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OPPOSITION VIEW: CARDIFF CITY

14 January 2015

Essential reading on this weekend's opponents

CARDIFF CITY

Nickname: The Bluebirds
Manager: Russell Slade
2013/14: 20th (Premier League)
Ground: Cardiff City Stadium
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 265 miles (4 hours 34 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
Leading into their visit to Carrow Road, Cardiff City’s away form has been their Achilles heel so far this season.

Widely tipped to be among those teams challenging at the top end of the table following relegation from the Premier League, their placing in 11th is down largely to having won just once on the road in the division.

That victory came at Watford in November, and Media Wales reporter Steve Tucker believes the Bluebirds will try to soak up pressure this weekend.

“Cardiff are not the greatest away from home this season,” he admitted.


“They will try to contain the home side and catch Norwich on the break. The Canaries will see a lot of the ball, that's for sure.”

Form at the Cardiff City Stadium has been more encouraging for Russell Slade’s side, and Tucker thinks they will be buoyed by last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Fulham in their first match since returning to the club’s traditional colour of blue.

“It was a very welcome three points for sure. There was an all-round improvement from the Bluebirds,” he added.

“They had a bit more zip about them going forward and were a lot stronger at the back after leaking 13 goals in their previous four Championship games.”

Norwich are comfortably ahead in the head-to-head record between the two teams, with 27 wins to Cardiff’s 14. The Welsh side have three former Canaries in their squad: David Marshall (2007-09), Anthony Pilkington (2011-14) and Tom Adeyemi (2008-13).
 


THE BOSS

Russell Slade replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager in October 2014.

His move to south Wales came after over four years at Leyton Orient, who he had established as a force in Sky Bet League One.

Tucker believes Slade’s three-month reign at Cardiff has offered mixed results so far.

“He started off so well at home with a series of early wins, but results tailed off,” he said.


“His critics believe Slade's reading of the game is too simple and coming from Orient many feel he doesn't have enough experience at the right level to handle a club like Cardiff. But he has steadied the ship somewhat after the disappointing tenure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”

54-year-old Slade was previously a P.E. teacher before joining Notts County as a coach, and it was there where he tasted management for the first time as caretaker in 1994.

He took his first full-time post with Scarborough in 2001, before moving to Grimsby Town in 2004 and then Yeovil Town in 2006.

His success earned him the job at Brighton & Hove Albion in 2009, but he only lasted eight months before re-establishing his credentials with Orient.

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THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: David Marshall, Simon Moore.

Defenders: John Brayford, Fabio da Silva, Scott Malone, Bruno Ecuele Manga, Ben Turner, Declan John, Matthew Connolly, Sean Morrison, Danny Gabbidon.

Midfielders: Peter Whittingham, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Craig Noone, Bo-Kyung Kim, Aron Gunnarsson, Tom Adeyemi, Anthony Pilkington, Joe Ralls, Kadeem Harris.

Forwards: Kenwyne Jones, Adam Le Fondre, Federico Macheda, Javi Guerra, Nicky Maynard, Alex Revell, Guido Burgstaller.

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Cardiff City, Saturday January 17, 3pm

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