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Another Tough Away Game For Blues – Cardiff Preview

Not much more than seventy-two hours after grabbing a well-fought win against Brighton Blues face another tough trip – this time to Cardiff City. Malky Mackay’s men are flying high in the division and Blues will once again have to be at their best to get anything from this game.

Cardiff City

Cardiff currently lie second in the table having beaten Blackpool comprehensively at the weekend 3-0. The Bluebirds have won four of their last five games and have a 100 per cent home record in the league, having won four out of four, scoring nine goals and conceded two.

It doesn’t look like Jordon Mutch will be facing his former team mates, with a foot injury that has kept him out of his last two games looking like it will keep him out for a third successive match. There is also some doubt over Tommy Smith playing as the wideman picked up a strain to his groin and hamstring on Saturday and will probably miss the game. Joe Mason, Don Cowie and Bo-Kyung Kim are all on standby to take his place.

Blues

Despite some bumps and bruises it looks like Lee Clark has an unchanged squad for this game with just the addition of new loanee James Hurst to the squad that has travelled, and the boss will have to decide whether to throw in the young Baggie full-back or keep the faith with Will Packwood who according to the reports I have read had a good game despite being out of position on Saturday. Morgaro Gomis and Ravel Morrison will not be travelling however as both played in the Development Squad game at Wigan yesterday

This is another tough game for Blues and once again, it’d be a brave fan to say that Birmingham City will definitely win this one as Cardiff are a strong side at home and have a team chock-full of decent players. I think once again it will come down to performance, to heart and desire – if Lee Clark can get a performance out of his team like the one spoken about on Saturday then it would be a decent start.

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18 Responses to “Another Tough Away Game For Blues – Cardiff Preview”

  • DinoTiltoni says:

    Not sure anyone could say Packwood had a good game at Brighton. RB isn’t his position, he looked nervous, took a while to settle and allowed too much space for their left sided players to attack (Wayne Bridge was their MotM). Packwood did get in some good clearances but think we’d be better off with a full back.

    • almajir says:

      Dino.

      Tatts gave him an eight.

      Just saying…

    • nicky wicky says:

      From what I’ve seen of Packwood he looks a decent player. right back isn’t his natural positiion but he’s filled in there and hasn’t made too many mistakes! he ran himself into the ground on saturday.

    • RichardW says:

      He won’t be up against the likes of Wayne Bridge – premiership quality – every week.

    • Blue Nose Daz says:

      And if Bridge was playing in his normal full back position, his direct opponent would have been Burke, not Packwood (though I stand to be corrected if Bridge was playing further forward), so Bridge’s MotM rating should not be used to criticise Packwood.

  • andy says:

    Without sounding too optimistic, another good result at Cardiff following on from Brighton would certainly put the Barnsley debacle to rest. Dont see any point in signing Hurst if he aint going to play, it would be really puzzling having two young full backs on loan that dont get a game!

  • Masaccio says:

    I think Packwood is a greast player for his age and first team experience, not all kids who start out are going to be the new Trevor Francis.

  • Aussiebrum says:

    Packwood played a fabulous game on Saturday.

    We were sitting right behind him in the first half, other than an early nervous error where his foot missed the ball his defensive work was fabulous. Our back four were under the pump for long periods and he stood up really well.

    He also managed to get forward on occassions giving us that extra dimension.

    It would be harsh if he missed although two games in 72 hours for the youngster is a big ask.

  • Graham Woodward says:

    Glad to see one of our brightest sparks (Morrison) isn’t travelling, he might as well have left Redmond at home as well!

  • Paul Carter - The Voice Of Reason says:

    Believe people.

    Never underestimate the power of positive thought.

    A nice little win here then another on Saturday and everything looks brighter going into the 2 week break.

    Breathe in, breathe out, embrace the power and vibe that positivity,

  • Will Packwood stuck to his task on Saturday although given a torrid time by Buckley and Bridge. Whilst troubled by these quick clever players he never gave up and gritted his teeth and got on with with it. It will depend if Bellamy is switched to the left wing for Cardiff; they might if they perceive that Packwood is a weakness and for that reason it may be sensible to consider our new loanee.

  • James says:

    Funny feeling we’ll get a result tonight. No one will run away with this league and we should fear no one – come on you blues!

    KRO

  • nicky wicky says:

    looks like blues did a neat bit of business selling mutch. he seems to be injury prone,and has gone down with another foot injury which will keep him out for a while!

  • nicky wicky says:

    I can’t see the point in signing Hurst for 1 month. caddis is going to be out for 3 months, so what happens for the other 2 months?

    • bluenoseneil says:

      Would you like a more intelligent answer than “lets see how the lad does then decide if we keep him for 3 months instead of 1”? Come on, think…

    • John says:

      It’s a youth loan so I think you can just keep extending it, not the same as a standard loan

  • skareggae72 says:

    Looks like Cardiff also have their injuries(Bellamy could be rested as his knee condition needs rest periods between games),although if he plays,he could certainly cause us problems,although Burke is hopefully about to hit some form.
    0-1

  • Tonytiler says:

    I’m hoping we come home with at least a point . But it could easily be 3-0 either way. I can see lc keeping the same team as Saturday. I don’t really think we should worry about their players the onus is that they bring the game to us. And as long as we hold our shape and discipline I’m sure we will be ok. Kro.


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