After Cardiff City’s 1-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough at Cardiff City Stadium, Tom Adeyemi spoke to the media and press confident that he and his teammates can put things right against Derby this weekend.
“We all wanted to build on the positives from the Norwich game, because there were some,” said the midfielder. “We wanted to produce a performance and go and win the game tonight, but obviously we were unable to do that which was bitterly disappointing.
“All we can do now is get back to the training ground tomorrow to look back on today and our previous games. Of course we’re still very early in the season. It only takes us to go to Derby and something to click for us to be away and up and running.
“We’re holding that belief that we’re going to be in and amongst it come the end of the season and achieve what we want by getting back up to the Premier League.”
With a large Cardiff contingent travelling up to Derby on Saturday, Tom is fully aware that the Rams will provide another stern test for City. Nevertheless, the former Birmingham City midfielder feels that it is a perfect opportunity to start a positive run of form.
“They are another good Championship team. They proved that last season and they’ve kept the majority of that squad together,” Tom said. “We know it’s going to be a difficult game but we have to go up there looking to get all three points and get back up closer to where we really need to be.
“If we do go and get a result there then people will take notice as they can be a really good side. If we can beat them then there’s no reason that we can’t kick on from there.
“It’s a perfect game for us to go and set a marker down and really kick on.”
Of course, Ole’s men will have to improve on aspects of their game if they are to pick up a positive result at Pride Park. Finally, Tom explained exactly what they need to change in order to do so on Saturday, adding:
“We just need to make sure that the effort levels are the same because we all certainly put the effort in. But obviously we just need to up the quality.
“When you look at tonight we didn’t really create that many clear-cut goal scoring opportunities so that’s something that we’re going to have to go and work on.
“We’ve got a great squad of players, now it’s just about doing what we all know we’re capable of week in week out. That’s what Championship football is all about.
“We go into every game desperate to get three points. We all hold ourselves responsible and all of us together – staff and players – are going to do everything we can to go and get the result on Saturday.”