Miss a game? You must be Caracas

Last updated : 23 February 2004 By Michael Morris
Vidmar is the only player in the City squad to have started every first team game this season. He could have been forgiven for missing Saturdays match after a 10 hour flight back from South America. Vidmar played the last 30 mins of Australia's 1 - 1 draw against the South Americans and then headed for home.

He arrived back on Friday night and was playing at 3:00pm on Saturday.

"When I left for Venezuela the gaffer said he'd have a chat with me on the day of the game to see how I felt about playing," Vidmar told the Western Mail.

"When I came back I felt all right and I had a decent enough sleep. I thought I was fine to play in the game. Travelling over long distances isn't very nice but I've done it enough times in my career for it not to bother me anymore.

"If I didn't feel right then I would have told the manager I couldn't play. I'm not a player who says I can play when I'm not able to. If I did that then I would be letting the team down as well as myself. The flight back from Caracas took 10 hours. I'm fine at the moment but it will probably hit me in the next few days!"

Robert Earnshaw is second in the appearances list. He has started 34 games, his only blemish came when he was on the bench for the away game at Watford over Christmas.

The midweek trip to Jamaica did Richard Langley no harm either. He scored the goal of the game as City beat Sunderland 4 - 0.