i DID NOT write about, anyone but mcphail, so please lighten up
we admire your commitment to other members of the team darcy but we feel mcphail is not performing and if i was you i would be pretty miffed that his name enters the teamsheet b4 your own when his performances are more than below par and have been for some time. DJ must rotate poor players and give oithers the chance to shine!!!
bluebird04...the truth is he might be great off the pitch and in training but when it matters hes clearly not performing. and thats in front of 17k fans. perhaps putting him on the bench will shake him up. who knows by subbing him on he might but a spark back into the game. we need a change.
look guys, i know our performences havent been exactly inspiring, and i would like to apologise, we just hitting that bad patch that everyone gets, just please have patience, and then we will get into the prem
any truth that Routledge it going to BlackBurn Rovers in Jan
i have no idea, at the moment he is with us and is happy.
whata great loan signing though. shows how much DJ wants to push CC into Prem. he acted really quickly. got to praise him for that
yes great acquisition by DJ! hope he doesn't go to blackburn as i think he's already proved he has a role to play at this club hopefully we can acquire him in january! probably wishful thinkin but u never know

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