Monday, April 26, 2010

Video Highlights - Cardiff City 3 Sheff Weds 2

** Cardiff 3-2 Sheff Wed **

Two stunning goals from Jay Bothroyd helps play-off bound Cardiff City to defeat Sheffield Wednesday and increase the Owls' relegation fears. (UK users only)


Whitts & Chops honoured by PFA

Cardiff City’s leading scorers Peter Whittingham and Michael Chopra have been recognized by their fellow pro’s by being named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.

Whitts has had an unbelievable season scoring 23 goals, quite amazing for a left winger and more than doubling his career goals tally. Chops has netted 17 but has not been as effective in front of goal for some time but the voting takes place in January which is when he was the Championship’s leading scorer.

Players from just 5 clubs were named with Swansea City’s Ashley Williams set to be the only player from a club outside the Top 6. :>)

Championship team of the year:

Lee Camp (Nottingham Forest), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Ashley Williams (Swansea), Jose Enrique (Newcastle), Graham Dorrans (West Brom), Peter Whittingham (Cardiff), Kevin Nolan (Newcastle), Charlie Adam (Blackpool), Andy Carroll (Newcastle), Michael Chopra (Cardiff).

Friday, April 23, 2010

DEVO live across the States

A big week for DEVO as they play the renowned Coachella Festival and guest star on talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Enjoy these new songs and classic oldies


WHAT WE DO ON jimmy kimmel

St George's Day ... the secondary event of the day

The main anniversary is of course Cardiff City winning the F.A. Cup at Wembley 83 years ago today! Ah ... ... ... I remember it well.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Another play-off boost, Reading can't catch us anymore

Relegation outfit turned play-off challengers have flown up the Championship with 9 wins in 11 games and showed they're now a good outfit in drawing 0-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium at the weekend.

While it was mathematically possible that they could have passed Cardiff, any remote chance ended this evening as The Royals lost 2-1 at home to Newcastle, a result which also confirms The Georides as deserved league Champions. Kevin Nolan blasted a first half double before Reading were brought back into the game courtesy of an own goal but it wasn't enough.

Cardiff need 3 points from their final 3 matches to confirm their play-off place and may not even need that as that depends on rivals winning every match.

Table as of tonight

1 Newcastle 43 52 95
2 West Brom 43 39 86
3 Nottm Forest 43 24 75
4 Cardiff 43 19 70
5 Leicester 43 10 67
6 Swansea 43 3 65
7 Blackpool 43 13 63
8 Middlesbrough 43 12 61
9 Bristol City 43 -7 59
10 Sheff Utd 43 2 58
11 Reading 42 -1 56

Cardiff can now finish no lower than 8th

Video Highlights: CARDIFF CITY 0 READING 0

** Cardiff 0-0 Reading **
Cardiff remain fourth in the Championship with a goal-less draw at home to Reading, who are now nine points off the play-offs but with two games in hand (UK users only).

Tonight's Cardiff City Phone-in Show

Life's good at the moment with Cardiff City and here's more evidence of it.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Championship: NOTTINGHAM FOREST 0 CARDIFF CITY 3 match report

A game that probably sent Bank Holiday viewers into an armchair early evening snooze was irrelevant as Cardiff City took another step to scuring their place in the play-offs for the Premiership as they held Nottingham Forest to a goalless draw at the City Ground in a match televised live on the BBC - a result that confirmed Newcastle United's return to the Premiership at the first attempt.

The result was fair, both sides had strong spells, both had chances, both looked happy enough with the draw and both understandably eventually looked tired - in Cardiff's case, iheir small and depleted squad were playing their 10th match in 31 days and 4th in 10 days .

City needed the point with all 5 sides who can still overhauling managaing afternoon wins ahead of Cardiff's 5:20pm, kick-off but this result keep them in 4th, 4 points ahead of Swansea in the next spot and, more importantly, 6 points in front of Blackpool, the side in 7th with just 4 games remaining.

