Q&A With Cardiff City

  • November 03, 2012 | By Robert Hurst
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Bolton host Cardiff City on Saturday evening and we have got the views of a Bluebirds supporter ahead of the game.

Wanderers begin the Dougie Freedman era by playing host to the Championship leaders, knowing that they must start to secure victories against the top sides in the division, if they are to challenge for promotion at the end of the season.

Ahead of Saturday's meeting, we have spoken to CCFC 24 from Cardiff City Forum. In this edition of Q&A, he gives us his views on the Championship title race, Cardiff's change from blue to red and former Wanderers striker Heidar Helguson.

Q: Cardiff currently sit at the top of the Championship table. Do you think the team can keep it up and get promotion to the Premier League?

A: Due to Malky Mackay's different approach in terms of building a team, instead of a bunch of individuals, we seem more of a group. Along with our strength in depth, being potentially vital, we seem really good. One worry is our little dip we tend to have. We'll play great week after week for a while and then a bad performance will come along.

To win like we did Burnley without Jordon Mutch, Nicky Maynard, Tommy Smith and Craig Bellamy proves our strength in depth, along with the quality of our defence - considering the goals they have scored.

I hope so, mind. It's been far too long and with the debt still lurking like an odious stench, along with mysterious ownership, we need to get there ASAP.

Q: Your owners sparked controversy in pre-season when they announced that the club would be changing its home colours from blue to red. Was re-branding the club a good move, or do you think the club has thrown away part of its tradition for money?

A: Some could write a book based on this question. It has not sunk in yet for me. I clapped when Birmingham came out a few weeks ago.

I still jump with joy when my hometown club score, but whether the sensation of perhaps getting to the Premier League would be as great as it could have been in blue, I highly doubt, which makes me pretty sad and I am bricking myself. Then again, it's us - we aren't safe from relegation yet.

I don't think it was a good move. The question is why? Surely the investment could have come in with us in blue, but just boosting our history, tradition and pride a bit more.

Yes, the club has thrown away a part of our tradition and history. It's shocking in my opinion. The sheer amount of fans willing to bend over (change, as you wish) was terrible, but the name's still Cardiff City FC. We play in the Cardiff City Stadium in the city of Cardiff and I still passionately enjoy supporting my club. Time will tell, I suppose!

Q: Former Wanderers striker Heidar Helguson is currently on the books at Cardiff. How has he been playing and is he likely to play on Saturday?

A: He will most likely start, yes. He's great for us in the air and has scored some useful goals, but, on the whole, has been a bit disappointing so far, missing some headers he should be getting on target and generally being a bit of a donkey.

Considering his lack of service and mis-use when using the 4-5-1, he's done well. For a free and with his experience, he's been a good signing.

Q: This week, Bolton officially unveiled Dougie Freedman as their new manager and Saturday's game will be his first in charge. Do you think this was a good appointment and how do you see Bolton doing this season under him?

A: Good. I think Marvin Sordell will flourish. Considering the lack of resources, he's done great at Palace, so with resources like yours it'll be very interesting.

City fans will chant 'Dougie Freedman, we're not ******* scared' on Saturday, referring media comments pre-Carling Cup Semi Final second leg - last season.

I thought you'd be doing far better at this stage, but look where Reading where at Christmas last year. This league is so unpredictable, believe me, we know. I think you'll be right up there. January will be crucial.

Q: Peter Whittingham has been in great form so far this season. Who else is likely to be a handful for Bolton on Saturday?

A: If Whittingham is played in an attacking role, he will be the best player on the pitch. He's simply unbelievable.

Craig Noone is a major threat - very tricky winger who's on form. Nicky Maynard would have been, but our joint second record signing did his ACL in. Kim-Bo Kyung could be a threat, but we know nearly as much as you do.

Our defence is strong, especially in regards to set pieces. Rudy Gestede is a nuisance because he dosen't act anything like a footballer on the pitch! Joe Mason is a class finisher and if Craig Bellamy is fit and on form, he can be unstoppable.

Q: Which Bolton player do you think Malky Mackay will be earmarking as a potential threat to the Cardiff goal?

A: Chris Eagles. I was hoping we'd get him many times, but we never.

Q: Finally, what do you think the final score will be at the Reebok on Saturday evening?

A: Bolton 0-5 Cardiff - We're on it.

Burnden Aces would like to thank CCFC 24 for volunteering to answer our questions ahead of the game. You can read more from the Cardiff fans by checking out our Q&A thread at Cardiff City Forum.

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