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The Cardiff City player who will surely feel frustrated with current situation



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…

Cardiff City will be aiming to extend their unbeaten league run to seven matches when they travel to face West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

Neil Warnock’s side endured an indifferent start to the season after suffering early defeats to Wigan and Hull, but they have since assembled an impressive run of form which saw them secure a 3-0 victory over QPR in midweek.

Callum Paterson, Marlon Pack and Sean Morrison were all on target for the Bluebirds at the Cardiff City Stadium as they climbed to 10th in the table and within two points of the Championship play-off spots.

The nature of Wednesday night’s victory would have been particularly pleasing for Warnock as his side secured their third clean sheet of the season against a QPR side who have only ended a four-game winning run.

The Cardiff boss named Alex Smithies in between the sticks for the midweek outing, with the former QPR man handed his ninth consecutive league start despite Neil Etheridge’s return to fitness.

Etheridge was named as Cardiff’s goalkeeper on the opening day of the season at Wigan, but he was forced off with a hamstring which ruled him out of action for two months with the season less than an hour old.

Joe Day replaced Etheridge at the DW Stadium but it was then Smithies who was named in goal for Cardiff’s following league match, and he has retained his place ever since with Cardiff only having lost one game during this time.

Etheridge will have endured a difficult season so far given his injury troubles and now Warnock’s persistence with Smithies, and this may leave the Philippines international wondering whether he should have sealed a move away from the club this summer.

The 29-year-old reportedly attracted interest from the likes of Aston Villa and Liverpool following an impressive season in the Premier League, but a switch away from South Wales never materialised and Etheridge remained a Cardiff player.

This is why Etheridge will almost certainly feel frustrated at being stuck on the substitutes’ bench for Cardiff, but he of course could not have foreseen the injury he would suffer on the opening day of the season.

However, one of the most concerning aspects of the situations must be not knowing when he will regain his place in the Cardiff side, as Warnock will find it difficult to drop Smithies if Cardiff keep getting results.

The only thing Etheridge can do is keep working hard in training and proving his match fitness to Warnock. There is not much else the former Walsall man can do at this stage, and this is why he will find the current situation so frustrating.

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Neil Etheridge

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