7 tackles, 5 interceptions: ex-Manchester United man stars for Cardiff

Fabio played a big part in Cardiff's 1-1 draw at Brighton last night.

Fabio Da Silva played a key part in Cardiff City's 1-1 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion last night.

The managerless Bluebirds, who are expected to appoint Russell Slade as their new coach in the foreseeable future, were on the back foot for the majority of their encounter with Sami Hyypia's Seagulls.

Fabio and his team-mates, however, were able to leave the Amex Stadium with a point to their name - and it was in no small part down to the Brazilian.

David Marshall was the main hero for his side, of course, but the former Manchester United full-back certainly played his part...

  PositionTeamMatchTackles WonInterceptions WonEffective ClearancesMins Played
Ryan Fredericks DF Middlesbrough Middlesbrough vs Blackpool 10 1 2 90
Fabio DF Cardiff Brighton vs Cardiff 7 5 3 90
Simon Francis DF Bournemouth Derby vs Bournemouth 6 1 5 90
Robert Tesche MF Forest Wigan vs Forest 6 3 1 90

Indeed, as Opta stats show, Fabio won a very impressive seven tackles at Brighton, as well as five interceptions. The Brazilian also made three effective clearances for his side, while also inadvertently creating Cardiff's goal after his high ball forward caused confusion among the Brighton defence.

Only Middlesbrough's Ryan Fredericks won more tackles than Fabio in the Championship last night.

  PositionTeamTackles WonInterceptions WonEffective ClearancesDribbles wonAccurate CrossesChances CreatedAppearancesMins Played
Fabio DF Cardiff 28 20 20 8 2 2 8 670
John Brayford DF Cardiff 21 12 24 2 6 5 9 810
Tom Adeyemi MF Cardiff 15 10 7 0 0 5 8 560

But further investigation shows this is no rare occurrence for the 24-year-old defender, who has won more tackles than any other Cardiff player this season by some distance.

Fabio has also made 20 clearances and won eight dribbles. Where he perhaps struggles is with his final ball, having only made one accurate cross every four games - the same going for the amount of chances he has created.

Man United fans, then, may consider Fabio's defensive form for the Bluebirds a sign of what he always showed he had the potential to do. At the same time, however, his Championship displays are no indication of how he would have done in the Premier League.

It is was Cardiff fans think of the 24-year-old now that will be most important to both him and the club. So far, so good?

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