Manager and centre-half eyeing back-to-back wins
Bluebirds Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær and new signing Sean Morrison looked ahead to Tuesday evening’s home fixture with Wigan Athletic, confident, but all too aware of the threat of Uwe Rösler’s Latics.
Wigan have taken just the one point from their opening two Sky Bet Championship fixtures, though will remain one of the favourites for promotion this season with the summer transfer window open for another 13 days.
“It’s important to pick up points in every game we play, but we are aware that Tuesday’s game with Wigan will be a different test to what we’ve faced in our opening two Championship games,” said the Manager. “Tactically, Wigan will be different to Blackburn and Huddersfield, so there will be re-adjustments in that respect.
“We played Wigan in the F.A. Cup last season of course and the result didn’t go our way on that day. We know Wigan are a good side, Uwe (Rösler) is a very good friend of mine, but we will be ready for Tuesday night.
“Craig Noone and Ben Turner remain on the sidelines, but we’ll have Anthony Pilkington and Sean Morrison available, as well as Kiko Macheda, Kagisho Dikcagoi and Javi Guerra who should all be available having recovered from their injuries. I had the chance to rest Nicky Maynard and Aron Gunnarsson against Huddersfield which I wanted to do, so it’ll be good to have everybody fresh and fit. We’ll assess the squad as a whole on Monday and Tuesday and see where we’re at.”
Defender Morrison – who played against Wigan on the opening day of this season for former Club Reading – feels that his small insight into our Tuesday night opponents could be of benefit.
“I played against them in the opening game so hopefully the bits I picked up from that one can help the boys,” said Sean. “Ultimately though it’ll be about us on the day; the Manager will have his own tactics and ideas on how to take the points.
“Wigan are another very good side and I think they’ll be right up there with us this year. Tuesday is going to be a tough contest, no doubt about it.
“I thought the boys were great from front to back against Huddersfield and we want to take that on now. Our two centre halves, Huds and Connors, were excellent – it’s the base on which we built the win. I’m looking forward to competing with them for those spots now.
“I’m really happy to be at Cardiff City – the move came about pretty quick in fairness, but I’m glad that it was able to be done. We’ve a great squad with a hungry Manager. I enjoy an aerial battle and one on one duels and I don’t shy away from the physical stuff either. I like to play football though and I think I can do that in this side.
“I grew up at Plymouth with Joe Mason, so I’ve spoken to him a little bit. Obviously I know Alfie from our time together at Reading, and Connors as well who was at Reading for a short time. I’m really happy to be here with all the guys and looking forward to getting started.”
Both interviews can be viewed this afternoon on Cardiff City Player