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.