Low crowd was no excuse for that display by the Bluebirds
IT’S been yet another eventful few days for Cardiff City, with their low FA Cup gate being the talk of Britain, another player disappointingly departing, one seasoned campaigner coming in – and a big Championship clash with Bristol City looming.
Here is my take on the key issues... CARDIFF’S FA Cup defeat to Fulham became something of a nationwide talking point, not because of the result, more as a result of the paltry attendance on Sunday morning of barely 5,000.
Gary Lineker had a bit of a pop on TV, asking it if it had been played behind closed doors. The former Wales and Cardiff Blues rugby player Andy Powell heavily criticised Bluebirds fans on Twitter.
Cardiff City were in the public domain, but not for the reasons we wanted.
Look, I will be honest and say I expected a bigger crowd. I turned on the TV myself and was shocked by what I was watching with the stands near empty.
I probably expected double that attendance, definitely if the game had been played on a Saturday afternoon.
But I guess it was what it was. TV schedules dictate things these days, it is the way football has gone.
The 11.30am kick-off, coupled with transport links at that time on a Sunday morning and the general feel of the club still not being quite right for some fans, combined to make it the attendance we had.
Throw in the fact that it was Fulham, not the most glamorous of opposition, and lots of factors were in play.
That said, it was still no excuse for me to see such a lacklustre performance from Neil Warnock’s side.
I’ve played in front of small crowds before and know it can affect you as a player, but there were lots of fringe figures being handed an opportunity to state their case for inclusion against Bristol City this weekend.
To say they disappointed understatement.
Only Sol Bamba stood out for me, and he’s guaranteed his spot in the defence at Ashton Gate any how. If he could provide the drive and commitment required, why couldn’t others step up to the plate?
Warnock looked angry on the sidelines, appeared to get redder and redder as he watched events unfold in front of him.
Cardiff got it wrong with and without the ball. With it they weren’t patient enough, trying the defencesplititng pass after two touches and invariably giving it away.
Without it they didn’t press as a team, created too manygaps for Fulham to exploit.
Everything considered, a day to forget. is an I can’t sit here a couple of days on and say he had a great game, otherwise people will think I’ve lost my marbles. He didn’t, would be the first to admit it himself, but we do need to afford Halford a little time to settle into his new environment before we can expect to see the best of him. Halford is one of those players who can play in a variety of positions, has had lots of clubs, but perhaps versatility has worked
his against him.
Sometimes you need a settled position in order to be seen as a master of that role.
I’m not sure he can hold down a first choice central midfield role and he won’t break into the centre of defence if everyone is fit.
Nor is he the type of £10m player expected to be the side’s playmaker.
There might be an opening at rightback if something happens to Lee Peltier, but it may just be we see Halford continue as a utility man and fill in here, there and everywhere for the Bluebirds.