Under-23 | “He Brings A Lot Of Energy”
Craig Bellamy knows a thing or two about the art of forward play so Randell Williams can take huge satisfaction from the fact the timing of his runs and the quality of his movement were remarked on by Cardiff’s Player Development Manager last night.
Bellamy spoke afterwards to Hayden Mullins and Alec Chamberlain in the bowels of the Cardiff City Stadium about how Williams was one Watford player who caught his trained eye in the Professional Development League clash, a game Cardiff won 2-0.
“Randell had a real go,” said Mullins about the pony-tailed flier who joined from Crystal Palace in the summer.
“He brings a lot of energy to us, a lot of pace to the team and his willingness to run in behind is great. He was a good plus for us.”
Particularly impressive was the way Williams chased lost causes, most notably one in the first-half when he strained every sinew to keep the ball in on the touchline before putting on the afterburners, getting to the byline, and winning his side a corner. He worked his socks off in the second-half, to such an extent he had to be withdrawn late on with cramp in his calf.
He should be fine for the game against Bristol City on Monday when, fingers crossed, he might be joined in the squad by Alex Jakubiak. The forward has been out for the last couple of months with an ankle problem.
“Alex is fine now,” said Mullins. “He came through a friendly game against Reading on Thursday. He only did half-an-hour. We are managing him along. He’ll be back with us full-time now and available for selection.”
The Under-23 team could have done with Jakubiak’s cutting edge last night. They played well in the middle third of the field but never really looked like getting in behind and hurting the Cardiff defence, even when the home side were reduced to 10 men.
“You have to give them credit, they [Cardiff] played well,” said Mullins.
“They had a few experienced boys in there who did it right. The problem I had with us tonight was when we had the ball. We could have taken care of it a bit better and used it a bit better. We’ve been good in recent weeks but today we lacked a bit of experience with the ball.
“There were spells when we did okay but the disappointing thing for me is that when they went down to 10 men, we didn’t really capitalise on that. That requires a bit of game intelligence and game understanding. We needed to move the ball better and quicker and stop them getting in two banks of four.
"We can learn from these mistakes but I’m just a bit disappointed we didn’t get going, but you have to be careful with them as they are still developing and you don’t want it to sound all bad. We need to look to go and win games. We want to play well as a team and bring what we want to bring to a game.”