Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Tuesday, October 12.
McAnuff’s South Wales derby worry for McCarthy
Former Cardiff City midfielder Jobi McAnuff believes Mick McCarthy could be in “big, big trouble” if his side are taken to the cleaners at Swansea City this weekend.
McCarthy is under pressure after enduring a run of five straight defeats – six in the last seven games – in the league, which has seen Cardiff plummet to 20th in the Championship, one spot below Swansea.
This Sunday represents the biggest game of the season for both the Bluebirds and the Swans, which could work both ways for Cardiff’s manager.
A win and it means twice as much to City’s fans as it would be over their arch rivals. A defeat, however, and it would be doubly bad, given who the opposition is.
And McAnuff, who played almost 50 times for Cardiff during the 2004/05 season, believes it is a game McCarthy cannot afford to lose.
Sky Sports EFL Podcast, McAnuff said: “I think a bad performance and a bad result [against Swansea], you are going to have to be thinking that he is in big, big, trouble.
“I think the nature of the game anyway, it doesn’t need much bigging up, it’s a massive, massive occasion.
“I think certainly from Cardiff’s point of view they certainly didn’t envisage seeing themselves in this position at this stage of the season given the optimism after Mick McCarthy first came in last year.
“I certainly had them as a team who were maybe one of the outsiders for the promotion tilt this year so I have been really surprised to see where they are and I think it’s a game they certainly can’t afford to lose and I think if they don’t win it he could be in big, big trouble.”
Cardiff take on Swansea at the Swansea.com Stadium at 12.30pm on Sunday.
Moore furious after Wales ban
A furious Kieffer Moore was left baffled after a soft yellow card against Estonia ruled him out of next month’s crunch home tie with Belarus.
The Bluebirds marksman scored the only goal of the match in Wales’ 1-0 win in Talinn on Monday night, but it came at a cost.
In the second half, he went into the referee’s book after grazing an Estonian defender when rising to challenge for a header.
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And a baffled Moore admitted he will have to change his game if he is to stay on the good side of international referees.
“I am super-conscious every time I go for an aerial challenge and head it,” Moore said after the match.
“I just get my body there and mentally try not to do too much. It does take some getting used to.
“In internationals, referees never really give you too much leeway. It is about adapting to that.”
Moore has been a key figure in Wales’ success over the last two years or so, shouldering so much of the difficult, dogged work at the top of the pitch.
It is a constant source of frustration from fans, however, that he never gets the decisions his performances warrant.
A prime example in Talinn was when it looked as though he had been hauled to the ground in the Estonian box, leaving him wiping his bloodied nose on the floor. Perplexed Wales fans, however, watched on in bewilderment as the referee gave the free-kick the other way.
The Cardiff’s front man’s caution in the second half was similarly harsh and, of course, a body blow to the player and supporters.
Asked what his second-half caution was for, Moore said: “I couldn’t tell you. I put my arms by side. You would have to ask the ref.
“I know they will be having words on the side when these challenges are happening.
“It is frustrating. It is not ideal but it is down to me to adapt and not get myself in these situations.
“But I have scored goals everywhere I have been and I always have confidence in myself to replicate that.
“I put myself in good positions and there are great players around me. They get me those opportunities to score.”
Wales boss Rob Page added: “He’s prone to getting bookings, and he doesn’t get a lot of protection at times,” Page said.
“When Kieffer’s got three big centre-halves coming over the top of him, he needs a little bit of protection as well.
“You can’t jump without using your arms, and unless referees have played at any level and understand the mechanics of how you jump, it’s difficult.
“It is frustrating and I’m disappointed we haven’t got him for (Belarus) in November.”
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South Wales derby referee appointed
James Linington has been appointed the referee for Sunday’s derby clash.
The official has never taken charge of a South Wales derby, however he has been the man in the middle for both sides on many occasions.
For Cardiff, their record is outstanding with Linington in charge, winning a staggering 16 of the 19 games in which he has been the whistleman.
The Bluebirds have won each of their last previous seven matches with the official in charge, the latest of which was the 3-1 win over Millwall earlier this season.
In contrast, the Swans have won only four of their last 11 matches with the referee in charge.
The most recent match in which Linington officiated the Swans saw Bournemouth earn all the points in a 3-0 victory on the south coast earlier in the campaign.
Rob Smith and Nigel Lugg will be the assistants for the clash while Darren Drysdale will be the fourth official.
Russell Slade leading data collection legal threat
Former Cardiff City boss Russell Slade is leading a threat of legal action against the data collection industry in football.
According to the BBC, 850 players are demanding compensation for the trading of their performance data over the last six years and want an annual future fee from the companies in the future.
It is said that ‘letters before action’ have been sent to 17 companies over the alleged misuse of data.
Should Slade’s group, Global Sports Data and Technology Group, press ahead with legal action, the ramifications could be sizeable, with the multi-billion-pound data collection industry built on trading players’ information.
The 17 firms who have been sent the letters are said to be betting, entertainment and data collection companies.
It is alleged by Slade’s team that the unlicensed use of players’ data, which can be things such as goals-per-game ratios or even a player’s height, breaches General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules.
“It’s incredible where it’s used,” Slade told the BBC. “On one player, and I’m not talking about a Premier League player or even a Championship player, there was some 7,000 pieces of information on one individual player at a lower league football club.
“There are companies that are taking that data and processing that data without the individual consent of that player.
“A big part of our journey has been looking at that ecosystem and plotting out where that data starts, who’s processing it, where it finishes and that’s a real global thing.
“It’s making football – and all sports – aware of the implications and what needs to change.”
Bluebirds international watch
While Kieffer Moore scored the crucial goal for Wales on Tuesday night, Mark Harris also got another cap under his belt with an appearance off the bench, replacing his clubmate.
Rubin Colwill was among three players to miss out on the matchday squad, alongside Matt Smith and Dylan Levitt, while Will Vaulks was an unused substitute in Talinn.
Wales under-21s have a difficult clash against the Netherlands on Tuesday night (7pm kick-off). Sam Bowen, Isaak Davies and George Ratcliffe are all included in the squad for that one.
Tom Davies and Caleb Hughes both started for the under-19s against Kosovo on Tuesday afternoon. Hughes scored a penalty in the first half and another after the break 3-0 win. Defender Taylor Jones was also on the bench for that one.
Ciaron Brown will likely line up once again for Northern Ireland on Tuesday night, they take on Bulgaria in their World Cup qualifier clash.
The Republic of Ireland take on Qatar this evening in a friendly; James Collins will hope to feature in that.
Ireland’s under-21s face Montenegro at 4.30pm, both Joel Bagan and Mark McGuinness will start that one.
Leandro Bacuna’s international break is over, too, having lost to New Zealand 2-1 on Saturday night.