View from the opposition – Cardiff City

I felt the only opposition post I wanted to publish before the game was from the Bluebirds Official Supporters Club who have said (and I quote precise wording from @alm_vince at the Supporters Club):

'Arrangements for Saturday, the flag will be surfed up the ninian stand and across to the Leicester City supporters as the players walk out of the tunnel who will hold it up during a minute silence as we pay our respect.  Please take your seats early for the tribute.'

The flag will bear the Cardiff and Leicester club logos, the Thailand flag and the words 'R.I.P. Vichai'. 

We felt this was by far the only 'view from the opposition' that we wanted to post before this game.

Thank you Cardiff City supporters

Up Next: Cardiff City 3 November 2018:

Up Next: Cardiff City 3 November 2018:

Manager        Neil Warnock

Founded       1899 

Ground         Cardiff City Stadium      Address        Sloper Road, Cardiff

Capacity       33,280        

Squad:

1  Philippines                   GK  Neil Etheridge 

2  England                        DF  Lee Peltier 

3  England                        DF  Joe Bennett 

4  England                        DF  Sean Morrison (captain) 

5  Gabon                          DF  Bruno Ecuele Manga 

6  Wales                           DF  Jazz Richards 

7  Republic of Ireland       MF  Harry Arter (on loan from AFC Bournemouth) 

8  England                        MF  Joe Ralls 

9  England                        FW  Danny Ward 

10  Denmark                    FW  Kenneth Zohore 

11  England                     MF  Josh Murphy 

12  England                     GK  Alex Smithies 

13  Scotland                    MF  Callum Paterson 

14  England                     FW  Bobby Reid 

16  England                     DF  Matthew Connolly 

17  Iceland                       MF  Aron Gunnarsson 

18  Republic of Ireland     DF  Greg Cunningham 

19  England                      MF  Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 

20  France                        MF  Loïc Damour 

21  Spain                          MF  Víctor Camarasa (on loan from Real Betis) 

22  Ivory Coast                 DF  Sol Bamba 

23  England                      MF  Kadeem Harris 

24  England                      FW  Gary Madine 

27  England                      FW  Ibrahim Meité 

28  Republic of Ireland     GK  Brian Murphy 

33  Canada                      MF  Junior Hoilett 

35  Wales                         MF  James Waite 

36  Wales                         DF  Cameron Coxe 

37  England                      DF  Ciaron Brown 

—  Republic of Ireland     MF  Anthony Pilkington 

—  England                      MF  Lee Tomlin

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk

Going to Cardiff ?

Directions

There is a rugby match in Cardiff so all travel is likely to be delayed, leave plenty of time

To avoid driving through the centre of Cardiff, leave the M4 at junction 33 and take the A4232 towards Cardiff/Barry. Keep on the A4232 towards Cardiff and then leave the dual carriageway at the B4267 exit, signposted 'Cardiff (Leckwith) Athletics Stadium'. Follow the signs for the stadium and after about half a mile you will see Ninian Park over on your right. Parking at the ground is very limited

Please note that parking in the nearby retail park is limited to 90 minutes and is being enforced.  The Gol Centre near to ground is recommended but it can be slow getting away

There is also a Park and Ride Service from Cardiff East CF23 8HH, or you can park in Newport and catch the train but they will be very busy.

Pubs

Most of the pubs near to the ground can be quite intimidating for away supporters and are not recommended. However there is the Lansdowne Hotel, which is also a pub 15-20mins walking distance or the Gol centre.

By Train

The nearest train station is Ninian Park Halt, which is only a couple of minutes walk from the ground. This station is on a local line which is served by trains from Cardiff Central. Alternatively Grangetown station is around a 10-15 minute walk away from Ninian Park and is served by fairly frequent trains from Cardiff Central, that continue onto Penarth or Barry Island. On leaving Grangetown station turn left, cross the main road and then turn right into Sloper road for the ground. Cardiff central is approximately 25 mins walk from the ground..

Train takes approx 3hr 15min to Cardsiff, 3hr 30 mins to Ninian Park Holt and standard ticket is about £76.20 but there may be cheaper value tickets available if you book earlier.

Please check the cost and times of trains etc. All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to Football Ground Guide

DEPLETED HAMMERS FRUSTRATE MISFIRING CITY

CITY 1 WEST HAM 1

We delayed publishing this match report and any match related articles until we knew the players were ready to take to the pitch again which was confirmed when the Cardiff game was given the go-ahead.

Report by Eddie Blount

In the recent past City have had trouble with West Ham at the King Power and this match was no exception to that trend. Given that the Hammers were several players short of their best side, including top scorer Arnautovic, this was surely a great opportunity to get this monkey off their back and in so doing keep City in contention for the Europa League places.

