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Match Preview | Cardiff City (A)

All the info ahead of tomorrow's game against Cardiff...

27 November 2020

The Hatters will look to extend their four game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow afternoon when they face Cardiff City.

Following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Birmingham City, Town are 11th in the table and a win could take them within a point of the play-off places.

Meanwhile the Hatters’ opponents suffered a 1-0 defeat to Coventry City in the week and will look to try and put an end to three matches without a victory.

 

Nathan Jones said:

(Please note these quotes are taken from Nathan’s press conference on Thursday – you can listen to the full version here)

On high pressure games:We played Birmingham the other day, who have brought in a high profile manager and then Blackburn who are expected to get promoted. The expectation of the club is massive, I watched Cardiff, we were at the game last night me and Mick.

“Cardiff were playing against Coventry and in the same vein of form as they are now so nothing will change, it will be an extremely difficult game but I have the upmost respect for a very good manager in Neil Harris.

“To say he’s under pressure, every manager is under pressure, I’m under pressure to get wins, to keep this club moving forward. That is the pressure of being a manager of a football club, especially a Championship football club because it is as precarious a job as you can have in football.”

On need to freshen up squad: “We freshened it up with one or two bodies (against Birmingham), we’re probably going to have to freshen it up again to keep everyone focused and everyone at it.

“The games are coming thick and fast, so to maintain those levels, because we put in a massive shift on Saturday and Tuesday, we really did, and it kind of showed towards the last 10, 15 minutes.

“Even though we created a number of chances, especially on the break, our energy levels had dipped slightly.

“The squad is so, so important, they've trained again today and will train again tomorrow because we make the journey down to God’s country.”

 

Who?

Cardiff City hold the record for being the only team outside of England to win the FA Cup, which they did in 1927. They have been runners-up twice, most recently in 2008 when they were beaten by Portsmouth.

The Bluebirds were relegated from the Premier League in 2019 and made the play-offs last season, but lost to Fulham in the semi-final.

 

The Manager – Neil Harris

Neil Harris’ stint as Millwall manager came to an end days after Luton’s 1-1 draw with the Lions last season and a month later, he joined Cardiff following Neil Warnock’s decision to part company with the club.

He led the Bluesbirds to a 5th place finish but his team fell short in the play-off semi-final.

 

Main threat – Kieffer Moore

Kieffer Moore joined Cardiff in the summer transfer window from Wigan Athletic, following their relegation to League One.

After scoring ten times last season, Moore is heading the right way towards a similar tally with four goals already to his name this time around.

 

When and where?

Kick-off is 3pm at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday 28th November.

 

Man in the middle?

The referee for Saturday’s fixture is Josh Smith – who will take charge of a Town for the first time – has refereed 10 games this season, dishing out 31 yellows and one red card.

 

Played before?

The two sides last met in February at Kenilworth Road and Cardiff were 1-0 winners on that occasion, the same margin they won by at the Cardiff City Stadium during the reverse fixture in August last season when a late Isaac Vassell winner earned them a 2-1 victory.

 

Follow the action

Away games on a Saturday are not available free to season ticket holders this season, but we hope as many supporters as possible will get behind the lads from home with a £10 match pass which are on sale now. 

All of the money from every match pass sold comes directly back to the Club and is a valuable source of revenue as matches continue behind closed doors. We are very grateful for your support by watching on iFollow during, especially during this period.

 


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