Date:Monday August 19 2013
Cardiff City rookie Declan John can certainly be pleased with his own performance despite an ultimately disappointing and difficult defeat against West Ham where the Bluebirds were given a hasrsh lesson in the fine margins of Premiership football.
John was a surprise inclusion ahead of the likes of McNaughton and Simon Lappin, but was given prior warning by Mackay and significant gametime in the pre-season friendlies leading up to the clash. The experience and pressure did not seem to daunt the 18 year old, and he stood up well to the difficult task of dealing with the high quality wing players like Jarvis, Cole and latterly sub Downing.
The entire defense had a makeshift look to it, with Caulker making his debut and Connolly continuing in a full-back role where he still does not look entirely comfortable. Nevertheless, John was tidy in possession and showed confidence to push forward where possible and after losing possession once early on he was generally good, especially sith the first half rigid midfield offering little help.
It seems certain now that John will lose his place to Andrew Taylor, back after suspension. On a day where all players will have questions asked of their contribution - John can be satisfied. Taylor too will ensude a tough time in the premiership and there remain plenty of questions as to how he also will cope with the standard.
Always good to see young homegrown players doing well in the first team. However, in what promises to be a very long and difficult season for Cardiff City it would not help his development to be under so much pressure. Hopefully City can start to put together some performances and he can come into a side playing with more purpose and confidence. John will remain around the first team squad and can certainly learn a great deal from his team-mates. The fans and his manager know he can certainly be relied on to cover injuries and suspensions if required.
Date:Monday August 19 2013
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