Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Schmeichel or Oakes For Cardiff?

Schmeichel or Oakes For Cardiff?

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones has a tricky decision to make regarding the goalkeeper jersey for tonight's important game against Crystal Palace.

Kasper Schmeichel joined City on a 1 month loan from Manchester City and went straight into the line-up in the 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United. The Dane did reasonably well in slippery conditions but would have been disappointed not to have saved Jim Goodwin's equaliser for the Iron - the angled shot going across Schmeichel into the far corner.

Ex-Wolves stopper Michael Oakes was the fall-guy for Schmeichel's inclusion after Middlesborough man Ross Turnbull returned to Boro after a dodgy spell in South Wales. Oakes is experienced and fairly reliable but had not put in any sparkling performances.

However, Schmeichel was not available for the Carling Cup third round tie at Liverpool as Man City did not want him cup-tied. This meant a re-call for Oakes in the Bluebirds goal and the experienced stopper put in an impressive performance and could do little about El Zhar's or Steven Gerrard's goals for the Reds.

Oakes collected numerous crosses and saved well on occasions as well as marshalling his defence effectively - in fact, the defensive line looked as organised as it has done all season even against the threat of England International Peter Crouch and the powerful Ryan Babel.

Schmeichel or Oakes is a tricky call for Dave Jones, of course he has seen them in training in the last week and will have a better idea of their respective confidences and form. I think he'll go for Schmeichel tonight.

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

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Date:Tuesday November 6 2007
Time: 3:03PM


Kasper for me, if hes only her 4 a month - we need 2 c more of him
06/11/2007 16:33:00
we need to buy this oakes
lil blackpoolgas
07/11/2007 09:08:00
You have got a good keeper in Schmeichel. Only a few weeks ago he was playing excellent in the premiership.
07/11/2007 16:37:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Everybody Has Pulled Together

The Sky Bet Manager of the Month winners for February 2018 are in, which has seen Neil Warnock named as the top man in the Championship.

The EFL Bubble In Danger Of Bursting As TV Influence Grows?

The EFL have crunched the full attendance numbers for the season of 2016/17 and their results show a 6% increase compared to 2015/16.

February PotM Nomination - Morrison (Cardiff)

The February nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month Award are in.

February MotM Nomination - Warnock (Cardiff)

The February nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month Award are in.

Cardiff City Archived Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Cardiff
Write For Vital Cardiff
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Huddersfield MotM
Suggested By:
Sub-M Harris3%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures

The Vital Football Members League