” HAVE WE NOW GOT A PROBLEM? OR IS THE PROBLEM ALREADY SOLVED? ”
By Annis Abraham
When Cardiff City’s Sol Bamba was sent off away at Ipswich yesterday, Neil Warnock rearranged his team and brought on out of favour Bruno Manga,who replaced Rickie Lambert.
Cardiff actually finished the game far stronger. Ipswich looked rattled by the chaos and having moved Anthony Pilkington up front, City showed some admirable nerve.
Sean Morrison nearly won it with a header, Craig Noone had an effort that drifted just wide of the far post.
In what would have been a fitting end to this most surreal of periods, Bruno Manga, who by Neil Warnock’s own admission is likely to leave in January, almost scored the winner.
Sol Bamba’s excellence was one of the key reasons why the Gabon international has found himself pushed out of the picture.
Now, he may have to be brought back in from the cold ahead of a run of games that will have a major impact on the rest of Cardiff’s season.
They cannot afford for the gap to widen any further ahead of January and now their task is doubly difficult. Bamba was ‘distraught’ afterwards and quite rightly so.
For Cardiff, Bamba had been one of the few shining lights of the campaign.
You hope that he can rebuild his Cardiff career and come back into the fold because his leadership, character and ability had been exemplary, faultless.
He is good enough and big enough to come again but he will know that his Cardiff City career will always be remembered, at least in part, for the events that transpired on Saturday afternoon.
Cardiff will now have to play without Sol Bamba for the next three Championship games, so will Bruno Manga be brought back in from the cold and start the next three games?
Personally I would bring Manga back in and he might just show why on his day,he is highly rated and it could even help get Cardiff more money come January, as it has been made plainly clear,Manga is leaving Cardiff City this coming January.
Bruno Manga will no doubt what to impress other clubs or his future club,which has been hinted he could return to France.