In truth apart from the opening minutes City never looked as though they might win this game hampered by a combination of mediocre play and bad luck.

Puel, once again the subject of speculation about his future at the club, bravely – or foolishly depending on your viewpoint –  rang the changes omitting Vardy, Mendy and Evans for Albrighton, Iborra and Soyuncu, the latter making his debut.

The initial omens were good as Albrighton, my Man of the Match incidentally, produced a stream of dangerous crosses which seriously tested the Hammers’ defence but this did not last as the game became more even and City’s performance started to lag. The ball was given away with depressing frequency and when it wasn’t we were falling offside. I cannot remember the last time we were caught offside on so many occasions, well into double figures it seemed.

On the first of these Iheanacho finished with great skill but replays showed he was a yard the wrong side. City seemed obsessed with one-touch football, attempting difficult passes without having the ball under control and usually surrounded by the opposition. The outcome was predictable and irritating. We must learn that there is a time and a place for getting the ball moved on quickly but it is not the only option.

West Ham showed there is a place for players who carry the ball and run at defenders with others running into space to provide options for the final pass. So we had the majority possession they looked the more likely to score!

And so it came to pass! A free kick in a dangerous position  was generously awarded by referee Oliver and led to a training-ground routine which delivered a classic sucker-punch. City failed to defend the ball across their goal which was headed back across the six-yard box to the completely unmarked Balbuena. He could not miss but somehow managed to hit the inside of the post. Schmeichel gave it up and was therefore too slow to react when the ball rebounded merely deflecting it to Balbuena who again could not miss and didn’t! The City defending was shambolic.

I have my doubts that in normal circumstances City would have come back from this setback and West Ham may well have repeated last year’s 2-0 scoreline. However fate intervened in City’s favour. Noble overran the ball in midfield and over-stretched as players do in these circumstances. He seemed to try to pull out of the tackle but his studs still caught Ndidi’s shin. Nobody got excited but Oliver immediately showed Noble the red card to general surprise bordering on amazement. This definitely handed City a lifeline and the game immediately became one-sided. Iborra should have scored with a clear header from a freekick but half time came with City no closer to parity

The second half was a succession of City attacks punctuated by very occasional forays by West Ham. These inevitably looked more dangerous than City’s attacks as we pushed far more men forward. Vardy came on immediately and was soon followed by Gray returning from injury and looking a threat.  Chances were few as the Hammers defended well and we failed to get enough men in the box when attacking.

Ironic this – we managed not to have as many men as we needed both forward and at the back! -though we dominated midfield! Maguire who had a fine game headed against the top of the bar, Maddison shot over, Vardy headed over when he should have scored, Albrighton had a thunderous volley well saved by Fabianski who also saved well in blocking Vardy’s cross-shot

Just as it seemed it was not to be City equalised! Friends had been discussing the number of shots Ndidi has had since he last scored – well into the sixties apparently. They obviously knew something I didn’t as in the 89th minute Ndidi shot from just outside the box, the ball deflected significantly off a defender and flew unstoppably into Fabianski’s top right corner. Cue relief more than pandemonium. Research showed that the unfortunate defender was…..Balbuena (I should have guessed)

Immediately West Ham took advantage of our pouring men forward to launch a four against two break away, the ball finishing in the crowd when it should have been in the net – a huge let-off. Worse was to come when another breakaway led to Amartey being badly injured and carried off with a suspected broken leg

The final whistle was greeted with virtual silence by both sets of fans and a great sense of frustration hung in the air

My verdict on Soyuncu? Definitely a David Luiz look-alike and not far off a play-alike. He is comfortable on the ball, not afraid to tackle and carries the ball forward in the modern style. However he was booked for a series of fouls, tried after that to deliberately bring a player down but failed and immediately afterwards fell in a tangled heap with an opponent. Puel rightly took him off! Definitely not the finished article at this level

Finally all this is put into perspective by the tragic accident which was to follow the game.

City: Schmeichel, Amartey, Maguire, Soyuncu (Okazaki 80), Chilwell, Ndidi, Iborra, Ghezzal (Vardy 45), Maddison, Albrighton, Iheanacho (Gray 61),

West Ham: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Rice, Anderson (Ogbonna 81), Noble, Snodgrass, Diangana  (Cresswell 75), Hernandez (Antonio 61)

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

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The Football Family

The Foxes Trust would like to thank fellow Trusts and other fans organisations who have sent us supportive messages over the last few days

Messages have been received from Spurs, Burnley, Fulham, Man Utd, West Ham, Chelsea, Wolves, Cardiff, Liverpool, Man City, Dundee United, Brighton, Newcastle, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield, Arsenal, Everton, Plymouth Argyle, Oxford United and Nottingham Forest

National Supporters Organisations the Football Supporters Federation and Supporters Direct have also offered help

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