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      OPPOSITION VIEW - CARDIFF CITY Q&A


Ahead of Saturday's game at Cardiff City, we caught up with Ben
@ViewFromTheNin. He gives his views on their season so far, Malky Mackay, Peter Odemwingie and more.

It’s been a fairly difficult start to your first season in the Premier League, has the club done better or worse than fans expected prior to the start of the season?

We've definitely done better than fans anticipated. We haven't had an easy run of fixtures playing Man City, United, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea all in our opening fixtures, and we've picked up four points from those games; beating Swansea was also a massive win. In recent fixtures, it's all fallen apart a little bit. Not scoring goals and the recent loss to Palace was the worst performance of the season.

Vincent Tan has made himself pretty unpopular with some of his decisions since buying a controlling stake in the club, what’s the general feeling amongst City supporters towards him at the moment?

The general feeling is one of dislike. The majority of fans turned against him when he changed the kit from blue to red and showed total disregard for the club's history and traditions. The rest of the fans turned against him when he sacked Iain Moody without reason and has refused to comment on the security of Malky's job. The general feeling ranges from not liked to utterly despised.

If the press are to be believed, Malky Mackay could be replaced as City boss sooner rather than later, does he still have the backing of the club’s fans? And if he does leave is there anyone in particular you would like to see replace him?

He has the unconditional backing of the fans. His stock has never been higher despite the poor performances. His relationship with Tan has completely fallen apart. They don't talk and it would all seem that Malky is on the edge. For many fans, if Tan gets rid, it would be the last straw. Malky is our hero at the moment.

Peter Odemwingie - How’s he doing?

Well he was doing well. He showed willing to run and take people on his first few games. Scored a couple of goals, looked bright and full of invention. Since then he's struggled. Seems to dilly-dally on the ball, loses possession a lot and doesn't want to track back. If was consistent, he would be brilliant. As it is, he's not.

Cardiff player of the season so far?

David Marshall. Over the years he has transformed into a top-class goalkeeper. He's kept us in many games with world-class saves and his performance against Tottenham was one of the best performances I have ever seen and, probably, one of the best the Premier League had seen.

Any player been particularly disappointing?

It's an odd one. It would be hard to pick out players who have been playing consistently as they've all had their moments. Andreas Cornelius cost £7.5m in the summer and we haven't really seen him due to injury and Malky's reluctance to pick him. He could be a revelation but for now, he's a disappointment.

Prediction for City’s season, are you confident of staying up?

If this had been two weeks ago, yeah I would have been. But now, I'm not so sure. Palace have fought back a little bit and Stoke's win against Chelsea will give them a boost. The last few weeks have been very poor and a few more bad results will see us struggling massively.

Prediction for Albion’s season?

I think you will finish comfortably in the mid-table region. I had no idea you had dropped down to just above us. The league isn't as open as last year and it's making it so unpredictable but I think mid-table is right for the Baggies.

Any particular Albion players that impress you?

I've always rated Chris Brunt and his wand of a left foot. It's hard not to be impressed by Berahino up front. Sessegnon is like a modern day Jason Koumas; will do nothing all game and then conjure some magic out of thin air.

Any memories that stand out from previous Albion v Cardiff games?

Yeah, it was 2005/06. You'd just signed John Hartson and he was a particular villain amongst Cardiff fans due to his undying love for all things Swansea. We'd just signed an unknown defender from Wycombe and it was a bit like David vs. Goliath. Except Roger Johnson, from Wycombe, was the big man and Hartson was kept incredibly quiet.

Premier League champions?

Arsenal. They blew us away two weeks back and were incredible. Their passing was slick, their team-play was a sight to behold. Ramsey was unplayable. Ozil was meek but still assisted two. If they can keep their form up, they will win the league at a canter.

Relegated?

Palace, West Ham and Fulham. Perhaps I'm reaching for Fulham but I don't want to say we will get relegated.

Prediction for Saturday?

If I am being optimistic, we will win 2-1. We need a win desperately and Malky will have been so disappointed with Palace. If I am being pessimistic, you will batter us.

 

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