Jones puzzled by Bothroyd drought

11 March 2011 12:55
Cardiff City manager Dave Jones admits he is analysing why striker Jay Bothroyd has not scored in the last eight games.Bothroyd last hit the back of the net on 1 February against Reading. [LNB]Cardiff have failed to score in the last two defeats against Ipswich Town and Crystal Palace, which has seen them slip to fourth in the Championship. [LNB]"You have got to ask the questions why [Jay has not scored]. We will be doing that and we've done that," said Jones. [LNB]Since Bothroyd made his England debut as a substitute against France he has managed two goals in 13 matches. [LNB]"It's not just about build-up play, you have got to be in certain areas to get it into the back of the net," said Jones. [LNB]"That means that you have to got to put in your shift game in, game out and that goes for everybody. [LNB]"But for us not to score is difficult to understand when you see the firepower. But then Jay Emmanuel-Thomas had two unbelievable shots on Tuesday and the keeper has made two fantastic saves. [LNB]"It's about being in the right place at the right time, because the service we give and everything else is good. [LNB]"We have just got to keep working at it. It's not just him [Bothroyd], it's everybody. Everybody's got to continue to work at it and produce what we expect of their abilities." [LNB]But despite a lack of recent goals Jones is satisfied with the way Cardiff have been playing despite losing to Ipswich at home (2-0) and Palace (1-0). [LNB]Before that the Bluebirds, who play Barnsley at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday, had been unbeaten in seven of their last eight encounters.[LNB] You have to think, eat and live football for the next 10 games Dave Jones "Performance-wise [against Ipswich] how could you say that no one has not done what they should have done. Football has a tendency to slap you big time sometimes," added Jones. [LNB]"And when you think you played well and you come away with no result at all it's how you respond to the next one and the next one. [LNB]"Results-wise [we have lost momentum] but performance as I said: Ipswich for 80-odd minutes and then for the second half [against Crystal Palace] we probably felt a little bit hard done by not picking up the points that we probably deserved on the performance. [LNB]"The morale in the camp is still good although everybody is very disappointed." [LNB]After the Barnsley game Cardiff head to Millwall on 19 March. After that they face seven games during April before finishing the regular season at Burnley on 7 May. [LNB]And Jones has highlighted the intensity of his team's run-in: "You need every ingredient: who gets the rub of the green, who plays, who wins the points, who stays free of injury, who has that little bit of luck. You have to add everything in to it. [LNB]"After the Millwall game we have the international break and then you go into eight games which is constant. [LNB]"We have got some really long trips, so it's about staying fit and staying strong. No distractions from anybody whatsoever. You have to think, eat and live football for the next 10 games."

Source: BBC_Sport