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Mon Feb 12, 2024 12:53 pm

Under Erol Bulut:

Cardiff sit rock-bottom when it comes to goals scored from open play in the Championship this year. No one has scored fewer than the Bluebirds' 15 open-play goals. Only Preston and Rotherham United average fewer shots-per-game than Cardiff (10.6) this season, too.

And it shows. Cardiff look far too easy to defend against and all too rarely trouble the opposition goalkeeper. One marker which serves to provide positivity is that, in total contrast to open-play goals, the Bluebirds top the table for set-piece goals with 16 (or 18 if you include penalties). They have more goals from set pieces than open play.


Monday 12th February 2024


Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of the game about why the attack is stuttering and they will speak about confidence or rhythm or momentum or just waiting for things to click, but surely there is more to it than that?

Particularly when you factor in the 30 league games which have been played this season.


Erol Bulut is struggling to get his players to open up Oppositions and score goals from open play.

The attack is too easy to defend against and needs changing. The plan is difficult to decipher, too. Sign up to our daily Cardiff City newsletter here.

Erol Bulut has opted for a large, target-man type of striker in Kion Etete recently, but Cardiff rarely supply him with crosses. He is largely used as an out for Jak Alnwick in goal, but he is still learning how to keep hold of the ball and win headers against gnarled centre-backs.

Cardiff also play with inverted wingers who want to cut inside, thus stopping any chance of a lofted cross into the 6ft 5ins striker. Couple that with full backs who are reluctant to bomb on and overlap and Cardiff are often incredibly narrow and restricted in their paths into the area.


The tempo is far too slow, too. Cardiff are joint-bottom when it comes to goals scored from counter-attacks, with a grand total of zero, an art which is perfected by the speed and accuracy of a breakaway. Preston North End's first goal by Emil Riis came by virtue of an excellent counter-attack on Saturday. Cardiff's lack of pace and ability to really cut through a defence has been telling this season.

Erol Bulut is going to have to change his tactics and fast as the fans are now starting to question him as a Championship manager.

It was a surprise to see Rubin Colwill, arguably Cardiff's form player during a pretty poor couple of months for the team, dropped to the bench for Saturday's defeat by the Lilywhites, but we do have to factor in the volume of games this month. He does, however, have to play in Cardiff's strongest XI.
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Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Mon Feb 12, 2024 1:41 pm

Forever Blue wrote:Under Erol Bulut:

Cardiff sit rock-bottom when it comes to goals scored from open play in the Championship this year. No one has scored fewer than the Bluebirds' 15 open-play goals. Only Preston and Rotherham United average fewer shots-per-game than Cardiff (10.6) this season, too.

And it shows. Cardiff look far too easy to defend against and all too rarely trouble the opposition goalkeeper. One marker which serves to provide positivity is that, in total contrast to open-play goals, the Bluebirds top the table for set-piece goals with 16 (or 18 if you include penalties). They have more goals from set pieces than open play.


Monday 12th February 2024


Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of the game about why the attack is stuttering and they will speak about confidence or rhythm or momentum or just waiting for things to click, but surely there is more to it than that?

Particularly when you factor in the 30 league games which have been played this season.


Erol Bulut is struggling to get his players to open up Oppositions and score goals from open play.

The attack is too easy to defend against and needs changing. The plan is difficult to decipher, too. Sign up to our daily Cardiff City newsletter here.

Erol Bulut has opted for a large, target-man type of striker in Kion Etete recently, but Cardiff rarely supply him with crosses. He is largely used as an out for Jak Alnwick in goal, but he is still learning how to keep hold of the ball and win headers against gnarled centre-backs.

Cardiff also play with inverted wingers who want to cut inside, thus stopping any chance of a lofted cross into the 6ft 5ins striker. Couple that with full backs who are reluctant to bomb on and overlap and Cardiff are often incredibly narrow and restricted in their paths into the area.


The tempo is far too slow, too. Cardiff are joint-bottom when it comes to goals scored from counter-attacks, with a grand total of zero, an art which is perfected by the speed and accuracy of a breakaway. Preston North End's first goal by Emil Riis came by virtue of an excellent counter-attack on Saturday. Cardiff's lack of pace and ability to really cut through a defence has been telling this season.

