CARDIFF City served up a football feast against Derby County in front of the Malaysian property tycoon who is having talks on possible investment in the club.
Wealthy Dato Chan Tien Ghee, nicknamed TG, took his seat alongside Bluebirds chairman Peter Ridsdale and marvelled at Michael Chopra’s four-goal blast in the 6-1 Championship win on Tuesday.
The man from Kuala Lumpur went into the home dressing room after the match and manager Dave Jones said: “He seems a lovely man. I hope a lovely man agrees some lovely investment!”
Dato Chan is now back in London along with City chairman Peter Ridsdale for further investment talks.
“We have a busy few days ahead,” said Ridsdale, who has twice visited Dato Chan in Malaysia.
Jones was delighted with his Bluebirds team and picked out three key players – Chopra, Stephen McPhail and Jay Bothroyd for praise.
Chopra has now netted 12 goals this season, including two hat-tricks, and Jones said: “His movement and finishing was superb. Derby defenders could not handle him.”
On McPhail, Jones said: “Stephen made three of Michael’s goals, slipping the ball through their defence – and his fourth goal showed what we are capable of.
“The service to our strikers was top drawer.”
Chopra’s fourth came when McPhail slid a low pass through the heart of the Rams’ back four and the Geordie striker spun away from a defender before finishing in style.
And on Bothroyd, the City boss said: “He deserved a goal because of his workrate and movement.”
City travel to Watford on Saturday before the two-week international break.