Well! Who expected that? Premiership new boys Cardiff City, turning over big spending Manchester City in their first home game! Not me, certainly! Fraizer Campbell certainly took no notice of anyone else’s predictions, as his brace stunned the football world & made the other Premiership sides sit up and take notice.
The team were a totally different beast compared to a week earlier at West Ham, with a number of players putting in improved performances. Gunnarsson looked back to his best, Connolly put his woeful West Ham performance behind him and Turner silenced the fans’ criticism with an assured display. Kim also showed the sort of performances that everyone was expecting from him this season, not many players breeze past Yaya Toure with the ease that he did on Sunday!
Gary Medel also gave another committed performance, whilst seeing Whittingham playing out wide took me back to his first few seasons at Ninian Park. His set-piece delivery was incredible and something that could prove vital in keeping Cardiff up this season.
A hard working, committed & efficient performance from the boys was no doubt aided by the “12th man” off the pitch. The Cardiff fans were incredible on their premiership debut & the atmosphere was lauded by pundits as much as the performance was! The fans kept singing, even when Manchester City took the lead & I think that the crowd at home will be VITAL in turning defeats into draws and turning draws into wins & keeping the team in the premiership. We need to make sure that the unbelievable atmosphere that was created on Sunday is replicated again on Saturday, as Everton will be just as tough as Manchester City were.
Who are they? Exactly! Cardiff City weren’t given much chance to bask in the glory of their shock win, with the League Cup game against Accrington Stanley was played on Wednesday. Malky fielded a weakened side, though the side was one that should have comfortably beaten the side that is the bottom of the football league pyramid & they did so. Andreas Cornelius made his first competitive start for the club & there was a lot of dispair amongst City fans as he was stretchered off in the first half. City won with a Bergkamp-esque stonker from Maynard, whilst Gestede completed the win with a goal just one minute later. Cardiff return to West Ham for the third round in the cup, probably with a vastly different squad to the team that played there in the first game of the season.
With only a few days left in the transfer window, Cardiff are expected to sign one more player, possibly two. I’d like to think that there will be a winger on his way & another striker, especially if Cornelius is going to be missing for a few weeks.
There’s talk of Vaz Te, Defoe, Odemwingie, Lennon & Jefferson Montero joining the ranks of Cardiff City, whilst I cannot see them all joining (!) it’s heavily suggested that Ricardo Vaz Te will be joining Cardiff before the end of the window. Personally, I don’t feel he would add heavily to what we already have, though he would add strength in depth. Jefferson Montero seems to have dropped off the radar slightly, he was heavily linked at one point, but if the club could bring him in, it would be a really fantastic signing! There’s no doubt though, that Malky needs to bring in some more players to add some much needed depth to the squad.
Personally, I’d love to see Peter Odemwingie come to Cardiff. He’s unsettled at West Brom, and I felt his actions last transfer window regarding QPR were blown out of all proportion & were unfair on him & I’m sure that he would really add to this squad, if he joins. He has bags of experience at this level too, with an excellent goal scoring record.
After last week’s outstanding result, Malky will have to keep the player’s feet on the floor this week & get them focused on the Everton game. Everton will be just as tough as Manchester City were. Will Malky change the team? I think it would be quite unfair on the 11 against Man City to not go with the same team as last week.
Hopefully, a cauldron of noise will greet Roberto Martinez and his team on Saturday, the ex-Swansea manager will surely get a special welcome of his own! Will he play Fellaini & Baines, despite strong interest in the pair from Manchester Utd? They seem to have lost their defensive steel from the Moyes days & this makes me think that Cardiff will be able to get a point from this game.
Cardiff City 1 – 1 Everton
Until next time,
The Leckwith Mole
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