Erol Bulut is going to have to change his tactics and fast as the fans are now starting to question him as a Championship manager.

It was a surprise to see Rubin Colwill, arguably Cardiff's form player during a pretty poor couple of months for the team, dropped to the bench for Saturday's defeat by the Lilywhites, but we do have to factor in the volume of games this month. He does, however, have to play in Cardiff's strongest XI.


100% spot on Annis.

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Mon Feb 12, 2024 2:13 pm

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Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Mon Feb 12, 2024 2:14 pm

tangledupinblue wrote:
Forever Blue wrote:Under Erol Bulut:

Cardiff sit rock-bottom when it comes to goals scored from open play in the Championship this year. No one has scored fewer than the Bluebirds' 15 open-play goals. Only Preston and Rotherham United average fewer shots-per-game than Cardiff (10.6) this season, too.

And it shows. Cardiff look far too easy to defend against and all too rarely trouble the opposition goalkeeper. One marker which serves to provide positivity is that, in total contrast to open-play goals, the Bluebirds top the table for set-piece goals with 16 (or 18 if you include penalties). They have more goals from set pieces than open play.


Monday 12th February 2024


Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of the game about why the attack is stuttering and they will speak about confidence or rhythm or momentum or just waiting for things to click, but surely there is more to it than that?

Particularly when you factor in the 30 league games which have been played this season.


Erol Bulut is struggling to get his players to open up Oppositions and score goals from open play.

The attack is too easy to defend against and needs changing. The plan is difficult to decipher, too. Sign up to our daily Cardiff City newsletter here.

Erol Bulut has opted for a large, target-man type of striker in Kion Etete recently, but Cardiff rarely supply him with crosses. He is largely used as an out for Jak Alnwick in goal, but he is still learning how to keep hold of the ball and win headers against gnarled centre-backs.

Cardiff also play with inverted wingers who want to cut inside, thus stopping any chance of a lofted cross into the 6ft 5ins striker. Couple that with full backs who are reluctant to bomb on and overlap and Cardiff are often incredibly narrow and restricted in their paths into the area.


The tempo is far too slow, too. Cardiff are joint-bottom when it comes to goals scored from counter-attacks, with a grand total of zero, an art which is perfected by the speed and accuracy of a breakaway. Preston North End's first goal by Emil Riis came by virtue of an excellent counter-attack on Saturday. Cardiff's lack of pace and ability to really cut through a defence has been telling this season.

Erol Bulut is going to have to change his tactics and fast as the fans are now starting to question him as a Championship manager.

It was a surprise to see Rubin Colwill, arguably Cardiff's form player during a pretty poor couple of months for the team, dropped to the bench for Saturday's defeat by the Lilywhites, but we do have to factor in the volume of games this month. He does, however, have to play in Cardiff's strongest XI.


100% spot on Annis.




Cheers, The way Bulut plays, it would of been a waste of time buying Kieffer Moore or buy in a quality Striker.

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Mon Feb 12, 2024 2:43 pm

The reason we lack in confidence is we don't have a reliable striker to score goals.

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Mon Feb 12, 2024 2:52 pm

They started Saturdays game really good IMO -

We seem to have a few players that are willing to give their all - unfortunately not enough of them. I worry we are not attacking the whole game and we have no full on striker - however the quality we do have needs to be giving 100 percent from the get go.

I wondered why Ruben was left out of the game as he has come on in leaps and bounds recently. I agree tactics need to change as it seems after 15 mins the opposition susses us out and from then on we are blocked all the way. We need to play with full knowledge of the team we are playing and their tactics otherwise we will not improve - each game - different tactics.. and for gods sake - if its not working change it ... don't just go on regardless.

Hopefully now Rambo is back he can influence the game on the pitch, and we have sorely missed O'Dowda ...

We will miss McGuiness ... lets hope the new guys can add something amazing ... Keon is getting better but is still not quite there.

