City manager confident ahead of Goodison Park tripCardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær said his side have ‘turned a corner’ as they prepare to travel to Goodison Park for the first time in 35 years on Saturday.
Buoyed by victory over bottom club Fulham last weekend, the Bluebirds could claim consecutive top flight victories for the first time since 1962 with a win over the Toffees, who have impressed time and again this season under boss Roberto Martinez.
But confident of claiming a result that would come as yet another timely boost to City’s bid for Premier League survival, Ole said: “We believe and hope that we’ve turned a corner. We’re still in with a shout.
“It’s a chance to get something that a week ago you might’ve thought was impossible. That boost (against Fulham) and our performances over the last two games will give us something extra and we’ll go to Goodison Park with the belief of getting something.
“We had a new beginning after the Hull game. After that result, the scoreline was embarrassing. We felt like we were on the right track and then we had that kick in the face – we’ve really seen a different side to the team after that. The weeks after have been good.”
Three points against Fulham at Cardiff City Stadium last weekend saw the Bluebirds pull level on points with 17th placed West Bromwich Albion, as a Steven Caulker double and Sacha Reither own-goal secured three precious points.
It’s a result that Ole hopes can spark a run of good form for his side, with the chance of ending the weekend out of the bottom three a possibility should they claim a positive result against the Toffees.
“If we can get on a good run, we can stay in the Premier League,” said Ole. “We know it’ll take everything we’ve got to get where we want to be. You’ve got to give everything, but that could give us that reward that we all crave for and that’s playing in the Premier League next season.
“The result against Fulham did something for the team, the players and everyone around. It gives you a bit more belief and gives everyone some reward for all the hard work they’ve put in. There’s only positives to take from it – no one has relaxed, we know there’s a lot of work still to do.
“There’s not many that can say they’re out of the relegation fight. Over the coming months a lot of us will play each other. It is a vital period and that may well decide where we finish at the end of the season.”
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