Date:Monday August 20 2012
Cardiff City full-back Kevin McNaughton remains an ever-willing runner and does all he can to support the Bluebirds attacks from full-back despite having the unenviable task of covering the entire right flank with Don Cowie operating in a 'tucked-in` midfield role. The former Aberdeen man often makes marauding runs down the wing, though his final ball is often lacking.
However, if a telling final pass is somewhat of a rarity for McNaughton, then the opportunity to score is a virtual impossibility. There have been a few shots over the past few seasons, but very few to trouble the goalkeeper though one memorable strike last season hit Cowie on the six yard line when it looked to be flying in.
Therefore it was a surprise on Friday night for the fans when a neat move down the City left saw a pull-back which traversed the penalty area to find McNaughton 16 yards from goal and with the space to shoot. It was also a shock for McNaughton, but he did recover in time to control and get a shot away on target - though he was certainly unsure whether to place his effort or blast it. In the end, he did neither but still forced an excellent sprawling diving save from visiting Keeper Smithies. I'm sure he considered putting it out for a throw-in - far more natural for the defender...
McNaughton has netted just twice in his Cardiff City career, and that puts him in negative figures with several own goals against him! Of those two goals, one was a nicely hit volley in an FA Cup tie against Hereford while the other was an embarrassing affair when a looped cross evaded Luke Steele and crept under the bar during a 3-0 win over Barnsley during the 2007/08 season - he did look suitably abashed.
Overlapping full-backs to support the attacks are a feature of Cardiff City under Malky Mackay, and McNaughton has more clear cut chances than the vast majority of our side so far this season. On current and past form however, hopefully the next falls to a striker, Peter Whitttingham or other attack minded player (even preferably Mark Hudson!).
Date:Monday August 20 2012
New Then Exit For Mason (Thursday July 31 2014)
Squad List Includes Medel (Thursday July 31 2014)
Brayford Set For League Debut (Tuesday July 29 2014)
Jones Part Of Ole's Plans (Tuesday July 29 2014)
Jo Inge Berget Signs For Celtic (Monday July 28 2014)
Yeovil 1-4 Cardiff (Monday July 28 2014)
Defender Deal Unlikely (Sunday July 27 2014)
Cardiff Frustrated With Medel Move Progress? (Saturday July 26 2014)
Campbell Completes Palace Move (Friday July 25 2014)
£10m Medel Offer From Galatasaray (Wednesday July 23 2014)
|10. Derby County||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|No contract talks for Ricketts........yet
» Wolves : 31/07/2014 11:00:00
|Wanderers Win At Vale Park
» Bolton : 31/07/2014 10:18:00
|Watson Praises Youngsters
» Birmingham : 31/07/2014 10:18:00
|Adkins: Taylor is taking his opportunity
» Reading : 31/07/2014 10:00:00
|Adams Will Look At Loan Market
» Norwich : 31/07/2014 09:40:00