4 points clear of relegation, can’t happen now can it?
In all likelihood – no. Even if we lose all three of our games Leeds and Hull need to win two out of three and both have two tough away games still to play. I wouldn’t put it past us to blow it but in all reality we’ll be fine now. Taking 9 points from 9 last week was a massive boost just as things were starting to look desperate.
Has it been an acceptable season to Fans?
No, not at all. Our chairman appointed Gary Waddock as permanent manager in the summer despite a dreadful run of results during his caretaker spell. It should have
been a new manager in the summer and a clean break. Instead Waddock was allowed to blow nearly £1m of transfer funds from the sale of Shittu. He signed Blackstock who is fantastic but he also signed Rehman,
Ward, Oliseh, Czerkas and other no hopers. By the time Gregory came in there was no money left to spend, the window was shut and we were routed to the bottom. From
that point it’s been acceptable because we didn’t look to have a prayer but Gregory has shown since January that even with our meagre resources a decent manager can have us halfway up this league.
Thoughts on your manager John Gregory?
He’s done a superb job. The team he took over wouldn’t have been competitive in League One. He’s made some fantastic signings, got everybody playing for the
shirt and helping each other, and restored team spirit. He shipped out the disruptive influences, the players that were always on the treatment table and the ones that weren’t good enough but always seemed to
get a new contract. The squad has been trimmed,quality players have been added and he’s taken us from bottom without a prayer to the brink of safety. I’m very
excited about what he can do with the team given a full pre-season with it.
Former Cardiff favourite Gareth Ainsworth just broke his leg – will you miss him and what does he bring to the squad?
He’s a nutter and we will miss him. His work rate, attitude and spirit are vital to us. Particularly in tough away games, he drives the team on with his belief and effort. He broke his leg trying to beat two
Luton men and a team mate to a high ball – and then tried to get up and ‘run it off’. Honestly a spiral fracture of the leg and he’s trying to run it off.
He’ll be very fondly remembered at Loftus Road when he’s gone and personally I think Cardiff made a massive mistake letting him go – considering you then went out and spent £250k on Richard Langley who is now
sitting on Luton’s bench as they head out of the league, and Ainsworth has gone on to enjoy 4 great seasons with us I think you should have held onto him. Glad you didn’t though.
If you could have one Cardiff player on a free, who and why?
Chopra – I bet everybody says that but one thing we have lacked all season is a good partner for Blackstock. Failing that our other problem spot is at full back where we regularly have to use makeshift centre halves like Timoska and Kanyuka – McNaughton looked good against us at Ninian Park and could fill one of those positions.
QPR player to watch out for?
Lee Cook is a show in for our player of the year award – for three or four months through the Autumn and Winter he was simply unplayable. His form has dipped
lately as he’s tried to play through a knee injury and he’s been out of the side for the past couple of weeks trying to recover from it. If he comes back, assuming
he’s fit, he’ll be the danger man. Michael Mancienne is a classy defender on loan from Chelsea but has also been injured lately. Dexter Blackstock has hit a good
patch of form this month and says he’s close to his goal target for the season so he’ll be keen to score – if he doesn’t his awesome work rate makes him an asset
regardless of everything else.
Prediction for the game?
Well we’ve lost Idiakez back to Southampton this week, and Cullip is injured which will leave a big gap in
the defence. I think a draw is likely, 1-1.