Hudson Shows Cardiff City Strikers The Way
Much has been made recently of Cardiff City's lack of goals and striker options with main man Kenny Miller looking far below his lively best and the injury hit Gestede also failing to find the net with any regularity. Joe Mason has hit a few, but is used mostly in a midfield role while Robert Earnshaw remains badly out-of-favour.
There is certainly a strong argument to suggest that the midfield unit must take a great deal of responsibility for the goal drought. Not only are the likes of Cowie, Gunnarsson etc no scoring, but the shape, creativity and balance are all lacking. That has increased pressure immensely on the strikers.
With Miller and co. misfiring and looking badly short of confidence, it was left to a highly unlikely hero to rescue a valuable point at Birmingham City on Sunday. Defenders have a crucial role in attacking from set-pieces, but this was no defenders goal from Mark Hudson.....
Remaining up-field after a long throw-in was half cleared, Peter Whittingham cleverly pciked out the big defender - who ghosted in between two Blues players and deftly directed a low angled shot across Myhill and neatly in the corner. This was an instinct shot, guided not hit - a difficult chance but taken beautifully.
We won't be atempting to turn Mark Hudson into a striker at any point, but it was nice to see a player finish coolly, without overthinking. Kenny Miller has hit post, crossbar and shot narrowly wide when well placed lately - he could learn a lot from Hudson's relaxed bodyshape and not snatching at his effort.
Click here to see Hudson's impressive strike against Birmingham City.