UK time is: 05:45:15
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Cardiff City Season Review: The Keepers (1)

Another Season, Another New Keeper


On-loan Manchester United youngster Tom Heaton began the season as Dave Jones` preferred option
between the posts. Whether that was on merit, or under agreement with Alex Ferguson is unknown but
Heaton did OK in his initial appearances for the club. It took him 6 attempts to finally secure a
clean sheet but then went 300 minutes without conceding as the Bluebirds went unbeaten in 9 games.
Doubts remained as to Heaton`s command of his penalty area and although renowned as a shot-stopper
- he wasn`t pulling off many saves! In fact, he made two disappointing efforts during a 2-2 draw
with Norwich City but he remained number one.


Heaton made several early mistakes in collecting backpasses, and made another away at Plymouth
Argyle as he crazily hand-balled outside his box with little need. However, he was one of few
players that day to emerge with credit after pulling off a number of good saves. Ironically it was
to be his last game for some time as the goalie limped off with a calf strain in the final few
minutes to be replaced by Enckelman.


The Enckelman Era

Peter Enckelman was actually unbeaten in the league all season (see title='Vital' a style='color: #2455A1'
href='http://www.cardiff.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=155953'> HERE
) and we looked
an increasingly solid defensive unit. Kicking was a weakness for Encks and on several occasions he
looked accusingly at the pristine Ninian Park pitch when it was of course his technique letting him
down. Nevertheless, goalkeeping gaffes were rare and Enckelman was settled as our first choice
goalkeeper. However, he went under the knife early in 2009 for an operation on a long-standing knee
problem. We had waited until Tom Heaton was recovered and also moved to secure Dimi Konstantopoulos
on loan from Coventry City as back-up. Unfortunately for Encks, his rehabilitation went badly and it
was soon confirmed he would miss the remainder of the campaign. Bad luck for the Finn, but he has
another year remaining on his contract and will compete with David Marshall next season.


Heaton Heartache

Tom Heaton returned to the number one jersey for a plum away tie against Arsenal, Heaton was
immaculate despite a harsh lesson and 4-0 hammering dealt out by the Gunners to the battered
Bluebirds. The youngster made some excellent saves and effectively kept it from being a cricket
score as we were completely outclassed by a rampant Arsenal and Eduardo in particular. However, he
picked up a thigh strain in the defeat and was ruled out for a month. Terrible luck for Heaton after
months on the sideline and playing superbly in his comeback game.



Up next: Dimi Konstantopoulos takes on the keeper's jersey.






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Championship odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 1 2009

Time: 11:05AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Stats: Cardiff v Blackpool (Saturday April 25 2015)

Cardiff v Blackpool - Team Sheets (Saturday April 25 2015)

Slade On Blackpool Clash (Friday April 24 2015)

Young On Millwall Frustrations (Sunday April 19 2015)

Vital Report: Cardiff 0 Millwall 0 (Sunday April 19 2015)

Stats: Cardiff v Millwall (Saturday April 18 2015)

Vital Preview: Cardiff v Millwall (Friday April 17 2015)

Harsh Ipswich Defeat For Slade (Wednesday April 15 2015)

Dalman - We're Still Fully Committed (Wednesday April 15 2015)

Archived Cardiff City Articles

List All Vital Cardiff Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Cardiff 3 - 2 Blackpool
Cardiff 0 - 0 Millwall
Ipswich 3 - 1 Cardiff
Leeds Utd 1 - 2 Cardiff
Cardiff 0 - 3 Bolton
Reading 1 - 1 Cardiff

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Charlton 45 14 18 13 -3 60
11. Birmingham 45 15 15 15 -11 60
12. Forest 45 15 14 16 3 59
13. Cardiff 45 15 14 16 -5 59
14. Sheff Wed 45 14 17 14 -6 59
15. Leeds Utd 45 15 10 20 -11 55
16. Huddersfield 45 13 15 17 -17 54

Breaking League News

Match Report - Owls Suffer Loss To Leeds
Sheff Wed : 25/04/2015 23:10:00
Karanka defends decision
Middlesbrough : 25/04/2015 21:18:00
Neil: It Was The Turning Point
Norwich : 25/04/2015 21:17:01
Shattering blow for Boro
Middlesbrough : 25/04/2015 20:46:00
RUFC - Jordan Wants To Start
Rotherham : 25/04/2015 20:02:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Blackpool MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Marshall 0%
Peltier 0%
Ecuele Manga 0%
Morrison 0%
Fabio 0%
Kennedy 0%
Gunnarsson 0%
Ralls 0%
Noone 0%
Doyle 0%
Mason 0%
Sub - O'Keefe 0%
Sub - Pilkington 0%
Sub - Maynard 0%