Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Cardiff City Player-By-Player Review: Steve MacLea

Cardiff City Player-By-Player Review: Steve MacLea
Steve MacLean
Centre Forward
Free Transfer, Sheff Wed




Steve MacLean arrived at Ninian Park as the proven Championship striker and on a free transfer. Sheff Wed fans were sorry to see him go and it looked like we`d picked up a decent player for little expense despite his high wages. However, it didn`t start well for the Scotsman when on his debut against Stoke City he won a last minute penalty to give us a point. However, having NEVER missed a penalty for the Owls, he blasted at Simonsen and saw the follow-up saved.


MacLean did get off the mark in a 2-0 win over QPR although some sources credited the goal to Paul Parry but MacLean was not looking a threat and we seemed incredibly toothless in attack. The next 15 appearances saw MacLean play lesser roles, often from the subs bench and he failed to find the net.


One such appearance, on New Years Day, saw MacLean replace Hasselbaink with half an hour to go and fans witnessed one of the most hapless performances in recent years. MacLean`s touch was poor, passes were wasted and chances went begging - he looked a player devoid of confidence and completely ineffective. He made one more appearance, in the FA Cup against Chasetown where he contributed a useful assist before leaving to join forces with previous manager Paul Sturrock - now at Plymouth Argyle. They must have seen something in that wretched performance and Sturrock paid 500k for his services.


For Cardiff City to lose another striker, with Fowler injured and Feeney on loan was suprising, but no fans complained about this decision after securing a hefty fee (the first he ever commanded!) for a free transfer flop - great business!


MacLean seems to have settled better on the South Coast and has scored 3 goals in 14 starts for the Pilgrims. He won`t be remembered long at Ninian Park, and neither will he want to look fondly on his short spell as a Cardiff City player.


Season rating: 3

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Monday June 30 2008
Time: 12:00PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Vital View - Championship 23rd-24th September

Blackburn collected another three-points with a win at Derby with fellow strugglers Cardiff collecting a needed win at Rotherham with leaders Huddersfield slipping up at Reading.

Stats: Rotherham v Cardiff

All the stats from Rotherham (1) vs (2) Cardiff, New York Stadium, 24/9/16 Att: 8,348

Vital Pre-Match - Rotherham v Cardiff

Cardiff's poor start to the season under Trollope continued with Leeds going away from the Cardiff City Stadium with a two-nil win. A match at Rotherham comes tomorrow.

Pilkington Named In Republic Squad

Having earned a point away to Serbia in the Republic of Ireland's first Group D game last international window, Martin O'Neill has now named his squad for the World Cup qualifiers...

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Whittingham's Left Peg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Rotherham MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Amos0%
Peltier0%
Morrison0%
Connolly0%
Richards0%
O'Keefe0%
Noone0%
Immers0%
Whittingham0%
Ralls0%
Lambert0%
Sub - Harris0%
Sub - Ecuele Manga0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Norwich 9 6 2 1 20 6
2 Huddersfield 9 6 1 2 19 4
3 Brighton 9 5 2 2 17 6
4 Reading 9 5 2 2 17 0
5 Newcastle 9 5 1 3 16 10
6 Birmingham 9 4 4 1 16 4
7 Barnsley 9 5 0 4 15 6
8 Wolves 9 4 3 2 15 3
9 Brentford 9 4 2 3 14 6
10 Bristol City 9 4 2 3 14 5
11 Sheff Wed 9 4 2 3 14 -1
12 Leeds Utd 9 4 1 4 13 -1
13 Fulham 9 3 4 2 13 -2
14 Ipswich 9 3 3 3 12 0
15 Forest 9 3 2 4 11 -2
16 Q.P.R. 9 3 2 4 11 -4
17 Aston Villa 9 1 6 2 9 0
18 Burton 9 2 3 4 9 -2
19 Preston 9 3 0 6 9 -4
20 Blackburn 9 2 2 5 8 -6
21 Cardiff 9 2 2 5 8 -7
22 Derby County 9 1 3 5 6 -6
23 Rotherham 9 1 3 5 6 -12
24 Wigan 9 1 2 6 5 -3
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Sep 27 2016 7:45PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Burton Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 14 2016 7:45PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 19 2016 7:45PM : Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 22 2016 5:30PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship