It’s now 3 wins in a row for Scott Parker and the big question is whether he will get the gig permanently next season. It was not the most enthralling game and I was surprised how sterile Cardiff were. The most memorable thing that happened was a superb strike by Ryan Babel from outside the box arrowing into the corner of the net which proved the winner.
After that Sergio Rico made three superb saves. He is a bit of a flapper at crosses but there’s no denying his shot saving capacity. Joe Bryan at left back had a another good game and should be a force in the Championship next season.
Instead of entering the market for a striker we might be better to secure Babel. Whether we do or don’t it will not be the same team next year.
Incidentally, the Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge was discarded by Feliks Magath, one of many odd decisions during his time in his charge at Fulham. Steve Sidwell on BT sport recalled a game of statues.
After one away defeat he made the whole team stand naked on the training pitch for half an hour.
I was beginning to fear that Ivan Conway’s Brighton, without a goal in 10 hours’ play, might join us. They too were incredibly sterile in the first half against a revived Newcastle but the point secured should be enough.
It was a bad decision to sack him during the Jokatovic reign but – now restored – we look a much more organised and committed side.