This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Fan’s Voice’ series, where we gather original opinions from those closest to the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Cardiff City recorded their fourth successive league win last night, defeating Luton Town 2-0 at Kenilworth Road.
Second-half strikes from Harry Wilson and Will Vaulks secured a fourth straight league win for the Bluebirds, who remain unbeaten under Mick McCarthy thus far.
McCarthy has made an excellent impact since arriving at Cardiff last month. They were embarking on a dismal run of form under Neil Harris, but McCarthy has arrested that and has got a fine tune out of his players.
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The Bluebirds are now up to seventh in the Sky Bet Championship table, and sit only three points off sixth, albeit having played a game more than AFC Bournemouth.
Cardiff fans have every right to be delighted with their side’s revival under McCarthy, though, with a play-off push looking to be well on the cards as we prepare to head towards March.
Football League World’s Cardiff City fan pundit, Ben Johnsey, has offered his own thoughts on the 62-year-old’s tenure thus far.
He said: “McCarthy has more than exceeded expectations, having started off as a short term option that divided fans McCarthy has quickly silenced any haters with the team’s performances.
“His player management and the ability to turn a team around is what he’s famous for, but his work for the academy has been his stand out contribution in my opinion. Having seen players like Bagan and Mark Harris get more minutes and the debut of academy ace Rubin Colwill.”
I don’t think many would have expected McCarthy to make such a good short-term impact at Cardiff.
It normally takes a manager a fair bit of time to get to grips with a new group of players, but he’s hit the ground running straight away.
It is no fluke, either. They’ve played some great stuff under McCarthy and look a lot more solid, and places like Rotherham and Luton are tough to get results from.