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Gabbidon and Young confident ahead of Bloomfield Road trip

Caretaker managers Scott Young and Danny Gabbidon spoke with the press ahead of the Bluebirds’ Friday night trip to Bloomfield Road to face Blackpool, with the match against the side currently footing the Championship being screened live on Sky Sports.

Scott first addressed the Bluebirds’ preparation ahead of the Sky Bet Championship clash with the Tangerines: “This is probably a good time to go to Blackpool, because the pitch at Bloomfield Road won’t be as bad now as it likely will later on in the season,” Scott said. “The lads have had their recovery time since Tuesday, and now preparation is in full swing for tomorrow.

“Joe Lewis (who is on loan at Blackpool from Cardiff City) won’t be available for them (due to the terms of his loan). Matt Connolly is one we’ll monitor over the next twenty-four hours, and then we’ll make a decision on him tomorrow morning.”

Danny then shared his views on the Cardiff City hot seat, saying, “You experience every emotion as a manager. I’ve been happy, I’ve been sad, excited, frustrated, everything you can think of. It’s a great feeling when you come off having got the three points; it’s great when you can see what you’ve done with the lads on the training ground paying off, but if we’ve lost you have to think about what you have to do to make that right.

“In that respect your mind never really switches off. It’s been a bit stressful and a lot more tiring than when I was playing to be honest with you, but that’s just football, that’s how it is.

“We’re happy with what we’ve managed to do in the twelve days that we’ve been in charge. It’s been tough, but it’s still early in the season. There’s been ups and downs in our recent performances, and we can still get a lot better. If work and commitment is there every week, we’ll see more improvement in the team.

“It’s not about where you are in the league at this time of the year, it’s about where you are in May.”

Scott’s views were not dissimilar to Danny’s, as is his belief in what Cardiff City can achieve this year, even after a difficult opening month.

“It’s been a long, tough twelve days or so being in charge,” he said. “Taking charge here may have come a bit earlier than we would have thought, but both of us are passionate about the road we want to take. We’ve done okay as far as results go in the league, going three unbeaten with two tough away games and a win at home, so we’re over the moon with that.

“Of course we can still go up. You just have to look at the table – I think we’re seven points from top, with over thirty games left to go.

“It’s a long hard season in the Championship, and there’s a long way to go.”

Danny Gabbidon was this week called up to Chris Coleman’s Wales squad for the Euro 2014 qualifiers against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Cyprus, both of which will be staged at Cardiff City Stadium later in the month.

“I was really happy I made the Wales squad this week, mainly because I get a chance to get away from Scott for a few days,” laughed Danny.

“It’s a little bit strange to be called up in this situation, and it’s been a bit difficult for me with worrying about whether I’m going to be picked for Wales, because obviously I haven’t done as much training as I would have liked in the last few weeks with this job.

“I’m delighted to make the squad, and getting back to being a player for a week will be nice, so I’m looking forward to that.”