GABBIDON BACKS PULIS

The former Cardiff city and West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon has said that the arrival of Tony Pulis has worked to the benefit of Crystal Palace, as the former Stoke city manager has been able to organise the defence. Pulis has been out of work after leaving Stoke city at the end of last season.

He returned to management after taking over the difficult job at Crystal Palace. The club have been installed as the favourites for relegation, which is something Pulis has never experienced in his long managerial career. However, many expected Crystal Palace to go down even after the arrival of Pulis.

STILL A BIG PLAYER

The head coach of Cardiff City Malky Mackay has insisted that the 34 years old Welshman Craig Bellamy still is an important player for the team even though he has only made 6 appearances for the Premier League team in this season and was left on the sidelines in their last few matches.

“Craig is absolutely part of and involved in everything we do here.He has been rested over the last couple of matches, but is always in contention." said Mackay

Cardiff City is struggling in the Premier League fighting their way out of the bottom relegation spots alongside Sunderland and Crystal Palace as those are the only 2 clubs behind them in the standings.

BELLAMY RETIRES

Craig Bellamy confirmed his retirement from international football some weeks ago when he played during Wales’ match against Belgium and later revealed it to be a very emotional moment for him.
"To soak in your national anthem. I'm speechless about it, but it is really nice. It's something I do cherish.

"It did hit home a bit that I'm not going to be this side of it again.

"I've enjoyed every second of it. To reach 78 [caps] and the injuries I've had down the years. I'm delighted."

He also expressed his desire to manage Wales in some way or another. Although he does not seem to be as appreciated in his club as he is in the international level.

FRESH ENERGY

The manager of Cardiff City, Malky Mackay, has said that he had dropped Craig Bellamy from the starting line up against Fulham just to bring in some fresh energy. Mackay insisted that the 34 years-old Welsh forward is still a vital player for him.

In the match against Fulham, Bellamy was replaced by Peter Odemwingie in the starting XI of Cardiff. Bellamy did come onto the ground, but, towards the end of the game.

Nevertheless, Cardiff won that match by 2-1 courtesy an injury time goal by Jordon Mutch.

In a press conference yesterday, when Mackay was asked about his decision of not including Bellamy in the starting line up against Fulham, he said, “I just wanted to have some fresh energy in the XI. So, I went with Peter.”

Quitting international football

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay believes Craig Bellamy should retire from international football in order to prolong his club career. It is expected that Bellamy will retire from playing for Wales once the FIFA World Cup qualifiers come to an end in October and according his club manager, the decision will ultimately turn out to be good for the player.

According to Mackay, it is time that the former Newcastle United and Liverpool man calls time on his international career as he has said he will do so that a new breed of players from an entirely new generation comes through. He went on to add that the veteran striker has had a long history of injuries and the lack of traveling for international football will only be good for his career.

BELLAMY IS BACK

The manager of Cardiff City, Malky Mackay, has made it clear that Craig Bellamy will return for the match against Blackburn Rovers which is going to be played at Cardiff City Stadium on Monday.

Bellamy was not included in the Cardiff City squad for the previous match against Peterborough United. He was just back from the national duty and after playing for Wales for full 90 minutes in the World Cup qualifying matches against Croatia and Scotland, he was completely exhausted. So, Mackay decided to rest him.

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POOR FORM

The manager of Cardiff City, Malky Mackay, has admitted that his team played poor football in the match against Brighton & Hove Albion, but, he has assured the fans that the team will bounce back in the next match against the Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Cardiff City was defeated by Brighton & Hove Albion by 2-0 on Tuesday. This was only the seventh defeat for Cardiff City in the ongoing Championship. However, despite this defeat, Cardiff City maintained its top position in the points table.
This was Cardiff City’s first defeat in the last 10 matches.

Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, Mackay said, “We have played amazingly well in this season, but, in today’s match, our performance was poor. But, this happens once in a while. You can’t put up top performances every day.”

“Today, we let our fans down, but, I want to assure them that the team will bounce back against the Wolves.”
“We shouldn’t asses this defeat in a different manner. It was just one of those days when a lot of things went wrong for us. It’s not going to happen every day.”

When asked if there was a sign of complacency in team’s performance today, Mackay said, “No, not at all. It’s not that the boys didn’t try today. They tried hard, but, it was not their day.”

“We haven’t got complacent at all. The players are working hard during the training sessions and they are giving their 100% on the field. But, as I said, things do go wrong occasionally and that’s what happened today.”

Cardiff City has played 32 matches in the ongoing Championship so far out of which they have won 21, lost 7 and in the remaining 4 matches, they have shared points.

BELLAMY WILL SCORE

The Cardiff city defender Ben Turner is of the opinion that the former Manchester city and Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy will be a major source of goals for the club in the second half of the season. The Welsh international recently returned to the Cardiff city starting line-up.

Even though he has scored just three goals in the 12 appearances for the team, Turner believes that he will hit his peak once he has played 10 matches because it is usually the threshold for a player who has just returned from injury. Cardiff city will have the opportunity to use Bellamy in the match against Peterborough United this weekend.

This match also provides a perfect opportunity for the 32-year-old to get some confidence under the belt because Peterborough United are currently bottom of the table. They will be coming up against a team that is at the top of the table. After struggling to get promotion to the play-offs over the past few seasons, Cardiff finally look to get into the Premier league through automatic places. Turner has said that due to the fact that Bellamy has played at the very top level, he will be able to provide them with massive experience over the rest of the campaign.

“Bellers is going to be a huge threat in 2013. He changes games, scores important goals and is a massive influence on the rest of the players here. Any player needs 10 games to be firing on full cylinders and when Craig gets those under his belt he will be a massive threat. He has played at the top level and knows what is needed," said Ben Turner in a recent interview. After the match against Peterborough United, the club will be featuring the likes of Leicester City and Crystal Palace.

BELLAMY EXCITED AT RETURN

The former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy has said that he cannot wait to make this return to the Cardiff City first-team after suffering from injury problems in recent weeks. The 33-year-old has been in the United States up until now in order to undergo treatment for the ankle injury he has been suffering from in recent weeks. He has missed the last four matches for the bluebirds and is very much looking forward to getting back on the pitch as soon as possible. Cardiff have made a good start to the new Championship season and they are one of the favourites to win the promotion to the top flight.

They are currently in the second place only behind Crystal Palace at the top of the table. Only two points separate the two teams and Craig Bellamy is confident that this will finally be the year Cardiff City make an appearance in the Premier league. The team has faltered on many occasions in recent seasons at the play-off stage due to the failure to make it into the automatic qualifying spot. This time around, they will not be making the same mistake according to the former Liverpool and Manchester City striker.

“Having Craig back is massive boost to us. He’s been training really well this week and is raring to go. He went to a rehab centre in America with (club physio) Sean Connelly and had a tough week. Any club would miss Craig, he’s a fantastic professional and demands everything from those around him. It’s a huge plus to get him back,” said the Cardiff City assistant manager David Kerslake in a recent interview. The two losses in the last five matches where the reason for Cardiff City finding themselves in the second spot in the Championship.

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