Cardiff City - McPhail Thriving In Cardiff City's New Midfield
UK time is: 04:58:37
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

McPhail Thriving In Cardiff City's New Midfield

Cardiff City midfielder Stephen 'Macca` McPhail is hoping for the nod to start for the Bluebirds against his former club Leeds United on Sunday, he played in the 5-3 win against Barnsley on Saturday and followed that with another influential display in the Carling Cup midweek.

The 4-5-1 system currently favoured by City manager Malky Mackay plays to McPhail`s strengths. He has struggled in the past as part of the 4-4-2 formation and never really regained the excellent form he showed whilst protected by Riccy Scimeca. However, in a 3-man midfield McPhail finds more space, can receive possession more easily and rarely wastes his pass.

That formation also suits Whittingham, but those who thought the inclusion of both left-footed 'cultured` players might be too lightweight have been proven wrong with the new look midfield showing good balance. McPhail is most comfortable playing deeper in that formation - sitting just in front of the back four, acting as a link and dictating the play.

Aron Gunnarsson and Filip Kiss are much better suited to the traditional defensive midfielder mentality but Gunnarsson has thrived in a more forward role and continues to close down and hassle opponents. Don Cowie too offers good protection and with such good passers of the ball, and the willingness of Cowie, Whitts and Conway to push forward - McPhail is given more time and license to influence City`s play.

Since suffering a loss of form, and then undergoing difficult treatment for a MALT lymphoma, McPhail has not been an integral part of Cardiff City`s team over the past couple of seasons. Illness during pre-season was another huge blow to McPhail`s hopes but he has returned and shown great character and form to stake his claim for a starting place in Mackay`s XI. Hopefully, he can continue to show his quality and experience in the Bluebirds` midfield.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 28 2011

Time: 9:56AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Cardiff Know 2015-16 Opponents (Monday May 25 2015)

Honduran Striker Linked (Monday May 25 2015)

Moore A Wanted Man (Sunday May 24 2015)

Hands Off Whitts & Mason (Tuesday May 19 2015)

Marshall Gets Scotland Call Up (Tuesday May 19 2015)

Mason Linked With Wolves (Monday May 18 2015)

Cardiff Announce Memorial Match (Saturday May 16 2015)

Orient Winger Again Linked (Thursday May 14 2015)

Archived Cardiff City Articles

List All Vital Cardiff Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Forest 1 - 2 Cardiff
Cardiff 3 - 2 Blackpool
Cardiff 0 - 0 Millwall
Ipswich 3 - 1 Cardiff
Leeds Utd 1 - 2 Cardiff
Cardiff 0 - 3 Bolton

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
8. Derby County 46 21 14 11 29 77
9. Blackburn 46 17 16 13 7 67
10. Birmingham 46 16 15 15 -10 63
11. Cardiff 46 16 14 16 -4 62
12. Charlton 46 14 18 14 -6 60
13. Sheff Wed 46 14 18 14 -6 60
14. Forest 46 15 14 17 2 59

Breaking League News

Potential Signings- Full Backs
Reading : 27/05/2015 22:05:00
PWU Podcast Special - Boycey Is In The House
Wigan : 27/05/2015 21:32:01
Thomas Called Up For Under-20s
Derby County : 27/05/2015 21:30:00
Opinion: Some Reading fans are glad Federici has departed.
Reading : 27/05/2015 21:22:00
LUFC Head chopped by Cellino
Leeds Utd : 27/05/2015 20:52:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Forest MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Marshall 14%
Peltier 0%
Morrison 0%
Turner 0%
Fabio 12%
Kennedy 12%
Gunnarsson 0%
O'Keefe 0%
Ralls 0%
Mason 50%
Doyle 12%
Sub - Revell 0%
Sub - Pilkington 0%
Sub - Moore 0%