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Viewpoint: Foxes prove they can be fearsome

Cardiff City may have been missing five key players last night, and with them the match may have been a completely different story. Nobody is going to dispute that.

But talk from the match should rest on a superb second half showing from the home side, who proved that last season's top six finish was far from a fluke.

It has been a difficult start to the season so far, but Paulo Sousa's Leicester were finally able to lay claim to victory thanks to a flowing period of attacking football.

Lee Naylor's outrageous goal 25 minutes into the match served only to epitomise a campaign which up to that point had been cruel to City.

But an outstanding onslaught on a helpless Cardiff backline turned the tide for Leicester, who must take great confidence into Saturday's tough fixture against free-scoring QPR.

Andy King will no doubt take the plaudits for his excellent brace on the evening, his third and fourth goals of the season respectively, but Sousa will also be delighted with the contributions of several others.

Questions surrounding fitness issues were laughed off after livewire performances from Lloyd Dyer and Martyn Waghorn on the wings. Dyer was at his ferocious best on the evening, a constant threat to Kevin McNaughton who endured a ragged evening against the Leicester winger.

The same joy could not be found for Cardiff wide man Chris Burke however, who was controlled by a rejuvenated Robbie Neilson for the majority of the game.

Neilson, ridiculed under the Pearson regime by many, is flourishing to new levels under Sousa with unprecedented confidence both at the back and going forward. Michael Lamey may just have to wait for a first team run.

As was the story against Coventry at the weekend, the Foxes dominated the midfield in the second period. Richie Wellens, a woeful performer in the first half, produced a virtuoso display of creative football by laying on both King goals. The best of Wellens is certainly a joy to behold.

Meanwhile captain Matt Oakley - written off prior to the campaign after a lacklustre spell in the Championship under Pearson - is proving everyone wrong with a fine array of combative displays in midfield.

And of course, completing the trio is Andy King. The Welsh starlet has simply gone from strength to strength since breaking into the first team in 2007, repaying the faith shown in him by Pearson from the League One season ever since.

Goals are of course a major aspect of his game, and King once again demonstrated last night the damage he can create with his trademark late runs into the penalty area. Frank Lampard eat your heart out.

City proved that they can be an attacking match for any side in this division on last night's performance.

This victory served so many purposes. Three points was the biggest gain of course, but laying rest to fitness issues and rumours that Sousa has lot the dressing room already are also extremely important for the campaign ahead.




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Writer: JBFox Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 15 2010

Time: 3:07PM

 

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