Dydd Llun Te 2014-09-01
We’re now 5 games into the Championship season and things are turbulent at the Cardiff City Stadium. That’s not to say things couldn’t be worse. The Bluebirds have slipped a little from their last Championship season after a poor performance only garnered a draw against fellow Premier League failures Fulham on Saturday (which gave the cottagers their first point on the board this season). It’s not looking like we’ll have the same kind of season we had two years ago, up in 1st and sticking there after game 18 looks a lofty ambition from our current standings. So what can we do to up our game?
I think I made my feelings clear on the fan support a couple of weeks ago. We need to get behind the team more, make more noise at games, especially when we’re at home. It’s critical that the support for the team should be constant, even if the results aren’t always there. I know there are a large contingent who are willing to do this, but there are a lot of us who it seems are willing to give up unless we’re beating every team and up at the top of the league (and even then would probably find something to moan about… “Look at his socks… they’re not level at all! He’s making us a laughing stock!”)
A quick heads up for you if you fall into that category. It’s not going to be that kind of season. We aren’t going to be the team this year who lord it over all competition and remain top of the table for weeks on end. So instead, it’s important to make the Cardiff City Stadium our fortress. Let the visiting teams be hit by a wall of noise, forever chanting, forever singing. Let them know, that when they come to our country, to our city, they will not have an easy time making themselves heard! Even when we’re losing, damp, and sat in red seats we can make noise, and support the boys on the pitch, letting them know that we’re behind them with every step, every pass. It’s Ole’s job to manage them, they have plenty of trainers to go through their skill set, and they have us fans to keep their morale up when all seems lost.
I know it’s not only us that are a possible problem here, a lot of people are criticising the constant changes made by Ole Gunnar in the guise of keeping the players fresh. With the Championship season holding 8 extra games in comparison with the Premier League, the turn around time between matches is obviously going to be shorter and the players will need time to keep themselves from falling apart. Does that justify so many changes though?
Well, Keeping legs fresh is understandable. Also, adapting to the opposition is something which needs to happen from time to time. I think there should be a couple of changes here, reasonably thinking, but perhaps 4 between each match is a little much. My team picks from what we’ve seen so far would probably have to be
- 01 – Marshall
- 04 – Cala
- 02 – Brayford
- 05 – Hudson
- 03 – Fabio
- 11 – Noone
- 07 – Whittingham
- 17 – Gunnarsson
- 20 – Daehli
- 09 – Jones
- 23 – Maynard
- Bench – Connolly, Turner, Pilkington, Burgstaller, Macheda,
Though, while writing that… I can see what a hard time Ole must have of picking the team sheet. We have so many good players, and it’s a shame to have to leave any off the roster. Kim Bo-Kyung, Le Fondre, Declan John could all easily have made the list, and it’s very hard to pick between them, especially when there’s so much on the line and everybody is counting on you to make the right decisions.
It may well be worth picking a team as above and sticking with it for a few weeks. The benefits of constantly working together could well pay off. Unfortunately, if it doesn’t produce the results straight away, you can bet that he’ll get a lot of stick for not changing things enough… unfortunately you can’t please all the people all the time.
So, all in all. A little more support when we’re losing, and fewer changes. Either way, even without those two I can see us having an exciting time of it in the Championship. I’m very much looking forward to the next couple of games, which again come in quick succession. Norwich on Saturday is my brother’s team of choice and I’d love a win at home there just to show him that we shouldn’t be counted out just yet. And then Tuesday sees us host The Boro at home… and I’ll be heading down Leckwith Road after work to wave my scarf about and shout hooray… hopefully.