Jordon Mutch hailed the professionalism and togetherness of the Cardiff City squad for the way in which maximum points were claimed against Fulham over the weekend, the win helping to keep the Bluebirds firmly in the mix in the bottom half of the table.
“We kept to our game-plan and kept pressing forward, getting the goals to keep them at bay,” Jordon said. “The team was changed around a little bit, so it was fresh – and the boys that came in did really well for us as well. We looked full of energy and moved the ball well, attacking them to get three goals for the fans at home, also picking up a valuable three points. The win was thoroughly deserved.
“It’s a massive three points for us as it’s got the teams just above us looking behind themselves now. Hopefully we can use this win as a springboard to go into the next game and pick up a positive result to push on up the league.”
Jordon also explained the motivation from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, before going on to praise captain Steven Caulker for more than his two goal contribution.
He (Solskjær) wanted us to go out and express ourselves and that’s what we did. He wanted us to get out on the front foot, which as a team we did well, playing to earn the points available to us. Now we want to push on and build on that as players.
“Everyone is level headed, and if we have a set-back, we go again. We’ve got nine games to go and I think we should take it one game at a time. All the players, from Marshy to Kenwyne up front put a great shift in. Anyone could have come up with the goals and fortunately in this match it was Caulks.
“He’s been brilliant for us. He always pops up with a header in games and against Fulham he’s come up with the goods for us. Personally I’m delighted for him. He’s twenty two, a great leader and has got a lot of Premier League experience, shown in his performance.”
Cardiff City now have two months in which to work on consolidating their Premier League status, with a tough trip to Everton the next destination. For Jordon, it’s a case of keeping calm and looking to objectively build on the positives of the 3-1 win over Fulham.
“It’s one win down and we now go into the next nine games, seeing where we can get to,” he said. “Next is another massive game, Everton play some very good football, better this year under Roberto Martinez, but I’m sure can go there and put some pressure on them. They’re looking to break into the Europa League, so that adds extra pressure and we’ll go there on the front foot looking to get the points we want on the back of this result.
“We believe in ourselves and want to kick on. For some of the outside media, they’ve been saying we’re definitely down there, but we’ve remained positive and all know that we’ve got to keep on pushing between now and the end of the season.”