Come on Erol ... time to show us you have the skills to get this team winning !!!

:ayatollah: :ayatollah: :ayatollah: :ayatollah: :ayatollah: :ayatollah:

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Mon Feb 12, 2024 3:06 pm

Forwards isolated with no support, we are two easy to defend against but if Etete/Bowler/Grant has the ball they always have 2 players on them and no one to pass to so it goes backwards

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Mon Feb 12, 2024 4:05 pm

Jackieblue wrote:They started Saturdays game really good IMO -

We seem to have a few players that are willing to give their all - unfortunately not enough of them. I worry we are not attacking the whole game and we have no full on striker - however the quality we do have needs to be giving 100 percent from the get go.

I wondered why Ruben was left out of the game as he has come on in leaps and bounds recently. I agree tactics need to change as it seems after 15 mins the opposition susses us out and from then on we are blocked all the way. We need to play with full knowledge of the team we are playing and their tactics otherwise we will not improve - each game - different tactics.. and for gods sake - if its not working change it ... don't just go on regardless.

Hopefully now Rambo is back he can influence the game on the pitch, and we have sorely missed O'Dowda ...

We will miss McGuiness ... lets hope the new guys can add something amazing ... Keon is getting better but is still not quite there.

Come on Erol ... time to show us you have the skills to get this team winning !!!

:ayatollah: :ayatollah: :ayatollah: :ayatollah: :ayatollah: :ayatollah:

Good point, im sure im wrong, at least I hope I am, but full knowledge of the opposition seems like its them on us, not us on them. And its probably common knowledge in the championship we dont change shape, dont like the high press, and struggle to get through teams who put 10 men behind the ball and end up going sideways and back. Add to that balls into the box along the floor towards a late runner at the far post, we have concede lots of those this season. Predictable.

Agree, lets hope these new boys can settle in and improve us. :ayatollah: :ayatollah: :ayatollah:

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Mon Feb 12, 2024 4:46 pm

The only guy who seemingly can't see how mundanely predictable we are to the opposition is Bulut!

Even after months of abject form and his tactics delivering mainly defeats.

It's so obvious why we're failing but Bulut continues down the blind alley. We're outnumbered by opposition defenders because we have 1 front man and two inverted wingers. Change it Erol - if you can't or won't, perhaps the Championship isn't for you.

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Mon Feb 12, 2024 4:58 pm

Bakedalasker wrote:The reason we lack in confidence is we don't have a reliable striker to score goals.


We new this way before jan transfer but failed again so Etete is still main striker while this other guy gets up to speed and then hope he knows how to score.

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Mon Feb 12, 2024 5:11 pm

montyblue wrote:
Bakedalasker wrote:The reason we lack in confidence is we don't have a reliable striker to score goals.


We new this way before jan transfer but failed again so Etete is still main striker while this other guy gets up to speed and then hope he knows how to score.



Monty,

We have known this for nearly 3 yrs and so have our famous CCFC Transfer Committee.

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Mon Feb 12, 2024 5:33 pm

We haven't got time for the new striker to get up to speed - he needs to start against WBA and ideally have Meite, Robinson or Grant alongside him as a two man front line. Get Bowler on left wing, Tanner on right and just have a fking go.

If we lose trying I don't mind but I've had it with the turgid defensive crab-athon, borefest football.

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Mon Feb 12, 2024 5:40 pm

Forever Blue wrote:
montyblue wrote:
Bakedalasker wrote:The reason we lack in confidence is we don't have a reliable striker to score goals.


We new this way before jan transfer but failed again so Etete is still main striker while this other guy gets up to speed and then hope he knows how to score.



Monty,

We have known this for nearly 3 yrs and so have our famous CCFC Transfer Committee.


Annis

I was trying to be kind apart from moore for a season you would have to go back to chopra/bothroyd

zahore only had a brief spell of finding the net
under warnock and paterson make shift
Glatzel looked lost under mad mick
I just hope we are looking now for next season othereise this groundhog day will be back again next season with the same old excuses we are not paying silly money
then watch other clubs paying silly money snapping up all the best strikers
its one position you have to push the boat out.

