UK time is: 02:28:24
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Cardiff City Season Review: Gavin Rae

4: Gavin Rae


Cardiff City`s midfield was a weakness and in many fans` eyes - this unit, and the inability of Dave Jones to identify a winning formula were the main reasons for our failure to reach the play-offs. Gavin Rae was one man regularly selected in the central midfield - perhaps unsurprisingly as only two natural central midfielders were selected all season!

Rae`s partnership with McPhail was under severe pressure last season and that pressure only intensified this year. It is absolutely clear that Rae and McPhail are not well suited as a partnership with both lacking creativity and neither comfortable in possession and able to drive the team forward. Rae`s partnership with Joe Ledley was by far the best we saw, but even this has some major shortcomings.

Gavin Rae is by no means a stand-out player in our squad. He rarely makes the final pass or telling contribution while you often hope it`s not up to him when we create a shooting opportunity. However, you do get a great deal of effort, determination and work-rate from the Scottish International. He does effective work breaking up opposition attacks and closes down effectively. His distribution is weak but I do feel sorry for him at times with McPhail, Whittingham and Parry all prone to hide behind opponents and fail to present for the ball. One thing you can say about Gavin Rae is that he didn`t hide this season, when things were tough he kept plugging away at his natural game and whilst he was less effective than he can be - he did contribute.


Just one goal all season for Rae, he was disappointed with the tally but it was a great goal as he collected McPhail`s pass and coolly rounded the 'keeper. Twice he also rattled the crossbar as it seemed luck had deserted him in front of goal. Rae is a defensive minded midfielder and alongside a creative player - he is effective. If he is to keep his place in the side next season, Rae must develop certain aspects of his game - but would certainly be helped by a better functioning midfield unit.


Season`s Rating: 6




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:Wednesday June 3 2009

Time: 11:25AM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Cardiff City Articles

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)

Highlights - Ipswich 3 Cardiff 1 (Wednesday April 15 2015)

Vital Report: Ipswich 3 Cardiff 1 (Wednesday April 15 2015)

Stats: Ipswich v Cardiff (Tuesday April 14 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 0 - 0 Millwall
Ipswich 3 - 1 Cardiff
Leeds Utd 1 - 2 Cardiff
Cardiff 0 - 3 Bolton
Reading 1 - 1 Cardiff
Cardiff 2 - 0 Birmingham

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Charlton 44 14 18 12 -2 60
11. Forest 44 15 14 15 4 59
12. Sheff Wed 44 14 17 13 -5 59
13. Cardiff 44 14 14 16 -6 56
14. Birmingham 43 13 15 15 -13 54
15. Huddersfield 44 13 14 17 -17 53
16. Leeds Utd 44 14 10 20 -12 52

Breaking League News

Defender Going Nowhere!
Charlton : 20/04/2015 20:22:00
Whittingham Named In Team Of The Decade
Cardiff : 20/04/2015 20:09:00
Video - Pearson And Roeder Press Conference
Sheff Wed : 20/04/2015 20:06:01
White makes comeback as Monty nets a hat-trick
Leeds Utd : 20/04/2015 19:53:01
Blackburn v Millwall - Team News
Blackburn : 20/04/2015 19:46:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Millwall MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Marshall 0%
Peltier 0%
Ecuele Manga 0%
Morrison 0%
Malone 0%
Noone 0%
Gunnarsson 0%
Whittingham 0%
Ralls 0%
Doyle 0%
Mason 0%
Sub - Fabio 0%
Sub - Pilkington 0%
Sub - Kennedy 0%