Kavanagh talks to the Western Mail

Last updated : 29 August 2003 By Michael Morris

GRAHAM KAVANAGH was applauded off the Ninian Park pitch after his "Captain Marvel" display in Monday's 4-1 bank holiday drubbing of Derby County.

The Bluebirds skipper had capped another excellent performance by firing City's second goal from the spot.

Rewind to last year's August bank holiday match - a 0-0 draw against Luton at Ninian Park - and Kavanagh was being jeered by City fans.

Still nursing a play-off defeat hangover, the Irishman did not have the best of starts to the 2002-03 season.

And when City boss Lennie Lawrence decided to replace Kavanagh with Layton Maxwell against the Hatters, the home fans sarcastically cheered the decision.

The fact the midfielder had scored 16 goals for the Bluebirds in his maiden season had been quickly forgotten.

"If you don't perform the way the fans expect you to then you are going to get stick," said Kavanagh, who scored a brilliant free-kick in last week's win at Forest.

"I didn't like what happened at the start of last season. It's never nice to get stick from the fans.

"But they pay their money and they do have a right to an opinion.

"The play-off defeat against Stoke is the lowest point of my career here. But what happened against Luton is not far behind.
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