UK time is: 09:53:39
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

The Race for Second: Cardiff City



Most Canary fans would probably point to Cardiff's local rivals as the main competition for second spot. However, it is Dave Jones' Bluebirds that perhaps pose the biggest threat to Lambert and co.

The majority of the squad have been together over the last few seasons and they have added extra quality every year. Let's hope they get end of season syndrome again.

Strengths

1) Quality - With an enviable forward line boasting Chopra, Bellamy, Bothroyd and the attacking Peter Whittingham, Cardiff perhaps have the best squad of all the sides in the mix.

2) Experience - They have the players, the manager (Dave Jones has done it before with Wolves) and the support. Prior years' experience should be a valuable asset.

Weaknesses

1) Mentality - Lost last years' play-off final after leading twice. Year before that, they went from top two to out of the top six in the last four matches. No doubt this will be on all their minds again.

With the post-match bust up following the Reading game, it could be argued they have a questionable mentality.

2) Form - 2 wins in 8 is hardly earth shattering form, have possibly peaked too early - again. The side is beatable, but have they had their dip?

Key man

Jay Bothroyd. So reliant on him early in the season, to maintain their challenge they need to keep him fit and in-form.

Bellamy has not made the difference everyone might have expected, so it is down to Bothroyd to re-ignite the challenge.

Verdict - 2nd/3rd. Ended a run of no win in four games with the hammering of Derby. However, their next three games are very winnable and they could push us all the way.

For the record, I've got us 2nd/3rd too, but there is nothing to be scared of. All the other teams in the mix have weaknesses and we are very much in the driving seat. We are the form team and you get the feeling there's no stopping us.

One of my fellow writers said it felt like the mid-80's resurgence was happening all over again - he may just be right.

OTBC!

We want to know what YOU think. Have your say by leaving a comment below, or click here to discuss this article in the forum.

Join The Vital Debate
The Journalist

Writer: Savvy_Monkey Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 6 2011

Time: 10:03PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Steve from Oz 497
2. FCBEARS 252
3. yellow belly 230
4. DRAYTON GREEN 195
5. suffolkcanary 82
6. northern yellow 56
7. Rex 30
8. sminky 26
9. screaming canary 16
10. Clwyd 7

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Derby County 2 - 2 Norwich
Norwich 5 - 0 Huddersfield
Wigan 0 - 1 Norwich
Norwich 1 - 2 Reading
Norwich 3 - 3 Brighton
Forest 2 - 1 Norwich

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
4. Middlesbrough 22 11 6 5 18 39
5. Derby County 22 11 6 5 17 39
6. Watford 22 11 5 6 16 38
7. Norwich 22 9 7 6 11 34
8. Blackburn 22 9 7 6 3 34
9. Forest 22 7 10 5 5 31
10. Wolves 22 8 7 7 -7 31

Breaking League News

Rotherham : 21/12/2014 09:41:00
Brentford : 21/12/2014 09:29:00
LUFC Leeds United Fan View v Nottingham Forest
Leeds Utd : 21/12/2014 09:15:00
LUFC Redfearn hails outstanding youngster
Leeds Utd : 21/12/2014 09:00:00
LUFC Who was your Leeds United Man of the Match?
Leeds Utd : 21/12/2014 09:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who Was Your MOTM Verus Derby?
Suggested By:  Tuckster
Ruddy 2%
Whittaker 28%
Martin 0%
Cuellar 0%
Olsson 0%
Howson 0%
Johnson 42%
Tettey 0%
O'Neil 0%
Jerome 14%
Hooper 0%
Redmond 0%
Hoolahan 0%
Grabban 14%