Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Cardiff City Squad Review (11/12): Stephen McPhail

Cardiff City Squad Review (11/12): Stephen McPhail

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.


37 - Stephen McPhail

here is a lot of love around Cardiff City for the Irish midfielder who last season underwent treatment for a malt lymphoma and who has struggled with the difficult Sjogren`s syndrome. A recurrence of the illness denied McPhail a pre-season and his fitness was badly knocked - limiting his impact over the first half of the season. However, once fit and with a sensible management and selection policy to look after his health - McPhail became a valuable player once again and acquitted himself well.

McPhail brought a balance and calm assuredness to the Bluebirds whenever he was available to feature and his presence in front of the back four had multiples positives not least a controlled tempo, precise passing and a free advanced role for Peter Whittingham. Though he rarely forayed further than the centre circle, there is a creative benefit to including McPhail and while he will never be a goal threat - the shape and style benefits meant we looked much more threatening.

A full pre-season is a must for the experienced McPhail. Mackay has praised his professionalism on countless occasion and clearly still sees a role for the veteran who is also the official vice-captain. Based on last seasons performances, a fully fit McPhail remains a big asset in the Championship.

Season`s Rating: 6.5/10



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

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Friday June 1 2012
Time: 4:00PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Oshilaja Heading Back To Gillingham

Oshilaja has had two loan spells with Gillingham so far with the defender reportedly heading back to the League 1 club for a third spell.

Former Defenders Join Burton & Newport

Cardiff released Ben Turner and Jazzi Barnum-Bobb this summer with both now finding new clubs. They've signed for Burton and Newport, respectively.

League Cup F‏irst Round - Bristol Rovers (22/6/16)

The draw for the first round of the English Football League Cup took place earlier this afternoon.

Birmingham Away On Opening Day

Cardiff City face a trip to Birmingham City on the opening day of the 2016/17 Championship season.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Whittingham's Left Peg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Birmingham MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Marshall3%
Peltier0%
Connolly20%
Turner10%
Malone3%
Noone3%
O'Keefe3%
Whittingham3%
Lawrence3%
Pilkington26%
Immers6%
Sub - Zohore0%
Sub - Harris0%
Sub - Ecuele Manga20%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)