Cardiff central defender looks ahead to Forest challenge
Cardiff City defender Sean Morrison spoke to the media on Friday ahead of the weekend’s clash with high-fliers Nottingham Forest at Cardiff City Stadium.
Stuart Pearce’s Forest side are in Wales for a Sky Bet Championship match in front of the live TV cameras on Saturday lunchtime, and Morrison is relishing the test.
“Forest have made a great start,” he said. “They’re unbeaten, and they’ve got a great squad. There aren’t many more difficult games in this division, especially when you’re just coming back off an international break, but it’s at home, and we need to make Cardiff City Stadium a fortress now.
“We need to get as many points as possible at home, and that starts from tomorrow.”
The former Reading man also gave a little insight into how things had changed around the Club since the appointment of Russell Slade two weeks ago, and he was full of praise for his new boss, saying: “The preparation for this weekend has been brilliant. The Gaffer has come in and laid his beliefs onto us, and told us how he wants us to play. It’s been nice personally to have a bit of stability there now.
“In a two-week period without a game, the first week is always a fitness week, and we’ve been working hard and I think the stats prove that. We’ve been working hard getting those fitness levels up and hopefully now we can be ready for tomorrow.
“I think maybe there’s a bit more structure in the team now, in and out of possession. We’ve been working hard on our shape, and hopefully that’s what we’ll see.
“I’m sure the manager knows quite a few of the players by watching the games, but every time a new manager comes in you need to go out there and prove yourself. You need to do well in training, and you need to show that desire – that’s nothing new for me. You have to give your best though regardless if there’s a new manager or not.
“It’s obviously a bit difficult with the international break having a few of the boys away, but there’s still been a big group here working with the manager and the coaching staff.
“Everyone’s back now apart from Bruno [Ecuele Manga], who comes back today, so if we can just carry that on, the future looks bright.”