Q&A With Cardiff City

  • November 04, 2014 | By David Williams
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Ahead of the 73rd meeting between Bolton and Cardiff City, we have got the views of a Bluebirds supporter.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat at Norwich City on Friday evening, while City were 3-1 winners at home to Leeds United the following afternoon.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have got the views of Phil Jones (@PhilJones77) - a 37-year-old who first attended a Cardiff fixture in October 1988, when they were 1-0 winners over Exeter City. He lists Peter Whittingham as his favourite player, while Ian Rogerson, Cohen Griffith, Joe Ledley and former Wanderers forward Nathan Blake head the list of former stars.

Ahead of Tuesday's game, Phil shares his views on Malky Mackay's recent link with Bolton, life under Russell Slade, as well as which two Trotters players could cause some damage to the Bluebirds' hopes of securing an away win.

Q: Russell Slade was recently appointed manager at Cardiff. What are your expectations with him in charge?

A: I knew a little bit about Slade, since I follow a die-hard Leyton Orient supporter on Twitter. Slade's appointment certainly wasn't glamorous or a ticket seller, like Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer, but I'd gladly sacrifice that for a manager who's willing the get stuck in and knows the lower leagues.

Although Slade is unproven at Championship level, the first two home fixtures under his charge produced a rejuvenated and focused City, which can only be a good thing. I do like the fact that he's a 'tracksuit manager' and is not afraid to get his hands dirty.

Q: Prior to Neil Lennon's unveiling at Bolton, Malky Mackay was one of the favourites to succeed Dougie Freedman. Almost 12 months on, do you think Cardiff did the right thing in letting Mackay go?

A: I was definitely a Malky fan and was against him being let go. He took us to the Premier League so, for that, Malky will always have a special place in Bluebird hearts.

But the newspaper revelations that came out earlier this year regarding Malky and former head of recruitment Iain Moody proved that Vincent Tan was actually right for once!

Malky's Premier League signings weren't the best. For example, striker Andreas Cornelius cost us £8million, made eight appearances with no goals, and then returned to the club he came from for a fraction of the fee.

Q: After a difficult start to the season, what's missing in terms of playing staff from the Cardiff squad?

A: Difficult question - the main thing missing at the beginning of the season was stability.

Solskjaer never picked the same eleven twice and didn't seem to know who his best team was. As I write this, Slade is three games in. In his first two home games we beat an undefeated Nottingham Forest and then Ipswich Town, who were unbeaten in eight.

So, like Slade, I'm still trying to work out our best eleven and see what new(ish) signings such as Adam Le Fondre, Sean Morrison, Anthony Pilkington and loanee Ravel Morrison have to offer. Ask me again at Christmas and I'll have a better answer.

Q: Who has been Cardiff's star man so far this season and are they likely to cause a threat to Bolton?

A: With a topsey turvey start, no one has really stood out consistently as a star man.

Kenwyne Jones has netted five but has recently been struggling with a foot injury and David Marshall, as always, has been superb between the sticks.

Recently, John Brayford and Fabio have come into form. If Fabio is in form he'll definitely cause problems for the Wanderers. Federico Macheda seems to have a knack of scoring whilst not effecting overall play. If he keeps on scoring, I won't be complaining!

Q: On the other side, which player in this new-look Bolton side worries Bluebirds fans the most?

A: The Bolton squad is very strong - I've always liked Neil Danns and Jermaine Beckford has always been a threat.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Tuesday's game?

A: It's going to be tough but I'm going for a 1-0 win for the Bluebirds. Macheda to net the winner.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Phil for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @PhilJones77.

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