Cardiff manager Russell Slade salutes his 'beautiful' strike force

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade has saluted his 'beautiful' strike force of Kenwyne Jones, Adam Le Fondre, Federico Macheda and Nicky Maynard.

It was difficult to describe anything at Cardiff City as ‘beautiful’ during the opening weeks of the season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struggling to bring the best out of a side reacquainting itself with the Championship after a painful tumble out of the Premier League.

A change in the dugout would appear to have had the desired impact, though, with the dark clouds starting to life over South Wales.

Chinks of light are shooting through, and that is due in part to the arrival of Russell Slade as boss and his ability to get a formidable attacking unit firing on all cylinders.

Cardiff have won three of their last four to start climbing the second tier standings, with the notable scalps of Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town and Leeds United secured along the way.

Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the latter saw Federico Macheda and Kenwyne Jones among the goals, while Adam Le Fondre – a proven Football League marksman – has also been chipping in and Nicky Maynard offering able assistance.

Slade could not be happier with how his frontmen have fared, with it his opinion that he has a collection of strikers that should be the envy of many of his rivals.

  PositionGoalsTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttGoal AssistAppearancesMins Played
Kenwyne Jones FW 6 23 12 2 13 862
Federico Macheda FW 3 8 4 0 10 498
Adam Le Fondre FW 1 11 3 0 12 739
Nicky Maynard FW 1 3 1 0 7 294

He said after the victory over Leeds: “It’s great to have that mix of strikers with Federico, Kenwyne, Adam, Nicky Maynard and more.

“It was a good time to send Kenwyne on with 15 minutes left because Leeds were pressing for the goal they needed and he can be a major handful.

“That mix of strikers we have at the club is beautiful.”

Cardiff are now just four points adrift of the play-off places and starting to look like the promotion contenders they were billed as before a ball was kicked.

Macheda and co will be expected to lead the charge, with those sides boasting 20-goal-a-season strikers tending to be in the mix when top-flight places are handed out in May.

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