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Mon Feb 12, 2024 6:55 pm

montyblue wrote:
Forever Blue wrote:
montyblue wrote:
Bakedalasker wrote:The reason we lack in confidence is we don't have a reliable striker to score goals.


We new this way before jan transfer but failed again so Etete is still main striker while this other guy gets up to speed and then hope he knows how to score.



Monty,

We have known this for nearly 3 yrs and so have our famous CCFC Transfer Committee.


Annis

I was trying to be kind apart from moore for a season you would have to go back to chopra/bothroyd

zahore only had a brief spell of finding the net
under warnock and paterson make shift
Glatzel looked lost under mad mick
I just hope we are looking now for next season othereise this groundhog day will be back again next season with the same old excuses we are not paying silly money
then watch other clubs paying silly money snapping up all the best strikers
its one position you have to push the boat out.


We have never got anywhere near Chopra/Bothroyd. And to think we use to whinge about how lazy Bothroyd was.

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Tue Feb 13, 2024 7:12 am

Bakedalasker wrote:
montyblue wrote:
Forever Blue wrote:
montyblue wrote:
Bakedalasker wrote:The reason we lack in confidence is we don't have a reliable striker to score goals.


We new this way before jan transfer but failed again so Etete is still main striker while this other guy gets up to speed and then hope he knows how to score.



Monty,

We have known this for nearly 3 yrs and so have our famous CCFC Transfer Committee.


Annis

I was trying to be kind apart from moore for a season you would have to go back to chopra/bothroyd

zahore only had a brief spell of finding the net
under warnock and paterson make shift
Glatzel looked lost under mad mick
I just hope we are looking now for next season othereise this groundhog day will be back again next season with the same old excuses we are not paying silly money
then watch other clubs paying silly money snapping up all the best strikers
its one position you have to push the boat out.


We have never got anywhere near Chopra/Bothroyd. And to think we use to whinge about how lazy Bothroyd was.



This Board don’t bring quality like that in, we can now only dream about players like that.

We not get mainly players who have been rejected by their clubs and never played for the first teams , always saying ex Man City , Man United , Spurs etc when they’ve actually never played for them.

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Tue Feb 13, 2024 8:37 am

Forever Blue wrote:
Bakedalasker wrote:
montyblue wrote:
Forever Blue wrote:
montyblue wrote:
Bakedalasker wrote:The reason we lack in confidence is we don't have a reliable striker to score goals.


We new this way before jan transfer but failed again so Etete is still main striker while this other guy gets up to speed and then hope he knows how to score.



Monty,

We have known this for nearly 3 yrs and so have our famous CCFC Transfer Committee.


Annis

I was trying to be kind apart from moore for a season you would have to go back to chopra/bothroyd

zahore only had a brief spell of finding the net
under warnock and paterson make shift
Glatzel looked lost under mad mick
I just hope we are looking now for next season othereise this groundhog day will be back again next season with the same old excuses we are not paying silly money
then watch other clubs paying silly money snapping up all the best strikers
its one position you have to push the boat out.


We have never got anywhere near Chopra/Bothroyd. And to think we use to whinge about how lazy Bothroyd was.



This Board don’t bring quality like that in, we can now only dream about players like that.

We not get mainly players who have been rejected by their clubs and never played for the first teams , always saying ex Man City , Man United , Spurs etc when they’ve actually never played for them.


To some degree both Chopra and Bothroyd were both rejects. DJ just brought out the best in them..

Re: Ask any of the players who speak to the press ahead of t

Tue Feb 13, 2024 9:13 am

All bang on Annis. Interesting to see some of Bulut's most ardent supporters now turning. Sadly his days are numbered,
and any tactics or style of play he stubbornly refuses to change, are floored!

Birmingham, Preston, QPR along with the championship bigwigs have all easily sniffed him out. He needs a dose of "Front Foot Medicine" to get this side further up the field. Otherwise we'll all be home, watching re runs of Crossroads and Upstairs Downstairs

Wiggy
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