Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall was on hand for Friday morning’s press duties ahead of the Bluebirds’ visit to St. Andrews to face Birmingham City this weekend.
City’s number one became the latest Bluebird to target a return to winning ways on the road, as Cardiff look to finally record that elusive first away victory of the campaign at the Blues on Saturday.
Marshall, one of the Bluebirds’ star performers last season in the Premier League, was the subject of intense transfer speculation during the close-season. The Scotland international remains in CF11, though, and described how proud he was to continue to represent the club, this season as captain.
“There's been a lot of speculation about my situation in the summer,” Marshall said, “but nothing happened, so I just get my head down and work. Cardiff City are my club and I have to produce my best in a difficult league. I enjoy being captain and it’s an honour to wear the armband.
“We have to perform better as a team. The home games have been good, we are making the right decisions. At Bolton most of the team did not perform as individuals. In terms of shape and systems you can talk all day, but it's up to the players to play at their best. If they do, 4-4-2 will work. If we play well enough we will win games, home or away. The longer it goes without a win the more people will talk about it. One win away will put the whole argument to bed and we will aim to do that at Birmingham.
“Birmingham have had good results against Wolves and Watford, but we go there knowing what we have to do. We have to be consistent, particularly away from home. They're two big games.
“There has not been any complacency from us after coming out of the Premier League. There has been a massive turnover of players and we have experienced boys. It’s just been unfortunate in away games. We have played teams at the top and the bottom. There is hardly any difference. We have to play at our best and then results will come.”
To conclude, Marshall was asked about the differences between playing at home, where the Bluebirds have a one hundred per cent record since Russell Slade took charge, and playing away, to which he replied: “There isn’t much difference. People coming to our stadium will be a little more defensive and keep things tight. There are slight differences, but it’s about performing at the end of the day. It's not a major difference, but we have to perform.
“We have to win and put the issue behind us. The gaffer spoke about a soft underbelly and we have to win and put that behind us.
“We have to win, we have to fix that.”