Let’s just call it a bad day at the office

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Just as a good footballer does not become a bad player with one bad game, so too a good manager does not become a bad one with one below-par team performance.

Dave Jones has done well for the Bluebirds - his record speaks for itself. He's led the team to an FA Cup final, something rarely achieved by any team outside the Premier League, last season he led the team to the brink of promotion into the Premier League, and this time last Monday the Bluebirds lay at the head of the Championship table. These facts are part of history and are a credit to his ability.

However in all his years in the job, I find it difficult to believe that he can have so badly misjudged things with regards team selection and tactics as he did for yesterday's game against the Swans.

Yes he was faced with a challenge in selecting the team. With Jay Bothroyd being unavailable through suspension, he needed to provide a credible alternative to the team formation that has brought great success in recent matches. But that is what a team manager has to do - to address such issues.

Without going into all that went wrong yesterday, I still find myself bemused at the solution Dave Jones offered. Firstly to replace Bothroyd with Andy Keogh and (it seems) ask him to play in the same kind of role - even though physically he is a totally different type of player. Secondly, to take Chris Burke, an out and out wide player out of the team, put him on the subs' bench and replace him with Danny Drinkwater - a midfielder who's coming back from injury. And then again it seems, to decide tactically to play mainly long balls to Keogh and look to build from there.

Everyone though is entitled to an off day once in a while - one just hopes that Dave had such a day.

Yesterday's performance is therefore probably best regarded of as an unfortunate aberration. However, one hopes there won't be too many similar days throughout rest of the season or it could be the Bluebirds again fail to obtain the promotion to the Premier League that Bluebirds fans long for.

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