Crystal Palace Fan's View On Cardiff City
Cardiff City travel to face Crystal Palace tonight looking to get back on track after Saturday's disappointment. The Eagles are struggling near the relegation zone, but have a good record at home and will be up for the fight. We spoke to Eagles fan Eddy over at
Is Freedman the right man now, and for the future?
I think so, the easy option would be to say we could do with a more experienced manager or somebody who had won a battle like this before, but at the moment I can't really fault much apart from some of the results we've had. Freedman seems to have one eye on survival and the other eye on building for the future so it's unlikely he's going to be going anywhere soon regardless of what happens on the pitch, which again I don't see as much of a bad thing whilst we lay the foundations and the build for the future. Dougie's young and ambitious so he'll be learning all the time and he's got the majority, if not all, with him and fans appreciate the position we are in. If we can avoid the drop, we'll be in a much stronger position to improve next season and Dougie's talents and potential as a manager should shine through more.
What are your team strengths/weaknesses?
At home our defence is definitely our strength (ignoring Reading), we are tight and well organised normally and Cardiff will have to be at their best if you want to win. I wouldn't expect you'll get many chances so it'll boil down to whether you can take the ones you do create. Our weakness by comparison is how we start the game, if we don't come out the blocks properly and we let you get a foothold on the game it could go very wrong. Our focus is what seems to suffer more often than not and we make silly mistakes on the back of it. In an ideal world our frontline will be firing on all cylinders and we'll find ourselves a couple of goals to the good before we switch off.
Palace player to watch Tomorrow?
James Vaughan, I know he's the obvious pick but you are hard pushed to find anything to criticise when it comes to his performances. He hasn't found the net since the beginning of February but he's always full of running and more than happy to play his part in creating chances for others when the ball isn't dropping for him. Outside of him the next two obvious picks would have to be Ambrose or Danns, both more than capable of finding the goal, both more than capable of creating an opening and again both are prepared to dig in and sweat for the cause.
If you could have one Cardiff City player on a free - who and why?
Avoiding the obvious picks of Bellamy or Bothroyd I think I'd have to plump for Whittingham. When I have seen Cardiff play and from the ocassional highlights, he always seems like he's dictating the game. A nice eye for goal, sweet left foot and doesn't mind tracking back and helping out in defence as he goes - a good complete player who always gives his all is my impression.
Prediction for the game?
It's going to be tight and with your forwards I can't see us keeping a clean sheet, so I'd be happy with a 1-1.