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Cardiff City Turn To Stalwart McNaughton

Cardiff City suffered a massive injury blow when key defender Mark Hudson was ruled out for at least a month prommpting Dave Jones to dip, once again, into the loan transfer market. Jlloyd Samuel was brought in from olton and completes our squad for the rest of the campaign.

Of course, Hudson is a centre-back - a position we had struggled in this season culminating in a move for Dekel Keinan from Blackpool back in January. He has done well, but it has remained evident that Jones does not trust his back-up duo of Gyepes and Darcy Blake.

Therefore, the capture of left-back Samuel suggests he will once more turn to the dependable Kevin McNaughton and ask the diminutive Scotsman to switch to centre-half allowing Samuel or Lee Naylor to take over on the left flank.

'Super Kev' is a right back, but is equally comfortable on the left and has performed admirably in difficult circumstances when utilised in the centre. McNaughton lacks the physicality to become a regular in that position but he has an uncanny ability to get the job done- whatever that may be.

In a squad dominated by star names, huge wage earners and tempramental characters - McNaughton is a welcome exception. He shows phenomenal determination, work-rate and willingness to undertake whatever is asked of him. When clattered by an opponent, or whilst covering for the regular mistakes of others - there is no moaning, no flailing of arms or overhyped behaviour..... he gets up, trots back to position and is there to excel when called on next.

To think we signed Kevin McNaughton on a free transfer is surreal.

For the remaining 8 games, it now looks likely that Kevin McNaughton will partner Keinan at the back - another new partnership. He will need to use his expertt reading o0f the game, and added pace to coverr behind the back four and look to compete, if not dominate, aerially.

Despite all the 'big names', Cardiff City are incredibly lucky to have Kevin McNaughton in the squad, summed up perfectly by QPR boss Neil Warnock:

'Kevin McNaughton? Any team in the Championship would love to sign McNaughton. He`s probably the first name on the team sheet.'


I concur.




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Date:Tuesday March 29 2011

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