Who Are Yer?: Cardiff City
This week we talk to Vital Cardiff City journalist Rhodri about his Bluebirds side, Peter Risdale, and their chances of promotion this season.
1. Are you still confident of a play-off spot this season?
Not entirely! We're in a decent position but its looking a tall ask now.
2. You were clear at the top at the start of the season - what happened?
We had a tiny squad, without Chopra on form - we had no-one to turn to and the injuries and suspensions mounted up. It was noticeable that our fitness levels were better than other teams early on, but we've been caught up - the benefits of a good pre-season I guess.
3. What do you think of Dave Jones?
Excellent manager. The highest position and best football we've had in a long long time, and on a small budget. He knows what he wants and there's no messing around. He really gets the best out of players.
4. And our old friend (he helped put Leeds where they are today after all) Peter Risdale?
The difference he's made has been phenomenal. Many eyebrows were raised but he's been a major factor in a good season. Can't think of one aspect of club administration that hasn't benefited from the change.
5. Whats happened with Sam Hammam's position at the club?
Sam was on borrowed time. The debts were too big and the clubs future depended on the new stadium. Cardiff County Council refused to deal with Sam and he had little option but to leave.
6. Who are your danger men?
Obviously Michael Chopra is the league's top scorer and everything goes through him. Also watch for Steve McPhail in the middle, close him down and Cardiff fail to function.
7. What are your weaknesses?
We're not very good at adapting, if our gameplan is disrupted - we have few options to change things about. If any of our key players have an off day, the team look average at best.
8. If you could take one player from Wednesday to Cardiff who would it be and why?
Sorry to be boring, but it would have to be Chris Brunt. Although we're strong in that area, he is someone who can light up a game with a moment of magic.
9. What's your most memorable Cardiff v Wednesday match?
Not many meetings recently but last season's trip to Hillsborough was great. We were on a poor run, and went three nil up with a couple of good goals. I think it was Eagles who scored a great Owls goal and we held out with a great rearguard action. One of those games that leaves you with a great feeling.
10. What's your match prediction?
Cardiff want and need it more, with 5 wins from 6 at home - we have to take all three points. 2-0 to Cardiff.
Cheers Rhodri, and good luck for the rest of the season!
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