UK time is: 20:45:40
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Keeper Dilemma For Cardiff City

Cardiff City have a big decision to make with regards the number one jersey with Dave Jones set to choose between his two goalkeepers - each of whom has a realistic shout for selection and will be hoping to get the nod.

David Marhsall started the season as number one, but has lacked confidence and shown a lack of form - especially evident with his wayward kicking. Tom Heaton took over, and deservedly made the shirt his own with a number of good performances until an unfortunate knee ligament injury saw him ruled out for 6 weeks.

We are fortunate to have two able and evenly matched goalkeepers to select from and Marhsall was recalled. He remains well short of top form, but was not helped by a hesitant and underperforming defence as City's shocking November/December form continued.

Once fully fit again, Heaton reclaimed his place between the sticks for the 3-0 shocker at Bristol City, and welcome 2-1 win over Leeds where he could do little about Snodgrass's excellent curled effort.

Recently, both men had a chance in the FA Cup against Stoke City, and while Heaton was disappointed to have conceded two late goals to Jon Walters - Marshall was superb at the Brittannia Stadium. Marshall made numerous good saves and was instrumental in the draw - he also had no chance with Tuncay's classy effort. The former Norwich City man also pulled off an outstanding penalty save against Watford a few weeks back.

In the replay, Heaton was beaten at his near post with a bullet header from a poorly defended corner. While Heaton was not at fault, he was not faultless and conceded a very poor effort when Walters slotted across his body from a tight angle to seal the game. Prior to that, Heaton was again beaten at his near post to concede an injury time leveller at Norwich, though he was somewhat unlucky - the ball was close to him, but took a deflection and angled upwards into the roof of the net.

Both goalkeepers will be hopeful of a start against Watford, and its difficult to predict Dave Jones' decision on this one. Watford will cause problems, and a clean sheet would be hugely welcome for the Bluebirds as we begin this crucial run of games.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 21 2011

Time: 4:17PM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Slade Expecting Tough Reading Clash (Thursday November 20 2014)

Mackay Returns (Thursday November 20 2014)

Pilkington Opens Irish Account (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Final Day Fixtures Set (Tuesday November 18 2014)

Make Or Break For Morrison (Sunday November 16 2014)

Vital Report: Birmingham 0 Cardiff 0 (Monday November 10 2014)

Stats: Birmingham v Cardiff (Saturday November 8 2014)

Vital Preview: Cardiff v Birmingham (Friday November 7 2014)

Trio Could Leave (Friday November 7 2014)

Archived Cardiff City Articles

List All Vital Cardiff Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. westonal 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Cardiff 1 - 0 Wigan
Cardiff 0 - 1 Middlesbrough
Brighton 1 - 1 Cardiff
Fulham 1 - 1 Cardiff
Bolton 3 - 0 Cardiff
Blackburn 1 - 1 Cardiff

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
9. Wolves 17 7 6 4 0 27
10. Norwich 17 7 5 5 6 26
11. Forest 17 6 7 4 3 25
12. Cardiff 17 6 5 6 0 23
13. Sheff Wed 17 4 9 4 -2 21
14. Reading 17 6 3 8 -5 21
15. Leeds Utd 17 5 5 7 -4 20

Breaking League News

Exploring the Loan Market Situation
Fulham : 20/11/2014 20:23:00
Russell And Chrisite Earn First Caps
Derby County : 20/11/2014 20:20:00
LUFC Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United Team News
Leeds Utd : 20/11/2014 20:09:00
LUFC Redfearn - Leeds support is second to none
Leeds Utd : 20/11/2014 20:00:00
Redfearn Players need to enjoy what they are doing
Leeds Utd : 20/11/2014 19:37:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Birmingham MotM
Suggested By:  Whits
Marshall 18%
Connolly 0%
Turner 50%
S Morrison 16%
Brayford 0%
Noone 0%
Gunnarsson 0%
Whittingham 0%
Pilkington 0%
Le Fondre 0%
Macheda 0%
Sub - Maynard 0%
Sub - Fabio 16%
Sub - Gabbidon 0%