Once again, Cardiff had to send out a patched up side with minimal options on the bench. Along with Burke, Hudson, Gyepes and McNaughton, Peter Whittingham was absent with injury today as well but Joe Ledley was starting for the first dual since his January dual hip op. McCormack and Etuhu were asked to be the widemen.

CARDIFF CITY: Marshall; Matthews-Blake-Gerrard-Kennedy; McCormack-Ledley-McPhail-Etuhu; Chopra-Bothroyd.

Nottingham Forest had equalled a club record with 12 successive home wins and City's point prevented them breaking it but at the same time, they narrowly avoided 7 successive away defeats at the weekend. That away form left them looking for promotion via the play-offs, like City, but it could have been more. They have done well in their first season up from League One under Billy Davies but certainly have spent to be where they are too.

FOREST: Camp, Chambers, Morgan, Wilson, Gunter, Tyson, Cohen, Moussi, Majewski, Earnshaw, Blackstock.

Despite the travel, late kick-off and live tv, 1,300 Bluebirds travelled to Nottingham and were heard clearly throughout amongst the 22,185 crowd.

City made a superb start and controlled the game for the first half hour, looking for more organised, composed and creative their their hosts. A barrage of corners, crosses and efforts on goals, Camp forcing a Ledley shot and then a Blake down header over the bar while McCormack's inswinging free kick had to be scrambled off the line.

Forest struggled but had the best two chances of the half, both resulting from Cardiff mistakes. Darcy Blake missed a header on halfway allowing forever City legend Rob Earnshaw away on goal but Earnie's effort was blocked by Marshall. Earnie, never forgetting his roots, ayatollahed a couple of times for City fans. Then a McPhail free-kick error sent Forest away on the break with Cohen somehow playing an air shot to miss the ball sent to the far post.

The second half was more undistinguished than the opening period but Cardiff rarely threatened and Forest had their moments. However the main talking point was an amazing late bust up between City keeper Dave Marshall and defencer Anthony Gerrard who argued over a cross, squared up, pushed and handed off each other - arguments rain over whether that was plain stupid and awful or showed how they care for the cause. A couple of minutes later, the two tangled again for a cross but Marshall punched away and gave opposiing Dexter lackstock a bust nose too - good enough!

In between, Marsahll made a couple of smart stops and one excellent save denying Blackstock clear on goal after another Blake mistake. There were some niggly moments and bookings for both sides.

This was Cardiff's first 0-0 of the season but, today, everybody was happy enough with it.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Mixed Good Friday Play-Off Results for City

Although their destiny is entirely in their hands, Cardiff City fans (and manager and players if they're honest) will take an interest in other results.

Two Championship games were played today with contrasting fortunes from a Bluebirds perspective.

In a lunchtime game, Blackpool scored 3 late goals to win 4-2 at Scunthorpe and continue their recent impressive run as that was their third successive win. By way of total contrast, Leicester City suffered their fourth successive defeat to go from play-off certainties to the most vulnerable Top 6 side. Those results leave The Foxes just 1 point ahead of Blackpool with 5 games each to go.

Cardiff's lead over Blackpool has reverted to 5 points as their depleted side go into a massive Easter programme at home to 5th placed Swansea and away to 3rd place Nottingham Forest tomorrow evening and Monday evening with both games live on tv (Sky and BBC respectively).

C'Mon City!

1 Newcastle 39 46 83
2 West Brom 41 38 82
3 Nottm Forest 40 21 70
4 Cardiff 40 18 65
5 Swansea 40 2 62
6 Leicester 41 5 61
7 Blackpool 41 14 60
8 Doncaster 40 4 55
9 Middlesbrough 40 9 54
10 Sheff Utd 40 2 54
11 Reading 38 -2 52

Up On The Catwalk

Friday, April 02, 2010

Video of the Week - DEVO, Penetration in the Centrefold

A DEVO rarity - it was only ever a B side to The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise - but this has always been one of my DEVO faves, I just love the sheer rawness and chaso that comes with it. So I'm delighted to have seen this 1977 version of the song.

You'll love it or hate it, I think it's fan-bloody-tastic!

Now that's a psychic I like!