THE STARS GET TOUGHER THE MALKY WAY
CARDIFF aren’t blowing it this time. Like countless others, I nearly bought into the belief that the Bluebirds were chokers. That successive failures on the big stage had eroded their collective psyche. So when they lost 2-1 to Peterborough at the end of March, I was just one of many who raised an eyebrow and sniggered:‘Here we go again’.
But this Cardiff City side is not the talented but fragile bunch of years gone by. Those players are largely gone, sold or jettisoned by manager Malky Mackay.
In their place he has assembled a side whose primary quality is their mental toughness; a team who have lost successive matches just once all season.They may not have bedazzled the division like Swansea did, nor overpowered it like Newcastle, but in their unwavering belief and ability to churn out results, Cardiff are just as impressive. BLACKPOOL manager Paul Ince is often caricatured as tetchy arro-gant,but and
the former Man skipper evidently United
has a fine sense humour. How else of
can you explain claim that son Thomas
his is worth £25m? “If you’re talking
£15m for Zaha, has got to be £25m,” Thomas
he said. “If you com-pare the two, Thomas
should cost more.” Ince is good, and
maybe comparable with Zaha at a push.
But only a comedi-anwould say he
was worth £1.3m more than Juan
Mata, currently the best player
in the Premier League.