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Cardiff City for promotion? Too early to tell

Cardiff City, Championship, play-offs, Cardiff,  There is a clear feeling of déja vu hanging over Cardiff today after the Bluebird’s 4-0 victory against Leeds United last night.

There’s talk of the Premier League, again, after yet another promising start to the season.

Maybe this is Cardiff’s season but with us yet to even don our Halloween costumes it’s simply too early to tell.

The Bluebird’s Jay Bothroyd has come out as the voice of reason this morning saying Cardiff should be cautious.

The 28-year-old said: “There’s a very long way to go as we’re not even in November.”

And the former Wolverhampton striker knows all too well about early promise since his move from Molineux in 2008.

At this stage of the 2008/09 season Cardiff were on 22 points and in the end they missed out on the Championship play-offs by just one goal.

After 13 games last season they had picked up 23 points only to lose to Blackpool in the play-off final at Wembley.

So far this time round Cardiff have accrued 29 points. Will those few extra points make all the difference this time? Possibly, but there are too many questions left unanswered.

Can Craig Bellamy’s knee keep up with all the strains of playing 50-odd games in a season? And perhaps more to the point can Jones’ 24-man squad stay fit and healthy for the majority of the season?

There are still 108 points to play for this season and although Cardiff are in blistering form at the moment it doesn’t take long for it to change.

Some call it pessimism, I say it’s realism. For whatever reason Cardiff have faltered the last two seasons and one cannot help to think it will happen again.

Neither the team nor the fans can afford to get carried away because otherwise they will suffer the same heartache again.

I’ll give the final word to Bothroyd, whose words suggest Cardiff may have learnt from their mistakes: “We’re not getting carried away like Cardiff have in the past.

“There are a lot of games to be played so we must take it step by step.”

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About Tim Hart

Cardiff University Postgraduate Student

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