Date:Thursday April 5 2012
Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has shown tremendous faith in his weary and out-of-sorts players over the past couple of months when the majority of supporters were clamouring for changes. A fresh system, or utilising some of the fringe players like Conway, Kiss, Blake etc would have seemed a viable option to halt our slide.
However, Macaky stuck with his preferred charges and chose to highlight positives such as becoming 'difficult to beat' when we'd drawn against Burnley and Millwall despite the fact we looked lacklustra and devoid of ideas.
Individuals have come in from criticism, the most notable being goal-shy Kenny Miller who looks a million miles from his best while Don Cowie, Aron Gunnarsson and Kein McNaughton would all have benefitted from a rest with options available to Mackay to replace them.
Speaking to Vital Watford editor Tom ahead of our upcoming clash with the Hornets, it became clear this is a characteristic of Malky Mackay's management to date.
'Something you've probably noticed with your own patchy form, is his[Mackay's] tendency to blame anyone but the players.'
'Obviously it's a ploy utilized very successfully by the likes of Arsene Wenger or Sir Alex Ferguson but I'm confident that you can vouch for the fact that it grates on supporters somewhat.'
Clearly you don't want to see a manager laying into his players, and especially not the younger ones. That's not the way to get the best out of anyone. However, when the players themselves know that things aren't going well - it's also not good to hide behind excuses.
A lack of depth, pace and natural width have cost us this season. You can't blame those on the players we have at the club. All have given their best all season, but when poor form inevitably hits, you need to change things around and give others a chance. Unfortunately for the Bluebirds, poor form for several players came at once and the team and results have suffered.
Date:Thursday April 5 2012
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