Bellamy Leading Right From The Front
Cardiff City have come back to life with a run of good form, putting us in with a great chance for promotion. The four wins on the bounce were absolutely crucial and while all four were always winnable - thats hugely different from actually getting the 12 points.
A key observation has been completely evident since the International breal with Captain Craig Bellamy showing phenomenal work-rate, determination and contribution to the cause. THat's not to say Bellamy hadn't been putting in 100% previously, but recent showings have been pure inspirational.
Bellamy is currently operating in attack, rather than the left wing berth he has occupied for the majority of his appearances this campaign. That switch was largely necessitated by the unfortunate groin problem picked up by Michael Chopra. Whilst that is undoubtedly a loss, it has sparked a run of wins that has been crucial to our current position.
Bellamy has closed down from the front and covered so much ground recently. Opposition defenders have been given no space, time or a moments peace and this defending from the front has been key. Other Bluebirds players have been lifted by this attitude and also raised their game. It's not just work-rate, but the quality crosses set up 2 goals against Portsmouth, while he also bagged a goal at Sheffield United.
One example of Bellamy's current attitude came during the second half against Pompey. THe game was won, and City were cruising but continuing to attack. Whittingham sprayed a first time pass into space on the right, Bellamy gave chase and refused to give up on the ball heading into touch - culminating in the Welshman clattering into the advertising hoardings (almost at full pelt) in front of me in the Ninian Stand.
Whilst Bellamy may be better advised to save his knee, and hit general fitness for the run-in, it's certainly inspiring for the players and the fans to see and is indicative of the improved results and team cohesion we have witness in the past few weeks. Long may it continue!