City boss looks for vital victory at homeCity manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has emphasised the importance of picking up points in the next few weeks as focus turns to Saturday’s crucial Barclays Premier League tie against Hull City.
Five points behind the Tigers going into the match, the Bluebirds can close the gap on their bottom half rivals this weekend and get a foothold amongst a ten team battle to avoid relegation from the top flight this season.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference at Cardiff City Stadium, Ole said: “The boys know the importance of the game. I think this was the best training week we've had with the conditions since I’ve been here and in terms of quality with the players we've had available.
“We've had good results in our last two home games against Norwich City and Aston Villa and if we can pick up a win on Saturday, you're really looking forward to your next set of games with confidence and belief that you can do well.”
With four points coming from City’s last two Premier League fixtures at Cardiff City Stadium, home form is growing increasingly important for the Bluebirds with twelve fixtures remaining.
Indeed, the collection of three precious points could see City climb out of the bottom three come Saturday evening, should other results go in their favour.
“I think the players feel really comfortable playing here,” said Ole. “We know the majority of our points are going to be gained at home and with the support we know we’ll have, the lads love playing in front of these supporters.
“I think that gives us the confidence to play at home but also that kick up the backside that this is one of the games we need to be going for. We'll go on the front foot trying to attack them and make them defend.”
As for team news, the City manager will be without influential midfielder Gary Medel with a thigh injury while Mark Hudson will miss the rest of the season with a hamstring issue.
There was better news for Peter Whittingham and Jordon Mutch however, with both set to be back in training ahead of Saturday’s game.
“Medel will be out but the rest more or less have an outside chance, Gary is definitely out,” said Ole. “Peter has been training for two days, we've got to keep an eye on him but he's back training.”
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