Talismanic midfielder lacing boots ahead of Spurs clash
Cardiff City's Jordon Mutch has enjoyed a full week of training ahead of the Bluebirds' trip to White Hart Lane this Sunday.
Cardiff travel to North London looking to avenge Paulinho's injury-time winner for Spurs at Cardiff City Stadium back in September – a goal that ensured a 1-0 win for a side then managed by Andre Villas-Boas.
Now under the command of new Boss Tim Sherwood, Tottenham were victorious on Thursday evening in their Europa League Last 32 second-leg clash with FC Dnipro of Ukraine. Spurs' attacking reputation though is not something that 22 year-old Jordon is fearful of.
“Obviously we’re going there to get the three points on Sunday,” he said on Thursday afternoon. “We need those points and we know that we did well against Spurs at home earlier in the season. Norwich played very well against them on Sunday, and we beat Norwich. Hopefully our game plan will be right and we’ll be able to do that.
“A clean sheet would be good and if we can take a point or more then that’ll give us some confidence going into the next game at home to Fulham which is so important as we try to stay in this league.
“The teams above us have got hard fixtures in the next few weeks. We feel we’ve played most of the hard teams away from home now, so hopefully we can pick up points and catch them up. Things can still change massively – there’s six points difference between us and mid-table. We’re going to be positive about it and hopefully that can happen.”
Jordon's return to fitness – as well as good news concerning Gary Medel and the return from suspension of Craig Bellamy – has led some to suggest that the Bluebirds may spring a surprise in N17 in Sunday's 4.30pm kick-off.
And that's certainly a concept that Mutch finds conceivable, a strong squad and a rejuvenated midfield giving City the best of chances against at Tottenham side that have lost five of the seven fixtures they've featured in this season on the back of a midweek Europa League game.
“It’s great that we’ve got a full squad to pick from again,” Jordon reflected. “There have been a few small margins – against Sunderland we should have won the game, and at Arsenal we were unlucky not to pick up a point. If we look at those points, with them we’d be in a nice position right now, but that wasn’t to be. Hopefully we can pick up the points between now and the end of the season to make up for those that we’ve lost along the way.
“It’s great to have Craig's experience in the team, as is the case with Gary. Hopefully we’ll use both players in the right way to help us pick up points over the next few games.
“It wasn’t a great result on Saturday of course, but in this league it happens sometimes. I think every team goes through a spell of getting beaten by a few goals, but we’ll look to bounce back from it this weekend and get a result at Tottenham. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m sure we can do it.”
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