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10 Dec 2021 | 4 comments

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Cardiff City at home will be another testing game for Lee Bowyer and his depleted first team squad. Injuries and suspensions have bitten hard, especially with the experienced trio of Gardner, Woods and Colin missing. Add long term Tahith Chong to that list and it makes reasonable sense to offer sympathy to our popular manager and his backroom team.

After Cardiff we will have at least two midfielders return which will undoubtedly beef up that fragile area of the team. However, tea and sympathy has to end there as the Christmas period and early New Year must see an improved consistency in terms of points gained and a real purpose to climb the table.

We as supporters need that old phrase ‘hope and belief’ for 2022. What we desperately want to avoid at all costs is another survival season. Do we have the players is the key question though, and my opinion is that we do. But it is crucial that senior players start providing proper leadership. Gardner, Woods and Dean, together with Deeney, Hogan and Jutkiewicz should be any match for most Championship sides that Blues face. Last Saturday after the Millwall collapse, Troy Deeney gave me the impression post-match that some of the players went missing. This is exactly what needs to be said.

Cardiff have their own injuries and suspension to deal with, so my hope is that we match up to what is an important game for both teams. Troy Deeney knows what is required to be a winner, and hopefully he can transfer this confidence on to his team mates. Above all, my point is this. Once players are back, they should repay the faith Lee Bowyer has entrusted in them. Nobody should go missing on the pitch, and if they have to take an example of how Millwall outfought us last Saturday then so be it.

So far this season fans, including myself, have been very understanding and dare I say it rather kind towards the team. But now is the time for consistency and to give us supporters something to enjoy as we enter the second half of the season. Feel good factor is what we want, and that can only be achieved by a winning…or at the very least a determined and competing…Lee Bowyer side. The surrender at Millwall was unacceptable and a clear warning of how damaging things can happen if you lower your guard and let standards slip.

Mitchell Bray


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  1. Smithy

    No excuses from tomorrow onwards. Cardiff are no world beaters so Deeney and co. Just get in there.

  2. james mcgrogan

    I heard Lee Bowyer on WM last night and remembered again how bad these owners are I hope for this Christmas they put our club up for sale including the ground a Christmas miracle.

  3. Mitchell

    Many other sites are making noises about Lee Bowyer’s alleged lack of money for next month’s transfer window. Also inferring LB is disappointed etc.and not getting what he was ‘led to believe’. Criticism aimed at the owners at this stage is self destructive as whoever we bring in will have to be better than the likes of returnees Colin, Gardner,Woods and Sanchez. These players are relatively big hitters for us. These four playing again should hopefully keep Lee Bowyer secure in a job. That’s more to the point.

    • james mcgrogan

      Mr Lee Bower has himself said on live interviews he is not pleased he has no funds after being told he would.This is a criticism in itself does not need fans to repeat it.All it is is a continuation in itself of the conduct of the owners.I always thought professional football teams usually consisted of 11 players per team and at least 23 in team squads.funds are required to uprate players to just deal with turnover ie age,injury,permanant form drop off and not being able to fit into managers playing pattern not just 4 to shoulder team.The absence of players causing poor form is a sure sign more players are required

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