Date:Wednesday March 25 2009
Cardiff City fans will have been desperately disappointed today at the news that the FAW panel has ruled against our appeal for Gabor Gyepes' red card against Sheffield United. That means the powerful Hungarian will miss our huge home game against rivals Swansea City.
Gyepes has been extremely solid and had forged a formidable partnership with fellow centre-back Roger Johnson - a pairing Dave Jones is loathed to alter and which the team and supporters have come to trust and depend upon.
Jones now has two options. Darren Purse is almost certain to step in as a like-for-like replacement. He has not been on top form since early in the season but is a dependable and proud individual - he will relish an opportunity to play in suce a big game and will not let us down. Nevertheless, he has not played much football this year and hos appeared sponderous and off the pace at times.
The only remaining alternative is to switch Kevin McNaughton to centre-back where he excelled against Sheffield United. This move is not ideal as McNaughton lacks the height and power to be a standard centre-back. However, to any who didn't see the Blades game, Kev was exceptional covering space, heading clear and intercepting numerous forward balls. His switch would allow Miguel Comminges or Darcy Blake to slot in at right-back.
Ironically, it is Gyepes who will be a bigger loss. Either red card could (and perhaps should) have been overturned and despite Ross' being for three games - we have an excellent pairing of Bothroyd and Chopra to call on, with Eddie, Quincy and Paul Parry in reserve. Ross started on the left wing against Sheffield, a position we are exceptionally strong in with Qunicy and Whitts on the bench, and Parry not even in the squad. Despite Ross being our top scorer, it is the loss of Gyepes that is the bigger blow and we will not relish changing our strong defensive line-up.
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Date:Wednesday March 25 2009
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