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Cardiff 0 - Arsenal 0

FA Cup 4th Round

Ninian Park

25/1/2009 13:30 PM

Attendance: 20,079

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Cardiff
0 - 0
Arsenal
 
 
Venue: Ninian Park
 
Attendance: 20,079
The Teams
Enckelman
 
 
 
Fabianski
 
 
McNaughton
 
 
 
Sagna
 
 
Johnson
 
 
 
Toure
 
 
Gyepes
 
 
 
Djourou
 
 
Rae
 
 
 
Gibbs
 
 
Kennedy
 
 
 
Eboue
 
 
66
Burke
 
 
79
 
Ramsey
 
 
59
Parry
 
 
 
Song
 
 
Ledley
 
 
 
Nasri
 
 
Bothroyd
 
 
91
 
van Persie
 
 
McCormack
 
 
 
Bendtner
 
 
87
Substitutes
Heaton
 
 
 
Almunia
 
 
Purse
 
 
 
Gallas
 
 
Comminges
 
 
 
Diaby
 
 
59
Capaldi
 
 
79
 
Wilshere
 
 
87
McPhail
 
 
 
Denilson
 
 
Blake
 
 
 
Adebayor
 
 
66
Johnson
 
 
91
 
 
 
Game Statistics
14
Goal Attempts
16
3
On Target
6
2
Corners
7
5
Offside
3
6
Fouls
9
0
Yellow Cards
2
35
%
65
Comments...
Passing success was tad down overall at 78.6% but I reckon that the figures for the first half hour and the last would look dramatically different. With 60% of the game played in the Cardiff half we rarely created enough to break them down. Aside from the first 20-25 minutes Cardiff didn't offer that much of a threat. Predictably they came out of the blocks quickly but tired just as quickly after that. Extra time would have favoured us more. With Cardiffs pass completion rate down at 61.3% and though they showed their commitment with a high number of tackles at 33 only 54.5% of which were successful they were a team who earned full marks for the effort but a better side might have got more out of the game today. Having said before the game he wouldn't pick Ramsey on sentiment Wenger went and did just that. With Diaby likely needed to fill a central midfield role for a time it seemed a poor decision on two counts. Diaby needs the time in that position and Ramsey probably left the field a much less confident player than when he stepped onto it. Once again our only real creative influences Nasri and van Persie were also the only ones carrying a real goal threat. Quite what Eboue did to deserve a yellow card which Bothroyd didn't do in the same half is baffling.




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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 25 2009

Time: 4:11PM

Your Comments

still in the hat though
fran merida
Typical FA cup game. Hopefully we'll have enough at home, but bing between West Ham and Spurs I think Wenger my rest a few!
navydave
Got to say that i enjoyed watching the game from the terraces was dissapointed with the Cardiff fans. I really thought after hearing about the intimidating atmosphere and possibly the last FA cup game at Ninian Park against a big team like Arsenal that it would be loud and memorable. Plus the Weslh Vs English thing, but in all honesty they were as quiet a team as i have ever seen.
paul_ownz
Agree Amos re Eboue, for a moment I thought he was gong to get anther one when he slipped over.
alwaysgunner
Spot on Paul, Cardiff didn't make for an intimidating atmosphere at all, I was stood quite close to the Cardiff fans on the opposite side to the Bob Bank and save for a few mouthy, chavvy kids, it was quiet as a grave. Completely agree on the Ramsey point, a player of that age in those circumstances was always going to try too hard and I'm sure the game didn't do Ramsey much good. Nasri and RvP had good games again I thought, but I felt Bendtner was our best player yesterday. Nobody will give him credit for that, but it's the truth.
Little Dutch
Yes i was sat there too. Right next to group of Arsenal fans that were singing lets go F**king mental and crashing in to everyone. I agree Bendtner played well although was dissapointed he mis controlled the Van Persie pass when we were on one of our only good attacks. Eboue had a game to forget, and song was not great either. In all honestly it was one of the most boring games i can remember. That and the lack of atmosphere made for a medicore football day. Luckily i made the most of my trip the night before until 6am in the casino with my friends Stella, Sambuca, Smirnoff & grouse(he's famouse you know).
paul_ownz
There was a great atmosphere according to all media outlets.
Tom14
I would have been in front of you and slightly left, just behind the first barrier in front of the seating. It looked like a little pocket of trouble kicked off over at the Bob Bank side after the final whistle, but the place was not intimidating at all inside or out. Still welcomed the chance to stand on terracing though.
Little Dutch
Yup. I would be happy to introduce a small section of Terracing for the fans that are happy to stand all game and chant. Instead i am made to feel guilty for opening my mouth as little lord fauntleroy behind me cant read his match day program in library conditions.
paul_ownz
It was interesting because it showed that safe standing can be done if the administration is done properly. There's no difference between Arsenal taking 4,000 to Cardiff to stand than if we took 4,000 to Old Trafford to stand, so long as you don't allow people to clamber in at the gate. That said, it's never going to be resurrected and I can understand why, no government will ever make a decision that contentious when there really is no reason to in their eyes.
Little Dutch
 

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