UK time is: 11:35:03
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Cardiff's Magnificent McNaughton

Cardiff City withstood sustained scrutiny from Leeds United and can be justly proud of themselves after keeping a clean sheet to record City's fourth win in five.

To do this without either of their first choice centre-backs is all the more impressive. Joe Ledley was excellent at left-back, despite having very little experience in the position. Chris Gunter, a 17 year old in his first season was immense as he harryed and chased making some truly thunderous clearances to boot.
Roger Johnson stepped up admirably to marshall his inexperienced defence and single handedly kept out Leeds' barrage of long balls.

However special praise must be reserved for a truly heroic performance from Scotsman Kevin McNaughton. Recently returned after concussion and losing his place to Joe Ledley, McNaughton was asked to fill in at centre-back and performed his job impeccably.

It looked early on as if McNaughton might struggle with the physical side of the game after he conceded a couple of aerial battles and corners. The young Scot grew in stature and confidence and was a rock in the heart of the Bluebirds defence. Like a terrier he nipped away at attackers, frustrating them and clearing time and time again. His pace saw him nip in front on several occasions and cooly clear the danger.

To think McNaughton, City's most impressive and consistent player, early on this season was a free transfer is unbelievable. He should still be learning the game but looks as experienced as any with excellent reading of the game and positional sense. He has played left back, right back, central midfield and now centre-back for Cardiff and has done an effective job in each of them.

When Cardiff needed him, McNaughton stepped up more than any other on the pitch and deserves plenty of praise for a courageous and almost faultless display.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


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

The Journalist

Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 19 2007

Time: 12:00PM

Your Comments

Agreed. He was terrific saturday.
Aderyn las
But Leeds were so shocking, dont think he shoud again against West Brom, they far better
Bonesy
But who would you play there Bonesy ?
little_miss_bluebird
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Jonesing On Non Footballing Decisions (Thursday March 26 2015)

Jones Loaned To Bournemouth (Thursday March 26 2015)

Arrival Of Arsenal Defender Confirmed (Wednesday March 25 2015)

Young On Solid Birmingham Showing (Sunday March 22 2015)

Stats: Cardiff v Birmingham (Saturday March 21 2015)

Archived Cardiff City Articles

List All Vital Cardiff Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. westonal 2

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Cardiff 2 - 0 Birmingham
Cardiff 1 - 1 Bournemouth
Brentford 1 - 2 Cardiff
Cardiff 1 - 2 Charlton
Rotherham 1 - 3 Cardiff
Cardiff 0 - 1 Wolves

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Charlton 39 13 15 11 -2 54
12. Sheff Wed 39 13 14 12 -4 53
13. Leeds Utd 39 14 10 15 -4 52
14. Cardiff 39 13 12 14 -2 51
15. Birmingham 38 11 14 13 -12 47
16. Brighton 39 10 15 14 -3 45
17. Bolton 39 12 9 18 -11 45

Breaking League News

Leeds Loan Watch - Ajose and Crewe cause a shock
Leeds Utd : 29/03/2015 10:12:01
Young Leeds striker crashes out of competition
Leeds Utd : 29/03/2015 09:00:00
LUFC On This Day - March 29th
Leeds Utd : 29/03/2015 07:51:00
Olsson's Turbulent Day
Norwich : 29/03/2015 07:00:01
Harris - Youth Is Millwall's Future
Millwall : 28/03/2015 21:43:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Birmingham MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Marshall 0%
Fabio 0%
Ecuele Manga 0%
Morrison 0%
Malone 0%
Noone 0%
Gunnarsson 0%
Whittingham 0%
Ralls 0%
Jones 0%
Revell 0%
Sub - Kennedy 0%
Sub - Doyle 0%
Sub - Adeyemi 0%