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Cardiff City Squad Review (11/12): David Marshall

Cardiff City Squad Review (11/12): David Marshall

A brief look at the individual contributions of all the major Cardiff City players over the course of the 2011/12 season. The 'rating` as given is not purely based on performance but more the impact that player had compared to what we could realistically have expected at the start of the year and given their own standards and reputation.



1 - David Marshall

arshall was the goalkeeper chosen by incoming manager Malky Mackay to be the Cardiff City number one last season, and the ex-Norwich City man managed to hang onto the jersey throughout the league season - a contrast to seasons gone past when goalkeepers were sometimes dropped due to form. In fairness to Marshall, I can`t remember a patch of form where you would say he was definitely below par and the Scotsman generally lived up to his reputation as an adept shotstopper.

Personally, I felt that Marshall has improved as a goalkeeper over the past year, due to his showing a renewed confidence in dominating his area and coming for crosses. A tendency to hesitate under the high ball has long been an issue for Marshall, but he never seemed to improve under Dave Jones and Martyn Margetson. However, this season he looks more comfortable, though it is never likely to be his strength.

Marshall will have been disappointed to miss out on the epic Carling Cup run, but in all honesty he will have been delighted to remain number 1 in the league. Over the course of the season, he didn`t let us down and has now been rewarded with a new long-term contract as a further shot in Mackay`s faith.

Season`s rating: 7/10



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Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Thursday May 31 2012
Time: 5:00PM

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