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Opinion: Can Cardiff City make a late surge for the play-offs?

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When Cardiff City were taken over by the well-known and controversial man Vincent Tan, little did they know how much their beloved club would fall over the course of just a couple of years.

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Cardiff were promoted to the Premier League in 2013, amassing an excellent 87 points in 46 games, their record stood at W25, D12, L9, they had all but romped the Championship that year to gain promotion.

Their time in the Premier League was short, lasting just one season, however, it wasn’t similar to a reign in the Premier League akin to Derby or Sunderland, the club had not embarrassed themselves, although finishing bottom, they were relegated by only 6 points, and had also picked up some memorable results in that season beating Manchester City 3-2 in their first game at home in the top flight.

This season also saw a managerial change at Cardiff in the shape of the outspoken Malky Mackay leaving and being replaced by Ole Gunner Solsjkaer, this proved to be a poor appointment, as Solsjkaer struggled to get the best out of his squad, he was duly sacked in September 2014.

Many fans backed the sacking of Solsjkaer but not many fans at the time agreed with his replacement, which came in the shape of Russell Slade, despite having a fairly impressive C.V, and a decent win ratio at his previous club Leyton Orient, many fans felt that he wasn’t the right man to take the squad forward.

With the squad they possessed and considering that they had been far but brushed aside in the Premier League, many expected Cardiff City to make an immediate return to the top flight, and they were also installed as favourites by the bookmakers, however this promotion never came to fruition and in the 2014-15 season, Cardiff finished 11th, a massive 16 points off the play-off positions and 27 points off the automatic promotion slots.

The season was labelled a disappointment, and the fans had voted with their feet, despite the club opening a new stadium in 2009, the attendances in 2014-15 had dwindled so much – only 4,194 fans watched the league cup win over Colchester United in January 2015 – that a decision was made to shut one of the stands in the ground due to the dwindling crowds.

The club was in a sad state of affairs, although the fans had a big victory against their owner when, after an emergency board meeting, the club had decided to return to their blue strip, which had been changed to red when Tan took over causing uproar and protests all but every week.

The season eventually came to an end, with the club stabilising and eventually finishing 11th.

The 2015-16 season rolled around and although fans were expecting a better showing than the 2014-15 seasons, they weren’t holding out much hope.

However, this season has proved a pleasant change for Cardiff fans, with only 6 games left, Cardiff have picked up momentum under recent weeks and lie only 4 points off the play-offs, having picked up impressive wins against Derby, Ipswich and Brighton in the previous couple of months.

The squad that Cardiff possesses is that of a good one, and has talent within it like Peter Whittingham, Fabio, Ben Turner and Aaron Gunnarsson.

The stand which was shut due to dwindling attendances has just been re-opened due to booming ticket sales, and the recent win against Derby County saw a league record attendance of over 26,000 people, a far cry from the Colchester United victory back in January 2015.

If Cardiff City keep picking up wins against teams around them and the fans keep coming back, and they do indeed make the play-offs, then we could see this sleeping giant back in the league where it has some unfinished business.

Can Cardiff make the play-offs? Do you agree Cardiff fans? Comment in the box below and let us know your thoughts!


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