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Club News31st January
City manager looks ahead to tie against Norwich CityHaving been in charge of Cardiff City for nearly a month, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has taken his side to three of the most daunting grounds in European football.
After watching his side compete well and impress against Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United, the Cardiff boss is hopeful February will prove to be a fruitful month.
Norwich are the visitors tomorrow and now Ole is hoping his side to turn promising performances into points.
“The Norwich game is a big one. If we win that we’ll get within touching distance of them,” said Ole during Friday’s pre-match press conference. “They are a team who have a good defensive unit, having not conceded in two games so we’ve got a tough job to break them down.
“It’s a vital game for us and a great chance for us to win but we cannot take anything for granted. We all have to play against Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal away from home and we’ve come through those games with no points but with a lot of dignity with the way we’ve played and developed.
“That’s what makes me so positive and sure that we’ll get some points this month (February). The West Ham game was one we felt slipped away from us but that’s gone now and it’s important to look forward. We’ve got four home games and an away game against Swansea coming up so we’ve got a chance to build momentum.”
After experiencing a productive January transfer window, the Cardiff boss has tomorrow’s match in the forefront of his mind having completed a number of deals this month.
“It’s been a busy transfer window but I’m just looking forward to the game tomorrow,” Ole said. "The Norwich game is far more important than looking at who other clubs are signing or releasing.
“We’ve had a tough month but I’ve seen great development. We went to Man Utd and played very nice football so we are now looking to build on it.”
On Tuesday it was confirmed that Kenwyne Jones had signed for the club in a deal which saw Peter Odemwingie join Stoke City, with the additions of Manchester United pair Wilfried Zaha and Fabio da Silva confirmed on Friday.
Speaking on the addition of front man Jones, the City manager said: “Kenwyne is a bright character which is good as we need players like him around the dressing room. Him and Fraizer (Campbell) have played together at Sunderland so that is a partnership I might use.”
On Tuesday night, two of Solskjær’s men were forced off through injury but Ole is positive they’ll be back in the near future, saying, “Mark Hudson had to come off at Old Trafford with a hamstring strain so he won’t be available for a little while.
“Jordon (Mutch) went off with stomach cramps and we hope he’s got rid of it. Hopefully he’ll be OK for tomorrow.”
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