Date:Wednesday June 3 2009
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
Date:Wednesday June 3 2009
Cardiff City Endure Dour Stalemate At Stoke (Thursday December 5 2013)
Cardiff City vs Manchester United (Team News) (Sunday November 24 2013)
Lawro: Cardiff City 'Outside Chance' vs Relegation (Sunday November 24 2013)
Cornelius Set For Cardiff City Return (Sunday November 24 2013)
Special Praise For Cardiff City's Marshall (Wednesday November 20 2013)
Aston Villa vs Cardiff City (Team News) (Saturday November 9 2013)
Villa Fan's View On Cardiff City Clash (Saturday November 9 2013)
Manager Comments As Cardiff Win Derby Spoils (Monday November 4 2013)
Stats: Cardiff City v Swansea City (Monday November 4 2013)
Derby Delight For Cardiff City ! (Monday November 4 2013)
|17. West Ham||15||3||4||8||-6||13|
|19. Crystal Palace||15||4||1||10||-12||13|
|Carroll - No Saviour
» West Ham : 11/12/2013 16:49:00
» Man Utd : 11/12/2013 16:40:00
|Stat Attack - Shakhtar (h)
» Man Utd : 11/12/2013 16:30:00
|United 1 Donetsk 0 - Moyes Verdict!
» Man Utd : 11/12/2013 16:28:00
|Christmas is Cancelled
» West Ham : 11/12/2013 16:26:00
|Cole Contract Update!
» Chelsea : 11/12/2013 16:23:00
|Match Day Moments - Steau (h)
» Chelsea : 11/12/2013 16:21:00