Cardiff City Squad Review (11/12): Anthony Gerrard
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.
6 - Anthony Gerrard
errard enjoyed an impressive sabbatical season whilst on loan with Hull City last year, and while he looked set to depart, the exit of Dave Jones appeared to give Gerrard a second chance with the Bluebirds. However, it was to be another season of frustration for the scouser as he remained a bit part player and spent the majority of the campaign on the bench.
A solid and committed defender, Gerrard didn`t look comfortable alongside Mark Hudson and the City defense was too easily breached at times. Gerrard featured most regularly at the start of the campaign, and this is when City were picking up points and doing well. However, the emergence of Ben Turner was a huge plus for us, though not for Gerrard.
Some amusing moments during half-time warm-ups saw Gerrard taking on (or out) opponents mascots, but the key moment for him will surely be the Carling Cup final penalty miss. It must have been a huge moment for him to appear at Wembley, against his high profile cousin and his hometown club. To miss the crucial penalty kick that gave Liverpool the win will haunt him. As a Liverpool fan, it may be in a few years that he is glad it was to Liverpool but as a proud and undoubtedly passionate footballer - Gerrard was crushed. Not only the miss, but the horrible scuffed attempt will long stay with him.
Most likely, Gerrard will look to move on over the summer. He never let Cardiff City down, but a man like him needs to play every week and that seems highly unlikely here.
b>Season`s Rating: 5/10