Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Cardiff City Inquest Begins: The Manager

Cardiff City Inquest Begins: The Manager



Dave Jones was hit with a serious blow prior to the derby against Swansea City. Initially, Michael Chopra (suspension) and Stephen McPhail (operation) were ruled out in addition to the long term injuries to McNaughton and Etuhu. However, the news that Peter Whittingham was ruled out was also a huge problem for the Bluebirds with no recognised cover in that position.

If McPhail was fit, you can bet any money that Joe Ledley would have reverted to left wing with McPhail and Rae in the centre. However, McPhail`s absence meant that Dave Jones would have had to use either Solomon Taiwo or Riccy Scimeca in the middle - and the fact that he didn`t speaks volumes as to his faith in those two players.

Instead, Tony Capaldi was utilised in midfield - a position he has adopted in reserve games but never for the first team save for a few minutes during the 0-0 draw with Arsenal last season. We were unbalanced, and offered no threat whatsoever on the left - Angel Rangel must have loved it. Ross McCormack would usually have come in, having started the season in that position but unfortunately he was needed up-front for this one-off game.

Dave Jones had a chance to change the formation with McCormack on the left and Burke on the right. Rosco`s favoured position is on the left of a front three and we could then have matched Swansea`s midfield three with Rae, Ledley and Scimeca. That wasn`t considered and even when we were chasing the game, no formation change was made and Taiwo was inexplicably used in a wide left role - he we hopeless.

Dave Jones was restricted in his options but he got it wrong. There will be no such admission from him of course and perhaps rightly so but despite the players under-performing, Pablo Sousa out-managed Dave Jones with his selection, tactics and leadership. It`s not in Dave`s style, but to see a bit of passion and involvement from the touchline would have been nice for the fans to see. We know little of what goes on in the dressing room, but there were no pitchside rollockings, encouragements or tactical changes. A goal down with 20 minutes to go, an International striker on the bench - and all we did was bring a lower league inexperienced central midfielder into the derby day heat in an unfamiliar position.

The Championship`s manager of the month was outshone, and played a big part in this defeat. That is undeniable, yet somehow overlooked.



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

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Monday November 9 2009
Time: 2:26PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Aberdeen Warn Cardiff To Be Serious With Hayes Bid

Cardiff have been warned by Aberdeen to 'be serious' with any improved approach for Jonny Hayes.

Warnock's Tan Hopes

In the wake of Cardiff's win in the five goal thriller with Bristol City on Saturday Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock was hopeful of getting the backing he feels he needs from Vincent Tan.

Vital View - Championship, 12th-14th January 2017

Newcastle moved above Brighton to the top of the table when Albion slipped up. Rotherham and Wigan both won but remain in the bottom three with Blackburn.

Video - Bristol City 2 Cardiff 3

Bristol City twice led but a couple of late goals at Ashton Gate in the Severnside derby saw Cardiff come back to win 3-2.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Cardiff
Write For Vital Cardiff
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Bristol City MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Murphy0%
Peltier25%
Connolly0%
Morrison0%
Bamba25%
Bennett0%
Whittingham0%
Gunnarsson0%
Ralls0%
Pilkington50%
Zohore0%
Sub - Harris0%
Sub - Hoilett0%
Sub - Halford0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 26 18 1 7 55 29
2 Brighton 25 16 6 3 54 23
3 Leeds Utd 26 15 3 8 48 11
4 Reading 25 14 4 7 46 3
5 Huddersfield 26 14 4 8 46 0
6 Sheff Wed 26 13 6 7 45 6
7 Derby County 26 11 7 8 40 5
8 Fulham 25 10 9 6 39 13
9 Preston 26 11 6 9 39 3
10 Barnsley 26 11 5 10 38 4
11 Norwich 26 11 4 11 37 3
12 Birmingham 26 9 9 8 36 -5
13 Aston Villa 26 8 11 7 35 1
14 Ipswich 26 9 7 10 34 -3
15 Brentford 26 9 6 11 33 0
16 Wolves 26 8 8 10 32 -1
17 Q.P.R. 26 9 5 12 32 -11
18 Cardiff 25 8 6 11 30 -10
19 Bristol City 26 8 3 15 27 -3
20 Forest 26 7 6 13 27 -8
21 Burton 26 6 7 13 25 -10
22 Blackburn 26 6 6 14 24 -12
23 Wigan 26 5 7 14 22 -9
24 Rotherham 26 4 4 18 16 -29
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Jan 21 2017 3:00PM : Burton Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 24 2017 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Reading (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 31 2017 7:45PM : Preston North End (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Norwich City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.lyndster1
The Vital Football Members League