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As Cardiff fans remain split by the club's rebranding, the team appear to have developed a very different divide; the contrast between their record breaking home form and their recent travelling circus away performances.

At home, Cardiff have produced a 100% winning start, scoring freely with a miserly defence. On their travels, it's mistakes galore, losing five of their eight games thus far, against fairly timid opponents. So which is the 'real' Cardiff?

The truth of the matter is that they have been rather fortunate on occasion at home and unfortunate away at times. They are somewhere between the two, neither automatic promotion contenders nor mid-table scrappers, a solid challenger for the play off places. Exactly where they were before spending more than £10m in the summer!


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It may appear churlish to pick apart a side that is only goal difference away from topping the Championship, but despite exemplary home form, Cardiff have been surprisingly flaky at times this season. This could be due to the large number of players that have been integrated in a short space of time, but that was also the case last year, where home and away performances were more consistent. There have also been plenty of significant injuries already, but there are also certain issues worthy of highlighting at present.

Will the real Craig Noone please stand up


There have been few Cardiff debuts as impressive as Craig Noone's performance against Wolves. Tricky, direct and relentless, he was the star turn in Cardiff's best performance for a long time. Unfortunately, for every good performance, there seems to be a showing that is every bit as disappointing. Anonymous against Ipswich, he was subsequently replaced by Craig Conway for the Forest game. Having returned to the side for the Watford win, he was again under par and strong competition for places may seem him continue to yo-yo in and out of the side. Consistency is key for wingers, but having made 21 starts for Brighton last year, while emerging from the bench a further 16 times, Noone appears to have previous.

Kenny Miller divided opinion during his time at the club. Some felt that Cardiff failed to play to his strengths as he performed a thankless task up front on his own, others felt he was past his best and not clinical enough in front of goal. What cannot be contested is that he played too much, largely due to necessity. That is no longer a problem.

Malky is playing with two up front at present to utilise Nicky Maynard with a partner and Heidur Helguson appears to be ahead of Joe Mason, Robert Earnshaw and Etien Velikonja.

Despite a wealth of available options, there has yet to be any rotation thus far. In the midst of three fixtures in close succession, it will be interesting to see if he alters his favoured line up during the next couple of games.

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During his gig for the High Flying Birds at the Motorpoint Arena, Noel Gallagher did the ayatollah, which pleased the Cardiff City fans in the crowd.

Julian Jenkins of Cardiff City talking at The Stadium Business Summit 2012.

It would be easy to write something praising Cardiff's impressive win against Wolves, there was much to admire in the way they overwhelmed a side that were plying their trade in the Premier League a few months ago. Instead, I would rather address the spending that enabled this performance and attempt to contextualise it in some way.

Cardiff have spent £9.65m on 10 players this summer, a figure that exceeds £10m if you factor in Filip Kiss, who has seen his loan spell made permanent. This is more than such European luminaries as Ajax, Newcastle United, PSV Eindhoven and Europa League holders Atletico Madrid.

When you consider that Cardiff were losing around £1m a month last season, Craig Bellamy's wages alone should double that figure, without factoring in other high earners such as Nicky Maynard and Kim Bo-Kyung. The recent spending is eye-watering and scares the life out of me.


This Cardiff City tribute song has been written and recorded by city band Fwdw-Cru and has been mixed and mastered by Super Furry Animals keyboard player Cian Ciaran.

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The Welsh recored track, called Sgorio, features commentary from Radio Cymru and celebrates the signing of hometown hero Craig Bellamy.

It will be aired before Sunday's home match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It will be released on ITunes next month and the group are planning to film footage for their promo video at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.

South Korean Olympics 2012 star Kim Bo Kyung is in Cardiff and has joined the team for training.

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Here is the man all the fans want to see, in action at the Bluebirds' Vale of Glamorgan training base.

How was it for you?

I have to admit, I struggled, it all left me feeling a bit numb. After so much disruption off the pitch during the summer, I was keen to focus on events taking place on the pitch, in the hope that it would provide a welcome distraction. If anything, the reality and gravity of the situation really hit home for the first time. It's red from here on in and it just doesn't feel like Cardiff City anymore.

I'm well aware that Cardiff have got it pretty good in many respects compared to a lot of other clubs, I also understand that such strong feelings based on the colour of a kit is completely irrational, but it still hurts. Maybe it will get easier over time, maybe it won't. The first game was always going to be difficult and having given the Newcastle friendly a miss, to postpone the inevitable, this was my red induction.

Should Cardiff secure the services of Craig Bellamy, there are even suggestions that Liam Lawrence may also return to the club, they will surely have their best ever midfield to call upon.

Aron Gunnarsson, Don Cowie, Kim Bo-Kyung, Filip Kiss, Stephen McPhail, Jordon Mutch, Kadeem Harris, Craig Conway, Peter Whittingham, Joe Ralls with Bellamy likely and Lawrence a possibility. Three Championship-standard midfield's worth. Good luck keeping everyone happy Malky.


In Malky's favoured formation, the assumption is that Bellamy would play on the left, Bo-Kyung on the right with Mutch and Gunnarsson either side of Whittingham. Solid, creative with pace and balance, it looks the perfect blend, but surely Malky will seek to include Don Cowie? A fixture in the side last season and during his time at Watford, it's hard to imagine him kicking his heels on the bench.

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