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Cardiff City Must Keep More Clean Sheets

Cardiff City Must Keep More Clean Sheets

Cardiff City face Burnley tomorrow looking to make it an unprecedented 7 home wins in a row - a superb record for any team, in any league. However, our away from remains a little shaky, while fans would have to admit that we are leaking a few too many goals to be considered acceptable for a team chasing automatic promotion.

Although results are good, and we are predominantly an attacking side - Cardiff City have kepy only two clean sheets in the last ten Championship matches. Thats on the back of two shut-outs in the opening two fixtures meaning a total of 4 clean sheets in 12.

Those two more recent clean sheets came at home to Blackpool (3-0) and away at Millwall (0-2), we were the better side on both occasions but on several others we have made life difficult by not closing the door on our opponents. Most notably we lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace having led 2-0 at half-time.

Malky Mackay appears to be concerned also, and took the unusual step of dropping Kevin Mcnaughton from the starting XI. The decision was made to allow Ben Turner a welcome return in central defence, while Mackay opted against dropping impressive new signing Matthew Onnolly who looked perfectly comfortable at right-back.

David Marshall was furious to concede a sloppy goal from a corner against Watford, and their two dismissals and a penalty were key to us snatching the three points late on so luckily the mistake didn't cost us points - on another day it would have done. We have a good, and settled defence but will look to provide a little more solidity at the back to make life easier for ourselves.

Burnley are next up, and any Championship side will do well to stop Charlie Austin scoring at the moment.... a third home clean sheet of the season would be very welcome indeed.



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Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Friday October 26 2012
Time: 1:50PM

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