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Perfect Solution To Cardiff City's Crisis !

Cardiff City have McNaughton, Kennedy, Capaldi and Quinn out for Sunday meaning that there are no left-backs available for the clash against Bristol City.

Comminges, Blake, Ledley and Whittingham are possibilities to fill in while there is a faint hope that Quinn will be fit in time.

However, there is another solution - killing a number of birds with one stone and I believe this could work very well indeed for the Bluebirds.

Cardiff City could/should start with three at the back - Hudson, Gerrard and Gyepes. That would add further aerial solidity and perhaps add cover for the lack of mobility that sometimes hinders Hudson.

On the left we would play the industrious Joe Ledley. He loves to bomb up and down the left flank, is a natural winger and has a sound defensive head on him too. He has all the attributes to be a quality wing-back and can provide width and an attacking overlap.

On the right, teeneager Adam Matthews. It's a big ask for the youngster but he's primarily a full-back but has also played in midfield and is tipped for a future as a winger! He has pace, position sense and is willing to get forward and back at any opportunity.

McPhail and Rae could re-commence their partnership, maligned in the past but this time would have Peter Whittingham in a free role just ahead of them to add extra cover when Bristol have possession. Whitts could add width on either side and has a good shot so would be a constant threat to the Wurzels.

Up-front, Chopra and Bothroyd. Nuff said.

The one man unlucky in this would be Chris Burke, he's in good form and deserves to start but he could also jo a job from the bench. We would be lacking in a little width, but with Whitts free and able to operate on either flank, plus the overlapping wing-backs, we would cause serious problems for any defence and how many headed goals do we get from crosses anyway?!?

What are your thoughts? Is a 3-5-2 formation a good idea? Would this formation be a handful, or a disaster in the derby? Leave a comment below!

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Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 20 2009

Time: 4:43PM

Your Comments

I like it, but havent given it any real thought as its NOT 4-4-2 and therefore WONT HAPPEN !!!!
But but - it's good! It could work!
I think it cood work but to be onest i dont think mcphail deserves to be in the team as much as chris burke does, because chris buke is the one on form at the moment. i would pick comminges at the back in stead of ledley and move himtocenteral midfield take mcphail off and bring burke in on the wing.
like your thoughts but why not play 4 at the back using ledley as left back bringing anthony gerrard into DM position which would also cure our midfield being run through like a hot knife through butter......... we could then use rae an mcphail centre with whitts just behind chopra and bothroyd so u play 4 1 3 2. i like this and gerrard is great at distributing the ball around and could play some great balls through to chops etc
line up would look like so marshall, ledley gyepes hudson matthews, gerrard, rae mcphail(altho i hate mcphail) whitts, bothroyd chopra. not a bad line up considering we have injuries in my opinion and this way we get the defensive help and midfield help going forward which would kill 2 birds with one stone
u are right about burke tho deserves to play in some shape or form been outstandin this season so far best performer for me
.. yes - good to see positive thinking about who should be playing where - agree with your original plan except BURKE please instead of McPHAILL ..
Its a good sign that people are worried about the most experience player we have (mcphail) while not one person had a problem with playing Adam Matthews (1 senior start) in an unfamiliar role!
The problem i hafe with mcphail is that he can play hot and cold one minute he's outstanding the next hes giving the ball away every ten seconds. Has anyone realised that when jay bothroyd comes off cardiff city dont seem to know how to change their game. The midfield keep playing the same type of ball as if he is still on the pitch in stead of playing balls on the ground for chopra and mc corrmack to run on to. What city need is a midfield organiser who can make these change of tactics work on the pitch, not another striker.
Undoubtedly we do suffer from that problem - but you cannot enter a season with just three strikers - if they all start aswell! That means they have to play every single game - another striker needed for sure.
okay thats fair but i mean good strikers now are hard to get now a days or they cost to much.
i think gerrard could provide that midfield impotus we need hes a great distributor of the ball and can play in midfield as well. worth a try i think. DJ listen to the fans lol

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