OLE TARGETS MAXIMUM POINTS
Boss Solskjær looks for win to kick start final run inAhead of a huge match at the foot of the Barclays Premier League table, Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær targeted no less than three points as his side prepares to take on Fulham at Cardiff City Stadium.
The Bluebirds will start the day three points behind seventeenth-placed West Bromwich Albion, meaning a win would rocket them right into contention for survival.
“It is a big game, of course,” said Ole on Friday morning. “It’s the first game of the last ten, and a great opportunity to kick-start this mini-season. We have to go into this game positively and attack it so we give ourselves every chance of getting the three points.
“It’s a great challenge [to come up against Felix Magath]. I actually met him in 1995 – we had a meeting in Oslo because he wanted to sign me for Hamburg, so it’s the first time in nineteen or so years that I’ve met him.
“He obviously has a lot of experience as a manager - although I don’t think it will come down to our experience. The match this weekend will be decided on the pitch, whether it is a moment of brilliance or a set-piece perhaps.”
Like all managers in the Premier League this past week, Ole has had to contend with players representing their countries away from base camp. But despite this different dynamic, the Manager insists that preparations have been good.
“The players have been working hard to be ready,” he commented. “We had ten players away on international duty, so we’ve had to take a different approach to this one as opposed to how it was with Tottenham last week.
“It is my job to pick the right team and get the players mentally ready. We’ve prepared really well – we’ve watched all their games lately of course so I have a clear view on what I think Fulham will look like. You never know until you start the match of course.”
The Boss also hinted at good news for midfielder Jordon Mutch, as he aims to be fit and ready for the crucial clash, saying: “I want my players to show courage, and play with no fear. Go out there, be brave, and take responsibility.
“Fulham was where we got our only away victory this season, and Jordon Mutch had a big part to play in that. He will have a big impact this time; he’s trained really well and I hope we’ll see a lot of him this weekend.”
HEAR FROM OLE IN HIS PRE-MATCH FULHAM PRESS CONFERENCE, ON YOUTUBE BELOW