CARDIFF AND HULL LOOK­ING DOOMED

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FOR ex­cite­ment, this sea­son has been un­beat­able. The Cham­pi­onship has been tighter than a packed lift at Weight Watch­ers.

But for qual­ity, it has hardly been a vin­tage cam­paign. Cardiff? Yes, the Blue­birds have been good, but their suc­cess was based on con­sis­tency, not class.

Malky Mackay ar­gued last week that his side were “sexy”. Maybe, but only if you fancy fe­male body­builders. Ad­mirable though their qual­i­ties are, Cardiff will need some se­ri­ous re­build­ing if they aren’t to em­u­late Read­ing’s strug­gles.

Hull look bet­ter placed. On their day, the Tigers are the best foot­balling side in the di­vi­sion, able to hog the ball and break at speed. In a di­vi­sion where pos­ses­sion is king, skil­ful play­ers like Sone Aluko and Ge­orge Boyd should flour­ish.

Yet they, too, need in­vest­ment. With Aluko in­jured since Jan­uary, the paucity of their re­serves very nearly led to to­tal col­lapse. A striker would be a good start.

Ei­ther way, it is dif­fi­cult to see ei­ther club do­ing a Swansea and play­ing their way into in­stant top-half con­tention. This time next year, ex­pect both to be cling­ing on by their fin­ger­tips.

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