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A lacklustre performance

23 Nov 2011 16:20:51

A lacklustre performance

Last night at Coventry, the Bluebirds produced their poorest performance for some time, but it says something for the quality of the side that they still managed to emerge with a draw against a team battling for survival in this division.

Way too many passes went astray, the crossing was generally awful and the midfield was outfought, which is rare. It was a poor performance from the team as a whole, and a poor game, but City didn't get beaten, and that's the main thing. Some observations on the players:David Marshall - one of his more hesitant performances. Marshall has looked pretty solid recently, but appeared shaky at times last night.Kevin McNaughton - found himself in acres of space on numerous occasions, but his crossing was dreadful and his decision-making was poor. Defended fairly well but looked weak going forward.Anthony Gerrard - looked rusty and made a number of errors, but did make a few decent last-ditch blocks and tackles. Nevertheless, didn't look anywhere near as good as Hudson has in recent matches.Ben Turner - man of the match for me. Looked solid throughout.Andrew Taylor - a fair performance but didn't get on the ball often enough.Filip Kiss - has appeared jaded in the last two games. Perhaps too many matches in a short space of time as caught up with the youngster. A spell on the bench won't do him any harm.Aran Gunnarsson - decent effort against his former club. Probably the best of City's midfielders on the night.Don Cowie - struggled to get into the game. Wasn't as busy or effective as usual.Peter Whittingham - another fine goal, but one of Whittingham's quieter games. Too often his passes and crosses were over-hit, which is very rare these days.Craig Conway - worked very hard on the left flank but struggled to make an impact. Kenny Miller - another who worked hard but Miller missed a couple of decent opportunities and was guilty of over-playing on occasions when a strike on goal would have been a better option.Steve McPhail - improved the midfield when he came on. I would start him ahead of Kiss on Saturday.Darcy Blake - only on the field for six or seven minutes but played a couple of decent passes in that time. Didn't put a foot wrong.


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