Preview

A week can be a very long time in football. From the optimism of pre-season coupled with the signing of Conor Coady, to the disgust at an appalling 4-0 home defeat to Bournemouth and disbelief of Mark Robins' resignation.

Chairman Dean Hoyle may be calling for positivity, but conceding three goals to lower league opposition midweek did little to calm the nerves of Town fans. The attacking threat of Nahki Wells, Jon Stead and Joe Lolley managed to bail Town out of trouble at Chesterfield thanks to extra time.

So let's try and be positive about traveling to Cardiff this weekend. Jacob Butterfield completed his transfer from Middlesbrough in a cash plus player deal for Adam Clayton. A terrific deal by the club to get upwards of £1 million and a talented player for someone in the last year of their contract.

Cardiff also struggled at times in their televised league opener at Blackburn and could quite easily have lost at Ewood Park. Yet they seem to be strengthening further thank to parachute payments and selling on their best talent, as two former Terriers in Anthony Pilkington and Sean Morrison look set to join the Bluebirds.

So is that positivity starting to wear thin? Given the fact we still have issues with the spine of our team, a lack of leadership, a weak back line and then also considering that we can't really solve these issues until we get a new manager in, then yes, it is wearing thin.

Likely line-up

Caretaker boss Mark Lillis will most like deploy a similar version of the 4-4-2 formation he tweaked in the second half of the Chesterfield cup game. The issues are in selection as Town lack an obvious choice to partner Joel Lynch in defence and need to find the right balance in midfield to stifle Cardiff with Butterfield likely to start on the bench.

cardiff formation

Prediction

Cardiff 3 - 0 Town
Expect Kenwyne Jones to bully Town's back line and Peter Whittingham to control the midfield. Another tough afternoon awaits.


Know Your Enemy

Throughout this season, Thrice Champions will be getting the views of opposition fans, bloggers and podcasters so you know the story behind the club they know so much about.

Ahead of our first league away day of the season over the border in Wales, against Cardiff CIty, we spoke to Metro blogger Ben James who runs the twitter account 'View From The Ninian'.

Here's what he had to say to our questions...


TC: After last seasons experience in the Premier League, would anything but promotion be a failure?

VFTN: That certainly feels like the case. We've strengthened our forward line and kept the majority of the side from last season together. Ole will have had a pre-season to instil his ideas and tactics into the side.

The obvious big names have left but key players like Whittingham, Noone, Turner and Marshall have stayed. So fans expect the team to bounce right back.

TC: How do you feel the transfer window so far has gone for you so far?

VFTN: It's been good and it looks as if it's getting better. Le Fondre, Guerra and Macheda make quite a forward line. Burgstaller is a classy midfielder who looks as if he could replace Mutch nicely. And with players like Brayford and Maynard returning from loan, they are essentially new signings.

The last couple of days have seen Anthony Pilkington, who you guys know well, and potentially Sean Morrison coming in too. It would seem that Reading are quite upset that they might be losing him.

TC: What are your feelings on Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer as manager?

VFTN: Mixed. There were times last year where he clearly had no idea what he was doing. He very rarely played the same side, chopping and changing on a game by game basis. Players would play brilliantly and it would be dropped the next game. It was bizarre.

He wasn't the manager we needed for a relegation battle but as the club go for promotion, his attacking football could be well suited. I remain open minded.

TC: How much did Vincent Tan's actions last season hinder the club?

VFTN: A lot. The season started well. But soon enough Tan getting rid of Moody was the beginning of a war of attrition. Whatever happened behind the scenes, I am not privy too. Malky may have overspent but ultimately someone had to be signing the cheques.

Tan's actions unsettled the club. His was a shadow cast over the club and Malky's sacking was inevitable. Who knows what would have happened if Malky had been allowed to continue. We won't ever know.

TC: Which Cardiff player should Huddersfield fans worry about?

VFTN: Dæhli. The kid's a wizard. Quick, positive and always looking to bring others into play. He's only 18 but has a mature head on his shoulders and will be key for Cardiff. Whittingham is also another key player for us. He's got a wand of a left foot and can completely dictate the play. Also, if Kenwyne Jones plays to his best, he can beat any defender in the air.

TC: Which Huddersfield player do you think Cardiff fans should worry about?

VFTN: I really like Sean Scannell but he's incredibly unpredictable. Adam Hammill is an exceptional winger at this level and will no doubt cause problems for our full backs. Jacob Butterfield always impressed me at Barnsley and is a classy midfielder.

TC: What is your prediction for Saturday?

VFTN: I think we will win. Tuesdays performance in the cup will have buoyed the squad and you lot are in a bit of disarray. I think we will take advantage and will come out 3-1 winners.


Ben James who runs the twitter account 'View From The Ninian' was speaking with Thrice Champions' Greg Marah.

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