Here are the Cardiff City headlines for Friday October 1st.
Mick McCarthy’s mercato verdict
Cardiff City manager Mick McCarthy has hinted the transfer window hasn’t gone exactly as planned and left him with a few short bodies – leaving his untested youngsters to take over.
Cardiff let 11 players go this summer, including loans, and brought only four, one of them, Ryan Wintle, being shipped to Blackpool for the season.
This means McCarthy has had to rely a lot more on the youngsters going through the youth system, which is a tall order given their inexperience, and hopes the experienced players still at his disposal will rise to the occasion.
The Bluebirds have been rightly praised for cleaning up the debris and creating this path for youngsters to shine. However, with so few options experienced in a relatively small team, and some experienced activists seeing their form drop, they are loaded with much more than McCarthy could have wished for.
“I didn’t think I had a squad of 22 with some of the youngsters we have on the squad. But that’s how it went,” McCarthy said of the transfer window.
“Some came and did well.
“It’s a lot easier to come in and do well as a youngster when you win games. When you have to rely on them, it’s hard for them.
“I’m not criticizing any of them, we have to encourage them and get the best out of them.”
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“The worst I have ever seen” – Gabbidon
Dejected Danny Gabbidon believes Cardiff City are a ‘soft touch’ at the moment and that the loss to West Brom was the worst he has ever seen playing for the Bluebirds.
Gabbidon, who has played 124 times for Cardiff, was puzzled as he watched his former club surrender to the Baggies this week.
“The goals conceded… West Brom scored two fantastic goals but you look at the others and they were unacceptable goals to concede, goals that you don’t expect Mick McCarthy’s teams to concede,” Gabbidon said during from this week’s EJFOF.
“It was probably the worst I have ever seen play in Cardiff City. It was really poor, really poor.
“There was no idea how they were going to score a goal and they were defensive, again, everywhere. I couldn’t figure out the system at the time.
“I look at Ryan Giles and I couldn’t understand what they were playing up front, whether it was two No 10s behind James Collins… sometimes I would watch Ryan Giles, who can do great things on the ball, but I haven’t seen him come back once. I don’t know if he was told to do that. What was happening then, they were just overloading the sides and I took pity on the boy, [Mark] McGuinness. He arrived as a center-half on that right side and he couldn’t cope with it, he needed help there.
“James Collins sometimes fell very deep, [Leandro] Bacuna I don’t know what he was … I just didn’t know what was going on!
“There was no plan and they’re caught between two stools. They’re not going to rush teams and they’re really passive and you can play through them.
“They are just a soft touch by the minute and I never thought I would say that about Cardiff City. Because you watch them and there are experience, tall, physical and bossy players, but they’re so easy to tackle on the minute.
“It is simply unacceptable.”
A decade of Joe Ralls
Friday marks 10 years since Joe Ralls made his league debut for Cardiff.
On October 1, 2011, the then 17-year-old midfielder faced Hull City and marked his debut with a stunning volley in a 2-1 loss.
Ralls has made 284 appearances for the Bluebirds in all competitions and, to give Cardiff a boost, it looks like he will be in great shape again for Reading’s visit this Saturday.
“Well, he’s in good shape. He’s ready to play if he’s chosen,” McCarthy said at his press conference Friday morning.
“It’s a fabulous achievement because he’s only 27 now, isn’t he? Having started at 17 and being a regular and a fan favorite, I hope there will be something for him this weekend, it’s lovely. “
Cardiff supported to bounce back
Sky Sports expert David Prutton has backed Cardiff City to recover from their midweek fight at the hands of West Brom this weekend.
Cardiff were hammered 4-0, compounding the misery of a 5-1 loss to Blackburn at the weekend, and leaving them to wallow in 18th place in the table.
However, the former Nottingham Forest, Southampton and Leeds Prutton midfielder pushed the Bluebirds to stop the rot and earn a point on Saturday.
He said: “I really enjoyed my trip to Reading last Saturday (covering the Middlesbrough game).
“Will Cardiff react? Yes, I think they will. Will they beat Reading? No, I’m in a 1-1 draw.”
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