Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Cardiff Start Brightly, But Fade Against Celtic

Cardiff Start Brightly, But Fade Against Celtic

Cardiff City's first appearance at the CCS under Malky Mackay ended in a 1-0 defeat by SPL side Celtic - the Scottish outfit start their season shortly and were ahead of the Bluebirds in terms of preparation. However, that didn't stop Cardiff City impressing in the first 20 minutes.

Makcay's starting XI featured new signings Taylor, Cowie, Gunnarsson and Mason while there was a welcome return for Anthony Gerrard. We looked bright, and confident though did lack width and a cutting edge. Jon Parkin got away on occasions and should relly have scored when set free by Whittingham - but the 'Beast' failed even to test Stipe Pletikosa in the Hoops' goal.

Celtic came more into the game from that point, and in truth were the better side. Kris Commons fired narrowly wide, and saw a powerful free-kick saved by Marshall. THe only goal of the came came when a deflected cross was steered home by Anthony Stokes after stealing between Gerrard and Naylor.

The second half was slow paced and more akin to a training game, though our lack of creativity and attacking threat was noticable. More options are needed to solve this problem and while Parkin and Mason worked hard, they were unable to make any impact during the second half.

Some positives, some worries but a decent run-out for a number of key players. The team are still gelling and this was the bioggest test of pre-season so far against a better prepared squad. Above all others, the game was a crucial learning process for new manager Malky Mackay.



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

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Thursday July 21 2011
Time: 9:04AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Adams Turns Professional

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Warnock On Selfish Healey Decision

Cardiff's match winner against Burton on Saturday - coming off the bench to score the added time winner - definitely can't head out on loan again now.

Cardiff Round Up - Ins & Outs

Neil Warnock held his meeting with Cardiff owner Vincent Tan after the Bristol City win with a couple of players leaving and one arriving prior to victory over Burton on Saturday.

Vital View - Championship, 20th-21st January 2017

Newcastle and Brighton both won with the Magpies keeping top spot. Wigan moved out of the bottom 3 with Rotherham, Blackburn and Burton in the relegation zone.

Video - Cardiff 1-0 Burton

Cardiff have now moved closer to midtable than a relegation battle after recording a third successive win to make it four unbeaten with a 1-0 victory over Burton.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Cardiff
Write For Vital Cardiff
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Burton MotM
Suggested By:
McGregor0%
Connolly0%
Morrison0%
Bamba0%
Peltier0%
Kadeem Harris0%
Gunnarsson0%
Ralls0%
Hoilett0%
Pilkington0%
Zohore0%
Sub - Kennedy50%
Sub - Lambert0%
Sub - Healey50%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 27 19 1 7 58 33
2 Brighton 26 17 6 3 57 24
3 Huddersfield 27 15 4 8 49 2
4 Leeds Utd 27 15 3 9 48 10
5 Reading 26 14 4 8 46 2
6 Sheff Wed 27 13 6 8 45 5
7 Derby County 27 12 7 8 43 6
8 Barnsley 27 12 5 10 41 5
9 Fulham 26 10 10 6 40 13
10 Norwich 27 12 4 11 40 5
11 Preston 27 11 7 9 40 3
12 Birmingham 27 9 10 8 37 -5
13 Aston Villa 27 8 12 7 36 1
14 Ipswich 27 9 7 11 34 -5
15 Brentford 27 9 6 12 33 -1
16 Cardiff 26 9 6 11 33 -9
17 Q.P.R. 27 9 6 12 33 -11
18 Wolves 27 8 8 11 32 -3
19 Forest 27 8 6 13 30 -7
20 Bristol City 27 8 3 16 27 -4
21 Wigan 27 6 7 14 25 -8
22 Burton 27 6 7 14 25 -11
23 Blackburn 27 6 7 14 25 -12
24 Rotherham 27 4 4 19 16 -33
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Jan 24 2017 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Reading (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 31 2017 7:45PM : Preston North End (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Norwich City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.lyndster1
Write for Vital Football