WHITTS: WE KNOW WHAT IT TAKES
City's number 7 is embracing 'horrible' division.
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told press on Friday that this season’s Cardiff City squad now knows what it takes to succeed in the npower Championship.Peter Whittingham
City host Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday afternoon (3pm), knowing that a win would re-establish their lead at the summit of the division.
And Whitts commented that despite their opponents’ current struggles towards the bottom of the pile, City would be taking nothing for granted against any side – regardless of their league standing.
“Everyone knows what a horrible league this can be at times, but we’ll have the same mentality as ever on Sunday,” said City’s midfield magician. “We’ll go out there and try and score more goals than the other team and pick up three points, it’s as simple as that.
“Having gone down to ten men on Tuesday night, we managed to hang on in there. I think that because we went down to ten men we tried to sit deep, and they tried to come at us. But the win was great against Barnsley and our home form is good at the minute so the mood in the camp is good and we’re all looking forward to Sunday now.”
A big part of City’s success towards the end of last month can be attributed to the maturity of youngsters Joe Ralls and Ben Nugent – drafted into the side due to a number of defensive injuries.
“I think everyone knew about Rallsy last year – the lads all think he’s a quality player,” Whitts continued. “On the ball it’s as if he’s one of the older players. He’s done really well – playing left-back, a position he hasn’t really played in, must be hard – but I think he’s dealt with it well.
“Then you’ve got Nuge too who’s got a goal and has done really well. This is a team we all expect a lot of, so it’s hard for young players, but I think they’ve all coped admirably.”