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Cardiff City Gain Costly Draw At Blackpool

Cardiff City rode their luck at times but came away from a wet Bloomfield Road with a valuable point after a disappointing performance from the Bluebirds.

Both sides started brightly but it was the seasiders who made the early headway and forced a number of corners for their massive side to attack. However, it was Cardiff City who were to take the lead after Ledley set Chopra away and his effort looped over the 'keeper for the second weak in succession with a deflection off Welsh defender Rob Edwards.

A major incident of the first half was a nasty injury to McCormack, the Scotsman was all alone when he pulled a hamstring and had to be stretchered off. That brought Chris Burke onto the field though you'd hardly have noticed as I'm sure he didn't touch the ball for at least 10 minutes. However, his arrival was marked when a mazy run saw him beat three men only for Chopra to get in his way.

Just moments before half time, Blackpool deservedly equalised as Ian Evatt produced a quality finish to beat Marshall. The composure and placement was not expected from a big lump of a defender but 1-1 it was.

The second half was a scrappy affair and Cardiff City never really had a grip on proceedings. Chopra looked dangerous at times but had little service with McPhail subdued and Whittingham's delivery poor.

Jason Euell rolled back the years to create two good chances, one with a sublime flick and shot that Marshall did well to save. Chris Burke had a rasping shot skim the crossbar but in truth we were second best. McPhail was replaced by Rae but we still failed to get a grip in midfield and were outplaced by the impressive Vaughan and Southern.

Both sides had glorious chances to win it at the death with Baptiste's header well saved by Marshall and Mark Hudson somehow missing from 5 yards out after Gerrard's header with the last kick of the game. That would have been incredibly harsh on Blackpool who more than matched us and looked altogether more comfortable. A valuable point though injuries to McCormack and Quinn (also carried off late on) could prove costly.





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Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 15 2009

Time: 5:05PM

Your Comments

.. same old, same old problem - McPhaill, Whittingham, Rae, Ledley have to provide consistently good service to the strikers and must not be afraid to have a go themselves ..
gtsutton
mate the midfield needs an overhaul and this game was pure evidence of that fact! We were shockin throughout most of the game and the midfield was torn apart time after time by blackpool. ON this futher evidence teams of higher quality( no disrespect to blackpool) will be rampant when playing us and i cannot see a top six finish with the likes of whittingham and mcphail for us to pin our hopes on.................................................................................. burke for me should have started again and not play ross cos hes whinging hes a second fiddle to chopra. deal with it mate!!! could have even dropped whittingham........................................... need left wing and central midfielder x 2 asap in my opinion and it is only an opinion but its a bloody good one at that or we can kiss goodbye a top six finish and look forward to further mid table seasons...................... one other suggestion could be trying anthony gerrard in central midfield, he has played there and his ball distribution is much better than that of RAE and our supposed playmaker Steve MCphailure, for me mcphail just has to go, his negative playing, his silly fouling, his poor awareness and lack of skill all factors why he isn't a championship footballer, SORRY mcphail its true and i think DJ is starting to see it cos u aint an untouchable anymore hence your subbing today!!!!
smakerzthebluebird
oh and blackpool deserved the 3 points so unlucky to you!................... but as a C.C.F.C fan i'll take the point as it is in some ways more satisfying t gain points when playing badly than when playing well!
smakerzthebluebird
mcphail was carrying an injury today but i agree he failed and it was also clear Dave Jones was unhappy with him. very close to his last chance
bluebirdshroom
 

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