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City full-back set to make 100th appearance at the Cottage

On Saturday, ‘City visit Craven Cottage in search of their first away victory in the Barclays Premier League.

If selected, Cardiff stalwart, Andrew Taylor will make his 100th appearance for the Bluebirds and is eagerly anticipating the game against Fulham.

The defender is enjoying life in the Premier League and reflecting on the opening games, he said: “We’ve had a tough start, especially at home but we’ve shown good character and team spirit.

“The players have adapted well to playing in the Premier League. The first game didn’t go to plan but since then we’ve settled in well.”

So far this season, Cardiff have defeated Manchester City as well as gaining hard earned points against Everton and Hull. Now, the team have their sights set on an away league victory.

“We’ve got to pick up as many points away from home as possible throughout the season,” said Taylor.

“Fulham are a good team who are well established in the Premier League. They’ve got great players but if we show the same character and belief that we have in previous games, we won’t be far off getting a positive result. 

“I’ll be up against (Dimitar) Berbatov and Darren Bent tomorrow which is good. You want to test yourself against the best and they are both fantastic players. We’ve defended well so far as everyone is in it together and we all work hard which is standing us in good stead.”

After impressive performances this season, fellow defender Ben Turner has been touted for an England call-up and Taylor thinks the attention is richly deserved.

“I saw the news,” said Taylor. “It’s fantastic that England are looking at him but that is what the Premier League does for you. If you impress at this level, people will start talking about you potentially playing on the international stage.”

Last week, Cardiff conceded late goals against Tottenham and West Ham following spirited performances. Taylor and his fellow teammates are not downbeat though.

“We were disappointed straight after the Spurs game but as the days went on we realised how well we did to hold out for so long,” said Taylor.

“We took a lot of confidence from the game against Tottenham as they have ambitions of finishing in the top four.”

Ahead of making his 100th appearance for the Bluebirds, Taylor looked back on his time in Wales so far, saying: "To reach the Carling Cup final in my first season was a massive high and last season was an unbelievable year for everyone,” said Taylor, “It was my best season in football and led us on to this term.

“To reach my 100th game in two years will be great and I hope there are many more to come.”